We had a delightful hike on
Boxing Day, trading winter for spring temperatures. An hour and a half of
walking and enjoying the beautiful woods and streams on our way to the beach.
The full moon tide had the water well above normal but we were still able to
enjoy a walk in the sand.
Our Christmas was in both our
opinions, “The Best Christmas Ever”. Our children agreed to a no gift Christmas,
except for our 5 year old grandson. It was so relaxing and enjoyable on Christmas
Ever since my children were
old enough to go shopping, they would each pick out a gift (that they would
have wanted) and drop it in the Toys for Tots box. This year our local family
owned department store was doing something different and a bit confusing (it
doesn’t take much) to me. So instead, I decided to payoff someone’s layaway
(yes thankfully this is still quite popular in our wonderful local store) for
Christmas. I asked a sales clerk that I know to decide how to distribute it
since he is always so helpful and would know who might need it the most. There
were times when my children were little when this would have been a huge help
to us, so this felt like the right thing to do.
I will be off the grid for a bit before Christmas so I wanted to take this time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas or whatever you celebrate at this time of year.
I had to share these little foxes and hope that your holidays will be smooth sledding. I have been keeping up with my Quilty 365 circles every day and a few other projects, but no photos to post at this time. So enjoy the holiday and I will join you all next week.
My December block for the
Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album quilt. I rarely make quilts from published
patterns and I must admit I have struggled a bit with this one. It isn’t
because it is complicated. I am just making it difficult by trying to be true
to the pattern and trying to make my own minute changes at the same time. Let’s
face it, I have already made the biggest change by choosing my “cheddar”
background. I do hope Esther would is looking down on me with a wink on that
choice. Somehow I think we might be kindred spirits. After all my favorite
block is the whimsical “Liberty Tree” – need I say more?
I backbasted this one just to
make sure I didn’t miss one of those tiny buds. I will also share a helpful
hint in the applique of those tiny stems. Whenever I have a fabric change in
such a tiny spot as in these little stems I machine piece (with extra tiny
stitches) the two fabric together before cutting my appliques. It reduces lots
of bulk when you come to that intersection.
I have also been quilting the last two pineapple blocks. I adore this yellow. I bought this fabric in 1993 in St. Bart's. I mentioned in an earlier post that my husband travels to the Caribbean (for work) in the late Fall for boat shows. I think it may be time for me to go down next year for a little fabric shopping!
I also made two tops for our
Veteran’s Quilts project. I will take them to another volunteer for machine
quilting. We have a few quilt angels in our group who longarm the tops which
gives me more time to piece them.
And, Audrey has inspired another
of my non blogging friends to join in the Quilty 365 sew-a-long.
Charlotte has started hers with some 1930’s reproductions and they are
adorable. I am so enjoying this. I love waking up to a little circle applique
each morning. It’s like my daily vitamin!
inspires us all!
Even my non blogging friends are hopping on the Quilty 365 circle a day
bandwagon. I just had to share my friend Tina's bright and perky circles.
I am amazed at
all the quilters who are joining in. Each quilter’s fabric choices are so
diverse and I just can’t believe how many different ways there are to make
them. Mine are simply needle turn appliqued down, but they are being done in so
many methods. A few have even changed from circles to something that suits
their taste (ie. Leaves or stars). They are all inspiring. Please check out
Audrey’s link up (here) to see them all. It’s never too late to join in the
fun. This could go on for years, decades… well you know…
I love that all my friends
(at least those who really know me) just assume that I am going to make this
(SVBAQ) quilt in the potholder method.
Well, of course I am! This kind of quilt just screams “potholder” to me, so as
not to disappoint anyone, here is my first quilted block.
And special thanks to my
friend Cyndi (Busy Thimble) for finding me extra yardage for the binding. I
could have used another cheddar, but I don’t want this to look like a potholder
quilt from the front, only from the back – which I promise will be interesting.
Many of my blogging friends
have asked me to explain a little about my method and post some photos of the
process, so here goes.
In making your potholder blocks
it is extremely important that all of your blocks are the same size or they
will NOT fit when you whip stitch them together. You must also have very crisp
corners on your bindings or you will have little “see though” holes at your
corners. I use single (not folded) straight (not bias) binding 1 ¼” wide. (I actually use
single binding on all my quilts. I have always figured it is the first thing to
have to be replaced so why make it more difficult and bulky?)
I miter all my corners and
start and stop with a straight seam. I do sometimes get comments from judges
about my “straight” binding, but I have learned to ignore them because I am not
changing. I do however stitch down the little miter on the top and back. That
is one concession I have made to the judges over the years. It doesn’t take
very long and I like to please people when I can.
Now I have to get started on
my December block – the Mountain Laurel. I don’t want to fall behind!
Please feel free to ask me any question about my potholder method. I try to get back to everyone who leaves a comment. Enjoy the day.
They say it takes 21 days to
make or break a habit. I am now on day 24 so I guess I have made it! I am absolutely
loving my Quilty 365 circles and to tell the truth (because I always do) I
really didn’t think I would last this long. I am so enjoying waking up every
morning to a little circle in my hand. I began on November 8 and since then I have made one every single morning
(except for Thanksgiving day as I was at my sister’s so I made two the day
before – see I always tell the truth).
Here are my November circles – 23 in all. (actually the little green one in the
bottom right corner is my first December one – see I always tell the truth!).
I love feedsacks and I have
tried to incorporate as many little novelties as I can.
Once again, thank you Audrey
(Quilty Folk) for giving us all the nudge!