I am always SO HAPPY when Christmas is in the rear view mirror!! Most of that stems from the fact that Frank is no longer here and the other is the commercialization of it all. That is NOT what Christmas is all about. So that's behind me now and we move forward--thank heavens!
My sister and I were born on practically the same day--she's the 1st and I'm the 4th so we usually do our family birthday dinner together. This year as many times before, we're going Japanese. I think everyone is able to make it this year so we'll be celebrating on New Year's Day! Yippee!! Now all we need is a Cowboys win before dinner. HA!
Not by leaps and bounds or anything near that but it HAS doubled and that's saying a little something. I'm liking this so far and got a bunch of 1/2 yd. red and green cuts from Fabric Shack (they were only $4.98 a yard so not bad for additions to the stash). My friend Judy thought she might like to do some trees but has never paper-pieced so I told her I'd show her how. I did mention that most people either love or hate paper-piecing..not much in between!
because there's only a very tiny little tree lot. But it IS a start and I'm thinking I might join in on Judy's Quiltathon beginning Jan. 5. If the weather's as gorgeous as it's been the past few days, maybe not. We'll see.
Here are our family photos for 2016. Those tall hats and antlers kinda interfered with those on the back row. Of course the first is our silly pose and the second is supposed to be the serious (even though we left our 'costumes' on). My baby was missing this Christmas since he was on a cruise that his friend won the last time they cruised together. I hate it when someone's missing :-(
And then my nephew came up with a goofy game for us to play. It was pretty funny but not as funny as the game at Thanksgiving (with those things in our mouths!!). This one had a wrapped gift (very SECURELY wrapped with LOTS of tape and no loose paper) and involved a hat and pair of silicone cooking mitts plus dice. One person began rolling two dice while the person next to him tried to don the hat and mitts and attempt to get the package unwrapped. Most of the time, we'd no sooner get the hat on and the dice roller rolled a double and you had to pass to the next person. I didn't think we'd EVER get the paper even remotely off the package but finally by #1 son got most of it and my nephew got the remaining off to end the game.
I got this cute pattern on Craftsy (that place is BAD and TEMPTING!) and I needed to try just one block. If I remember correctly, there are 36 trees in the finished quilt so it'll be awhile. But it's paper-pieced (thank HEAVENS) and not too many pieces. There will be red and green trees naturally. Sure hope I can get it done by next Christmas (yeah, RIGHT!!!). LOL
And this was one more that I'd intended to include with my last post. I just LOVE the candles and the colors. Would be a beautiful wallhanging for the entryway.
Every year I browse through Pinteret and other places looking at Christmas quilting stuff. There're always things I haven't seen, whether it's new or I just missed it, that catch my eye and I think "oh man, I need one of these"!! That's where all these UFO's come from. Must.stop.now!!
Isn't this the cutest? Snowglobes..what a great idea!
These little faces..every year I say this'll be the year I'm going to make mine. I even have the pattern. GAH!
I'm really liking the Christmas trees in the bed of red pickups. But this is really cute--bringing home the Christmas tree!! And pretty much all neutral except the red splash of the car and bird!
Oh MY! A spin on the jelly roll race quilt only strips are different widths. CUTE!! Easy too!!
Presents, mittens, cups of hot chocolate..what could be better? Well, lots of things I suppose but this is so cute!
much but do occasionally pick up the hook. I bought this kit on craftsy and I cannot tell you how long I've been working on it. I could probably use it this coming Sun. and Mon. (although I most likely won't leave the house!!!) but doubt it will be done by then. Besides, it doesn't match any of my coats--HAHAHA (sigh). I'm only posting it here so I can link up with Judy.
I bet you thought I was talking about Christmas and yes it is! But that's not what I was referring to (though frankly I'll be glad when it's in the rearview mirror). I decided a week or so ago to get back to work on the fall disappearing 9 patch and yesterday (because the cleaning gal is coming today), I got my rear in gear and finished the last seams and decided it's big enough for my purposes without a border.
My goal the next 2-3 weeks is to get backings made for several tops needing quilting so I can get them to the 'done' stage. This one I'll stay stitch around the outside edges so the longarmer doesn't have to worry about the seams coming loose. This one's definitely not a fave of mine but it's finished and, depending on the size since I haven't measured yet, it COULD become a donation. We'll see. And upon further inspection, I've noticed I didn't sew all the blocks and rows together so the pattern doesn't show. Oh well, tis the life of a disorganized quilter.
I was zipping home from dinner this evening and ALMOST home when this beautiful house caught my eye so I had to go around the block for a better look and a picture. It was so cool that all the windows were outlined.
But then, as I was going around the block, I spotted this one!!! Talk about mega lights (and I'm betting a mega electric bill!).
The first picture is just beautiful and classy. The second is like 'can we cover ALL the bases and make people stop and stare' kinda display. I did stop and stare and think they did cover all the bases. There's a guy around the corner from me that did a Halloween display to music and now he has a Christmas one. I'll have to try and get a video. (I really should've zoomed in a little more to get the full effect..oh well)