Thursday, December 1, 2016

In Our Garden Block of the Month - December!


        Wow! I can't believe it is already December and my turn to share some fun blocks with you for the In Our Garden Block of the Month organized and hosted by the ever so talented Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy!!!



   First however, I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy for hosting and organizing our Block of the Month! Amy has done a fantastic job not only organizing this BOM but the all the behind the scenes help and support!!  You have really done a wonderful job AMY! Thank you!  Woohoo!

    This year we have moved through the seasons with our blocks, so I wanted to continue with that theme for December! My sponsor was Henry Glass. I am using "Sunday Best" fabrics by Kim Diehl.
Thank you Henry Glass for these beautiful fabrics!


   Both of these blocks were really fun to create  I am a big fan of Sun Bonnet Sue! In my "Sun Bonnet Sue and Friends" block, Sue is getting loads of help from a little Bunny offering up his last carrot for Frosty's nose. And the pretty little Dove is bringing Sue another twig for Frosty's arm!  This block is really fun to create. I used tiny buttons, 3/8" ribbon for the Scarf and embroidery for the eyes,mouth and twigs to embellish Frosty! The pattern also has the Scarf for needleturn applique if you prefer applique.


I always think of a Winter Star shining bright in the night sky in December. My "Winter Star" block has a fun little twist with the striped star points!


                           You could also add in a third color for a fun variation of this block!

     Both patterns are available for Free download for the month of December here and here! I can't wait to see your blocks!

      All the Designers have really done a fabulous job with sooo many cute and fun blocks this year! Thank you all for sharing your talent and inspiration with us!

    Don't forget to upload your photos to the group facebook page AND be sure to link up your photos on the  Linky party on Amy's Blog for your chance to win a fat quarter bundle and
 the Fat Quarter Shop has generously donated a $25.00 Gift Certificate to one lucky participant, so be sure to link up your blocks on Amy's blog!



  I am also hosting a little giveaway on this post ! I thought it would be fun to giveaway a Jolly Bar of Snowman Gatherings II!


 
    To enter, leave me a comment with your favorite Snowman building story! Or if you have never built a Snowman, leave a comment with your favorite Winter memory! Winner will be announced December 15th!

  Good luck everyone! I hope you have fun and enjoy making your blocks! I can't wait to see your designs!
Happy Stitching!
xo Jan

32 comments :

  1. My Uncle and I built one at my Grandmother's when I was about 8, and the neighbor who was a newspaper photographer took our picture and posted it in the local paper. What Fun! Love your blocks. raydeer@memlane.com

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  2. More than building snowmen, I remember walking-it seemed like a mile-bundled up with sleds in tow, to the best hill around-on a golf course for sleigh riding!

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  3. Love the blocks Jan! Sunbonnet Sue is my favorite.
    As you know, we don't have a lot of snow here, usually nothing more than a dusting. But a long time ago we did have a blizzard and the snow was so beautiful and SO MUCH. My grandson was very little then and we got to build a snowman together. It is one of my favorite memories.

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  4. Sweet blocks...can't wait to get busy sewing them!

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  5. My favorite snowman building story happened several years ago... in October. In Canada, we celebrate our Thanksgiving the first weekend in October. One year back in the late 90s, it snowed about 4 inches the day before Thanksgiving, so when we all went to my parents for turkey day, that afternoon we all were outside building snowmen!

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  6. Your In Our Garden blockls are so sweet - I love the idea of SBS building the snowman! NO I have never built a snowman... the closest I have ever had to having snow anywhere we lived was years ago when it snowed briefly on our farm when we lived further south...of course we missed it as we had a very rare weekend away from the cows, we were so disappointed!

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  7. Cute blocks. It has been decades since there was enough snow to build a snowman. I remember making snow angels as a kid. Those are fond memories.

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  8. Fav. snowman building memory is the first time my kids helped me--they rolled the head so big is was larger than the middle one (we ended up making 2, Mama and baby) I think they just like rolling the balls of snow--too much fun.

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  9. Making snowmen is one of the best memories I have of my children when they were small.

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  10. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netDecember 1, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    One Christmas at Grandma's house my husband and our 3 yr. old daughter made a snow woman putting Grandma's apron and scarf on her. He made her facing the house, so we could all enjoy her. I laughed when he gave her obvious breasts under her apron. If I remember right, he made grandpa also, but it wasn't nearly as much fun as grandma. This was 43 years ago.

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  11. Twice in my life I have experienced alot of show (2 feet or so). Does not usually happen where I live. The first time I was a young teenager and my fondest memory was digging out pathways and building a fort. When this happened again about 10 years ago, the child in me made me do the same thing!

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  12. Jan, when my kids were younger...I had 8 of them....they would go out and make snow forts with snowmen on top...only as a source of being able to hit said snowman with the snowballs they would stockpile...there 23 kids total in the cul-de-sac we lived on and they would set up on the front of our house and across the circle roadway to the side yard of another...boy did they ever practice their pitching skills.....

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  13. Here in North Carolina, snow is a rarity and a pleasure. My older daughter, around age 7, was delighted to wake up one morning to around one or two inches of snow. She was determined to make a snowman. And she did---a 12 inch snowman. LOL!!! But he was a cute lil guy, and we've always laughed about him.
    Love the blocks. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  14. We had a snowman one year that as he melted he leaned farther and farther back, we called him the limbo snowman.

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  15. When our boys were young and we lived in New England there were plenty of opportunities to build snowmen. I will never forget the winter that we had so much snow that they built forts and tunnels instead. So much fun!

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  16. Love these blocks and glad to find yet another great quilty blog. I have many memories of snowman building. We have snow every year so my earliest memories are of making them with my brother as small kids as well as snow forts. I have 3 kids and have made them each year and probably will continue in the years to come. You are never too old to play in the snow!

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  17. Living in North Dakota for all but 3 years of my life, I have lots of snow stories and memories. When I was about 12, we had a three day blizzard that dropped lots of snow and wind that swept piles of snow covering roads 12 feet deep! But my most memorable moment was when 6 of my girl scouts and myself (as their leader) joined over 1800 people and laid on the snow in the front of our capitol building making snow angels to overtake the Guinness Book of World Records in 2002. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  18. Many years ago, my oldest brother and I built snow bunnies on the front lawn. I had borrowed black gloves from my mom, and for some reason, when I touched the snow, the snow turned red. I think maybe she had touched makeup or something, and the snow was wetting it enough to tint the snow. I was able to make pink bunny ears with my gloves! It was so much fun to add color (by accident) to our snow bunnies.

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  19. We don't see much snow in central Texas, but my favorite winter memory is a trip to Red River, New Mexico for a family Christmas vacation. Skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, lots of fun!

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  20. We used to build snowman with our kids when they were little. Now we build them with their kids.

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  21. MERRY CHRISTMAS! My sister and I built little snowmen+then a fort around them,if we had a big snow;during our childhood in Kansas!Thank You for a pretty giveaway! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  22. We didn't build snow men when we were kids. Instead, we would build snow horses and pretend to be cowboys riding them. I was a tomboy! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  23. I am a surrogate grandma to twin girls. They call me Granny Annie. Before they were one I bought them a book called "Sneezy the Snowman". It became their favorite and we even had to read it all summer long. When they were 3 I helped them build their first snowman. Of course, they named it Sneezy. They are 7 now & it has become a tradition - we build a Sneezy together every winter!

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  24. I don't remember, but there is a photo of me at about 3 years old, all bundled up in a big pink snowsuit with a snowman bigger than me that I had "helped" my dad build.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  25. I'm not sure I would call this a good story, but it's burned in my memory. In late March of 1992 my husband, son and I were visiting my parents for the weekend. There was a big snow and we bundled up our 2 year old son and went out in the snow. We built a huge snowman. It was probably the most snow our son had seen, and he was very excited. Nobody enjoyed his excitement more than my Mom. He was her only grandchild at that point, and as far as she was concerned he was the best thing to EVER happen in her life. Seriously. After our visit, we made the 6 hour trip home. First thing the next morning I got a call that my Mom had been rushed to the hospital. She had an undetected cerebral aneurysm that had ruptured. She never regained consciousness and passed away that afternoon at the age of 49. Later I thought about our visit, which we had nearly canceled except I had a vague "feeling" that told me we should go. I've thought since then that it was a guardian angel that gave me that feeling, and I am eternally grateful for that.

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  26. I loved building snowmen with our children when they were young. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. When my children were young, we lived in Ct for a time. It wasn't long after moving there that we had a good snow storm and decided to build a snowman. After what seemed like hours to me (I hate the cold!), we finally got the 3 parts on top of each other, rocks for eyes and mouth and were working on finding branches for the arms when my daughter, who was 5, asked me "Momma, why isn't there a snow woman? Doesn't the snowman need a wife?" So, we made a snow woman. So, there sat in our front yard 2 snow people, one man and one woman!

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  28. One of my favorite "snowmen" was the giant rabbit that our family made.

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  29. I'm Canadian, so we make snowmen any time we get the right kind of snow.

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  30. Love your blocks and am going to get to work right away. We had snow yesterday, yuck. I hate winter and snow. Ok, except for on Christmas. I like snow angels and love watching others play in the snow. My favorite winter activity is sitting in the hot tub while it snows...lol

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  31. I Just love to watch my girls build a snowman

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  32. Love your sunbonnet sue and the snowman block. Thank you

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