Monday, July 27, 2020


I must admit that with four months of being locked down at home due the this Covid virus I am bored.  Coming up with afternoon quilt projects is no longer as much fun as it was in the beginning.  But, one must find something besides gardening and housework to occupy ones time.  
I pulled out another new pattern from the cabinet and decided that as long as it was still July and I have tons of Christmas stash I would make another Christmas item.  
This is the 19.5" table topper.  I considered some placemats and I may actually do some for husband and I.  
I started quilting it, but about half way through ran out of thread.  I am using YLI Machine Quilting thread Festival.  It is variegated green and red thread.  So I have ordered it and it should arrive some time late this week to finish this up.
Actually this is a Christmas gift.  Yes, things are really getting bad around here.  My guild, hopefully we will be able to meet in December and have a Christmas dinner and we exchange gifts.  I usually make something and then pop in a JoAnn's gift certificate with it.  I thought this little needle case would be a fun little item to gift. 

It has a felt needle holder in its center and two little pockets on each end to hold, well a gift card!

And it finishes up really nicely with a ribbon tie.  
Yes, last weeks table runner is complete.  I think it really is very pretty.
I did lots and lots of quilting on it.  I was a bit concerned with all those curved seams and there was a bit of wobble, but it quilted out nice and flat. 
The courtship continues of Marilyn my daughter's one and only peahen by one of her four males.  Marilyn doesn't look very impressed.


  1. Fun to see the Christmas in July projects you've been working on! I like that newest tabletopper - looks like a neat pattern. I'm working on a Christmas project for my quilt group's Christmas get together - I, too, hope we get to meet!

  2. Your projects are beautiful - my favorite being your needlebook! I love needlebooks! Your quilting is so pretty! Here's hoping you will find more projects to entertain and challenge you! :)

  3. love that runner....very nice indeed

  4. Hi,
    All your projects are the
    needle case...have a great day!

  5. Hi Doonalee! Just keeping on walking, Marilyn. Remember momma duck?!! I just LOVE that table topper. It looks fab in Christmas fabrics and that variegated thread in red and green is so cool. It makes me want to make one myself. Thanks for linking up today. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. LOVE that table topper! Nice fabrics and a fun design!
    Needlebook with a gift card is a fantastic idea for a gift... fingers crossed some sense of in person celebrations will be safe (permitted) when the Holiday season arrives...

  7. I love that table topper. It's beautiful. You're so talented.

    I also love the peacock. He's most handsome even if Marilyn doesn't think so.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  8. Haha....tell your peacock that I'm impressed with his show of feathers, even if the peahen is not. But I'm sure he won't care if anyone but the peahen likes it. Your Christmas projects reminded me that I have a couple that I want to get to also. Yours turned out great, and the idea of a gift card inside the needle case is one I will use too. Thanks! Judy

  9. Such lovely holiday items. LOVE that sweet needle book!

  10. You would think that Marilyn would fancy one of those males who are out to impress her. She must be a very fussy pea hen indeed, hanging out for Mr Right perhaps?
    Your Christmas items are lovely.

  11. The table topper is unique, in a god way. I need to make another needle book! Love your idea!

  12. Love the curved table runner with all your quilting! It came out great. Your needle book is very cute. Lets hope you are able to meet in person in December.

  13. Your placemat idea is great. Will they be in the same prints or will each one be unique? Great idea to have a needle book serve double duty as a gift card holder.

  14. I love your table runner; the curves are delightful and your quilting is perfect.

  15. Ohhh I really like that table topper! it looks like a peppermint!!!