Sunday, December 9, 2012

Virtual Christmas Party

SewCalGal is hosting a virtual Christmas Party on her blog today.  Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

I have been quilting for about 12 years.  I am 43, work full time at a business my husband John and I own.  We have to great kids... our daughter .Jordan is 20 and is a sophomore at Iowa State University.  Our son, Austin is a junior in high school.
My favorite hobby is quilting!  I try to find as much time as I can to enjoy my hobby but there are days when I am just to tired to sit at the sewing machine and quilt something.

I have been taking a lot of online classes at and love it.  I was really interested in the Machine Embroidery Quilt class by Eileen Roche and showed my hubby.  John said why don't you make that quilt, it looks cool and fun to do.  I don't have an embroidery unit on my Bernina so it won't work.  Well he really took my be surprise and is getting my a new sewing machine for Christmas.  We did a little shopping and decided on the Bernina 830.  I am very excited to get my new machine.  It should be here next week.  I truly have a great husband and I am very blessed that he enjoys watching me quilt and seeing what I create.  Our home has quilts every where but he doesn't mind.

Our Christmas tradition in our house is the 12 days of Christmas.  On the last 12 days before Christmas "Santa" brings a little something every morning in the kids stockings.  My mother had started this tradition when we were kids.  When I had my own family I continued the tradition in my home.  My mom stopped when we were older about 10 or 12 but my kids won't let me!  Even at age 20, my daughter gets the biggest kick out it.  It is usually something very small, lick chap stick or pencils but that is the first thing they do every morning beginning Dec. 13th.  Jordan gets home from college on the evening of the 12th so she has already stated she is home just in time for the 12 Days.  God love 'em!

Wishing all a Merry Christmas!


  1. Sounds like an awesome tradition!

  2. what a lovely tradition, we fill stocking with fruits, candy small gifts and the all important coloring book and crayons... and even our 40 something daughters look forward to their stockings just as much as the grand kids do

  3. What a wonderful family tradition!
    And what a fun party - I didn't even have to get out of my PJ's to attend! LOL

  4. WOW -- Congratulations on your new 830 Sewbaby machine! Starting out with that machine as your first embroidery machine is like learning to drive in a Maserati. You're going to have a blast! :-) Merry Christmas!

  5. What a great tradition - can't blame your kids for not letting you stop! Kids are all about tradition and it doesn't matter their age. Congratulations and I hope you'll love your new Bernina! Merry Christmas!

  6. I love the tradition! Also, a big congratulations on your fantastic Christmas gift! I hope that you'll invite us all over to try it out when it arrives. lol

  7. God love em for sure, it's a wonderful tradition and you know they'll carry it on with their own kids. Congrats on the new machine, it sounds wonderful.

  8. 830 for Christmas! How fun for you.

    I don't blame your kids for not wanting to is always fun to be a child during the holidays.


  9. Congrats on your new machine! My husband is an enabler too!

  10. I'm so delighted to have you come join the fun at the Quilter's Christmas Party. Glad to hear you still do stockings. I enjoy finding small simple things to go into stockings too. Maybe you'll get some thread to go in yours and/or other little things that you can use on your new 830. You must have been very good this year. I've been asking Santa for an 830 for a couple of years, but don't think he'll drop one off for me this year. I'm going to be a lot better next year and hopefully I'll get one next Christmas!