Tuesday, December 29, 2009

CGQC January Goals

1. Finish the quilt top I recently started, The Chez Swanky Quilt Kit from FQS. It uses the pattern, Hip to Be Square.

2. Finish my purse I started last month, but ran into several sewing blunders with.

I think I will keep it simple this month. Happy Sewing!

What projects are you going to work on next??

Peppermint Stick Punch

Hi friends! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We've been busy here. I hosted my family on Christmas day, we were off to distant family's house on Christmas afternoon, and I hosted my husband's more immediate family on Sunday.

My mom shared this delicious punch recipe with me, so I will share it with you. It is very creamy and dessert-like. Everyone loved it on Sunday.

Peppermint Stick Punch

1.75 quarts of Peppermint Stick Ice Cream (this is seasonal and only available this time of year)
2 Liter of Seven Up or Sprite
18 ounces of Strawberry Jelly

The night before your party, in a heavy saucepan melt the jelly in 2 cups of your soda. I did this over medium heat, constantly stirring until the jelly was dissolved. Put in a container and put it in the refrigerator.

The next day in your punch bowl, scoop out about 6 cups of ice cream. Pour over the jelly/soda mixture and the remaining soda. Stir a bit. Float the remaining ice cream on top.

If you want, you may decorate the rim of your punch bowl with miniature candy canes, hanging from the side.



I have been busy cutting up a quilt kit mom bought me the FQS. I think she bought it a while ago. It has the Chez Swanky fabric and the Hip to be Square pattern. I have all of my pieces cut.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Favorite Christmas Memories

Kelly from the wonderful shop asked us to write about a favorite Christmas memory. I would have to say it would have been Buddy's second Christmas. He love the paper. Loved to crinkle it, loved to eat it. He was about 18 months. He was so sweet. Here is a picture of him that Christmas with my Grandma, who recently passed away. He was just too cute...and look at those cheeks! I know tomorrow will be just as fun.

If you haven't been over to Kelly's wonderful shop lately, you should! She has some great sales going on and some great fabrics, too. I particularly have my eye on the Love U fabrics. They are so cute.

Secret Santa Gift

Look what Joan sent my way!!! She also sent a very sweet calendar for Buddy and some tasty treats, too. Aren't these quilted gifts beautiful? I just love them both. I had the runner out tonight for our holiday meal with my family. Thanks so much, Joan.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


My Secret Santa gift is ready to ship! Ho Ho HO

I found this giveaway/share. You should check it out. You just have to share one of your homemade gifts. For those of you just stopping by, you check earlier posts and see some of the other goodies I have done this season. This quilted table runner features blocks from Quiltmaker magazine. I really do like how it turned out.

Season's greetings.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thank you!

I was very blessed by a couple of super nice packages from some of my favorite bloggy friends. First up, is this beautiful mini quilt made by my friend, Carol. Carol always has the best taste in fabrics, if you ask me. Isn't this just sweet? Thanks, Carol! I think it will find a permanent home on my dining room table, just as soon as I finish up all of these half done projects that have been cluttering it.

Then, Pat was sweet enough to send me this cute sign and a few patterns. I am just itching to whip up a couple of the pillowcases on top. Thanks so much, Pat.

Finally, as I was browsing thru some old photos, I think I forgot to post this towel made by Susan.

Isn't it cool? I just love the cheerful prints on this cute block. Thanks so much, Susan, and I really did think I'd already posted it, sorry!

Oh and one more thank you. This one goes out to Jolly Ole' Saint Nick at Bronner's.

He was just the nicest Santa anyone could ask for. Buddy had a good time.

Letter to Santa!

Dear Santa,
I have been waiting months to send you this letter. Firt off, I know I should tell you that I have been a very nicey girl this year!! Thus, I'd love to have some Swell Nicey Jane Fat Quarters under my tree. That would be swell, Santa!

Also, I just want to say Love U! Oh, and you could slip either that Love Bug quilt kit or even a Jelly Roll my way, too.

I will be sure to leave you some Honey Buns to munch on when you stop by our house. Be sure to load up the Elves's stockings at the Fat Quarter Shop...they sure have been working hard and they have the nicest customer service! They even called my house the other day when I was at work to talk to my husband about an order. I said to him..."What did they say? You know, it is like talking to someone famous." He just laughed. But, it's true you know, in the quilting world.

Until next time,

Kris at Dandelion Quilts

Sunday, December 13, 2009


I have been working on my secret santa gift. I decided to make a table runner using 2 blocks from the Quiltmaker 100 block issue. These were designed by Monica and PamKittyMorning. I actually switched the flying geese direction on the center block because I thought it worked well in the table runner. If I made the quilt, I would probably keep the geese the direction they were designed to be. And speaking of, I would like to make a small quilt using these blocks, someday. Is your someday list as long as mine??? I have the top done, and you can see the backing material peeking out from the bottom there in black.

I also made up some cocoa cones for the bus driver and daycare workers at Buddy's school.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What I've been up to. . .

I think I am addicted. Hello. My blog name is Dandelion Quilts and I am addicted to embroidering towels. That seems to fit.

Someone asked last post, all of these designs came from Embroidables.com

Happy sewing!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mama's been busy (CGQC finish)


One finished apron for my nephew, Zack. Poor buddy has had a cold, but was a trooper modeling the apron despite his condition. Sorry for the poor "nightime" photo.

I have actually finished 7 towels, but here is a picture of 5.

I hope you had a productive weekend. Did you do anything exciting? We also decorated the tree and house! AND, I cut out all the pieces for my Secret Santa gift/project.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

CGQC December Goals

Well, can you believe it is December already? The Elves better get busy here, that is all I am saying. I have several goals that I have to get done and I am going to throw in a wish...LOL. A hope...I should say.

So, goal 1 is to complete my Secret Santa gift for CGQC. I hope you are playing along!! Since this is a secret, I am only going to say that I think I am making a table runner for my partner. I think this will be the first thing that I work on.

Goal 2- My mom really liked a purse they had a sample of in the LQS. It was really cute. I don't have a photo to show you yet, besides I don't really like the sample/example on the cover...it doesn't do the bag's cuteness justice, in my mind. It sounds a bit challenging, so feel free to toss a prayer or 2 my way.

Goal 3- Smaller projects. My nephew would like an embroidered towel apron and I would also like to embroider some towels as gifts. We will see. You remember the saga of the flash card, right? I am still straightening that out.

Goal 4- Gee wouldn't it be jolly to have this quilted by Christmas. My machine has been acting fickle again, so I am not so sure if that will happen.

Is anyone else working on Christmas projects? If so, what?

EDITOR'S NOTE: I bought a new flash card, this one worked right and I am back up and running! Whoo. Hoo.