post-Christmas update

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Our quilt guild typically has a featured speaker at each monthly meeting and then the following day is a workshop where either a specific technique is taught, or perhaps we start or even finish a pattern that the individual has designed. Debbie Maddy was the speaker earlier this year so I signed up for her class the next day because this looked like a fun quilt.  We got quite a bit of it completed during the class, with the easier blocks to finish at home.  The basic concept is a block is made, sliced up in different ways and then put back together.

Except I didn’t.  Finally I finished up the semester and had some free time and I was determined to knock out at least 2 quilt tops.  This one was the one that was closest to completely done so I finished it up.  It may be March or later before I quilt it though since I want to practice quilting some more.  I’ll probably take it to our machine quilting bee for some ideas.

20171208_063339.jpgAnd we had snow a couple of weeks or so ago!  That rarely happens, and when it does it sure doesn’t stick.  It did this time, about midnight.  I was actually already in bed, but our daughter woke me up because I just had to see this!

I wasn’t too enthused with the idea since I’ve seen my fair share of snow in my lifetime, but we went outside in the middle of the night and had a big snowball fight and then made a pretty sad looking snowman.  Our son had school in the morning and that afternoon when he got home, he said the school spent the first 3 periods of school outside playing.  I thought that was pretty nice of them – I’m sure they realized no one was going to get any work done anyway!

20171215_122509.jpgI had invited my sister to my house for Christmas.  I hadn’t really given it any thought that the crew would end up growing to 9 people.  At the time, both grown children had plans at their respective homes but the next thing I knew, both of her children and two grandchildren were headed our way.

I remembered I had a Christmas stocking die from AccuQuilt for my studio cutter and wow was that ever fast!  I lined the inside of them which they thought was the greatest thing ever that they had a “two-sided stocking”.  I just didn’t want the raw seams to sew and it was easier to line them than to do French seams around all those curves.  I also quilted their names on each one.  It was a big hit except for the youngest who I thought really loved the color pink but it turns out she loves purple.  Oops!

20171228_163250.jpg And this last one has all the blocks made but is still being pieced together.  This is a sampler by Amy Ellis from her Modern Heritage book.  I had also started this one earlier in the year.  Her sampler ends up at 66″ x 78″ but I wanted something a little larger than that, so I’ve added 2″ finished strips throughout to gradually add in more white space.  I could’ve made another column but that wasn’t going to help me get this one over the finish line.  There is another row across the bottom and a third column to this so it’s only about half pieced but hopefully I’ll knock this out tomorrow.

That leaves me with 2 more quilts to finish that I started.  I may get one of those done but not both.  I need to get better about balancing my time.  I finished up the semester with 3 A’s and literally .13% or something goofy shy of an A in the last class. That basically amounted to one wrong answer on one quiz in the entire semester. I was not too excited about that.  Apparently an A – isn’t the same as an A. Hmph!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. purpleslob says:

    So good to hear from you!! It’s been a long time!
    I love the first quilt, and the stockings!!
    I’m glad to hear you had a good Christmas.
    Happy New Year!!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too! I need to get back to reading your blog regularly. I dropped all sorts of things when I started getting adjusted to taking classes full-time.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    I really love the white space in your second quilt, it is just fresh and cheery! Nice job cranking out stocking for that mass! 😄 congrats on the A’s !!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you had a good Christmas!

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  3. Joanne S says:

    Love the stockings with the quilted names! Looks like a ton of work done on the quilt. Awesome! ~Joanne

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate it! Those stockings were actually pretty easy to make. It definitely helped to have the Accuquilt die for it.

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  4. Pink vs purple…..children can be so frank sometimes. The comments of little ones at Christmas time crack me up! You will probably remember that stocking story for many years.

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    1. I had deliberately made hers pink because for some reason I was sure that was her favorite color. The reaction her face was so funny I couldn’t help but laugh! I might make her a purple one for her birthday in February!

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