Wednesday, December 21, 2016

ice is not nice...


A week ago I was going to write a jaunty post about the arrival of winter and the beauty of snow. The same day I slipped and fell. I do every year- generally landing on a well padded rump. This year I head butted an SUV and ended up with a concussion. Christmas quilt deadline is blown out of the frozen water.  When my vision sharpens up and my complete concentration returns, I do hope to at least make M. some seasonal pyjamas and/or a t-shirt and some matching undies out of this crazy knit

It's not all doom and gloom. The upside is that I don't have a major head injury, all the presents were wrapped and shipped before and we are having our holiday meals catered which will be kind of a nice break from the usual kitchen mayhem. So on a lighter note, I wish you all a safe and joyous holiday whatever one you celebrate! xox

Friday, December 2, 2016

christmas is coming...


Christmas is coming and my beloved M. pointed out that I am the only quilter he's knows who has never made a holiday quilt. I've pulled out some gifted Cotton & Steel Tinsel and a few shirtings to make him one. We'll see whether it ends up for napping on the sofa or sleeping on our bed. The size will be dictated by ever diminishing free time and patience:)

It's a really easy pattern. You take 5" squares and cut half of them in half. Snowball those rectangles and make matching cornerstones out of 2 1/2" squares. Stars emerge at the intersections. This pattern has been around for years. It is simple to sew and very visually effective. There are many written tutorials but MSQC posted a great video one here...

Hope it will be a nice surprise. M. LOVES Christmas. Normally fairly restrained, if he had his way our home would look like this one...


And so the happy season begins where the dining room table is in a constant state of this:


With the end result of these! Is everyone else gearing up for their holidays?