29 December 2008

Disappearing Nine-Patch

I needed something to brighten up my day mainly spent on post-Christmas-clean-up ... despite my not wanting to start this right away, I just couldn't help myself.

There will be nine blocks of red and green, mainly purchased at my favourite local shop. I need to cut another 31 squares ...

23 December 2008

End of Year wrap-up

I've been quite busy this year, what with
  • 6 finished quilts

  • one finished crocheted blanket

  • two scarfs

  • 8 coasters

  • These are the things I didn't get done:
  • potholders

  • place mats

  • both in Christmassy fabric. Maybe I should do these asap and store them for next Christmas while I' still in the mood?

    Now I'm trying to decide what to do next ... a disappearing 9-Patch? Finish my night on the tiles? Work on Carola's sampler? Maybe I should work on the sampler, get it done and use the urge to start a new project to motivate me to finish? I think that's a good plan!

    17 December 2008

    PIF: on its way to California

    Yay, after much to-ing and fro-ing I managed to get one PIF on the road to California. For the other one, I'm still awaiting a postal address and then that shall be on its way too ...


    Since September, the list of upcoming projects has changed to:
  • Coasters - working on it

  • Potholders - on my mind

  • long-term project: my first and only sampler quilt

  • Night on the Tiles

  • Done:
  • PIF

  • Stashbuster Quilt for my God-Daughter, well, sort of: used the fabric and finished the quilt

  • 2 quilts in a day for new babies

  • Edited to add: PIF No. 2 is also on its way, also to California.

    16 December 2008

    12 Days of Christmas

    There are people around me who use terms, of which they do not know the meaning. I find them incredibly annoying. Yet I had a hunch that I am one of them ... and alas, I was correct. I thought that the "Twelve Days of Christmas are twelve days leading up to Christmas Day (especially given that on Boxing Day, most of my Northern English neighbours packed up Christmas to be ready for the New Year). Boy, was I ever wrong.

    Wiki says: "The twelve days of Christmas in the song are the twelve days from the birth of Christ (Christmas, December 25) to the coming of the Magi (Epiphany, January 6, or the Twelfth Day). Thus, the twelve days are December 25 through January 6. (...)

    Twelfth Night is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking."

    5 December 2008

    Famous last words: I don't have time for this

    which is exactly what Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom quilts said when she presented the first glimpse of a new Christmas Quilt. Based on Candy Bar Road, it uses charm packs and jelly rolls. And might just be the ticket for my Dandelion Girl loot this summer.

    Edited to add: it's done, go have a look at it here.

    3 December 2008

    All Christmassy, all the time ...

    A lot of my Advent decorations are up, much the same as last year ... and I am finishing up my coasters, looking forward to doing my potholders and needing to work on other assorted Christmas jobs.

    2 December 2008

    Moda Fat Layer Charms

    I'm itching to spend money despite my drive for down-sizing ... I think Christmas is leading me into temptation and I am collecting links again: