Sunday, December 16, 2018

Happenings

Things have been rather quiet here for me, and I do apologize to my regular readers. I've not had a lot to write about, and not felt like writing either even when I do...very odd for me! I have been picking away at a few projects, spent a lovely week in Florida with a dear friend where I soaked up some sunshine and visited several other dear friends, even got to go on the water, cruising around the Sarasota Intracoastal waters, soaking up more rays and more information about nature around there.
Yes, that's a real palm tree, on our boat! They let them get to a certain height and then plant them on solid ground and start some more on the boat.

Here's a bit of what I've been doing in the quilting department...
I have the centre of my 150 Canadian Women quilt done.


It has three more optional borders. I am pretty sure how I am going to finish mine. It will be humongous, the largest quilt I've made yet. At the stage you see here, it measures 85.5" wide by 92.5" long. This quilt makes my heart sing sing sing!

I've also worked on another project but all you'll get is this little glimpse:

And there are oh, about ten more I need to finish by December 31, ha.


On the lines of humongous, I've been terribly remiss in pumping up the excitement over Bernie's not-so-little giveaway. Between the Florida trip and a couple of other real life happenings, I didn't get a post out last week. Voting closed on the weekend, but I do hope if you haven't gone over to her blog yet to see the array of all 11 months of her Blogger Bundles, of which mine was the 11th, that you will now by going to her blog, Needle & Foot. One of the lucky voters will win ALL ELEVEN BUNDLES.

When she told us of her plans, I was gobsmacked. Not only has she been so generous throughout the year by giving a bundle away each month, and one to the blogger who chose the fabrics, and created a project for them, but now she has one last super-duper-sweet giveaway of all eleven?! I do hope you'll support her little shop as a thank you back to her.

I am planning a little Quilt Along with my bundle of fabrics, something several people had asked for. Bernie has procured the fabrics, so watch this space for more details forthcoming on this in the New Year. Think of it as a little pick-me-up in the doldrums of January/February. Here is my graphic once more from Bernie, and below it the fabrics in a row:


I've spent some time decorating our house inside and out:

MacGyver even helped by putting lights on his fence.

23 comments:

Kathleen said...

I love the way your Canadian women quilt is progressing, but I don’t know how I would feel about a quilt that big! Glad to see you on the blog again. My guess its an emotional hangover - Dayna getting married was huge, and then there is your mother’s death. Be kind and when you are ready, you will be on fire. The new normal can be hard to adjust to, but you will. It takes time and patience with yourself.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Life happens. I hope you had a great week in Florida. Take some time to yourself over Christmas.

Elaine Walker said...

No apologies needed. You certainly deserve to take some “me time”. I actually voter for your bundle and will look forward to your quality.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your 150 Canadian Women quilt is just amazing! Those will be some borders at that size! Glad you've had a chance to spend a little time in Florida, and to decorate for Christmas - both good for the soul.

Vasudha said...

Your home looks beautiful and the Canadian women's quilt is gorgeous! Each block looks special - like the woman it represents and the woman who sewed it!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Your Canadian Women quilt is looking stunning, Sandra!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

like myself your blog has had a little rest, maybe we need to do that sometimes to recharge our batteries. Would you believe i momentarily wondered why you had put a big star on your door? Duh!
Your quilt a long sounds interesting, cant wait for new of that

Pat said...

Wow, your Canadian quilt is incredible. I just finished a really large quilt and putting those borders on was a real challenge for me, but I know you are up to the task.

Karrin Hurd said...

What a beautiful quilt!

Stitchin At Home said...

Taking a break is good. Love your Canadian women quilt! We finally pulled out the decorations over the weekend too.

Vicki in MN said...

It seems many of us bloggers need a break from time to time. I haven't felt like commenting much, I read and then go on to the next. Maybe it is the time of year-I'm just tired, LOL
But I also haven't felt like writing posts much either. Doing the same thing gets boring to my readers! So it's OK that you take a break;) Have a wonderful Christmas Sandra.

Deborah S said...

Glad you are taking care of yourself! Enjoy yourself. No need to say more.

Lisa J. said...

I went through a long time of not writing much as well....and not reading much. Now I'm spending more time with blogs and blogging than instagram. I'm trying not to do quilt alongs but here you are tempting me again.

piecefulwendy said...

Oh, the Canadian Women quilt is gorgeous! So I should maybe hold on to my blogger bundle until I see what you have up your sleeve? I'm itching to make something with that gorgeous chorus of fabric. All that Florida sunshine makes me smile!

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

I'm the lucky winner of the November blogger bundle you curated and I just love the fabrics! I'm using it to make a Plus quilt to support Bernie's Mercyful quilts and you can see my progress here: https://thecolorfulfabriholic.blogspot.com/

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Sandra! I just love having lights wrapped around a fence or staircase railing. We used to have a second floor and I had such cute lights to put around it. They just make me smile! Your 150 Canadian Women quilt is just gorgeous. I love how the sashing and cornerstones set off each block so nicely. This will be a huge accomplishment once complete. I am looking forward to see what we're going to do with your bundle. Something to look forward to in the new year. Merry Christmas to you and your peeps, and {{hugs}} a bunch for you. Happy Happy Monday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

Bernie Kringel said...

I have to say I've missed you and wondered what was going on. But as others said, things come up and get in the way of writing. Glad you are well. That quilt is going to be AMAAAZZING!! I just love it and the millions of pieces contained within are incredible. Have a wonderful day Sandra! (Thanks for the lovely comments about my shop. You are so sweet!)

MissPat said...

How wonderful that you were able to get away for some sunshine and warmer temps. It's been so gray and dismal up north here that it truly does get one down. Your Canadian Women quilt is a labor of love. Can't wait to see how you finish it up.
Pat

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Sometimes you just need a break so you can get your creative juices flowing again - especially after a wedding!! Glad you enjoyed your visit to FL. This is the best time to go IMHO - no kids and lots quieter!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Rest, relaxation, and sunshine can make everything better!!! I, too, have taken a sabbatical from blogging. Life in my little village in AZ is very busy. But we are active people and there's much to do. The Canadian Women quilt will be large but oh, so pretty! That was a fun series to follow and read about the women.

Kate said...

The Canadian Women's quilt is coming together beautifully. Glad you got off to somewhere warm for some relaxing before winter hits in earnest. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season and getting in some more stitching time.

Louise said...

I think we must be in a similar head space, my friend! A little decorating, a little Floridian warmth and sunshine, a little piecing, and zero blogging. And I know exactly which boat you were on with the palm tree. We stayed on a mooring ball right outside the little basin where you boarded, and enjoyed watching folks in the park. Got to see a wedding through our binoculars once. So fun!

Gosh, those Canadian Women are gorgeous! All together like that, they shine so beautifully. This will be an heirloom quilt for sure :)

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

The Canadian Women quilt looks beautiful already, can't wait to see how you quilt it.

-Soma