I've seen so many doing end of year recaps and I always think to myself 'I didn't really do much' but in going back and reviewing, I actually DID! WOW! Who knew? I awarded 9 QOV's and (nearly) finished the pineapple, large star with checkerboard border and the X's & O's quilt (just need to stitch down binding) plus I finished binding one other. I did 12 pillowcases for donation and each QOV had a pillowcase so that's 21 pillowcases. I did fail to complete the little Christmas tree wallhanging (one stupid block made me throw in the towel as I was putting it together) and the circle quilt (didn't like the borders after they were on so that's laying in a heap somewhere).
I'm hoping to get the borders on the present quilt sometime in the coming week in addition to putting the autumn quilt together (that one won't have any additional borders..woohoo!).
So I guess I did fair to middlin' for 2017. I NEED to do four more QOV's but at the moment my heart's just not in it. I have plans though.
with 2017 and I'M nearly done with this quilt! I do see one piece that should be swapped out and I'm thinking on whether or not I should fix it or leave it. I've already done LOTS of ripping on this one and, frankly, I'm tired of it. Not sure it's enough to bother me. We'll see.
Of course it is! Wanting to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Just sharing a few random Christmas quilts with you that I've gleaned from Pinterest. No idea who the makers are but they made some beauties!!
I was at the antique mall today for our monthly birthday lunch and while waiting for our table to be ready, I just happened to spot this machine. No telling what it might have been in it's former life since everything's covered in paint. Think the asking price was $47 or $48. No clue why anyone would waste so much time painting on old machine like this!
OK, the top is together except for borders (not my favorite part!). I browsed my stash but, of course, didn't find anything I thought would go. May run to Joann's later to see what's available. I'd like to get this done!
These blocks are quick to go together. I only have 4 more to go then the sashing on the left (though I'm seriously considering just sewing one more side on each block!) then a matter of sewing rows together and putting a border on. Will be perfect for replacing the pumpkin quilt!
I won a book from Blackbird Designs a couple of weeks ago and it arrived in the mail today. Such a cute book but I gotta say their row is by far my favorite! A cute little owl row! And Alma even autographed it. Love that.
there are 10 blocks if I count that very first star (which is not in the photo) and that would mean half way there. I'm actually starting to love it (as opposed to just liking or even really liking it! HA).
And then there's another project that I started recently...
and this will be 4X4 so it can hang in place of the pumpkin quilt during December. It's quick and easy and is from a youtube tutorial by Missouri Star. Love the way the sashing is added to each block along the way. Another for next year--sigh.
Just to notify everyone..Hooty's in the house as of today, Dec. 3, 2017! Always love when he returns! Hope he's brought the Mrs. along. (Terrible pic but didn't want to disturb him too much on his first day back! LOL)
but it's more than anything of late. I guess I've been spending more time cross-stitching lately and the quilting has gone by the wayside. But there has been a little sewing going on. Two or three months ago, Carole over on her blog had a quilt along for a beautiful quilt in fall colors. I LOVED it but only had a short time before leaving on a trip. I made one block and posted a picture of it. About a week ago, I pulled the pieces and parts from back then plus more fabrics to go along with the rest and have been busy mostly making half square triangles and trimming them up (not my favorite thing to do).
So this is what's together at this point in time
and it spurs me on to continue because they're so pretty (IMHO anyway..HA). I didn't include the very first star I made and posted the pic of mostly because I'm not quite sure I'll use that one in the finished quilt. We'll see. I DO have 3 more blocks nearly together--the strips are sewn together but then the machine messed up which always aggravates me and I walked away. I think Carole's was 3 by 4 but I made my blocks a little larger and think mine'll wind up 4 by 5.
This would probably be a gorgeous Christmas quilt too and maybe one day that'll happen. Would also be a very pretty QOV and that's what I SHOULD be working on!! I need to make four more for presentation. The guys are probably thinking I've forgotten theirs. Need to get busy.
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Books I've Read
1 Widows by Lynda La Plante
2 Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant
3 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
4 Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong
5 The Buried by Kathryn Casey
6 The Thief of all Light by Bernard Schaffer
7 Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin
8 The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
9 City of Bones by Michael Connelly
10 The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
11 The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
12 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
13 The Baker's Secret by Stephen Kiernan
14 Educated by Tara Westover
15 Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
16 The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
17 Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
18 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
19 Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
20 Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
21 The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
22 Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
23 Between the Lies by Michelle Adams
24 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
25 Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
26 Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
27 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
28 The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
29 Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
30 Home Front by Kristin Hannah
31 Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin
32 Cardiac Event by Richard L. Mabry, MD
33 These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
34 Burnt River by Karin Salvalaggio
35 A Life Intercepted by Charles Martin
36 The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
37 All The Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian
38 As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
39 The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
40 Dead of Winter by Annelise Ryan
41 A Lethal Legacy by Heather Graham
42 The Body in the Wake by Katherine Hall Page
43 One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase
44 Cold Woods by Karen Katchur
45 night road by Kristin Hannah
46 American Predator by Maureen Callahan
47 The Territory by Tricia Fields
48 This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
49 Into the Savage Country by Shannon Burke
50 Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
51 Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
52 The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
53 All Rivers to the Sea by Bodie Thoene
54 Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
55 Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
56 The Bitterroots by C.J. Box
57 Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
58 Heaven's Keep by William Kent Krueger
59 An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames
60 Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
61 Savage Country by Robert Olmstead
62 Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
63 Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
64 Copper River by William Kent Krueger
65 Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt
66 Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
67 Below Zero by C.J. Box
68 Cold Shot by Mark Henshaw
1. Assassin's Revenge by Ward Larsen
2. In Too Deep by Lynn H Blackburn
3. See that My Grave is Kept Clean by Bart Paul
4. Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger
5. A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais
6. Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger
7. Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger
8. A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
9. Clawback by J.A. Jance
10. Crooked River by Preston & Child
11. Home by Harlan Coben
12. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
13. One Minute Out by Mark Greaney
14. The Disappeared by C.J. Box
15. The Reckoning by John Grisham
16. Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming
17. The Guardians by John Grisham
18. Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason
19. Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger
20. Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
21. Agent in Place by Mark Greaney
22. This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
23. Masked Prey by John Sandford
24. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
25. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by KM Richardson
26. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes