Sunday, December 11, 2016

Changing My Mind

Hi Quilty Friends! I can hardly believe it is mid-December. I have one more week of work and then two week vacation. My daughter comes home from college on Saturday and I cannot wait! I spoke with her this morning and she said she just feels like being taken care of instead of taking care of all her friends. Sometimes being an adult sucks! I think some relaxing time on the couch with our dogs watching movies and mom doing her laundry should fit the bill.

I made this kitchen towel gift this morning for my boss. I struggle with making gifts for men, but this is a pretty good compromise--an appliqu├ęd kitchen towel and Bath and Body Works hand soap like everyone else is getting, but with a more manly design.
 I have been planning on participating in Carole's Scrap Dance Waltz Quilt Along. I even cut all the muslin background squares for a queen sized quilt, but I have been struggling with the idea of a muslin background quilt on our bed. I spend lots of time lounging on our bed, so a darker background is probably better. My chambray comforter of 15+ years bit the dust a few weeks ago (a dog's claw when straight through the worn fabric) and I made a panic purchase of a dark grey linen like comforter at Target. It is warm enough and dark enough for our needs, but I would like to make a coordinating quilt for our bed. I found this dark grey swirl fabric yesterday--it is 108 inches wide. I picked up a couple of yards to use as a better background for my Scrap Dance Waltz Quilt.
 I have been hoarding Bonnie and Camille fabrics for years to make a quilt for our bed, but I have not been able to make up my mind on a design. I have four layer cakes, four charm packs, and three fat quarter bundles in addition to what is pictured here. I love scrappy quilts, so why not make a scrappy quilt with all Bonnie and Camille fabric? I will be making 81 blocks to set 9 x 9. By using the dark grey background, I can also use a lot of the white background prints for a good contrast. Here is a link for information about this QAL:
I better get cutting as there are about 2000 squares needed.
 Yesterday was our last class of Lori Holt's Quilty Fun Row Along. My student, Cindy, had two tops done and two more that she was just working on the borders for.
Cindy really enjoyed using up her scraps and stash for these projects!
I have one of my Xmas embroideries from Red Brolly all ready to go in my sewing box. Dinner is already in the crockpot. I am trying a new recipe--chicken tortellini soup--should be delicious. I am going to watch the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game tonight and enjoy some Slow Sunday Stitching. Here is the link to see what everyone is working on:

Have a great week!


  1. I am lovin' that dark grey for background!! And you might have enough pre-cuts for the next mystery too.

  2. Sounds like a great way to keep your hands busy during the game. My daughter will not be home until the 22nd. I am looking forward to movie nights and relaxing with family over the holidays. My husband is making dinner tonight. We are going to finish decorating the tree tonight after supper. Take care.

  3. I bet you are excited to get your daughter home for awhile! Your Bonnie and Camile stash will make a beautiful quilt. I think I have that same swirly print, but in blue and white. I think your gray will be really pretty with all the Bonnie and Camille prints!

  4. You will be counting down the days till she gets home!:)

  5. Those colors are really going to pop against the dark gray background. I've got 3 block A's done in purple and neutral scrappy. Also doing Bonnie Hunter mystery (only half the blocks).
    Enjoy your daughter's visit home. Hope the weather cooperates for her flights.

  6. Love your stitchery work box! Hadn't known about Carole's SAL looks like you'll have fun!

  7. The best part of the holidays will be having your daughter home. Enjoy every moment.

  8. Great ideas for a man's gift. Yes, they are hard to do.
    Good luck with your project and have fun with those fabrics.
    Sounds like it will be a lovely time when your daughter is home.

  9. OH that looks like a perfect stitchery for this time of year... enjoy!

  10. there is no place like home for your daughter.
    I agree its hard to put together gifts for men.
    Oh i am loving those quilts,thankyou for sharing them with us,Merry Xmas to you and your family.


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