Sunday, February 19, 2012

President's Day


The holiday was established in 1800, when Congress declared February 22–George Washington's birthday–a federal holiday. Still legally known as Washington's Birthday, Presidents' Day has become a day to honor not only Washington, but Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president who was born on February 12, and the lives and accomplishments of all U.S. presidents. Presidents' Day, changed with a bill in 1971, is celebrated each year on the third Monday in February, is a day when Americans honor the legacies of the U.S. presidents. All of the U.S. presidents except for George Washington have lived in the White House; it wasn't completed until after Washington left office.

ON THE WALL


My little box of little houses was toppling over, so thought it a good time to start sashing them (1.5" sash). I chose a black with cheddar dots and the corner stones are from the scrap pile. Still trying to decide if I want to throw in an occassional tree and/or larger house. **Will link up with Judy at Patchwork Times**


And I am almost done with the February Schnibbles. My Brother, which I normally do all my machine quilting with, came down with a seized motor and needed repair. So I adapted to my old faithful 'New Home' (Janome), FMQ the center and then used my walking foot on the outer border. Actually she sits waiting for me to finish the last few stitches of binding.


Two more lovely spool blocks from my partner Billy. She included some gorgeous 'Gum Blossom' fabrics. Look at that card! Inspiration abounds. Thank you Billy.

FINISHES


Finally my poor second 12 Days of Christmas Sampler is done! I just couldn't find the right fabric/color for the binding. Then one of our class ladies graced me with a wonderful bag of scraps from her sewing room - and there in the bottom, yes, could it be??? I multi=green check (a green dot found for the back) and now this sweet thing is done and hanging on my wall - for a while, as my daughter wanted this one.

I, also, finished the Color Challenge and FMQ that with the newest 'feather' challenge. BUT you won't see that until those postings go up.


CLOSING THOUGHT

When was it decided that President's Day was a 'marketing/sales' day - and that it was a good time to also have a week off from school? WOW - I think I will stay close to home and sew the time away.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

22 comments:

shez said...

Wow Sharon you amaze me with all the projects you get done,you are one very clever lady.xx

Teresa Felgueiras said...

You must be wonder woman is disguise. So many projects in your hands. I love the little houses.

Quiet Quilter said...

You just keep movin' along....nice work.

Brenda said...

Love your houses.

Cheryll said...

Are you on something? Can I get some? You are quite the woman /quilter /blogger and sew much more! :)

Lesley said...

Thank you for some history. Your blocks and quilts are sensational. Love the way you framed the houses and did a modern version of 12 Days. Thanks for sharing!

Jane said...

I love all your houses. It'll be great with trees or without.

Sue Daurio said...

Those houses are just so cute, love them. But that bright sampler quilt is just gorgeous. I do love the bright colors and that one is a winner!

Quilter Kathy said...

WHat a lot of progress going on at your place! Love the little sample...I recognize many of those fabrics!

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow! You've gotten a lot done, and your little houses are just adorable! I signed up to do that but have not been able to get down to it. Falling too far behind now, but may still jump in. Especially when I see how darn cute it can be by looking at yours!

Michele said...

You were certainly up late last night! The work is beautiful as always.

Pattilou said...

The houses look great as well as all you've done. Glad your Christmas wall hanging is completed.

rubyslipperz said...

I'm going to have to start calling you the Vrooman Quilting Tornado!

Those are some fun houses! Makes me wanna do a house quilt, yep, it's on my list. I think I'm going to have to get a paper towel roll to start rolling meee ol list up on =P

Your bright/cheery Christmas sampler is really pretty. Smart girl, who's "stealing" this one from you =)

hugZ,
annie
anniesrubyslipperz.com

Hilachas said...

Oh, you have so much I want to comment on. You've done beautiful sewing. I also, just finished a 12 Days of Christmas mini sampler although it is my first. I like it and I like the way yours turned out. The fabric used makes them look completely different. Oh, and the little houses. I have started this also but, so far, all I've done is put the little logo on my blog. I love house blocks and yours are wonderful!

Snoodles said...

I just love your houses....the sashing and cornerstones are perfect. Are you thinking of a larger house that will span two or three of the little houses? That would be cool - you could even dress it up with trees! :) Love seeing your progress.

Rhonda said...

Great projects. Question???? Do you machine quilt on your Janome? I have one but haven't the nerve to try the quilting free motion yet.

Denise :) said...

Your houses are just darling!! I think *all* of our holidays have become a huge marketing/sales day. It's such a shame. Staying home and sewing sounds like it was a good way to spend the day to me!! :)

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Do you have a quilt area that you change out your quilts every month or so...such as that wonderful finish? Our walls are so drab. I can't wait to move once again--should be final time for awhile--so I can decorate!

As for Presidents Day--why does every holiday become a marketing day??!!

Michele said...

Your I.s.t.h looks beautiful! And you are quilting it too! I can't wait to see the final reveal. I enjoyed the history behind President's Day.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Wonderful little houses are going to make an adorable quilt. Love the 12 days of Christmas Sampler - no wonder your daughter wants it!

Alycia said...

yay for your finish. Love the little house blocks!!

Michelle May said...

I loooooooooove those houses. I have always had this thing for house blocks.