Catching Up!

Hi there!  I can hardly believe how much of the week has already gotten by me!  I hope you have enjoyed visiting the Giveaway Day posts – I found a few to enter myself too!  Good luck – I hope you win somewhere!

I’ve been sewing up a storm, which I’ll have to share with you later, but I thought I would show you my temporary storage solution I set up this week.

Temporary storage

I’ve outgrown my current system, and happened to have this wire unit in pieces.  I just needed a spot to set it up, so I emptied the boxes (fabric orders), that I had set against the wall, and moved in some fabric!  It’s mostly a bunch of piles, but I know exactly what is where, and thankfully my family knows to not touch unless invited.

Meet Melody!

I’ve also been getting to know Melody this week, a fabulous gift from my friends at Baby Lock!  I’ll share more about the machine later too – so far I’ve loved all the features, and the kids and I had fun checking out all of the stitch options!


I’m making plans to do some baking with my girls this weekend – do you have a must make Christmas cookie?  I’d love to add to our collection.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a Featured Quilter, and a Giveaway Day winner –


By | 2018-02-04T16:00:55+00:00 December 15th, 2011|Inspiration, sewing|23 Comments


  1. Jeannette December 15, 2011 at 5:00 am - Reply

    OMG! OWWWW! That is one of my biggest fears…. Hope your finger feels better soon.

  2. Melissa Corry December 15, 2011 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, that sounds like it really hurt. I’m sorry. Hope it gets better soon :)

  3. Kara December 15, 2011 at 6:46 am - Reply

    OUCH!!! I hope your finger gets better soon!

    On another note, I have been entertaining the idea of getting a new sewing machine- I’m taking my el cheapo one to the repair shop today (they offer loaners while it’s in the shop!). I’ll definitely have to check out your homegirl, Melody. :)

  4. marjorie December 15, 2011 at 6:55 am - Reply

    You are going to love that Baby Lock..I have one myself…it is the “Crafters Choice” now calling it “Tempo”. Don’t know why they changed the name..but I’ve had it just over a year now and love it.

    Sorry to hear about your finger….Merry Christmas
    A must have here is the old faithful shortbread cookie…the boys have always love cherry balls and peanut butter balls too.

  5. Nancy Smeltzer December 15, 2011 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Dear Amy, I’ve sewn into my fingers several times on my machine and yes, big-tims ouch! coupled with an extreme sense of embarrassment…:) However, hand quilting and beading has its downside, too. I have so many pricks on my fingers (I hate thinbles) that I sand the prick calluses off my hands before I go out to someplace where I’m likely to shake hands with someone.

  6. sarah December 15, 2011 at 7:10 am - Reply

    ouch! Believe it or not I have sewn through my finger twice. Once when I was 4 and sewing a lovely toilet paper something for my brother (my mom was changing the new baby’s diaper). And once last month while I was free motion quilting. The first time was the worst. I still have a but of needle in my thumb that the doctor couldn’t get out. It’s a miracle I ever sewed again. Hope this is your one and only time doing that! Glad to know it’s not just me who has done it!

  7. Debbie December 15, 2011 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Lovely fabric – lovely new machine (yikes!). Here’s a few of our family favs RE: cookies!

  8. Teje December 15, 2011 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Hi! Oh I’m sorry to hear about your finger! That must be painful, I hope you are soon well again and able to sew!
    Because I am from Finland, my ‘must coocies’ are af course Finnish Christmas coocies! I wrote a post with recipe last Christmas and I’m happy if you like to try them!
    Merry Christmas from Greece! x Teje

  9. Heidi December 15, 2011 at 8:09 am - Reply

    OH MY!!! OUCH!!!!

    As for the cookies…I just pray someone sends us a tin. I can bake cakes and pies all day long, but can ruin even pre-made cookie dough in a heartbeat! My husband is absolutely flabbergasted!

  10. Amy December 15, 2011 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Melody is beautiful! I have yet to sew my finger but I did cut off a slice of my finger with my rotary cutter :) I have the Quest Plus and I LOVE IT!!! They don’t make her anymore. I am also very jealous of your top loading bobbin ;)

  11. Kristi December 15, 2011 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I have also sewed through my finger – worst part was I was so shocked I banged my head on the sewing machine and ended up with a sore finger and a goose egg on my forehead! Hope yours heals quickly :)

  12. Tara December 15, 2011 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Ouch. I am waiting for the day I do that on the long arm. Hope it still doesnt hurt as much

  13. MC December 15, 2011 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Ouch! I guess that has to happen to every sewer once in their lives. I’ve recently gotten addicted to these cookies from Bakerella: Any excuse to make them will suffice, so I must recommend them for the holidays.

  14. Miep December 15, 2011 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Hope your finger heals quickly as it can been very pain full. Have a great Christmas and a good start to the New Year.

  15. Jessica December 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    My must-make Christmas cookie isn’t a cookie at all…and it is super easy and easy with kids! Peppermint Bark! 1 -12pk Candy Canes (Bob’s brand is my favorite), 1 package Almond Bark (Log Cabin brand is my favorite) and 1 pkg semi-sweet Chocolate chips.

    Melt the almond bark in the microwave.

    Unwrap all of the candy canes and pulse in a food processor until most of the big pieces are gone.

    Stir candy cake bits into melted almond bark. Spread on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Chill until set. (~1 hour)

    Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave.

    Peel wax paper from the peppermint bark and turn it over (smooth side up). Spread melted chips on smooth side of peppermint bark. Chill until set. Break into pieces.


  16. Charming's Mama December 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Chocolate Mint M&M Cookies. I shared the recipe on my blog last year. You can find it here. If you try them I’d love to know what you think.

  17. Katy December 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Heh, I’m about to invest in a whole pile of storage that I’m hoping will last me for a long time!

    Hope the finger feels better soon so you can enjoy Melody!

    Hmm, don’t have a Christmas cookie recipe (we don’t really do them in the UK) but I can give you a traditional Scottish shortbread recipe:

    12 oz plain flour
    8 oz butter, cut up into wee pieces
    4 oz soft brown sugar

    Mix all ingredients in a food mixer until a ball is formed.

    Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking sheet and spread the mixture out evenly, then take a fork and lightly bounce it on the surface all over.

    Heat oven to 150 C/300 F then bake for 35-40 mins.

    Remove from oven and cut up in the tin immediately it comes out of the oven. Once cooled, remove from tin.

  18. Queenie December 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Irish shortbread cookies… yummmmmmy! Easy to make and full of wonderful buttery flavor.
    So sorry you had a driving acident with your sewing machine coliding with your finger. I hope you are feeling better.
    Happy baking!
    Always, Queenie

  19. Jess December 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I feel your pain – I sewed into my finger when FMQing just after I got my bernina 440. The needle was actually stuck down, and my husband ended up having to detach the foot and needle to get my finger free after attempting to get it into the ‘up’ position several times which wasn’t fun (meanwhile I was going whiter and whiter and feeling extremely faint). I am super careful now – and yeah felt like a complete idiot for ages :p

  20. Jenn December 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    The biggest hit of Christmas cookies I make is Better Homes & Garden’s “Giant Ginger Cookie.” (recipe is online) They were the first to go and I have had people asking if I was selling them.

  21. Candy from Candied Fabrics December 16, 2011 at 12:17 am - Reply

    A few years ago, Logan put together a tasting plate of all the Christmas cookies I’d made that year and he made a questionaire for Santa. Santa chose these Molasses cookies as his favorite, and now every year Logan insists we make these cookies so Santa will be happy!

    Ginger Molasses Cookies
    • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 4 teaspoons baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 4 teaspoons ginger
    • 1 teaspoon cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup molasses
    • granulated sugar for rolling
    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
    • Sift together flour, salt, spices and baking soda and set aside.
    • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat until well blended. Add molasses.
    • Gradually add the sifted dry ingredients and mix until combined.
    • Drop rounded tablespoons of dough into sugar to coat.
    • Place on parchment-lined baking sheet about 2″ apart.
    • Bake approximately 11 minutes or until slightly puffed and cracked on the surface.
    • Cool on wire rack.

  22. Kim Brennan December 16, 2011 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Sorry about the finger…have never done it (knock on wood), maybe because as a little girl, I remember hearing Grandpa Smith telling my mother “Yins better slow down or you’ll run over your finger” Now, I hear Grandpa whenever I start “racing” Very comforting….lol

  23. Elle December 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry about your finger! I did that and managed to go through both nail-bed and bone. The worst part was the hospital bill, but at least I got my tetanus updated (though that’s been 9-10 years ago, so I guess I’m out of date again, so I’ll be extra careful!

    I love Christmas cookies, and this recipe is one of my favorites!
    The best part is that you can get the dough made and even rolled in sugar and stick them in the freezer in a Tupperware so you can just pull out and bake the number you need for that day. They keep well, but I’m a sucker for freshly baked cookies, and this is a great way to cheat while still being homemade! I’ve got a wonderful spiced chewy biscotti recipe – I’m hoping to make some later this week and put the recipe on my blog. They are divine!

    Merry Christmas!

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