Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Late Merry Christmas

I had every intention of posting before Christmas but it just didn't happen. Our DS#1 moved down here the week before. Also that week, I picked our DS#2 from Virginia Tech and all of us headed to Maryland to spend a couple days with my mom which included cookie baking day with more extended family. Our DD is packing up her stuff in the apartment over the garage where DS#1 will move in after DD leaves for France on New Years Eve. She will meet up with her kind of boyfriend and he will show her around Europe. I'm sorry to see her go. She has been a big help to us. The last time she flew out of the country she was gone for over a year. At least this time she has a return ticket and will be back in March and has plans to live in Afton which is only about 25 minutes from us.

Christmas was a quiet affair here. I enjoyed making a big turkey dinner and we all ate way too much.

The last four days I've found hand quilting time late in the morning when even on cloudy days the light is very good in my sunroom. I hope I can keep this up. I'm not one to sit and quilt for hours so I really need to make it a habit to get anything done. I love seeing the progress I make - even doing just four long threads each day.

I also made two scarves from this site which I found on Pinterest. I made the infinity scarf for DD and DS#2 is modeling the scarf I made for DD's boyfriend. I really don't do a lot of gift giving but saw this pattern and wanted to make it for someone. I thought they'd look cute together bumming around Europe in these scarves.

For a very limited time The Quilt Show has an interview with Jinny Beyer. It includes a tour of her home and shop and a review of Jinny's color confidence.

This has been an exciting year for us. Lots of changes which included good times and bad. Fortunately, the good times far outweighed the bad. I couldn't sleep the other night thinking about all the projects I have in mind for 2015. I found out another grandniece is expected so I have two baby quilts to make. Those quilts and planning our vegetable garden are what I hope will keep me busy in January. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I always appreciate your comments. I'm wishing you all a very Happy New Year!


  1. Sounds like a very pleasant time with your family! I enjoyed catching up on your projects and happenings. I, too, have been planning my 2015 projects, most of which will be working my border collies, though I have a quilt or two planned. Wishing you and yours a very, very pleasant and prosperous new year!

    Hugs from Texas!

  2. Still thinking about what I want to do for the coming year but I hope it will be productive. Good luck with all your plans and sewing and sowing. Happy New Year.

  3. Happy New Year! You have had a very busy house!
    What lovely Christmassy quilts to display over your bannister.
    Looking forward to your 2015 projects!

  4. Nice view of your quilts and treetop.
    Sounds like you have a revolving door on your apartment, as we do on the one in our basement. DD#2 and her DH lived there for a year or so while trying to find a home, and our 20-something sons have moved in and out on multiple occasions, as their funds during their college experience have dictated.
    Good looking kids modeling some really fun scarves!
    Glad you had a pleasant holiday and I look forward to more of your projects in the coming year, whether they be quilts, gardening, or home renovation. : )

  5. You have a very busy family. The view of your quilts is stunning. I really love the red baskets.

  6. Love your quilts over the rail, so pretty. Your scarf models are as nice as the scarves!
    I think your January plans sound fun. It is amazing what four lengths of thread a day can produce in hand quilting. I like audio books while I quilt.
    Happy 2015 planning!

  7. Wowsers! Love the look of your quilts hanging over the railing. How sweet is that picture and you get to see it every day!!

    Very fun looking scarves.:)

  8. Your beautiful quilts look so festive hanging near the tree! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, too!

  9. Your quilts look beautiful hung over the rails like that. We put away all the Christmas decorations today and I thought, oh no, I didn't take a single snapshot of any of it!

  10. So glad to hear that the good outweighed the bad in your new life on the land. Looking forward to watching your progress throughout the New Year. Nappy New Year to you all.

  11. Oh Maureen….I love seeing your quilts hanging up high! Fabulous!!

    Your mind is thinking like mine. I missed my garden today when I wanted to just go out there and
    pick a jalapeño…….the only thing in my garden right now is snow and ice…….sigh..

    Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  12. How lovely to see those festive-looking quilts hanging up high for all to see. Sounds like you had a busy, busy holiday. Quiet but busy. Good for you!
    Enjoy the year to come. Baby quilts and gardening plans -- sounds like a logical reason to have a sleepless night now and then.
    Happy New Year, Maureen.

  13. I loved seeing your red and white quilts on display for Christmas! Beautiful! And so are the scarves you made! Thanks for the link for the instructions! Happy New Year!