Sunday, November 14, 2010

Kicking Off the Holiday Season!

Our quilting guild held their annual Tea and Auction today!  I finally get to uncover some of my 007 undercover efforts!  Yay!  Two secrets are out in the open!
I'll begin with this wall quilt ... it is approximately 24 x 40 inches in size, made entirely with batiks.  I purchased the pattern in 2009 at Piecemaker's Quilt Shop in Hackensack, Minnesota.  It is a Cotton Tales pattern designed by Pamela J. Curo.   The snow flake is actually a very light lavender with hints of pink in it ... I really like how when it is placed on the navy, it looks almost iridescent.  I used the bling shown in my previous post to embellish it.  The Swarovski crystals were used to highlight the snowflake and scroll work.  I used the metallic treads to applique and quilt it!  I wish I had another 10 yards of the batik snowflake print used in the final border...I bought several yards of it a very long time ago ... and only have a quarter of a yard left ... it proves once again that one should hoard any fabric that they love!  I must add that to the Dillydally Creed!  I was thrilled today when it sold at auction for $175 ... and it is going to the wonderful home of a favorite QBee!
The second item I put up for bid was this tablerunner.  I pieced it a while back and finally got around to quilting and binding it!  The pattern is from Terry Atkinson's book, Confetti in the Corner.  It is made with fabric from a Kansas Troubles line and has a real traditional look to it.  This one sold today for $75, I was busy serving tea at the time and didn't catch who bought it.
This was the tablescape I set for today's tea.  The quilted tablemat in the center doesn't show well in this photo.  It was designed by Sherri Falls from This and That pattern company and is called "Pumpkin Party".  I tried a new recipe for Pumpkin Fudge ... which ended up tasting little like pumpkin and more like candy corn!  ;-)  It was alright, but I doubt I'll ever make it again.  I placed a pumpkin shaped sugar cookie at each place setting as an extra treat!  Be sure to check out all the tables and auction items at our guild's blog here.

I always look forward to this event ... for multiple reasons!  Seeing all the table settings members create ... the wide array of auction items (50+) ... the fellowship over food and tea ... guessing what things will sell for ... being shocked by how much or little is bid on an item ... having this event kick off the holiday season in our small corner of this planet!  It is all wonderful ... I admire the talent of the women who surround me ... and all that we accomplish with our efforts ... I am grateful.


  1. Oh I'm in love with the snowflake! Who did buy it? I wish we could've been there this year. I still get compliments over my purse that is a Dilly-Dally creation :) Did I tell you a former CDVan and I met in Fred Meyer's discussing my purse? Dena Smith asked if I made it, and when I said no that a former teacher of mine had, she asked if it happened to be Terri Stavig in CDV? It just looked like something you would make! Isn't that funny?! Then I vaguely remembered seeing her on one of my visits home when the twins were babies...She didn't remember me, but she liked my bag! Gotta love AK :D

  2. Hi! I stumbled across your blog, and I'm thrilled to see your snowflake! Even more excited to know that it sold for $175! How thrilling for you. I'm proud to have this connection to your snowflake!

    Pam Curo...Cotton Tales Patterns