"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

One Flower Wednesday

Trying to get back on track!  I realized a couple of hours ago that this is Wednesday, so I pulled out some fabric and went to work.  I can't get a decent picture, but it really is a pretty pink.

Today was the last day of my little vacation, but I spent several hours working from home.  It was a truly lovely jammie day with snow, freezing rain, and sleet.  I sure hope tomorrow will be better.

For all my friends down under, think cold snowy winter!!!!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hello Again..

Hello blogland!  It's been so long since I blogged that I'm not sure I remember how.  First there were family deaths, followed by a quick trip to California, then Thanksgiving, illness, Christmas projects and preparations, and then my heart just hurt due to events in the news.  And now Christmas is coming to a close, the baking, shopping, wrapping, stitching, etc. are all finished for the year. 

Do you remember this picture of mini hexies from last month?
This is what they morphed into for a Christmas gift.  The applique and stitching took so much longer than I expected, and kept me away from my computer for many nights.

This was made for my sil, who introduced me to quilting, is an expert, and is a perfectionist.  A bit intimidating to stitch something for her, but she's never done any English paper piecing, so I decided to take the risk!

I've also finished a couple of small but time consuming projects.  My last block for BSA, as I've decided to take a break from the group. 
I can't guarantee that there are no repeats, because I cut them out in several different sessions, but I did my best.  And I did no preplanning for the layout.  I just grabbed pieces and started sewing.  Never again. . . .

These blocks are for a group that is making quilts for Hurricane Sandy victims.  A great way to use up some scraps.  Too bad I did a giveaway a couple of months ago for all my 'strippy scraps'!

These are made slightly oversize, and will be cut wonky by the group leader who assembles the tops.  I did reuse some fabric, but tried to change the placement so that the blocks didn't match.

Hmmm...what else.?  Ah yes, Christmas lights.  A farm just outside of town does a beautiful display each year, and when we drove by this year, there wasn't a huge line of cars, so we were able to stop and take a few pics.

And we had a White Christmas this year!  Very rare for us.  We headed out to visit friends in another town on Christmas Eve, but the roads were terrible, and I chickened out, so we turned around and came home.  We stopped for a few shots on the way.

And another snow pic from this morning.  Aren't they pretty?

I think that pretty well sums up my December.  We had a lovely dinner today with dsd and dgd, Santa found us and left some loot.  I can now take a deep breath, and get ready for a new year.  I'm bowing out of a couple of online groups that I've been a part of, and moving in a slightly new direction.  I've given a lot of thought to my WORD of 2013, and think I've found the right one for me.  More on that later.

I almost forgot the most important news!!!!  I got a job offer on Thursday!  It's for the position that I've been 'consulting' at for nearly 10 months.  We're still negotiating rate of pay and there was another small glitch, but I should be starting early in January.  That means benefits and health insurance!  Yippee!  Hopefully we can get everything settled on Thursday when we go back to work.  I'm home tomorrow, but I have to work extra hours this week, so I'll be working from home.  It's just possible, however, that I might peek in from time to time.

Happy Boxing Day to all who celebrate.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas to All . . .

And to all a Good Night.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

One FLower Wednesday

Do you recognize this fabric?  It's from my ten minute shopping spree in California.  I actually made them last week, but didn't have the energy to post.

I've also been working on some mini hexies, in various configurations for a special project.  It's not a huge project, and it's a Christmas gift, so I'll be posting more soon.
This lovely assortment of blocks arrived in my mailbox today from Pat of 501 Quilt Blocks.  She also included a beautiful Christmas Tree panel, but my quilt holder isn't available, so I can't get a decent picture.  Thanks Pat!

I'm also working on some quilting, some crocheting, and some applique.  My cross stitch has been neglected lately, but Christmas is coming!  Must go do some secret stitching.  I hope you're all getting your gifts finished.

Keep on stitching....Sunny

Monday, November 19, 2012

California Impressions

We arrived in Southern California very late on Wednesday night.  Other family members flew in on Thursday.

We've been to the mountains and to the ocean.

We relived fond memories, and made new ones.

We ate. 

And there was a ten-minute shopping spree.
And a beautiful memorial service.
And then there's the jet lag.

Back after some sleep......Sunny

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Another Squishy!

I didn't realize that I hadn't yet received my October BSA block, so it was a nice little surprise in the mailbox today.  Just look at all that dotty goodness!

My favorite neighborhood trees are in all their glory right now - the sun wasn't quite up, so You're not seeing the trees at their best.

But most of the trees look like this now.

So I'm off to see a few of these!

Keep on stitching......Sunny

Monday, November 12, 2012

All kinds of stuff.

Several months ago, I requested a staple remover at work.  I finally got it last week.  It's the small things in life that make me happy.
 This lovely tree came my way from Cheryl at Polka Dots and Rick Rack, as a prize from Christmas Through The Year for October. 
 My BSA partner this month, Juliane,  requested a house block, in colors of my choice.  I knew I had some little brick scraps, and I was thrilled to make brick chimneys!
And here is the block that I received from Julianne.  I don't think I've seen this pattern below,  and it will fit right in with my other red, white, and blue stars.

Somehow I got my own name for the inchy swap this month, and these are the flowers I made myself.  I actually made three, but one was finished much later, and I didn't take another photo.  They're actually half inch hexies for a special project.
This little mini quilt is for the special project too. 
And I actually did make one flower for OFW last week, but it never got around to posting.  I also made several stepping stones.  I plan to get back to sewing flowers together again, soon.

I guess that pretty well sums up the last week.  We went to one funeral here on Saturday, and got to spend a lot of quality time with family.  FIL's children, grand and great grands were all together.  We're off to California in a couple of days for SIL's funeral, so there won't be much sewing happening.  Earlier tonight I kitted up a couple of cross stitch projects to take with me.
I've been reading your blogs, but haven't had the energy to make many comments.  Life should get back to normal next week.  I hope.
Keep on stitching.......Sunny