Out side my mother in-laws window, at the assisted living home where she lives, there is a bird feeder. We have been amazed at how many wood peckers come to feed. We decided to put a feeder in our backyard and have been enjoying watching the birds. We had lots of Cardinals when we first put out the feeder but we have read that they don’t like feeders that move. We still see a few but mostly we see black and white striped woodpeckers. Once in a while we get to watch a bigger red headed woodpecker like this one. We have had the huge pileated woodpecker check out our feeder but that is a rare sight.
I was so excited to get started putting my blocks together for the EnProvence mystery quilt. I scrubbed floors, finished the laundry and began sewing pieces together. I was trying to follow the picture that Bonnie Hunter, the leader of the mystery quilt, had posted of her finished quilt.
I was stressing. I don’t think I have every ripped out so many stitches! LOL I decided to go to Bonnie’s blog and see if there was a better way. Well, she had instructions on how to make 16 blocks and how to make sashing to go with these blocks! So much easier and now, I have 7 blocks finished out of 16.
I am getting so much stitching done. It is zero degrees outside and I am staying in my pajamas. I might have to do laundry today so that we have clean underwear but I will be sewing.
We had a wonderful time with the kids and grandson being here for the holidays. We rolled out 6 dozen cut out cookies and frosted them. It looked like so many cookies and I thought we would never eat them all but we did! Every. Last. One.
Max walks all over the place and while he takes his time going down the step to the lodge room, he is very fast. I thought I child proofed the house but, apparently, I missed a few items. He likes to get into the dog’s water dish. He certainly knows how to make a shocked face when he is told “No”. He is so cute.
I quilted this pretty cross-stitch/ embroidery piece for a customer. It reminds me of one my sister made when I was pregnant for our daughter, Stacy. Thirty six years ago. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into making one of these baby quilts.
I never, ever, thought I would say it but I have been enjoying the cold weather. Schools and churches have been closed which means everyone is supposed to stay home and sew! I got busy working on clue #4 for the En Provence Mystery quilt.
That took a whole day. I was doing laundry and cleaning too so when I got finished, I was ready to work on more projects.
I had tried washing a table runner I made years ago but the spots did not come out. It made me sad but I decided to cut it up and make rug mugs out of it. I made 4 mug rugs that I just have to quilt. I plan on giving them, with a coffee mug and cocoa mix to friends next year. I might be ahead of the game for a change!
My mom and sisters each made one of these wall hangings a few years ago.
It has become one of my favorite Christmas decorations. It was from the Moda bakery on the Moda fabric website. I’m checking to see if this picture shows up better.
I can hardly believe how fast this year has gone. It seems like we were just planting a garden and now it is time to bake Christmas cookies.
I have been working so much on the mystery quilt that I have let many of my housecleaning and laundry chores get backed up. I think I have my Christmas shopping finished except to order a cool jimi hendrix shirt I just discovered that one of my nephews would really like to have for his special gift. I love it when the kids let you know what they really want. It makes opening gifts so much more fun!
I need to start wrapping gifts so that I know if I need to buy paper and bows. I think I have enough but would hate to run short. Both the kids will be home this year so I need to get organized and not be wrapping gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve. Do any of you do that? I am such a procrastinator.
We finally found a health insurance provider. What an ordeal! We have had to change providers every year for the past 4 years. It is such a pain getting medications all set up. Thankfully, we can stay with our same doctor.
I am off to bed now so I can get started with cleaning in the morning. Nite.
You know there is so much to do during the month of December, why not start a quilt? I told myself I wasn’t going to do it. Not going to get involved in another quilt project for a while. Then I saw the colors for the En Provence, mystery quilt. I was hooked and for the past three weeks, have been working on these blocks. They are part of a mystery quilt project through Bonnie K. Hunter. Bonnie visited Aix en Provence, France while on a Mediterranean cruise and was inspired to design a quilt using colors from the scenery. Each Friday a new clue is given. We were given ideas for fabric colors which I went with. Some quilters are changing the colors and I have been amazed at all the beautiful combinations of colors. Bonnie is well known for her quilts made with scraps left over from other quilt making projects. These types of quilts are often described as scrappy. I like that type of quilt because they go with many types of decor. They make a cozy quilt to cuddle up in and enjoy a cold winter’s night. Here is a picture of my progress so far. 221 neutral 4-patch blocks, 168 purple and light purple 4-patch blocks. 100 magenta 3 1/2″ blocks made using Tri-Recs rulers.
I feel like I have been in stand still mode. Do you ever feel like you have so many things to get done that you don’t know where to start, so you don’t start?
I think it is because the lady who cleans for me every other week has decided to not clean for many of her people. She has two new grandbabies and they need her. I totally understand but I have only spot cleaned my house for 30 years. I don’t even know where to start cleaning so that I get done in one day. So, I look around every day and see something that needs cleaned. I might clean it and I might not. Nevertheless, I never feel like this house is clean. But, so what? What difference does it make? I have to learn to let it go. There are more important things in this world.
Important like, the presidential election. I cannot believe the choices we are left with. Either way, it will be interesting. I will be so glad when it is over and I quit hearing all the political ads. I don’t remember hearing people attack each other like they did this go around. They should all be ashamed. What an example they set for our young people.
We have been blessed with a beautiful fall. The leaves in Indiana are at their peak of color. So awesome. We are going to pull the begonias before they get mushy with the first frost. Hubby has been mowing the leaves into mulch. Why didn’t we take care of the leaves this way before? I guess we kept the kids busy with rakes. The mulching makes a lot of dust in my window sills. I’m not looking!
We spent last weekend with Max, our grandson. He is walking all over the place and asserting his own opinion. He is going to be a force to reckon with when he turns two. With his strong willed parents guiding him, it should be interesting. We will be spending a whole week with Max so our daughter in-law’s mom can take a break. Our daughter will be with us for reinforcement! It is going to be fun.
I just got home from spending a week with my mom and two sisters. We fabric shopped our way through Missouri on the Highway 36 quilt trail. The theme for this years trail is barns. Each of 17 shops made up their own pattern for a barn block and then made the quilts with the blocks. They were all different! It was fun to visit all the shops and see what was new in the way of fabric, techniques and quilt design. Each shop owner was friendly and encouraging. I came home with new projects to start! I haven’t finished projects from 5 years ago! Ha!
I also got to see my grandson, Max. He is walking all over the place and is hard to pick up now that he weighs 25 pounds! He is still good natured and happy. He was even smiling after getting his shots the day before we visited. He gave me and his great grandma a kiss without being prompted. That was so special.