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10 Hoffman Christmas fat quarters
plus the Holy Snowball pattern.

Ladies, y'all are quite creative. I think my favorite tip was "Go sew at someone else's house, make the mess there, and then go home". Just kidding. We would never do that.

Monday Morning Counter Attack... Submitted by Gladys
Clean it off and put things away on Sunday evening before you leave your sewing space.

For the working woman, Monday mornings are a struggle getting children and husband out the door, while "trying" to have your turn in the bathroom...

When that working woman comes home on Monday evening, she isn't going near that sewing space because she doesn't want to face the mess...but if it is all cleaned up you will go in a grab, (sew) at least a few minutes for your relaxation.

For the non working woman, wouldn't it be nice to walk into a clean space with that first cup of coffee ??

I put it in the same catagory as my kitchen ...I don't want my counter full of dirty dishes, and my stove messy, I have to be able to get to my Coffee Pot !!!

Is there really such a book?

My Photo Friday... it's freezing

I captured this photo at my annual
Quilting Bee's Christmas Party.

Here are a few more that I found all around the world. Of course I didn't travel to all of these places. I stayed home right here in front of my Mac ** warm and toasty.
Besides, I don't even have a passport.


Colchester, Essex

The Westin Poinsett in Greenville, SC


Flower Sugar

Flower Sugar of Australia is have this delicious Give Away

Imagine what you could make with all of those pretty fat quarters. All you need to do is mention the giveaway on your blog with a link back to Flower Sugar and leave a comment. She is picking her winner on News Years Eve.

While I catch up on my Roll Roll Cotton Boll clue #6, I will be dreaming of this beautiful stack of fabrics. I think I'll make the Lecien Paper Lanterns out of these. I need to win them. Yes I do..

Roll Roll Cotton Boll

Have you ever been to QUILTVILLE? If you haven't, you should. IF you have, aren't you glad?

All of us quilters in QUILTVILLE sorted our fabrics, chose our colors, arranged and rearranged our stash looking for the perfect bits and pieces of just that right color combo. We anxiously waited checking the computer oh about 10 times a day, just to see if Bonnie K. Hunter of posted the FIRST CLUE for the new Mystery Quilt – ROLL ROLL COTTON BOLL

THE DAY FINALLY CAME – November 19, in the wee hours of the morning – CLUE 1 was posted and the fun began.

Now on December 19th, A month later here is some of my progress

So I like to use pizza boxes to store my blocks in. Clean ones, of course. You should see me driving around town going into pizza joints asking for empty boxes. I am kinda embarrassed asking for maybe ten of them....please. So I ask for 3 to 4 and then hit up another store asking for more.

I am putting each clue into its own box. You never know how many clues Bonnie is going to give us before the whole quilt is done. Then it's on to putting the whole thing together. Now Bonnie doesn't mess around and make small quilts. No. Her quilts are HUGE. This one will finish 87" X 102".

Here is a quote from her:

"I love quilts. BIG quilts. I don't have a lot of use in my life for table runners or tiny quilts resembling place mats, I need something that is going to help me dig in and clear out, giving me a quilt big enough to cover the people I love! I also love quilts with lots of little pieces--but don't worry, we are all about straight easy sewing. There may be lots of units, but a cup of tea, some music on the stereo, a book on MP3, a few episodes of Oprah, and you will finish each step in good time."

I might not be watching Oprah, but I am happy as can be singing away to my favorite country songs. Country rules upstairs in my sewing room. It drives the rest of the family nuts. You just can't beat a fiddle and a guy like Trace Adkins or Kenny Chesney. Right y'all?

My Photo Friday... going Nuts

I am going nuts... and I am glad.

A handful of nuts each day is good for you. Right? Are they still good for you if they are combined with lots of chocolate, peanut butter, peppermint candy canes, or pretzels?

Watch this demo here on how to make this fabulous toffee. Her guest Chef Lia made this batch.

Everyday I follow Ree Drummond's blog. Have you heard of her? Seen her incredible recipes or watched her on the Today Show?

The wonders of a silicone baking mat. Nothing sticks.

Now I am impatient, I can't wait for my toffee to cool inside the house. Therefore, I bring it outside and place it in my screened porch for about 10 minutes. It gets rock hard. Most years this is fine because the temperature outside hovers around 34 to 40 at this time. Unless we have a year unlike others where it is 70 degrees.

Sprinkle your toffee with crushed peppermint candy canes, crushed pretzels, dark, semi-sweet and white chocolate chips, mini marsh mellows. Get creative. Let me know what you would put on top of your toffee.
Just thought I'd throw this one in for fun. Yummm!