Monday, December 22, 2014

After the party......

The gifts have been given, the party is over.  I needed something to sew on last night to unwind so I was happy I had sewn the stratas already for this Trip Around the World.  This will end up around 40" square.  I ran out of room on this single design wall so I'll sew about a third of it together and then move it to the left and unpick the rest of the loops.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Presents wrapped, baking done...

It was a busy day yesterday getting everything done for the party which is this morning.  I had the presents already in the bag when I decided I should have taken a photo.  Instead I just made a collage of some of the cactus photos that I have shown previously.  Right now I have a red/orange and a pale pink in bloom.  There are buds on a few more.  I'm sure to have some blooms on Christmas.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Success!.....

I finished my great grandson's stocking at 10:30 last night.  His name is a little too high on the cuff but I doubt it will make any difference to him.
















Finally I'm using some of this cute kid's Christmas print.

I got my gifts mailed to out of state family and baked a batch of Spritz cookies yesterday.  Today I need to wrap gifts for the party tomorrow and bake some requested goodies.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Decision made............

We had our second monthly sewing day yesterday since the 4th Thursday falls on Christmas.  My new project is a flannel quilt with 4.5" squares that I cut when I made the 4 flannel quilts at the beginning of this year.  I cut a few more squares on Wednesday so I could make it a little larger.  I will save this to work on in January at our next sewing day.
I finally made the decision that the Christmas stocking for my great grandson would be denim and  machine embroidered.  This design took over 2 hours to sew out.  It had 22 thread changes so I was "on call" for a long time.  I made 2 batches of Chex mix while it sewed.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Top and bottom borders.........

I chose a fabric for the top and bottom borders of this quilt, cut them and sewed them on and also cut the binding strips from the same fabric.  I chose the backing, a 60" wide fabric hand dyed by Melody Johnson about 15-20 years ago.  Since my only Christmas party is on the 21st I hope to do some finishing of quilts in the last 10 days of the year.  I think this will be one of them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Another project..........

I only have 3 days to come up with an idea for a Christmas stocking for the newest member of the family.  The party is on Sunday.  My two friends are coming over to sew today so I will play around with some ideas while they are here.  I have a tutorial for making a Christmas stocking here.  The one I was building in the tutorial was for this little guy's dad when he joined the family party.
One of my friends stopped by yesterday with this gift for me.  We have had many discussions about brown sugar and storage and she has had good luck with this one.  There is a terra cotta ring that you soak in water that goes in there to keep the sugar soft.  This squarish shape will fit nicely on the shelf too.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Things I love...........

12 pairs plus 2 singles, flannel pillowcases done and pressed, ready to gift.







My collection of Christmas postcards in the mail from Vicki Welsh, 3 from previous years and the Zentangle with crystals this year. 







A Christmas gift from a friend who knew I would love these Charley Harper drinking glasses.