Thursday, December 18, 2014

A new arrival, prize-winners, a little music; other random stuff.

Our family is growing!  We are thrilled to announce our new arrival!  Meet "MO"!
photo courtesy of Sue McCarty
Little "Mo", as his previous owner called him, has arrived and we are busy setting him up in the studio, complete with his Statler computerized system.  I'll need to familiarize myself with all his bells, buttons and whistles, (and hundreds of pre-loaded patterns) then we'll get busy after the holidays.  My husband and daughters at home will also be learning to operate little Mo, too!  So stinkin' excited!!  Meanwhile, Bertha is still busy stitching up custom quilts - one more to go before Christmas.

And, Congratulations to my winners from three recent blog hops, whew!!

Kathy won a pattern bundle sponsored by Jacquelynne Steves on the "Sew Sweet Simplicity" hop.  Such darling patterns!  Love those cheery cherries.  Next week will feature a new block and a new pattern bundle giveaway.

Vicki won a copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol 10, plus a happy little stack of charm squares and supplies to make my "Spring" quilt block featured in the magazine.  The applique' pieces are cut with my AccuQuilt cutting system.

Robin won a little Cardinal pincushion/ornament #littlebirdiepincushion from my "Twas the Night..." hop with the SewWeQuilt online guild.

And did you notice?  Her name is ROBIN!!  OK, so I couldn't resist making this one for her as well.  
Want to make your own Little Birdie pincushion?  
Here's the link → Little Birdie FREE Tutorial
For the robin, I pieced the head strip and used the same print for the rest.
For the Cardinal ornament, I used a black pigma pen to color in around the beak, 
then I used a large needle to add a ribbon through the seam for hanging.

Then I made a few more.  You know, for Christmas. 

And if that weren't enough excitement for one post, it was concert week last week!  I sing in the biggest backup group in the world, and it was such a delightful week as we sang with our guest artist Santino Fontana (voice of Prince Hans from Frozen, and a darling!), along with the Muppets!  That's right, from Sesame Street!  Big Bird, the Count, Grover, Bert & Ernie, Rosita, a new-to-me little sweetie--Abby Cadabby, and of course, my favorite little Elmo!  Here's a highlight:

It was a great concert! ♫♪ Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? ♫♪ ♥♥♥


  1. I heard Sue was retiring. How nice that you could get that machine! I would love to get a second machine someday with a computer.

  2. NIce to get a new to you machine with the computer. I couldn't quilt without mine, even though it isn't a Gammill. Congrats to the winners. The birdies are cute. Wish I could have been at the Conference Center last week. Utah is just too far away some days!

  3. Thanks for the heads up on the PBS Mormon Tabernacle Choir special featuring the Sesame Street muppets.

  4. Enjoy Mo and love all the little birds. What a delightful program and you will have remind us of the PBS feature when it is ready to air.

  5. what a wonderful contraption you have bought can`t wait to see what you quilt with it and so many patterns too wow have fun all of you. Love the mini video, I can remember when i lived in Australia back in the early 70`s we had a lady at work who work take a sicky at least one every 2 weeks to watch sesame street, back in the days when you could not record it, have not seen it for years so throughly enjoyed this mini one. Have checked out the instructions for the bird and hope t make a mini family of them

  6. Deonn - great to be part of the 'backup group', lol! How fun. And what a nice addition to your quilting studio! I'd love to have a Statler. Mo's the merrier!

  7. NEXT December? That's too long to wait for the broadcast! Congrats on Little Mo, and I love all the birdies. Merry, merry Christmas!

  8. Nice addition to the studio. I love my Statler!!! Wish I could get Hubby and my son to learn to use mine! Beuatiful music too! Merry Christmas!


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