Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year

A very Happy New Year to you all!

May it be filled with good health, enjoyable projects and happy family times.
As you can see, we finally got snow. It now feels like winter.
See you in 2013.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas sewing

I can show these now because they have been delivered so they are no longer secret.

 Emma's Tree in red and ...

in green.

A Partridge in a Pear.

One stocking in beige and red and ...

one in plaid and green.

So, that's what I was up to for the past little while and why I haven't posted any photos of what I have been sewing.

Now I can think about the things that I want to finish off. I have a quilt that needs a couple of borders and then I can quilt it. There are a pair of cords that need repair (oh, joy.) With a new grandchild due in March, I'd like to make another quilt and I have a couple of small knitting projects that should be finished off. The list goes on and on, once I start thinking of them, so I will make a list for myself and then cross the things off as they get completed.
Have a safe holiday week.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Hyvää Joulua
Feliz Navidad
Joyeux Noël
God jul                                                 Frohe Weihnachten
Gleðileg jól
                        Buon Natale

Gelukkig kerstfeest

Glædelig jul

Monday, December 17, 2012

Late gift

My quilting buddy Judy and I don't get together too often. During the year, we do attend a quilt show or two but the last one we were to meet up at never took place. Judy lives an hour and a half away and this quilt show was almost half way from her place and my home. Unfortunately, her daughter had the flu that day and fainted and they decided to go to the clinic. As a result, I didn't go to the quilt show on my own. We were to exchange birthday and Christmas gifts. Judy's b-day is in Sept. and mine is in Oct. Well, I just received Judy's gift this weekend. My husband was in her town and picked it up. He had delivered mine to Judy's home the last time he was in her town, which was the day we were to meet up.

Gorgeous fabric, isn't it? Almost too nice to cut up. The pattern was part of the gift too. It's a Canadian pattern company, Quilters Clutter, and one I had not heard of before. They have some really cute patterns.

The paper pieced elk is part of our paper pieced North American animal exchange (mammals only, no birds.) It's been going on now for several years. We are in no hurry with our challenges and exchanges. We realize that life gets in the way and also that we have other things we like to concentrate on. One day we'll find that we have exhausted all the foundation pieced North American animal patterns out there and then start to make the quilt.
I'm looking forward to opening up her Christmas gift - but that won't be until the big day.

Now, I still have a three things to finish sewing so I should go and utilize my time wisely.
I have finished my Christmas shopping so at least that's out of the way. I do want to bake some cookies for Santa, though.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Today and this month

I just finished skypeing with these two - Luc and Laila. The tree behind them is a real tree and I am told that little Luc likes to un-decorate it. They have snow - we don't and today's high is supposed to be 6C.

This was a letter (I am assuming it's a Christmas card) that came in today's mail. I like the post office cancellation stamp. Children can write letters to Santa at North Pole and his postal code is - HOH OHO. This card wasn't even for us. The sender got one number wrong in the address and so, after a little bit of searching online, I found out that it is our neighbour, just up the street.

This past month I have baked a lot. Multigrain bread and banana loaves. Most go home with my children since my husband and I cannot eat a whole lot of bread and I really don't like freezing stuff.

This really was worthy of a shot. Pixel and Digit are sisters but they are not friends. They do not normally sleep this close to each other and when it did happen, I had to capture the moment. We are so lucky that these senior girls are still so very healthy.

Well, back to finishing up my sewing - well finishing a couple of things and then there are a couple more things to make. It will all get done. No stress, at least, not yet.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Toys for Tots

Remember back in August I finished up these little doll quilts - made with some four patch blocks that I had in a box?

I did a little research and a little surfing around and found a woodworking group in a city in my own province who make Toys for Tots. These little quilts will be sent up north today.