Tuesday
Nov212017

Pattern Winners!

The husband picked two numbers over breakfast this morning, so commenters #6 (Pamlyn) and #27 (Katherine) each win a copy of the Gizmo Garage bag pattern. I need to pass your e-mail addresses over to the tour organizers and they will contact you with the download codes. Thanks to everyone who participated! I hope you enjoyed the tour. 

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I made quite a bit of headway over the weekend on a quilt that is destined to be a Christmas present. (I can't show you pictures, unfortunately). The top is almost complete. I said to the husband that this is an interesting experiment in getting out of my comfort zone. The colors are not ones that I would pick, but they are perfect for the recipient. Ultimately, good design is good design no matter the medium or color palette. I used a layer cake, which is a collection of forty-two 10-inch squares from one designer's fabric collection. I thought the collection needed some pepping up, though, so I added another dozen 10-inch squares cut from fabrics in my stash. That was a great decision. Those extra fabrics really help to bring out the other colors. 

I may just make my goal of all handmade presents this year. We'll have to see. 

I also worked on this:

These were a whole box full of 2-1/2" squares cut from leftovers of other projects. I used them as leaders and enders for some other quilt blocks and I've been sewing them into a top here and there as I get a chance. I may have enough for two tops as I got a bit carried away...

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My birthday is Friday. (I'll be 52 for those of you keeping score.) This will be the first year in decades that it will only be the husband and me for Thanksgiving. In the past, we had an arrangement where my mother and the husband's mother and stepfather alternated coming out at Christmas. On the years where my mother didn't come out for Christmas, she came out for Thanksgiving, instead. Almost all of the cooking on that day falls to me. I get help from my mother and the girls but the bulk of it is still mine to plan and shop for.  

I don't want to sound ungrateful—it is a day of thanks for what we have, after all—but cooking is probably my least favorite household responsibility, and I do a lot of it. I've often thought that if we were wealthy enough to afford staff, the first person I would hire would be a chef. Last year, my birthday was on Thanksgiving and I spent most of the day in the kitchen. This year, DD#1 is going to Seattle to spend the weekend with her boyfriend's family and DD#2 is busy gallivanting around Europe (she is in Scotland at the moment). I told the husband that this year,  I was giving myself the gift of a weekend trip to Spokane. I do have to work on Friday—although I expect the workload to be light—but as soon as I am done, I am hitting the road. He'll have plenty of leftovers from Thursday to sustain him for a few days. 

I am not a big fan of recreational shopping and the whole concept of Black Friday is a bit much for me. We don't go overboard with gifts. I really have no reason to venture out for competitive shopping and I hate crowds anyway. What I do love, though, is all of the festivities and decorations and fun stuff associated with the holidays. When we were growing up, our parents would plan a Saturday trip to downtown Cleveland some time in December. (You have to remember that this was in the 1970s and 1980s when the various mafias in Cleveland were busy blowing each other up with pipe bombs, so going to the middle of downtown Cleveland really pushed my father, Captain Cautious, out of his comfort zone.) The big department stores—Halle's, Higbees, and May Company—were all decorated for the season. If you've ever seen the movie A Christmas Story, you've seen what downtown Cleveland looked like at Christmas because that is where they filmed those scenes. I have so many fun memories of those trips. 

That is the reason I am going to Spokane for the weekend. I want to try to capture a little bit of that feeling again. I'd also like to do some shopping at the little independent fabric stores there. DD#2's boyfriend, James, is staying there for the weekend and his sister is coming up to visit from Colorado, so I'll have dinner with them one night. I am going to retrieve the Singer 31-15 industrial treadle out of the storage unit and bring it home. Mostly, I just want to wander around by myself and do the things that I want to do without having to worry about anyone else. This is my birthday present to myself and I am pretty excited about it. 

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Reader Comments (3)

Sounds like a wonderful time! Happy Birthday & Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Prescott

It sounds perfect! One brother and family are in Seattle for the week and the other is staying inn the east. It will just be central Ohio family for a get together. Have yet to decide if I am doing cookies this year. Just can not seem to get in the spirit. I love the contrast squares above. Really set off the colored squares. Looking forward to some snow, but none is forecasted for the extended period.
In case I forget, which is more common these days...Have a very happy birthday. You have almost caught up with me...lol!

November 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDoreen

Sounds wonderful! Happy birthday 🎉🎂🎉 and Happy Thanksgiving 🍁🦃 🍗

November 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Bliss Weick

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