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Archive for December 2010

I hope that you are ready for the big day. I have a couple of things, yet, to pick up, my sister’s gifts are still unwrapped. And, oh, yeah, they have to go from Texas to Minnesota. We’ve already agreed that we will both send so that the gifts get there after Christmas. That’s what happens when there are no children involved in the gift-giving!

I’ve been a sewing/crafting machine this week, thus 2 posts in one week! I know you are all a-quiver with excitement to see what I’ve been working on.

First, is a Christmas ornament…it’s kind of origami’d on a styrofoam ball. I drew the name of a co-worker for Secret Santa who listed black, white, and grey as her favorite colors. Hence, the black and white ornament as an add-on to her gift.

Cute, huh?

In case you want to make your own, the tutorial I used is here. My only note is that where it says you need 16 2.5 inch squares of 3 different fabrics, they mean 16 of EACH, not 16 TOTAL.

She’s also a big lover of Starbucks…so I decided she needed a mug rug. This is a selvage rug. I think it turned out really cute!

And, the back is, of course, black/grey:

Finally, a little something for me. My friend, Diana, and I had a little shopping expedition on Saturday. We went to a small fabric store called City Craft. They sell a lot of Anna Maria Horner fabric. Diana had seen the “Figure 8” scarf on Anna Maria’s blog and wanted to make one of her own. Since it was cute as heck, I decided to make one for myself as well. Since my gift-making was done, tonight was a night for sewing for me. The scarf turned out really cute and I can’t wait to wear it tomorrow. Please excuse the way I look – it’s late and I got up in the middle of the night last night to check out the eclipse, so I’m extra tired.

That’s it for me…the wash machine has finished spinning, so I need to take care of the clothes and head to bed.

Happy 1st day of Winter! (The high in Dallas was 85 degrees today. I have the a/c on!)

Back in the mid-80s, my sister and I shared the greatest apartment – the upstairs of a duplex – in Duluth, MN. It had a big kitchen, some old heavy dining room furniture, and a perfect view of Lake Superior. We were in college, and most weekends we were like the house that served Kool-Aid…the gathering place for a lot of our friends. Mostly, it was good, wholesome fun. Like Pictionary parties that lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Anyway, we had a friend who was a very sweet guy and puckernuts was his curse word of choice.

What does that have to do with anything?

Remember back last week? My “Deadline Looms” post? Yeah, well, yesterday was the deadline and I didn’t make it. I was on track…had started the quilting…in fact, I even quilted for about an hour and 1/2 on Monday night after I got home from my guild’s Christmas party. At 10:30 p.m., I laid the quilt out on my living room floor to see how the quilting looked so far and…PUCKERNUTS! There is a mistake in the quilt. A big glaring mistake that I, somehow, missed until the 11th hour. This quilt was going to be my entry in the Joann Fabrics “Quilt Your Colors” contest. Not with a mistake.

See it? There on the left hand side? The star point that isn’t? There is NO WAY I’m ripping out the borders and rebuilding that block. So, instead of being “There’s a Warm Wind Blowing the Stars Around”, it is now named “Humble, TX”. And, I’ll finish quilting it when my bitterness subsides. Maybe sometime in February or March.

Just in case you couldn’t see it very well, here is a closer picture of the offending block:

Here’s a look at the quilting on the center medallion:

There is good news, though! I picked up my Christmas quilt from the longarm guy on Wednesday. This was the first quilt in the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt-a-long on Flickr. The quilt-a-long started waaaaayyyy back in May 2009, so I’m extremely happy to actually have put the last stitch in the binding this afternoon. There are still 5 sleeps until Christmas, and I get to spend them all sleeping under my wonderful Christmas quilt.

Have a great week!

Ack! I have one week to finish this quilt. I’m going to try to get most of the quilting done tomorrow (Sunday).

Auditioning the quilting pattern:

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