My hubby and I did not exchange gifts this Christmas as neither of us needed a thing. I get what I want, when I want it, and he does the same. Besides that my mixer of 25 years decided to die this year, so I got a really nice Kitchen Aid to replace it. I told him that is my Christmas present. Last year it was my 18 years old Bread Machine. My grandkids would have a fit if grandma did not make their favorite - Potato Rolls!
I've kept up with Bonnie's Mystery Quilt this year, she has taken it really easy on us. Before last week she said we were about 50% done. I've only made 2 BB so far. I figure we have all of January, and things will slow down with Christmas out of the way. I am going to use my BB as leaders/enders for my Mystery quilt. I have everything cut out, so its just a matter of putting the blocks together.
QNS - you are really out in the country. I don't think I would like to have to travel so far to the store. It would make me darn sure I have doubles of everything!!! When one is used up, put it on the list for the next store visit!
We are having dessert at my sister's home tonight with my other two brothers and their wives to exchange our token Christmas gifts. We try to meet once a month for dinner somewhere, just to chat and find out what is going on in everyones lives. We all live with 15 miles of one another. Our lives got so busy that months would go bye and we would not see each other. We started this several years ago, and all enjoy it so much. It is awful how familys kind of drift apart unless you actually set a date and get together.
Anne, I'm glad Ggal had a suggestion for you about QAYG setting on point. I've never tried it so I'm going to check out the thread she suggested, too. Good luck with your Fabumotion Fabricmover whatever it's called LOL--I have one and used it a total of maybe 3 hours. I could never get the hang of it; I couldn't figure out how to move the section I had just quilted to get to the next section. When I QAYG I just move the block around. Let me know if you figure out the secret or if you want to buy another one (just kidding!)
Bev, love the cabin. That stove would feel so cozy especially on a day like today. We've got about 5" of snow but a layer of ice under it and on top of it. Really messy but it's let up now. BUT another freakin' snow storm is predicted for Saturday. I need to move to Florida!
Jeanie, I love that you get together with your family monthly. It seems like we only get together for funerals or weddings. I just have one sister, lives about an hour from me. We spent more time together this past year while our mother was ill than we've spent together since we were kids. It's a shame. MrJanRN & I get together with son & his family once a month for dinner or breakfast. Really enjoy this time with them.
We are like you Jeanie and don't exchange the way we used to....although we do get token gifts...I asked for fuzzy socks cause my feet get cold quickly....so he got me socks...my grandchildren got me socks too!...
Jan, You put the needle down..then slide the fabricmover under to the area you want to continue to..I'm really a novice at it. the one I have has a larger opening where you sew...I've never used the one I have ...it's new in the box...It's hard to do large pieces on it...
For some reason I didn't get an email notification of updates to this thread, so have missed out on a couple days of "chatter". All caught up now though. :) We had a nice quiet Christmas at home. We went to DMIL's Monday for lunch. My family was home for Thanksgiving and they don't come at Christmas.
QE--I love how the snowman turned out. The snow on the bottom and then border matching the scarf is perfect.
We don't do a lot of decorating...not really my thing. DH is the one who hangs stuff on the walls. :) We did put some garland up around a door with lights and our youngest (11) put some ornaments on that. I made stockings when the kids were first born, but they usually don't actually get hung up, just filled for Christmas morning....or this year Christmas Eve.
DH and I rarely exchange gifts. Occasionally we will buy something to surprise the other. This year DH said he is paying for half of my "new" sewing machine!! Now that was a surprise!! I just have a little more to save now, so should be able to get it by February.
Ggal--I was already planning to get a used 6600, I may mention to the dealer that I would consider a 7700 too depending on the difference in price. Since there is a bigger machine out there might be some of those coming in.
I got a new sewing chair last year...it is very nice, especially since I had been sitting in a padded folding chair!
Dublb--that wood stove looks like it should be a good "furnace". We heat with a wood stove all of the time even though there is a furnace in the house. It means some nights we have to get up and add wood so the house isn't freezing in the morning, but that is ok...costs a whole lot less than LP!!
QNS--I feel like we live out in the middle of nowhere, but nothing compared to you! It takes 15min to get to a small city with grocery store/Walmart and 25min to get to a large city.
Honchey--hope you have a safe trip and can enjoy a long stay in NC.
I spent a little time in the clubhouse each of the last 3 days and was able to get the sashing on all my Rosie blocks. Also have a good start on my BBs...will be working more on these Friday. I worked today at the LQS and tomorrow after the kids get done with school we will be going to help set up for the first "home" archery tournament. All three kids are shooting again this year. I help with getting the score cards ready and then help run them through the machine to record scores.
I use QAYG for most of my quilts. I have tried the method where you add fabric to the front and back (looks like sashing when done) and also seen the one where you make the backing bigger and join the blocks with that and turn to the front (again becomes sashing). The method I use most often is one I learned using the book "6-Hour Quilt" by Kaye Wood (http://www.kayewood.com/item/6_Hour_...ew_Format/2029). This book has you start in the middle and build your way out section by section. I just do the same idea, quilting by rows....when the rows are done I add the borders the same way...for those having problems adding your borders with the strip/sashing method, maybe you can finish this way. It is hard to explain, but I can take some pictures when I start quilting my Rosie and PC quilts....hopefully next week!!
Hopefully I will get into the quilt room today....and do laundry and kitchen duty. Working on Magic Squares throw; have the big squares (easy part) done.
It was good to hear from you, Carrie. enjoyed our little 'chat' in the virtual RV. I did hear from Anael who is ready for the 'cookie' recipe, so she is taking it one day at a time which is the best way. I know we are all keeping her in our daily prayers and looking forward to seeing pictures of her new grand babies. Now if I can remember how to save the recipes in 'rich text' as dd told me.it worked to sent them to Mirabelle. Carrie, what cookies did you take to your exchange at church?
Nice to have a place to meet in our virtual RV...drop by for a chat...
Good morning QNS and everyone else too!
I ended up taking Snickers Cookies (peanut butter cookie with a bite-sized snicker bar baked in the middle)...everyone really liked those. I will have to make a small batch of one your cookies to enjoy one day soon. I like raisins, nuts and oatmeal in cookies but DH doesn't so I don't make those very often. Our kids however will eat anything sweet so I am good with them helping me eat them. :)
Just got done cutting DS hair, have the downstairs picked up and dusted, and a comforter in the washing machine. Need to vacuum yet and the basement will be clean (well except the girls' room but they have to do that!) Need to get school started soon and then need to wash dishes and put plastic on a window I didn't realize was letting in so much cool air until recently. After that we will be spending the day at the school for archery...I might have to take a little quilt along to work on binding in my "free" time.
Your cookies sound very good!! And have you made the snickers cake as well? I do check out the duncanhines.cm recipes t site that is on the side or back of every box...how to make cookies from the cake mix.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas, we had a lovely day, we decided to play board games, something we haven't done since the kids were little. Lots of laughing and cheating, I told them there would be no fights as long as I won:D
We had 5 inches of rain Christmas Eve and another 3 inches Christmas Day.
We haven't exchanged gifts for many years, as JeanieG stated we buy what we want when we want it, DH did buy himself a pair of sunglasses with a camera attached, so he can film himself catching the big fish;). I was on the net searching for design walls, found a free standing one in Aus but I thought it was too expensie so searched the US and found one for $120 cheaper and larger so DH said buy it. So it should be here in the New Year. Christmas Day our coffee machine decided to die so had to buy another, can't live without good coffee
Our children are the same and if they need any big item we help them as much as possible.
I have been busy in the sewing room trying to tidy up the scraps, I am sure they multiply, in the past few days I have made 22 QAYG blocks which will eventually be a snuggle quilt for someone. It never ceases to amaze me what you can make from a box of scraps.