Saturday, December 31, 2011
Now the Year in Review for finishes:
There were twelve months of the group block exchange mentioned above, but those weren't quilted.
#2 - Disappearing Nine Patch, toddler sized, made from St. Patrick's fabrics, sent to Neonatal Unit.
#3 - Disappearing FOUR Patch, crib sized, green fabrics, sent to Neonatal Unit.
#4 - Checkerboard, crib sized, sent to Neonatal Unit.
#5 - Football quilt, twin bed sized, red and gray flannel, sent to Devon through Margaret's Hope Chest.
#6 - Strip Quilt, twin sized, mostly green fabrics, sent to Margaret's Hope Chest.
#7 - Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll, a Bonnie Hunter mystery, queen sized, given to DIL.
#9 Beep-Beep strip quilt, crib sized, sent to Samuel Potts.
#10 Sixteen Patch toddler quilt, sent to Margaret's Hope Chest.
#11 Strip Quilt, toddler sized, baseball fabrics, sent to Neonatal Unit.
#12 - King of the Ranch, toddler sized, sent to Margaret's Hope Chest.
#13 - Strip Quilt, toddler sized, soccer fabrics, sent to Neonatal Unit.
#14 - Susan's Magical Forest, wall sized, blocks from internet Block Lotto, given to Secret Sister.
#15 - "Lego" quilt, made from 1.5" squares and strips, double bed sized, fleece backing. kept here.
A pretty good year for finishes!
However, I have also added a bunch of new UFOs, eight in fact. And then my Secret Sister gave me one, too.
That means my total of UFOs is 23. Judy Liquidara is challenging us all to finish one UFO a month in 2012. Looks like I need to finish TWO each month. Can I do that?
I think I had better just plan on 16 like I did this year. That will mean making some of the Neonatal quilts from my UFOs.
Best wishes for the New Year for all of you out there in cyberland.
A quiet New Year's Eve at home after a movie with my sweetie
Relative good health for my family
Plenty of food and warmth in the winter.
Monday, December 26, 2011
DIL produced a high and mighty Yorkshire pudding to go with the prime rib, and then, Voila!, all the food disappeared down people's throats.
And at the direction of the matriarch [me], we held civilized conversation without dissing our siblings throughout the meal.
Wow! Holiday madness!
Hilarious stocking gifts
TONS of help with the cooking and serving and cleaning up
Quiet when everyone left
Saturday, December 24, 2011
That old biscuit cutter on the counter is always used to make the wreaths. The cutter came from my German grandmother's household, and maybe from her mother before that. Maybe I shouldn't put it away with the cookie cutters, but keep it out for making biscuits!
I have a cookie cutter goose and a large Father Christmas as well that have flat tin on the top side. I have fond memories of making these same shapes with Granny before Christmas with my cousins when I was in elementary school. The old cookie cutters that are only used once a year remind me that I made a conscious decision to use the inherited "good" china every Sunday for breakfast. That's so that I will actually enjoy it once a week, rather than leaving it always in the china cabinet. Perhaps there are other "treasures" that I could be using with more regularity.
Tomorrow I will pick up the prime rib roast for Christmas Day, we will decorate the cookies, eat clam chowder for supper, and for something new, have "church" at home with our three families and three generations.
A Blessed time for you all!
Travelers arrived safely
Kitchen full of food
Christmas comes whether we are ready or not
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Bit by bit some decorating is being done.
Dear Son lives in our town
Eating dinner by the light of FOUR Advent candles
Cookie dough in the refrigerator
Saturday, December 17, 2011
And here it is on our queen-sized bed. I had decided to back it with polar fleece, and skip the batting. With all the seams on the front, this is a HEAVY quilt.
A light dusting of snow to brighten the ground
Progress on clearing the bed
Beginning the pre-Christmas "O" Antiphons tonight
Friday, December 16, 2011
The SpoolSpinner's Quilting Bee had their holiday party last evening. There was a beautiful house to meet in, LOT of talk, and way too much food, and the exchange of gifts, and the drawing of new Secret Sister names for next year.
And here I am with my Secret Sister, Susan Shantz, showing off the "Magic Forest" quilt. She says she loves the bright colors, and has a high rod around her living room where she can hang several quilts, which also have black backgrounds so far, and this will go well with them.
I learned from this experience in the last few days, that working with black fabric and black thread is now going to be a PAST experience. I love the contrast, but my eyes just really cannot handle it any more. When I was doing the free-motion quilting, I couldn't tell how to space my work, and I missed several sections altogether. On sewing the binding down on the front by machine, my last step, I was a little dubious most of the time as to whether I was catching it down. Way too much tension was created in my neck and shoulders! So I apologized to Susan for any misses, and told her she was getting my last piece of "black work".
So here are the five FQs I put in my bag -- my favorite combination of Red, Black and White. I tried to use a combination of various sizes of print design. I will be greatly interested in what turns up next December! What do you think you would do with these?
Next project is not so much fun, but very necessary. This bed in the sewing room needs to be totally cleared off.
Look down in the right corner, there's the corner of the bed frame. My dad made this frame down in his basement wood shop to surround a daybed and it had room under it for a pull-out additional narrow bed.
This bed needs to be transferred to our basement guest area, so one of the grandchildren will not have to sleep on the floor. The transfer helper is coming on Monday afternoon, so I have to start figuring out where all this stuff is going and how it is going to be organized. Plus I need to leave enough space in the room for the bed to be moved, it doesn't break down any more.
Hmm, I think it is only going to be accomplished if I use Fly Lady's method of "15 minutes at a time".
Found lovely red fabric for my black winter coat's new lining
Found a tailor who will do the job for me
Looks like a "free" weekend to slowly get Christmas prepared
Thursday, December 15, 2011
At 45" x 53" it was finished at 3:45 pm, and I need to leave for the Bee holiday party at about 5. So a whole hour to get everything wrapped and food packed and camera in hand.
Hope my Secret Sister has a place to enjoy this.
Now to answer Julie's question about the Advent wreath quilt.... How do you add more flames as the weeks progress?
This quilt hangs on the kitchen wall opposite the big window to the driveway. I can see it reflected in the window while I'm at the sink, and also when I drive up to the house.
We also have a "real" Advent wreath on the dining room table. We use only that candle light for dinner each night. Getting a good deal brighter now that we have three candles lit!
Rain, not snow today
Spoolspinners party tonight
First experience with cortisone shots to the knees went well
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I finally decided that what the forest needed was some stars in the night sky. As I worked away, it began to seem that five was the right number, less than the columns of trees.
I'll have a "sit down" until dinnertime and let my unconscious work out the quilting design for this middle.
[After that's done, I'll add the star border and maybe a bottom border and quilt them separately at that point.]
A retired husband who does some Christmas shopping
Watching the birds at the feeders
A comfortable recliner
Friday, December 9, 2011
Well, the center at least is all together for my Secret Sister. I am struggling with what to do next.
Getting some more Xmas presents purchased
Leisure time for reading
Can afford to pay for cleaning help!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
OK, Julie asked what we were singing, and here's the answer.
Our winter concert is only half of the songs that will be in the spring concert. The Small Ensemble sings two songs at each.
The Last song, "Be like the bird", is a round, words by Victor Hugo. This one has really been running through my mind because it is beautiful and because of the setbacks I've noticed recently. Answer: just keep singing!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Couldn't face the idea of 350 HSTs, so I am putting together the blocks I received from Block Lotto earlier this year. This will be a gift to my Secret Sister at our December Bee meeting.
I have about 34 blocks with the black as background. And same reversed. I have the black ones put together for a center, and now I need to decide whether there will be the opposite coloration on the outside, or simply end it somehow. It's the "somehow" that takes a lot of time.
Concert tonight, need to take:
cookies [chocolate covered pretzels]
stool [to stop my arthritic knees/back giving out]
cheat sheets, to study right up to curtain time
Wish me luck! But actually we're pretty awesome.
Drugs for pain and congestion
Enthusiastic and talented singers
Confidence because my section leader is standing right behind me!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Bonnie says, "350 HSTs that measure 2 inches square".
I say, "I don't want to do it!"
I going to take the day off, and maybe tomorrow too.
Found and purchased one Christmas present today
Made my "cookies" for after the concert tomorrow
Got Block Lotto quilt blocks into the mail
Thursday, December 1, 2011
What you see are the 72 string blocks required by Step 2 of Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay mystery. They are jammed into the same basket that is holding the 224 [+6] hourglass blocks required by Step 1.
Wow! After being gone for five days over Thanksgiving, I thought I would be behind for another week. But, "gotter done".
Survived exercise class, tho' my back has been sore since Monday
Survived quarterly meeting with financial advisors
Getting better at the Hebrew song for Saturday concert