Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Time to celebrate our December Banner quilters...Work with me..2 posts in one day....as we have a guest blogger tomorrow...

If this Banner does not have you seeking a mistletoe
to kiss all of these very creative quilters
then YOU are just not ready for the 
But I am , sew here you go, Wendy, Michelle,
Ariane, Carla and Elizabeth...Here are your stories...
Warmest Congrats and thank you for inspiring me
and assisting me in creating a beautiful December Banner!

To all those who entered their Quilts, I kiss you too..
It is always a challenge for me to blend all of them together,
I could have made dozens of banners to highlight you all.
Sew thank you, you all sew INSPIRE me. 

Think BLUE for January wink!

Let's begin ....
Top Left corner belongs to Wendy.
Upon seeing her quilt...oh do go to all of their blogs
to view them in all of its entirety 
I was captured by the authenticity of her design!

Last Christmas my youngest daughter was 9 months old.  She was born premature and with health problems.  I had health problems leftover from a challenging pregnancy.  Without a doubt, it had been the toughest year of my life, but things were starting to look up, and I wanted a project that really celebrated my sweet family.  This quilt will always remind me of the huge blessing of us all being together (and happy and healthy) at Christmastime.  I made a square for each of us:  a mama elf, Santa, and two little girl elves.  Last year this quilt hung from our mantle during Christmastime, and I am thrilled to see it out again this year.  And I am equally thrilled to share it with Stash Manicure!

You can see the rest of it, here. Thanks for included me and my happy quilt Madame Samm. What JOY!

And then came Michelle knocking on my door
with this lovely Christmas Wreath
top center..

Originally, I made this wreath for my secret Santa - before I knew who it was.  I was anxious to get the ball rolling, even though it was October.  LOL!   During the process, my little man made comments about how pretty it looked & when would we be able to hang it up...yikes!  I'm going to have to make another one.  But as luck would have it, after I found out who my secret Santa was...my gift did not fit her taste.  So now it is hanging up in our home...another treasure added to our mountain of Christmas decor! (smile)
( Madame samm's comment...who the heck would not have been over the top 
excited by this?...I would have treasured it But that is me lol.)

Now Top right is  Ariane
with her delightful Santa Runner..
I heart  this!

Wow, thank you so much for choosing my little Christmas table runner. This is my original design. I call it "Santa's coming". I used by Go! cutter to make it. I really had fun with it and quilted a unique design on it too. This was my first time doing the little swirls, that is noted on his beard and hat. This is just a fun Christmas runner you can all make. I posted a tutorial on my blog for this. You don't need a Go! to make it. You can just make a template. Not only that, but it is all made from your stash too. 
Love to see you!
Visit me here for the Tutorial. Love to see you!~

Bottom Left belongs to Carla...
for her very festive quilt, just love the border too..

For several years, I really had a thing for joining Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt projects on her website, Quiltville. After each one, I would tell myself, "That's it. No more. There are too many small pieces." Then, Bonnie would introduce another and I'd be hooked right away, searching though my stash for just the right fabrics to create another quilt of mysterious design. This  quilt is the fourth and final project that I made with Bonnie and her quilt- alongs. It is also my favorite of the four.  Using one white background fabric with all of the scraps, I think is what makes it shine for me.  I also took my color selections from an Alexander Henry fabric that I'd found on clearance, fallen in love with and used as the backing.  The traditional Christmas color scheme of red and green was joined by a more modern pink, lime and greyish blue. I'd probably have never dreamed up that combination on my own, but I love it! When I look at this quilt, it reminds me of the enjoyment I've had quilting with others in a virtual reality. I'm also pretty proud of the fact that I finished up this project which contains tons of 1 inch squares! If you would like to see more pictures of this quilt, take a look at my original blog post.  So excited to have been chosen, Thanks Madame Samm, a lovely surprise!

And bottom right is Elizabeth's quilt...
Kate Spains, 12 days such a good choice
in design and placement!

Oh goodness me, how pleased I was when Madame Samm sent me an email with a list of the winners. She showed us a preview of the design. WOW!. I was chosen. I am so thankful. This quilt is a gift for my sister-in-law's family this year, and was a lot of fun to put together.  When I first saw Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas line, I knew I had to have it.  I wound up snapping up a few charm packs of it, and I stumbled upon Thimbleblossoms' Wild Thing pattern and it just felt like serendipity.  A super fun, whimsical pattern to go with a beautifully whimsical fabric line.  I'm really pleased with how this quilt turned out and I'm hoping my sister-in-law will love it just as much as I do!

Here's where it originally appeared on my blog -

Again thank you Ladies...you were a JOY to highlight....
You will have the chance to win this
on the 1st of January.
Another sweet treat from
One of you will win this delightful BLUE  collection...

p.s comments still apply....yes maammmmmmm ! 


  1. Each day brings more and more beautiful stuff from your blog! lovely to start the day with.

  2. you do such a great job! When my reader shows something new in Stash Manicure, I go there first before anything else.

  3. The quilts for the new banner are wonderful. Congratulations ladies!

  4. I love these quilts. They are gorgeous! I love how they come together in the banner! Thanks for sharing them with us!!

  5. Very nicely celebrated banner winners. I knew I had seen each of these - like not being able to put a name to a face, I could not put the quilt with the blogger. So in going back to everyone's site, it was an instant revisit that was a delight. The Parisville Collections is very pretty and any one of you will be thrilled to find it in your post.

  6. Such great Christmas goodies! I really need to set aside January to make a Christmas quilt - because if I don't get started on one then, I'll never get it done by Christmas!!

  7. I love the new look for December! Such a wonderful month. I especially love the wreath quilt and the whirlygiggle Kate Spain one.

  8. All the quilts that were chosen are equally beautiful.

  9. I love the banner and I love the designs in these beautiful projects! Lovely features!

  10. The quilts are amazing and I enjoyed the stories as well. Good job picking these perfect quilts for the banner Samm.

  11. I love every quilt shown in this banner..everythings there, tradition, whimsy santa, color, joy, Christmas!! Oh what fun....xoxox Christel

  12. You are absolutely right. The banner seemes to immediately bring Christmas cheer.

  13. Thank you again so much, Madame Samm, for featuring my quilt! It's such an honor to be a part of your blog. :)

  14. What fun. Beautiful.


  15. I'm so glad we're moving tomorrow (FINALLY) since these quilts have inspired me to finish (and probably start) some more Christmas decor!!!! I already have a bunch of things... but we all know, you can never have too many Christmas decorations. :)

  16. Love the December banner, it sings Christmas. Great job Madame Samm, Wendy, Michelle, Ariane, Carla, and Elizabeth.

    I've got Kate Spain's '12 Days of Christmas' in my stash....I'd say I should start creating now and just maybe I will be done for Christmas 2011. But first I've gotta make some of those mug rugs, just a few....love them!!!!!!!!lol

  17. Love the new banner! Especially the peppermint stick Stash Manicure!

  18. Wow, it is such a delight to get to read about each of your quilts, I love the background to quilts! I had seen Ariane's tutorials for the table runner before and added it to my list of things to make. I think it has bumped up a few spaces :)

  19. The banner collage is fantastic. The Mama elf shoes catch my eye and keep it moving along - to the wreath, 3-d Santas, the awesome 1 inch blocks quilt, and a favorite fabric line of 12 Days of Christmas. Thank you for the holiday banner for Christmas MadameSamm. Thanks to each of these quilters for lovely work. Merry Christmas all month from a follower! alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  20. Beautiful choices. They all go together so well! And each of the stories was wonderful to read. Congrats to all of you!

  21. Lovely banner. I especially like the wreath quilt and the Wild Thing one using Kate Spain's Christmas line. :o)

  22. Sometimes it's just as fun reading the stories that go along with the "eye candy"...beautiful quilts AND stories here.

  23. What a super range of quilts - I just love Mrs Claus' shoes - a lovely twist on the normal for a Christmas quilt, great

  24. Oh dear. What's my problem? You keep showing us things and linking to other blogs that now I'm spending even MORE time on the computer than I did before I discovered you. Now, I'm off to get a coffee and go read about all the Decemberr banner people ...........

  25. I like to read the stories that go with the quilts, even if it's just something new that someone has been wanting to try. It's like the history of the quilt and makes each quilt more special :)

  26. I love the new banner...hehe! To tell you the truth, everytime I look at it I can't stop giggling. I am so honored to have been selected...there I go giggling again!

    MSamm...Thank you!

  27. I love the new banner with the candy cane letters! Thanks for sharing all the December goodness:)

  28. I'm having the same problem as Quilt Sue, too much reading about quilts and not enough quilting!! The banner choices are each so different yet so festive. I have to admit, I'm in Heart with the Santa Shoe quilt and love love the story behind the quilt. Congratulations to all the "artists" chosen for the Nov. give-aways as well as the Dec. Banner choices. I continue to be amazed at the creativity of each Quilting artist...and I do consider each of you true ARTISTS along with Madame Samm who makes just the right choice.
    Merry Christmas
    Gmama Jane

  29. Each and very one is wonderful!! 'Tis the Season and it shows on your banner!!

  30. They are all beautiful! And I'm so excited that I "know" two of the quilters... it feels like I am friends with celebrities LOL!

    Jennifer :)

  31. Eeek! What a joy to see my work included next to such talented quilters. I am so honored. and I am so in love with Michelle's beautiful wreath... Perhaps that will be my next Christmas project. for next year, of course!

  32. Thank you so much for posting the stories behind the quilts! The quilts are great to see, the creativity, design, construction, etc...but the stories add so much more!!

  33. Thanks for sharing a little about each quilt featured in the banner. That was quite enjoyable.

  34. Great banner and very beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing them ladies, such inspiration!

  35. Really fun to hear the stories behind all the quilts! I'm looking forward to going and meeting them all a bit more too! Great stuff!

  36. Love the Christmas banner and all the new blogs to check out. Thanks so much!


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