Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Preparations Continue

If I were a cookie, I would want to live here. The cookie boxes are Martha Stewart that I found at Wal-mart. I'm in the middle of making hundreds of special cookies from my great grandmother's recipe. I'll share those when they are snuggled in these boxes and ready for giving.
This block is for Nadia in my Common Threads virtual quilting bee group. I wanted to get it done before Christmas so I set aside Saturday morning. She said make a block you love so I combined my fav blocks, pinwheels and a log cabin. She also said she loved embroidery...honestly I tried, but I decided my embroidery is not yet ready for public consumption, so I did a bit of applique. I think it's cute. Loved her fabric choices. I do hope she likes it.

I know I must be nuts, but maybe I can start and finish a quilt out of these fabrics for a Christmas present. When you find perfect fabric for that special person, it's hard to resist. I'm going to give it my best.

57 comments:

Stephanie said...

You have such great taste. :o) I found the darling boxes at Michaels. LOVE your block. And...I just bought some of the very same fabric. I'll be making something for a special person as a thank you gift!

Sherri said...

Your block is wonderful--I love the pinwheel inside the log cabin--they are two of my favorite blocks as well!

Victoria said...

Goodness, I wish I had your energy!
The cookies sound yummy and the quilt block is so pretty!

MichelleB said...

Those boxes are adorable! And I love that fabric. What is it?

~D Spack~ said...

Jacquie you are killin' me with what you do! I love it all from the cookie boxes to the fabrics! Where did you get those? and what a great block! Love the pink in with the black!!!

Anina said...

Cute boxes!
Good luck with that quilt! I'm still stuck on the one I started 2 weeks ago.

Cami said...

Love the new fabrics. I hope you get it done in time. I'm in the same boat. Christmas is coming way to fast.

Kelly said...

I've been staring at those same fabrics, resisting the (very strong) urge to buy them. But, one of these days, they're going to come home with me. They're just too pretty!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

She is going to love it!! and sure you can get it done in 10 days and bake 100's of cookies, wrap, clean, do laundry, etc you are the one!!!!

Exuberant Color said...

I know how you feel wanting to start a new project now. when I am the busiest I always have an idea for a new project, and if I go ahead and start it, it gives me energy and I get more done on all the things that need doing. I say go for it.

I love your block, she should too.

Beth said...

I've been eyeing the same fabrics -- so cute! And I've also stood in front of the Martha display wondering if I could actually fill these boxes...

Leslie said...

That is beautiful fabric. It will make a great quilt.

Regi said...

The block is absolutely lovely... the little touch of pink perfect!

Marie' said...

You have such good taste in fabric. I am sure the lucky person will be over the moon to receive a quilt from you.

Jackie said...

Can't wait for the recipe! That block is perfect for the B & W Challenge! Good luck with the quilt before Christmas!! Can't wait to see it!

Vicki W said...

Those fabrics in the last photo are fantastic! Where did you get them?

Frogdancer said...

I tried to leave a comment on the Common Threads blog about your pinwheel/log cabin block, but because you don't have the Name/URL option on it Google Reader won't let me comment. I was so pleased that on the very next blog on the reader.... there it was again, so now I CAN comment!
It's very elegant and restrained and totally tasteful. I'm sure she'll love it.
(I'm toying with the idea of starting a quilt now for my neice as a Christmas/Graduating from primary school gift. Do I dare?)

Rachel said...

Oh my! What is that lovely fabric you bought?

MelissaS said...

You can do it! Go girl, go girl...you can get that quilt done!

Can't wait to see the cookies! I LOVE cookies, they are my thing!

em's scrapbag said...

What an adorable block. I love how you combined the pinwheel and log cabin. Will be looking forward to see the Christmas present, lovely fabric. You can do it.

John said...

I love that selection of fabrics. Can't wait to see the final result. YOU CAN DO IT!! (I am working frantically on trying to finish up a few things, too ... oh, why didn't I start earlier??)

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the fabrics. Can't wait to see it finished. And those cookie boxes are a great idea!
Kris

ellen said...

Your block is beautiful and I know that the cookies will be just yummy. Those boxes are adorable and perfect for cookies.
A new quilt in time for Christmas?? If anyone can do it, it's you.

Lily Boot said...

aren't those boxes gorgeous - my mum's in Canada at the moment, I'll have to send her to walmart there and look for them! Good luck with the quilt - it's amazing what we think we can do - and even better that we actually do achieve it every now and then! Get stitching!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Love the block you made :) It is SO you! Your cookies will be so happy there - not for too long though - they too special not to eat.

And if anyone can make a quilt in a week - it would be you :) Have fun creating!

Shari said...

I love love love visiting you! That black and white block is so gorgeous... very lucky Nadia! And I love the other fabric and I have every confidence you will succeed because who needs sleep?

Needled Mom said...

Those are awesome cookie boxes.

Your block looks so pretty. I know that she will love it. The combining of the blocks is so attractive.

Good luck with the next project.

cygnetsmall said...

I just wanted to send you a quick thank you, the fabric bundle is lovely. I haven't decided yet what to do with it but will post a note when I make something! Happy Holidays, molly

henny said...

Oh Jacquie....I LOVE those blue fabrics..OMG, really gorgeous!!
About the cookie gift boxes, cute too.. thanks for the ideas, maybe I could make some for my in laws.
happy holidays :)

Yummers! said...

I adore the cookie boxes... love houses of any kind. I'd like some just for a decoration.
Joni

Candace said...

Oh my gosh - what a clever block, and I can't wait to see what becomes of that fabulous fabric! Good luck getting it done by Christmas!
Cheers!

erica e said...

very cute. i love those cookie boxes. and i LOVE the fabric you found. the clock is ticking down to christmas and you are thinking of starting a quilt?! wow! now, that's impressive!

mau said...

beautiful block and fabrics. Sewing like a mad woman also, finished my granddaughters blanky and dolly to match now on to the next.

sewtakeahike said...

You can do it Jacquie! those fabrics are great!

MightyMom said...

the block if fabulous and the fabrics are terrific....but you DO realize it is 10 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS????????

just how big a quilt you gonna make in 10 TEN days???

:-)

have fun!

Jodie said...

Oh you have so much energy - I seem to be dragging myself to the finish line this year....

Sharon said...

Jacquie, I love that quilt block! You have a great eye for colors and for graphic appeal. Your applique on it is the perfect touch!
Cute cookie houses! Are you gonna make those in fabric? They look so much like the little houses you've been making...coincidence??

driftwood said...

those houses are fantastic. I've just battled with celophane..........

Meredith said...

This is Meredith (one of your quilt winners) I recieved the quilt yesterday (yeah, the pin was still there, I tied the loose string off LOL) I also ended up subscribing to your blog, I love the inspiration. Thanks!

magikquilter said...

Great fabrics and cute bickie boxes...good luck with the quilt... you are a glutton for punishment

Cynthia said...

Yes, you are crazy for wanting to start a quilt for Christmas right now. I absolutely love the prints on the blue fabric. I don't recognize it, is it Japanese>

Sequana said...

Well, here's another block I'm gonna have to copy....*S* You make the most beautiful things.

I hope you don't mind - pls take it as the compliment I intend.

amandajean said...

I love the cookie boxes!!! I may have to pick some of those up to make the cookies that i take to the neighbors a bit more special. thanks for the great idea!

I started a quilt yesterday...for a Christmas gift...that has to be shipped. I'll join you in the frantic quilting race against time. :)

London Mummy said...

Love those fabrics, I've just recently bought some too and am desperate to make something with them.

Love the gingerbread house boxes too, can't get anything like that over here in the UK sadly.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'm so in love with that bird fabric. IN LOVE.

Simply This and That said...

What line is that fabric from. It's incredible! Love it.

AJ said...

Love the quilt block! And the fabrics are awesome, what is that line of fabrics called?

cdnj said...

I love your last fabrics. What are they?

Of course you can finish a quilt for Christmas. Quilters can do anything!

Linda Crispell said...

I hate Walmart and I think I am going to go there now to find these wonderful boxes.
Your first improvisational quilt is lovely, exactly the kind I love!
Linda

Rebekah said...

cute boxes! I immediately thought of the gingerbread cookies martha had in her magazine last christmas.

Nadia's block is so cute and I love that you combined two different favorite blocks.

Good luck on the new quilt. The fabric looks so pretty together!

everythingquilts said...

The block is beeeautiful! I also wanted to thank you for the wonky log cabin tutorial, I've made one, and love it although it didn't turn out quite as lovely as yours. I'm sure to make more of them. I love your style of quilting patterns. I've got a lot of inspiration from your blog, Thanks for taking the time to do the tutorials.

iknitipurl said...

Very pretty block. I love windmill patterns though I've never done one. Never made a log cabin either though I did break out my Log Cabin "Quilt in a Day" book this afternoon and want to try my hand at it. Love the boxes too. Happy baking and quilting.

bonnie said...

that quilt block is stunning, and i also love your fabric choices for your next project.

Janis said...

Starting a quilt gift now - oh my goodness! But I guess anyone who has ALL THOSE TREES doesn't suffer from Christmas anxiety - good luck!

judy said...

Oh! That bundle of fabric is making my heart race because it's so perfectly Christmas, but in such a peaceful, uncluttered, non-glaring way!!! I cannot WAIT to see what you come up with out of those!!!!

Randi said...

Beautiful quilt top!

Carla said...

That block is gorgeous!