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Friday, December 19, 2014

Spinning star progress, an outing

Three things to be happy about:
(1) baked cornbread w/jalopena
(2) gingerbread muffins
(3) a new adventure

Looks like somebody's hungry!

Lest you think I'm a slacker (*grin*) here's evidence that I've been working on the Texas Tumbleweeds quilt!

I started putting together the units for the spinning star block - looking good!

Yesterday my friend Sandy and I decided to visit a Bee that meets at the Theodore R. Hagans Cultural Center located in the Ft. Lincoln townhome complex in Northeast DC.

Welllll ... the bee - The Quiltables - no longer meets there!  They moved their meeting place in November to a location near the Anacostia Museum in Southeast DC, yikes!  Not gonna trek across town!

BUT - there were some beautiful dolls on display, made by a local artist who does them just for the pleasure of making dolls.

Aren't these beautiful??!

so much talent!

But, a bright spot in our afternoon is this great bag-o-scraps gifted to me by Sandy!
so much possibility, I love em!

That's it for now, got Verizon coming in a few minutes to try and see - for the 4th time - why my caller ID doesn't work.  They uninstalled/reinstalled it twice remotely, now maybe the physical, hands-on approach will work.

Sew forth and sew on til later!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Two Christmas patterns

Three things to be happy about:
(1) holiday recipes
(2) the smell of a Christmas tree
(3) gingerbread cookies

When I was at the Houston quilt festival in November I wanted to keep my purchases at a minimum because of the extra stuff I packed for the cruise.  I was so afraid of going over the weight limit!

Besides two t-shirts and a thimble, I only bought a pattern and two books - Undeniably Crazy and Postively Crazy published by The Buggy Barn.

This pattern of a Santa combined with a Christmas tree caught my attention, so I had to have the book!  If you click the picture it should go biggie size so you can see the detail.

I won't even start this quilt now because I know full well I won't get it done to hang this Christmas, so it goes on my list for 2015.

Something to look forward to!

However, I have this little pattern I downloaded late last year from Primitive Blessings website, which had dozens of patterns and drawings - dolls, scarecrows, houses, angels, stockings, snowmen, crows - things you could use all year long.

I went back to the site recently to look for new patterns but to my disappointment it's no longer there!


I made this one on a 12-1/2" background (can you see at a glance the little boo-boo I made!?).

It's a cute pattern, I thought of cutting it down smaller but I might just save it for a Christmas swap I'm signed up for.

But if I do make it into a small hanging, I'll do something simple for a border and let it be.

That's it for now, have a great Monday!  Sew forth and sew on til later...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ladder blocks done

Three things to be happy about:
(1) useless facts
(2) CNN television
(3) quirky combinations

Here's a quirky combination:  today is 12-13-14 ... does that mean anything significant??

The picture at the left is one of a series I took on board Caribbean Cruise Line's Navigator of the Seas.

Every day they placed a new banner on the floor of the elevators ... to remind us what day it was??

Well, it's Saturday again!

I got up and finished the last of the ladder blocks for the Texas Tumbleweeds quilt...

We needed 36 of these brown and neutral blocks to go with the star blocks...

AND ... since I awoke in the wee hours of the morning and wasn't sleepy, I got up and sewed a bit - so now they're done!

SO ... since there's other stuff I need to do today and haven't had breffus yet - it's time for a well-deserved cuppa before I do anything else!

Have a great day today, tilt your head to one side and look thoughtfully at life's quirky side, sew forth and sew on...