Monday, December 24, 2012
Merry Christmas to Everyone
Santa stopped by this past week for a little coffee and talk. It was so nice to see him able to relax on the deck even at this very busy time of the year.
But since I had all of my Christmas gifts either bought or made I was able to have this on my design wall.
All of the yellow and orange are steps 2, 4 and 5 of Easy Street. I can’t express how excited I was when I finished step 5 on the day it was introduced. I have never been so caught up.
I also have a bunch of 3 1/2” green squares cut but Bonnie said we didn’t need them yet. Well, then, why did she have us cut them up? Oh, yea, probably because eventually we will be sewing them to something else and, yippee, I’ll be ready.
Also on the wall are two of my teapot BOMs. I finally began the applique process, doing the blanket stitch this time.
The teapot on the right is upside down, showing the stitching only. It’s kind of cool to see just the outline, don’t you think? On the left is my pretty flower teapot, the one where the spout was so light it almost disappeared into the background.
But look how great it looks when outlined by the thread. I used the buttonhole on all but the “shading’’ pieces where I used a small zigzag.
It’s harder to see the stitching on this one because it is black and blends in so much better.
You can see some of the stitches here but I can tell you that it is not easy to stitch on those little pieces. The light gray shading on this handle was one piece of fabric under the black handle but it still needed to be stitched….oh, my.
And this shading was done using the same fabric as the pot but I darkened it with a fabric pen.
These teapot have been so much fun.
After all that sewing I spent the weekend having lunch with my daughter and great grandson, shopping alone (with no buying ) and then shopping with DH and buying (he is a really bad influence on me).
Today is Christmas Eve. DH and I will spend the evening opening the gifts that have been sent by our families who live far away. We will eat chili and watch old videos of Christmas’ past and remember when it was much noisier around our house. On Christmas day we will have a late breakfast (blueberry pancakes)and open our gifts to each other. We will also spend time remembering that on this day we celebrate the birth of Christ, our savior. What a wonder to live in a country where we are allowed to celebrate and share our faith: we are so blessed.
Linking with Patchwork Times, Quiltville, and What a Hoot.
EDIT!! Look what Santa brought us this morning. Meet Elsa. Doesn't she look happy to be here? She is our 8th grandchild, second granddaughter and we are so excited.