Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ghost of Christmas Past

   I hope all of you had a blessed and merry Christmas. We certainly did. We actually had balmy weather here, which was nice since we traveled an hour and a half away for Randy's family Christmas. I had planned on blogging before Christmas, but you see how that turned out. I feel like the ghost of Christmas past that visited Scrooge sending my greetings after the fact. :( Better late than never, I hope. Before I forget it, let me wish you a very happy New Year. I hope it's one of good health, good fortune, and lots of quilting!

  We have a full 2 weeks of Christmas vacation from school this year. I have spent every minute I could in my studio. What bliss. I've done a lot of organizing and started a couple of new projects. Yesterday I finally put some antique quilts on the design wall and took photos of them. I'm adding antique quilts and tops to my Etsy shop. I have too many and want to whittle my collection down to Civil War Era quilts. Check them out by clicking my Etsy button on the right side of my blog. I'll be adding more and maybe some quilts I've made and no longer want to keep.

  This little beauty was delivered by the mailman just before Christmas. Let's just say it was a present to myself. It is a c1870 crib quilt with wonderful double pink setting blocks and tons of half square triangles, all hand done.
  I finished hand-quilting the baby quilt for my boss Jessica on December 18th. Just in time to share at Breakfast Club show n tell the next day. It's 54"x54".

   Here's a closeup of the border. Since she and her husband are both librarians, I know they will appreciate the Little Golden Book fabric I used for the sashing, border, and backing.

Here is a peak at my new projects on my design wall. They are both paper-pieced.

A closeup of the Christmas Logs that will grace a wall for next Christmas. Kinda thought it would be done this year. Oops. : (

   Randy always thinks of a way to surprise me at Christmas. This year after we had opened all the gifts under the tree, he said he noticed that I had left the light on in the furnace room. I didn't think I had, but he insisted I look and turn it off. When I opened the door I found a large box with a repro cast iron stove in it. I had mentioned I wanted one for the studio a year before the studio even existed, after seeing one at Menard's. Randy never forgets, which is sometimes a wonderful thing like this instance and sometimes, well,  to my disadvantage! We left shortly for his family Christmas and we got home late, so I had to wait till the next day to make room for this little gem in the studio. It really puts out the heat and  looks adorable too. :)

It turned cold and windy by Monday, so I really enjoyed firing it up while I sewed. We got 1/2" of freezing rain followed by sleet and snow. It's so cozy sewing in here and looking at the snow outside the windows. I hope Santa brought you nice things too.Till next time, keep stitchin'.