Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Countdown to Christmas

Last week, I reported about a cursory interest I might have for Moda's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS sew-along.  The first block they released was interesting and pretty, and I decided at that point to consider a "someday" red and white sampler.

Since then, things have mushroomed.
I dumped one of my Christmas fabric tubs out onto the bed to see what might be lurking in there that I might use.  (First, note that I said "one of my Christmas Fabric tubs", because there are more; actually several more tubs of Christmas fabric)  (!!!)

And suddenly all those cute holiday prints caught my eye, so you guessed it: more and more Christmas blocks have been pieced this week, in addition to the red ones I was originally thinking about.

These red and white blocks will be used in the "Peppermint" layout.

These cute classic Christmas blocks will be used in the "Candy Cane Lane" layout.

And this group of more formal holiday prints will be used in the "Candlelight" layout. 

Moda is also offering two more variations: Gingerbread and Fair Isle.  Just sayin' ...


Monday, December 9, 2019

Cranberry Nut Bread

I haven't done any baking for a week or so -- I guess Thanksgiving got the better of me.  I got back into the kitchen today with Red Star Yeast's

I followed the recipe as it is written, and my loaf is looking good.  These no-knead recipes are so easy, and they result in such amazing crust!


Sunday, December 8, 2019


More bad weather rolling in.  I love the way the clouds spill down over the ridgeline.
It's drizzling already toward North Shore.


Saturday, December 7, 2019



Friday, December 6, 2019

Old Fashioned Christmas and Tiny Tree

I worked ahead a bit, and finished up my version of 
This is a low-key sew-along being offered by Pam Buda at Heartspun Quilts. I added the borders --  the sample didn't have them.  Pam gives clear, careful instructions, and I'm pleased with my little mat.

I'm also doing the teeny little blocks for Temecula Quilt Company's TINY TREE sew-along.  They are very small and very simple, and only take about 10 minutes as I begin my morning.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

#22 - I Like ...

I like winter sunrises.

I like people who can embrace the weather.

I like sourdough waffles.

I like our local eagle's reaction to her snowy nest.

I like this pre-schooler's idea of what one is supposed to do with Christmas stockings.



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Christmas Tree!!!

Lorenzo and Lucci had a totally excellent afternoon!

Lorenzo will be four in a few weeks, and Lucci just turned two in September.  They are thrilled beyond words this year about holidays.  Everything about Halloween was absolutely totally amazing for them, and Christmas looks like it will be even better.

(BTW, Lorenzo refuses to have his hair cut.  ???)