Thursday, November 29, 2012

Advent Tea

Last night our church hosted an Advent Service and Tea for women.  The music was wonderful and the guest speakers did an outstanding job.    The theme was Follow the Star.  The first speaker talked about following God's plan for her to open a home for teen mothers and the second speaker started a business for developmentally disabled employees.  They make gourmet popcorn.  She had popcorn available and with every sale she is shipping popcorn to troops in Afghanistan.

After hearing such inspirational stories, I was wondering why I had spent even one minute fretting about my table setting and decorations.  It is always so uplifting to hear how God works our lives in such a powerful way.

Here is a photo of the table that I hosted.  We had peppermint ice cream and Christmas cookies and the servers were the daughters of the planners, ranging in age from 4 to 12.  They all did such a great job.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Designing Monday

I finished the 12" Christmas block from the 100 Blocks magazine.

Now I am working on hexagon flowers for a 2nd 12" block.  These are both gifts for Christmas.

I finished both of my star banners for church this week, so I feel I have gotten a lot done.

I got word that my name was drawn in a giveaway for a copy of the 100 Blocks magazine that just came out.  I love those so much and they are so inspirational.  So now I will be waiting at my mailbox everyday...

Hop on over to Judy's blog to see some beautiful designs.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Advent Banners

I was asked to make some stars for an upcoming Advent service at our church.  The theme is Follow the Star.  I wasn't sure what was needed, so after some discussion I decided to make banners for the pulpit and lectern.  I found a paper pieced star on the Internet that measured about 6 x 9 and I blew it up on my printer to the size I needed.

The Advent service is sponsored by one of the Women's groups in our church and is just for women.  The organizers asked the quilting group to make the stars for decoration during the service.

I am also on the Decor Committee which decorates the church for each church season.  This year the theme is metallics, so I made my star banners in gold and silver.

I have also been asked to host a table for the tea that follows the Advent service.  That means bringing dishes from home as well as decorations, tablecloth, etc. to make my table unique.  This is the 2nd or 3rd year for the tea.  I have been to the service, but not the tea.  The thinking is that many people have sets of Christmas dishes and decorations and get so little use out of them, that this tea is a fun way to share and enjoy each other's stuff.  I don;t happen to have any Christmas dishes, so I am improvising.    I made a trip to Stein's this week as well as Hobby Lobby and Joann's looking for ideas for decorations.    The lady at Stein's who makes up their displays spent some time with me showing me how to put together a neat table arrangement. So far I have only spent around $10 and have a good start.  I got more than $10 worth of advice from her.  I will try to remember to take a photo of the table when I get it all set up.  Should be fun.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Designing Monday

I finished the stitching on this 12" block (from 100 Blocks magazine) and have it prepped for quilting.  It will be a wall hanging for a friend for Christmas.  I bought a metal hanger for it and hope to make a couple more 12" blocks that she can change out for the seasons.

This is my friend, Liz.  She is in the quilting group that meets at my church.  She made this adorable little Tinkerbell costume for her granddaughter.  The wings are a work of art.  She attached them to the back of the costume with grommets and laces.  It is so sweet.

My other accomplishments this week are finishing sewing the blocks of the black and batik quilt and working on the paper pieced star.  I now have a plan to make a pediment for the church pulpit.  Hope to make a second star for the lectern.  We'll see.

Hope on over to Judy's blog to see more designs in progress.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Designing Monday

Just a quick post and I'm off.  I have made a little progress on my black and batik quilt.  I have been sewing the blocks together and I'm more than halfway there, so should have those done this week.

I started new projects for Christmas.  The first is a paper pieced star that will be used at church to decorate for the first Advent Service.  We hold a Wednesday night service just for women followed by a tea.  I have also been asked to host a table for the tea which means bringing my dishes from home and providing table decorations.  I don;t have any Christmas dishes so am going to use my good china which is blue and white and come up with a neat silver and blue table centerpiece with a star theme.  Shouldn't be too hard, right?  Right?  RIGHT?  Can you tell this is not my forte?

Also am making a 12" square from the 100 Blocks magazine that I love.  Fun hand work.

Be sure to check out some great designs at Judy's  blog.