It was a good Christmas at our place. The unofficial theme this year was simplify and it really was a success. I didn't go overboard with the decorating, but everything looked very nice. I cut way back on the cookie baking, and I don't think anyone missed the quantity since I still made the favorites. I cut back on the number of gifts I gave and instead focused on quality. The kids and grandkids have spent a lot of time here and will continue to do so until January 4 when I go back to work. Larry and I were talking this morning and decided that we are lucky that they want to be here so often. We don't mind!
I've been working on my red/white scrap quilt using this Atkinson pattern. I need 96 blocks, and I'm almost halfway there. Usually I lose interest in a pattern before I finish the quilt top, but I'm having fun with this one. My white/cream basket of scraps is now in order, and I'm working on downsizing the red basket. I cut blocks as I go along, and I'm enjoying seeing how the fabrics pair up. This is going to be a beautiful quilt when I'm done.
My cousin Audrey and I worked on the Gail Pan free block of the month this year. While we were at our quilt retreat in November, we sewed the blocks together. Because we were sharing our table with someone who owns a quilting machine, we gave her the tops so that she could quilt them. We didn't get the finished wallhangings back in time for Christmas, so there is a project that will wait until next year's holiday decorating.
I also finished my Bunny Hill free block of the month. I wasn't too happy with my redwork blocks until I bought the red/white fabrics to set them with. Then I really got excited to finish the top. This quilt will be tucked away and saved in case there is a new grandbaby someday.
Audrey and I are working on this block of the month for 2010. To see this pattern better click here.
Jenny and Randy gave me this book for my birthday in November. I had planned to work on the blocks from my stash, but then I saw this block of the month offered at Primitive Gatherings; so I signed up. I have an idea it'll be a great quilt using their fabrics.
The quilt group I belong to is planning a group project exchanging 2 1/2" strips. There are some beautiful quilts that come from this group, so I know this will be a fun project as well.
So there are lots of sewing plans for the new year! And, of course, there will be those oddball projects that I see on blogs or in magazines that I'll think I just have try that pattern. I heard a cute saying once, and I think it describes me pretty well - I'm so far behind that I've almost caught up to myself. At least I'm having fun doing it! Blessings to you all for this new year.