Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Santa Claus decided that since I have been on a roll with my sewing and quilting, that I might need these 'goodies' early. WOW, what a wonderful surprise!!! And I must say....Santa knows his way around a fabric store. Look at the new lighter colored cutting mat. I guess santa really was listening when I would whine about how hard it was to see my cutting ruler markings sometimes....especially at night. He even heard me comment ( numerous times ) on how expensive the blades were for my rotary, he included this little gadget to help sharpen my old blades ( anxious to see if it really works ). Santa said he had a really hard time picking out the fat quarters. Very hard to decide, he liked them all, but he knew I was into the 'wild' stars right now so he tried to include some 'bright' ones ( believe me....he the future, I will post some of the ones that are in that large bundle......keeping in mind....he IS a farmer man). THANK YOU santa......he said he would let me pick out the much needed new 'sewing room tv'! YEAH ME.. ( only because when I make him come upstairs to keep me company while I sew.....he doesn't like my old one that the remote doesn't even work anymore). WOW, I must have been very good this year!! Smooch-Smooch Santa!!

Here is my 'Major Award' I won over at Freda's Hive during her blogaversary week. My goodies arrived Monday and I was as giddy as a little school girl. Since I was the 'first' pick winner...( yes, I hear some of you gnashing your teeth )...I picked the japanese fabric charms and japanese project book. I love these!! Sweet Nanette also included one of her teeny little house ornaments she made along with this wonderful linen teacup kitchen towel. I'm so loving the pale blue polka dots she trimmed it in. I'm assuming the teacup fabric is japanese too. Thank you so much for your generosity Nanette!!

I also won this cute little pile of colorful fabrics at Colorful Art Girl blog. I didn't even know there was a drawing when I left a comment!

This group of santas are my 'House of Hatten' collection. They are from the 80's and are meant to look like wood carvings, but they are kind of like a heavy paper mache. I think my favorite is the one in front with the reindeer!

This is going to be my last post...( maybe )...until after the new year. I want everyone to know how much I have enjoyed blogging and meeting EVERYONE of you. I have had THE best time since I started blogging back in June. Quilting bloggers are the best in the world. I've laughed, cried, lurked around a bit and have just basically learned TONS. I have only started quilting in the last year and have been amazed at how willing everyone is to help and share their ideas and encouragement when you need it the most.....anytime day or night...( even at 4 in the morning....right Melanie?? ) is there when you need it most. The best support system I have ever seen. WARM FEELINGS OUT TO EVERYONE, especially my loyal followers...( and you know who you are )...and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TOO!

P.S. I have had numerous emails about the little stars I have been making.....I have worked up a little tutorial on them and shortly after the first of the year I will do a posting and show you how to make some of your own..........until then......peace be with you!

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  1. Now that is a truckload of quilting goodness. What a terrific Santa you have. He's a keeper. With new fabrics, getting a new t.v., will you need a mini fridge and microwave or do you plan on coming out to fix dinner?

    It's been terrific getting to know you Belinda and your blog never fails to make me smile. Looking forward to seeing what you create in 2000!

  2. Wow, I just drooled chocolate candy on my keyboard!
    Santa has been very,VERY good to you! You'd better hold on to him!

    And Wow again! You've had some very good luck on the giveaways. You'd better stop now, so the rest of us have a chance!

    I've so enjoyed your blog - all the wonderful eye candy, the inspirations, the humor. It's one I never fail to read. It's been fun getting to know you. Here's hoping that 2009 is a great year for you!

  3. You must have been a very good girl this past year for Santa to have bought you all that lovely fabric. Maybe you can make him a lap quilt from some of it?
    Thank you for offering to show us how you made those stars.. I have stars in my eyes thinking about making some myself.
    Merry Christmas and God bless

  4. Wow, Belinda, you must have been very, very good this year! Please keep us posted on how well that sharpener gadget works. And..thank you for the inspiration you gave me for the little stars. I've had fun doing some of my own. Peace to you for the coming year.

  5. Wow congrats on all that quilting material and what a cute house ornament..I had thought about making one for each of my family members with their house # on it...hmmmm maybe next year....

  6. Looks like you have already had a wonderful Christmas! Santa and Nanette really spoiled you!
    Have a Merry Christmas tomorrow.

  7. What a very sweet Santa - my Santa has been sneaking about all day with surprises and packages - can't wait to see what he got - and can't wait for him to get his presents too - what you say? We aren't sposed to give Santa gifts? - Well my santa is so nice he deserves some gifts.

    Wonderful fabrics you have there!!!

  8. Wow! , that's a great stash of fabrics Belinda...I'd keep that santa for sure..
    A tutorial on the stars would be lovely..
    Congratualations on your giveaway wins..
    Hugs Julia ♥

  9. Wow, Santa is my hero. Wheee, hope you'll have lots of fun with these. I have one of those blade sharpeners and it works well for regular wear and dullness - haven't really damaged a blade and tried it. I can't believe you've only been quilting this long - you're amazing. Merry Christmas!

  10. fabulous taste in fabric! have scrolled back and love your cottages and stars-the wild and bright colors just sing to me-and what a terrific Santa collection you have shared.

  11. lucky you were a good girl........hope you had a lovely Christmas......
    blogland is a unique special place......

  12. merry christmas to you too belinda. so glad we've connected through the bloggy world. you were a good girl this year!

  13. Merry Christmas Belinda!!! Santa was very good to you this year :)

  14. What a wonderful load of goodies!
    I hope your christmas was fabulous!

  15. Oh my, I just love all your new fabric! And I am so looking forward to the star tutorial; what fun they are going to be.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  16. Whoa, Santa was sooo good to you :) You are just flush with fabric goodness right now...happy quilting!

  17. Mr. Cottage ah um I mean Mr. Santa was very good to you. Love the fabrics. How could santa go wrong? I have one of those blade thingies and I have had trouble getting it to work. Maybe you can let me know how to do it. I love the cutting mat!!! I love it. I've never happened up on one in light green. I have a big mat that fills my table but it isn't very old so I'll keep on cutting but you can be my next one will be a different color. So glad you like your "major award"! haha I Love the "Christmas Story" and Ralphie. I watched it on CHristmas eve. So fun.

    Take a break. I'm sorta taking one. I get bored though with one thing and have to switch to another. So I thought I'd check my favorite blogs for a bit. It has been so fun getting to know you this year. I'm so glad our blog paths crossed.

  18. Your Santa really knows his stuff. How sweet of him to bring you all those goodies.

  19. WOW! Santa is a smart one! How fun.

    See you in the New Year!

  20. Aren't you lucky to get all that fabric! How wonderful!
    Now, you just have to think up some projects to use it all up.
    Happy Holiday!

  21. Glad to see you got the scraps. Thats so WEIRD to see them on a photo on your blog. I don't know why. So WEIRD though. Anyway, your santas are super cool looking. Happy Holidays and hope you're back blogging soon!

  22. It looks like a bale of fabrics. Your Sants is super special!

  23. Great job on the quilt!! WOW!! You are set with all that fun fabric and sewing loot!!!

  24. Forgot to mention I LOVE your santa's!

  25. Christmas was very good to you! The "Bonnie" quilt is lovely.