Quilt Lady

The first noel

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I was perusing new items in an adorable shop in Ponte Vedra this morning, when I came across a coloring book for adults. Actually, it was a coloring book for any age person, but since the drawings were so meticulously drawn, I ventured to say that it was for adults. It is said to relieve stress to sit and color in between the dark lines. I remember as a child that I was anything but, relieved of stress when coloring, as my mom would sit by me and say, “Stay inside the lines, Bonnie Jo!” Being the non-conformist that I am, today, I know that I would have liked to have crossed over the lines now and then to create a more interesting pattern. You see, I’ve been like that all my life.

Every September I buy a new box of crayons. I love to color. Colored markers are fun, too, but not as much fun as the crayons. I usually find the largest box that is in the stores, as I love all the different hues of the colors of the rainbow. Fabric markers are great, too. Most of them are set with heat once the coloring is done.

For those of you who don’t remember the Christmas carol, The First Noel, Noel is French for Christmas. My precious granddaughter who was a French major in college, told me that there should be two dots (known as Umlauts) over the ‘e.’ I don’t know how to do that on this computer, so you’ll just have to look at the picture. Pictured is my drawing of my own Christmas card that I am going to use as a pattern for a little Christmas pillow ornament to put on my front door. I shall print the card on fabric, and use fabric markers to color “between the black lines.” I shall add a little glitter to make it sparkle when the light hits it.

Here’s how to make the ornament: cut the fabric card out leaving a 2” border; layer it with batting and a lining; do a little machine quilting on it; cut out a backing; sew the right sides together leaving a small hole to flip and turn; then stuff it with polyfil polyester; sew up the hole; add red satin ribbon to hang it onto my front door handle and have a unique little Christmas ornament.

This Christmas, leave your “wish list” in a prominent spot for your spouse to find. Be sure to tell him or her where the items may be found. This takes the guess work out of it. Mr. Whoozy used to get lost in Joanns trying to find something that I had put on my wish list. It was always a “hoot” what he would get for me if he couldn’t find what was on the list.

He loved to shop! I have more scissors than any other human on the planet, thanks to the time I asked him to buy me a pair of Gingher scissors. There were at least seven different sizes of those.

He bought all seven of them for me. I knew I had a “keeper” when he gave me a new Bernina sewing machine for a wedding present! Such a jewel!

Hope you are having fun with your Christmas shopping. I usually do it in one store and get out of there with something for every person on my list. That is a challenge that I make for myself to do.

Mark your calendars. The next Ocean Wave Quilters Guild meeting will be Jan. 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at The Players Community Center on Landrum Ln., off of CR-210, behind the Shell Station. Start the New Year off right and visit this wonderful group of talented quilters. “Work your Heart Out Day” is Feb. 11 at The Plantation dining room where we shall stuff the heart pillows for Hospice.

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