Dec 27, 2006

laid back days

At left, Pippi, of course, but on her sewing room perch. She still likes the bedroom one best but at the moment is doozing atop my pillows---smart girl, she is on the softer one. If you look close you can see the backyards of the subdivision. Not much of a view past those overgrown bushes.

Not a lot going on around here. I guess I am still in holiday mode in a way and just doing some handwork on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The sampler quilt is parked on the sewing table all neatly folded and inviting for kitty snoozes---it is not going anywhere. I really have NOT been in the mood to wrestle with it. It's my quilt, there is no rush for completion. Not like the commissioned quilts and facing a deadline where I had to push myself through those when I was sick for two plus weeks. Now I can kick back and take it easy before the donation quilts push start up again in a couple weeks.

DJ and I had a nice Christmas meal---leftover ham is in the freezer for some future meals but ground up for ham loaf and chunked up for omelets, breakfast pizza, whatever. I made Ham Scrap Casserole for supper and promised to make something that DIDN"T contain ham tomorrow night, LOL.

We watched some holiday themed movies two nights in a row. It is rare for me to sit/stay out in the living room for long. He put a brighter bulb in the lamp and moved it to a better position so I could work on my hand stitching. It is hard for me to just SIT---I feel like I am wasting time. It is rare too that we could agree on what to watch---his tastes run to sports and action/drama movies but he was good and didn't do a lot of channel surfing in between on the one we watched on commercial TV.

This is what I have been working on--the bluework snowmen. A redwork list that I co-own had gotten permission to use these blocks this past year if we handstitched them. They are still available online HERE but are meant to done by machine. Norma and I are going to challenge each other to make these this next year. I had the January one done already and teeny bit of the February one done. Obviously it is finished now and I finished the March one this morning. I prepped the rest of the blocks for the year yesterday. The blocks will be trimmed down from the 11 1/2 inch squares that they are at present. I had to laugh when I went to print May through December. Out it came page length high--enough time had elapsed that I had forgotten that I had told the printer to print at a height of 8 inches and scaled the width in proportion to it.

Before I had started back to quilting my 30's sampler I had thought about getting this little Santa redwork
finished up. It just needs a pieced border done but obviously I made a different choice of what I wanted to work on. Now I am starting to think of other options. In May I had finished Betsy' adapted Oxmoor house Christmas quilt top but I also have one of my own started that I had also redesigned in EQ. At the moment I am leaning towards possibly combining these two projects into my version of that quilt. It is a combination of all different sized blocks and techniques. Why not??
The feathered star block was the original one I was going to pass around for the round robin. I substituted the fall themed one and set this aside for my own use. I can see using this instead of the Memory block or another Christmas star. Or not, LOL.

I am narrowing down my Top 12 choices of personal projects that I would like to move along this year--hopefully one a month. Depending on which one I chose, it could putting borders on and pinning the top, completing the quilting, finishing the top to "flimsy" stage. I've got 10 listed so far and maybe that is a more realistic number knowing me.

If I don't post again before we leave for our family gathering in Tennessee, I wish all of you the best of everything in 2007. Happy New Year!


  1. Pippi and I are of the same mind right now, just chill out and let a bit of the world pass by, then we will get on with our "rat killin'" LOL. I love those bluework snowmen, Linda. How cute. I may have to think about pulling something like that out to work on. I'm telling you my sewing "stewdio" is such a jumble that it looks like a bomb went off in it. I don't even want to go in there to try to find something mindless to work on right now. :( I'll eventually get back in there and get it at least in a semblance of "straightened up". LOL Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, girlfriend! Enjoy your time in my great state of TN! :)

  2. I'm not necessarily still in holiday mode but I'm definitely being a "slug" - haven't accomplished much this week. LOL I have managed to sit and stitch quite a bit of my Celebrate January little quilt but that's it. I'm still fighting a nasty cold so I'm not in the mood to do much. Ugh!

    BTW, I love the snowmen - I'm really hoping to get into more redwork/bluework and stitchery in 2007. I'm wanting to do more handwork. I printed out all the snowmen but time will tell. LOL

  3. Well how rude am I - I failed to wish you and yours Happy Holidays! I'm so sorry!

  4. I see you have three blue work blocks done! Way to go! It sounds like the remainder are prepped and ready to grap as a portable project--that is planning ahead. I love the background fabric you chose--it looks like snowflakes. I am going to have to get my but in gear and get going on mine! Seeing your completed blocks makes me want to get going on it.

    Pippi looks comfortable. She is doing what I have been doing lately--too tired to get much done. Perhaps too much holiday *LOL*!

    Have a safe trip to see your family!

  5. The bluework is nice - I like the look, so different from redwork (I like that too). The feathered star is gorgeous!

  6. The bluework snowmen are darling -- they will make a delightful quilt. I'm glad you kept the feathered star for yourself -- can't wait to see what you make with it. A Happy New Year to you and yours, too *s*

  7. Sure do love those blue work snowmen! After de-Christmasing the house yesterday, I am in the process of putting snowmen out to fill in the vacancies left by Santas! Have a wonderful new year and a safe trip!

  8. Linda, I think the feathered star and the redwork Santa will work well together in the style of Betsy's quilt. It a mish mash of all sorts of blocks and I think they will both work perfectly!

    Pippi has a good thing going! She's figured out the key to getting by with as little mess as possible! Good girl! Hope you have a great trip and stay safe on the highway! Happy New Year!

  9. I love the blue snowmen. I think I prefer any blue work to red work. Have fun on your trip. Happy New Year!

  10. Linda, had to laugh about watching TV with DH. Same here...can't agree on the same program. Love the bluework, but the star is fabulous! Did you design it? I've made two but always seem to run into trouble. Need a foolproof pattern...:-)

  11. i love your bluework blocks. At the moment i'm a 12 month redwork swap. I have to post the next lot of in about a weeks time and i still haven't started it. That's on my "to do" list for today.

    I've noticed your 2007 list in your sidebar. Good luck with working on it.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU. Look forward to reading about your quilty progress in 2007.

  12. Happy New Year Linda! What eye candy you had. I love those bluework snowmen! What a great idea! And your feathered star is beautiful! Hmmm, seems like there was something else I wanted to tell you, well its late and I'm tired. Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  13. well done on the bluework blocks! I think you have a great goal for 2007-sorry I missed chatting with you prior to your Tenn trip...hope you are having a wonderful time with family and friends!

  14. happy new year to you!!! the bluework looks great!

  15. Happy New Year.

    Your work, as always, is so beautiful.

    And Tigger is jealous of Pippi's perch.

    I'm off to catch up with your previous posts.



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