And I am expecting great things. First there is the laundry, the dishes, cleaning the bird cages, and, well, that doesn’t sound much like a celebration, does it?
Ok, then, here’s what I am celebrating? Well, during this month I completed two Christmas quilts and both have been gifted as housewarming gifts to two of my grandchildren. I also completed two quilts for friends for Christmas, so I can’t show them yet. But that’s 4 quilts in one month!!
I have decided to try Bonnie Hunter’s annual New Year’s Mystery, Easy Street. And these are my chosen fabrics. Normally I don’t like mysteries but Bonnie has promised that there are not as many small parts as in years past and I have all my Christmas gifts either bought or made so, what the heck, I might as well play along.
So the first step is to make hundreds of 4 patches. Well, I cut bunches 2” strips out of the gray and black on white fabrics and began sewing them together. Before Friday I hope to have almost 200 4 patches ready to go on to Step 2. I don’t know if I will be able to keep up but at least I am up with everyone right now. If you are interested, a new step will be revealed every Friday through Dec. I think the idea is that, if we have kept up, we should be able to sew the top together on New Year’s Day……..fat chance!
DH has started getting our Christmas Village pieces out. I think he is having a great time creating the village this year. After he hung my quilt, Flight School, he decided I should make another to fill the whole wall (I don’t think so). But we will have to come up with something for that big blue space.
He also hung up my Twelve Days of Christmas quilt. Of course I had told him not to put it up until I got the ornaments attached but, what the hay, I can climb on a ladder and stick them up there. I love this quilt. It is the first big applique quilt I did and it was really a challenge but I got it done and this is the second year we have been able to enjoy it.
Now, as for celebrations, on Wednesday I will be celebrating my 70th birthday. It is really funny because I don’t feel like I think 70 should feel like. But thinking about it I began to also think about what I am most thankful for in my life. I think that it would be that for all of my childhood I was raised in a Christian home and, even as an only child, was privileged to be surrounded by a loving, laughing, and fun Christian family. This gave me the background to find a Christian husband and raise our 4 children as I had been raised. Everything else that I am grateful for stems from the above. And with that I go marching into my 8th decade. Coming along?