I'm writing this in Blogger, and I'm not sure if I remember how! I keep thinking that maybe I should just stop blogging since I've become so lax about it, but I just can't quite seem to pull the plug. Although I'm now retired and have all the time in the world, it seems that I have less time than ever before. I belong to two Guilds, two small sewing groups, and I sew at a friend's house on Mondays. Three other sewing dates are set up for this month also. Life is GOOD!
RSC15 has come to a close, and I decided (with the help of many sewing buddies) that I needed another bright color for my final Dresden.
I had to raid the scrap stash of two friends to make this, because as much as I like pink, my scraps tends to be lighter. Thanks girls! I've finished all my centers, and will start assembling the quilt very soon. Then it's on to RSC16. If you haven't played along before, Angela announces a new color each month, and we get creative with our scraps of that color. She'll even provide inspiration for your blocks, or you can choose your own projects. Each Saturday she had a linky so you can get even more inspiration seeing what others are doing. Anyone can play along!
Christmas gifts have been sent and received. Di was quite clever when she designed her gifts this year. I can hang the little "P", or make it into a pin cushion, or use it as a needle book. She also sent a lovely stitched Christmas ornament. And Maria sent the cutest bunting! I forgot to take a photo while it was hanging, so use your imagination. Now I'll always have a little Aussie flair to my holidays.
And...I received my first ever hand knitted socks! It's finally turned cold here, so I just may be wearing them tomorrow.
Other December projects included two identical wall hangings, a cross stitched pillow, and three small quilts from the To-be-quilted pile.
The snowman doesn't show up very well, but he's melting in the Florida sunshine!
Two of the three small quilts were made from scraps, in an effort to reduce the stash! They will be donated for our Guild's service project.
The third small is one that I made with a small fat quarter bundle that had been collecting dust. It's meant to be a table topper, and have a button sewed on each prairie point. I might use it for a baby gift, though, so haven't added the buttons.
We made a quick trip to the shore for a couple of days before Christmas when the weather was unseasonably warm and just too perfect to ignore.
We spent Christmas with family, and I got to finally meet my new great niece. She's a cutie! We had a pretty laid back couple of days, but good times with family that we don't see often enough. There was plenty of food, and all our stockings were filled by Santa. My loot included thread, rotary blades, and a JoAnn's coupon. Santa knows me well.
January got off to a good start, with my first finish completed on January first. The fabric was a gift for Christmas 2010, the top was pieced at least 2-3 years ago, and now it's all put together. As I was pinning it in preparation for quilting, it occurred to me that it was my last gift from my father, and I'll treasure it forever.
No New Year's resolutions for me this year. Instead, I'm going to try some weekly goals. I've made a list of possibilities, and I'm happy to say that Week One was a success, as will Week Two be. One of the goals is to blog every day for the week. Think I'll be successful at that one? LOL!
Happy Stitching! Sunny