I’ve been trying to time up a lot of loose ends around here. You all know how it is at Christmas time. There are last-minute gifts, cards to send, and the like. Today happens to be my birthday…I’m 55, double nickels, the speed limit…whatever you want to call it. I’ve always had it in my head that I need to be done with as much Christmas stuff as possible by my birthday so I can actually enjoy the holiday. I’m doing pretty good with the Christmas stuff but a few other things have been lagging as so much time went into my sewing room and now Christmas. Speaking of which, did you see my big sewing room reveal or did you miss it? For anyone who missed it, you can see the blog post with before and after pictures HERE and you can watch the Youtube video of it here.
I have so been enjoying the space. I used my big island for present wrapping. It was so nice. In the past, I have kept unwrapped presents in my bedroom. Carried them downstairs to wrap them and then carried them back upstairs to wait for Christmas. I hated it. This time I carried them to the sewing room…wrapped them on my wonderful island and then stored the wrapped presents in my sewing room because there is room because it isn’t all cluttered. Oh my, I’m a happy girl!!
I’ve been working on working more on my Spider web string quilt. All of the triangles are sewn. I need to remove the papers yet.
I’ve worked more on my Holy Toledo quilt. All of the little triangles have been sewn. The big pieces were in squares, so I got them cut down into triangles and started sewing them. You can find the pattern in Scraps and Shirttails Book 2. Of all the Bonnie Hunter books, this is high on my list of favorites.
I have to laugh at myself. When I pulled that project out, I had no intention of bringing it out to finish. One day I just wanted to piece something for a half hour before bed and so I pulled that out. I intended on putting it away the next day. That didn’t happen. I somehow latched onto the project and now I guess I’m far enough along that I might as well just go with it.
I’ve loved this pattern from the moment I first saw the book and knew I wanted to make it. I fell in love with the triangles on the outer border. I still love them and can’t wait to see them all on my own version of this quilt.
Even though I have gone off the dirty dozen bandwagon in a way that I’m completing whatever quilt from the list that is fastest or I want to be done, I’m still watching the numbers that Mary at Country Threads pulls. For December it was #4. (Pick highjacked from Mary-thanks Mary)
So for me, my #4s are…
If you’re a long time blog reader, you know I’ve wanted to do this for YEARS. It is for sure getting done this year.
I would love to drop everything and just sew this, but I’m not going to. I have the momentum to quickly finish projects and this isn’t one I just want to quickly finish. I was to savor this sew…so I’m letting it wait a little longer. If I can whittle the UFO list down, I’ll feel more comfortable to actually sit and sew this the way I want to fussing over fabric selection and petting it LOTS along the way.
This is another #4. I need to stitch the stems and make this into a pincushion. That wouldn’t take long at all…but, I have to do it.
This is totally do-able. I think I’m going to make a goal to give up regular cross-stitching one night and stitch the stems.
I have one more #4 project. It’s the dog quilt. I’ve collected these prints some time ago (with the help of all of you). My plan is to make a quilt for the local animal shelter for their benefit. I don’t need that anytime soon so I think that project will sit.
I started out with 32 UFOs in July. I have finished 11 of them. I feel really good about that but I really want to keep the momentum going. So…I’m sticking with some of these quicker projects. My goal is to have the list whittled down quite a bit more before July 2021 rolls around.
For now, that’s the who’s, what’s and why’s of what I’m sewing on. For now, I’m off. I have a little time and I think I am going to get the rest of the large triangles sewn for the Holy Toledo quilt!! More progress. YAHOO!!
Before I go I am putting out one more reminder that you still have time to read the book that several of us are reading. Several readers wrote and suggested I read another book by the same author called, The Dry Grass of August. The author is Anna Jean Mayhew.
I started the book and so far, it’s AWESOME! I’ll be doing a review on December 12th and I’m hoping that many of you will chime in that day and help offer some comments about the book as well.
I went to Amazon to learn more about the book and saw that it was available free for Kindle Unlimited members and for Audible users. That prompted me to think maybe I should offer to have a book club for the book. So many of you already use these services so many of you would be able to read for free.
You can find the book HERE on Amazon if you don’t have a membership to Audible or Kindle Unlimited. I think it was only around $8 for the book.
I did find the book available through my online library Hoopla as well.
I’d love for anyone to leave a comment suggesting another book we could all read together.
Stop back on the 12th for that review.