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

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.



  1. Hey, that's great news for you! Congratulations on the job and Merry Christmas!

  2. all the best Sunny for your new journey in Life.xx

  3. Loved reading your post Sunny..
    I am sure your SIL loved her pretty hexie wall hanging..
    Oh so pleased to read about your job.. Just the best Christmas present and start to 2013.....

  4. Great news, Sunny!!!!

    Wonderful post and pretty pictures and lights.

    Happy New Year!

    :) Carolyn

  5. Oh Sunny I am extra so happy you have a job offer !! xxx

    A White Christmas WOW we had a very very hot Christmas

    Your paper piecing is beautiful just beautiful

  6. Great post Sunny ,I bet your SIL loved her wall hanging ,it is lovely!You had a white Christmas and ours was very green , how odd is that :-) Congratulations on the job!!

  7. You've accomplished some beautiful work Sunny. I'm glad for your job offer. Hope you find time to post more often.

  8. Congrats on your new job!
    Love the snowy photos and that hexagon flower quilt.
    Happy New Year!

  9. A great update Sunny. Love the wall hanging, I can believe it took a while :) Gorgeous pics of the lights and your snow, oh to feel cool! And congrats on your job, that extra security will be a wonderful way to start the new year :) Looking forward to seeing which crafty direction you head in 2013, AND your chosen word :)

  10. What a beautiful wall hanging you made. You shouldn't feel intimidated you are a very good quilter. I am like you and am glad to see the end of this year and I'm really hoping the next year will bring new happy memories. Take Care.

  11. Congrats on the job. The quilt for your sil is beautiful. I'm sure she loved it. I sure understand about bowing out of some groups. It's nice to change things up from year to year.

  12. Wonderful news Sunny! And I know how important a new job with benefits can be so congratulations. I hope your New Year is filled with more joyful moments. blessings, marlene

  13. What beautiful snow pics! As is the quilt with the hexies...it looks great. And congrats on your job offer. Hoping all works out well for you! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  14. What fabulous news about the job. I hope you get everything settled quickly so you can start the new year with a permanent position.

  15. Brilliant news re job Sunny, it's lovely to have a catch up.

    Fiona x

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