I’m back with the Sunday Sampler this Christmas Eve 2017. And Quilting is the topic. I’ve been taking advantage of some time off for Christmas by readying some projects for time consumption. Winter keeps many of us indoors more and I am no exception. What better time to be reunited with one of my favorite creative outlets, quilting?!
The pattern above is shown with scraps but a grey background. I chose the tan instead. It definitely needs a neutral solid to make the colorful scraps stand out. The only downside is that I wish I would have made the blocks a little larger than the pattern dictated. It could have been much bigger had I done so. Noting it on the pattern for next time.
Larger view of the quilt. It’ll most likely be a table topper. Maybe for the outdoor patio table this summer?? (I say this as we’ve just received our first measurable snow for the winter.)
This is what we quilters call a OBW (One Block Wonder). I have more than one of these from my aunt but this one is the most complete so I have a plan for it once it has been quilted. Hand quilting is a longer process, but it is well worth it. Not to mention, this block deserves that tender care as it is old and a little fragile. Well worth saving.
Hope you’ll check out the other Sunday Sampler posts from past Sundays by clicking the tab at the top of this page. And…..
Wishing you all the very best in holiday wishes today as you celebrate!
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Having reached middle age, the priviledge to take my mother places that she probably wouldn’t go on her own is ranking pretty high on my list. Not to mention being able to include other family members on these excursions. Such was the case for this Thursday Doors post.
I’ve mentioned a few times the Lawrence, Kansas destination we take and the main reason being to visit the eldest daughter, soon to be Dr. Daughter. (Pardon this outburst moment of pride.)
Sitting area overlooking a lovely view
Blake Hall to the right with Fraser Hall directly ahead.
The KU Campus was one of the places we took Mother, aka Grandma, to see. You can hover your mouse over each pic for a descriptive caption. It’s a lovely place to visit, with Fraser Hall’s flags flying in the above photo professing (no pun intended) its claim of being the highest point in Lawrence.
I present the only actual door for this Thursday Doors collection. I know there are many more eye-catching ones but, sorry, they’ll have to wait until next year.
A Bronze Wheat Bundle between Blake and Fraser Halls.
Waving the wheat is a long-standing KU tradition and this bronze is a tribute to that ritual as well as to the state of Kansas and its great farming legacy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Thursday Doors posts this past year and have taken a moment to check out other Door posts starting with Norm 2.0. Click the Blue Frog button at the bottom of his post for doors from around the world.
Everything was decided. We only had to add a flower to this one and the other one in blue.
My sister would have her two matching hats for her surprise gift. And in time for Christmas.
But then I had to dive into the yarn stash……and decided to experiment a little.
Now there are 2 versions. This one uses thicker yarn (Medium weight) and the first lighter weight and, to me, is more Springy. So the dilemma is now hers. Which one would be the better gift for Christmas?? As for me, I’m now working on those flowers.
Stumped by that old arch enemy “time?” How to get everything made in time for Christmas? Even though you went to all those craft shows and told the vendors you could make it yourself? And some of them (me) actually encouraged you to make it yourself and keep traditions going. There are never enough crocheters, quilters, creators.
But then the closer these holidays get, the less time we seem to have. It’s a riddle how it gets away. “Time flies when you’re having fun.” “Time is what we want most, but we use worst.” And the list goes on and on.
Well by creating those handmade items at all those craft shows, I’m selling you back that time. Hand crafted items can be found by just perusing local markets even up to Christmas Eve. Or you can go online and find an Etsy store that has just about everything hand made you could imagine.
After all, “Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.”
Headed back to Cole Camp, Missouri for Thursday Doors this week. I still had some photos in my stash and hope you enjoy my experiments with filters in my choices.
Beginning with a slate filter. I personally like how it accents the missing panes of glass.
Why this filter is called Zeke I don’t know but it sure gives a feeling of yesteryear. I’d love a front door that wide along with those double screen doors! Can you imagine how many times the momma yelled to stop slamming those over the years??
Don’t step out this door without your ladder! The filter is called Napa and it brings out the peeling paint on that door’s window.
And yes, the propane line runs smack dab through that door. I had to get a close up just for myself.
The glow of those lights is the appeal for me to choose this version called Icarus. Remember Icarus flew too close to the sun and melted his wings? There was no threat of melting on this particular day I assure you with geese heading south along with the cold north winds.
Was it my finger, the camera strap, or the hair of the lady below me in the stands?
My oops photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a snapshot of my eldest daughter graduating with honors, Honors College graduate of the UCM Fall/Winter graduation. The Honors College is the second oldest program of its kind west of the Mississippi. Only 12 students were included this Fall.
I’m one proud mama!
More photos, because you know how mamas are with their photos……
My husband, who also graduated the night before with his Master’s Degree. How can one contain so much pride????!!!! I’m busting at the seams.
Both of my daughters. I. Am. Blessed.
Family photo moment. Short people always have to be on the front row. Dang it!