I finally received all 48 of the Block Lotto wonky star blocks. Here they are all laying on the living room floor. This was the best I could do without getting into major furniture moving. I won't start working on these until after Christmas . . . or at least until my Christmas presents are all sewn!
Remember these? Here are the other 8 house blocks, finally finished. They've now been cut in half (top to bottom) and the left halves have gone to California, where they'll be exchanged with my quilting buddies in January. I'm so proud of myself that I actually got this done early! This is so unusual for me. I just wanted to be done with them, so they were there on time and I didn't lose them in the holiday
mess hustle and bustle.
November saw me reach a major birthday - 60. Wow, I can't say I'm middle-aged anymore, can I? Yikes, that sounds so old. I know it's not really - 60 is the new 50, right?? So, in celebration of my impending decrepitude, DH treated me to a more portable machine than my trusty Bernina. I was having trouble hauling that hefty girl up and down the stairs and out to sewing/quilting events. So, she has a new little Brother. Except maybe it's really a sister, since it's PINK. I need to go find some purple glittery "bling" to stick on it to mitigate some of that pink, which is not my favorite color . . . I would have preferred purple. Oh well, I can live with it because I LOVE this little machine! And it's so light and easy to move. Now I just need to go to the free class the store offers to learn how to use that nifty needle threader. I'm starting to feel older just because I'm having so much trouble threading that needle! Darn tri-focals.
So, just what was I doing in November, besides getting older?? Let's see, we had a pottery show locally, had a birthday High Tea that was so much fun, went shopping (see paragraph above), went to the Puyallup Quilt, Craft and Sew show with a new friend (I behaved myself and didn't buy too much), went to Oregon for a "Pottery Party" that a friend does for us, visited with my sister the rest of that weekend, and then cleaned house like a mad woman and was hostess for Thanksgiving. Whew! Oh, and last week we got to deal with a big snow fall. At the end of all the snowfall, we ended up with 8 inches of the stuff! I did manage to get to the store to buy the turkey etc. for the holiday, right before we got most of the snow. (A week ago, our low was 8*F. The pond was frozen until about 2 days ago.) And our family managed to get here for the big day. We had lots of fun and food. It was grand!
Here's what our front yard looked like with all the snow:
Kind of puts you in the Holiday mood, doesn't it?
If you have a spare few minutes this month, here's some quilt photos to peruse when you can. These are from the East Bay Heritage Quilters quilt show from this spring. They're in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay area, with about 500 members. There are about 10 pages of photos, with some truly awesome quilts. And some fun liberated ones too!
So, now I'm ready to make my Christmas presents. I'm hoping to be done early with that too. But what I really want to do is sit and work on some of my quilt projects. And visit all of your blogs. Wish me luck!