I've said it before, but I'll say it again. In some ways, I like Mondays - they smack of fresh starts, and I always have this glass half full Pollyanna kind of hope that this is the week I'll make something AMAZING happen.
This week, I'm feeling especially optimistic. I'm coming off an unplanned two-week break from work. I came down with the kind of cold that I wouldn't wish on the nastiest member of the quilt police force. The downside(s): my work email was a disaster zone when I got in today, and I think I'll be catching up on laundry for the rest of the year. The upside: I completely lost my appetite for two weeks straight and have started the holiday season 5 pounds lighter - hollaback, y'all! I'll claim my small victories where I can.
I didn't really have enough energy to muster sitting upright in front of the sewing machine while I was sick. I spent most of my time off curled up on the couch with my trusty heating pad and cozy fall quilts, watching Desperate Housewives, Bones, and Game of Thrones. Luckily, I had just returned from the TMQG retreat, where I had finished quilting my hexagon quilt and had the binding all ready to go. And there were a few other quilts that I had finished MONTHS back that still needed to have threads nipped and tucked before they were camera-ready. I logged many hours on the couch last week and the week before, stitching and snipping away in an over the counter drug-induced haze. When I wasn't sleeping or petting the pup, I was stitching and snipping. Also, just before I came down with The Pestilence, I had snapped some photos of other completed quilts that have been sitting in my mental "to blog" file for a good long time now. All this to say, I have a load of finished quilts to show this week.
How about a good old-fashioned quilt parade to kick off the holiday season?
In the spirit of the upcoming season, let's start with this beauty.
back in July for my jelly roll/strippy monthly challenge. I used some scraps of Joy, Kate Spain's holiday collection for this year, to make some basic string blocks.
a la this post, decided to lay out the blocks in alternating directions, and sashed them with some more snow fabric for good measure.
Angela Walters' book. It's my new favorite quilting pattern. I'm already plotting projects to use it again.
- Started: May 2012
- Finished: September 2012
- Machine-pieced, machine-quilted