Wishing everyone a jolly holiday!
Monday, December 09, 2013
I know . . . long time, no see. Again. I've been a bad blogger this year. I guess I need to step up my game here. I keep meaning to post, but it just never quite happens. I hope next year I'll do better.
Here is my latest "creation". I made myself a new apron since I was hostess for Thanksgiving this year. I used batiks, and it's a two-sided apron. Pattern by Mary Mulari - The Church Ladies Apron. It was pretty easy to do, but I simplified it too.
|close up of fabric|
|side 2 closeup|
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Everyone in the family was here, except for my niece who's in graduate school in Vermont. My sister and nephew came, and that was a lot of fun. It was fun to see the cousins talking and having fun together.
My sister brought me a gift when she came. Well, actually she brought all my birthday presents as this was the first time we'd seen each other since my birthday. But this one was very special to me. She brought me my late mother's recipe boxes. The one on the right was her original one. I "enhanced" it when I was in high school by decoupaging some cut-outs from a magazine or something. It doesn't look very good and I was always sorry I mucked it up. The one on the left was one DH and I made for her a number of years ago. We bought the box, he stained it and made the stencils and I stenciled it. I think I'm going to ditch my old, sad plastic recipe boxes and start using my mom's. I just need to sort through her recipes that are still in them.
This was a 'make & take' project from my LQS, Heavenly Quilts and Fabrics last month. Now I need to get it done in time for Christmas! My friend K in CA did blanket-stitch stitching around all the appliques for me (not included in this photo), and now I need to quilt and bind it, and then sew buttons on for the eyes and mouth. We'll see if I can actually get it done in time for this year.
Last week I took a class at Heavenly Quilts. Lisa taught us the braid quilt. This is what I have so far. I think I need 2 more braids to make a lap quilt the right size. I have lots of strips cut and ready to go. My guild gives the lap quilts to a couple of the local assisted living facilities.
At the guild's Christmas party last Friday, we drew for our next year's challenge. The Ugly Fabric Challenge. I think these fabrics are waaaay beyond ugly - they're in the "Hideous" category! We
had to got to pick a stapled-shut brown paper sack. Then we had to write our name on the back of the index card that had swatches of the fabrics stapled to it, so that when it's done, people can tell which fabrics we were working with. The finished quilts will be shown with these swatches at the quilt show. Each fabric is about a fat quarter in size, and we only have to use a recognizable piece. How big do you think that would be? I'm thinking an inch square should do it. *grin* The challenge is due in July.
I have no idea what I'll be doing with these, but I was assured that over-dying or using the wrong side of the fabric is allowed, so that definitely opens up more possibilities! These fabrics just make me shudder! Ewww! The sad part is, I recognize that middle fabric from (I think) the 80's. I think I may have even had some of it. I do find it the least offensive of the three. Just saying . . .
We've been having very cold weather for here. Two nights ago was our coldest, when we got down to 14 degrees! Brrr! I spent all weekend inside, trying to stay warm. We've been very dry too. The static electricity is getting pretty wild. We've had no ice, except in the pond, which is quite frozen. Most days there hasn't even been any frost on the cars. It's too dry! So the power has never gone out. Yay! The furnace has been working overtime. We even had sun for a few days, which was nice. We're clouded over now, so it's starting to warm up. That's a relative term. We made it up to 32*F today. And now there's a possibility of snow.
It's been so much fun seeing other bloggers' homes all decorated for the holidays. Our tiny tree is up and decorated, and DH put some lights on the front of the house. I still need to put up my Christmas wall quilts. And that's all that's going on. I guess we're kind of humbug here - the kids are grown up and it just seems like too much work anymore. I'd rather be sewing! I love getting the decorations out, but I really hate putting them away. So I don't do it anymore. But I LOVE seeing how other's have decorated and admire them for doing it! I have to say, my Christmas quilts do make me happy. And that's enough now.