Thursday, December 21, 2017

December Sewing

As busy as everyone is in December, I have found some time to work on a few things. I pieced a toddler quilt and quilted it at a friend's home on Wednesday. She bought a quilting machine earlier this year and offered to let me give it a test run to see what it was like. It was FUN, but I still think I'll wait until Jackie retires before I consider buying one. I didn't LOVE it, but I liked it and I think the reason that it was fun was due to the fact that I got to spend the day with my sweet friend.

And ya'll think I live out in the sticks...this gal, who is also a ranch wife and my co-worker, lives twice as far from town as I do and her driveway (aka: dirt road) is 23 miles long.

I made one more block for a scrappy 'NEXT' Christmas quilt and I plan on making this my leader ender project in the New Year/ Hmmm...I think this is the same block I shared previously, but suffice it to say, I DID make one more:

 I made lots of these lined drawstring bags to replenish my dwindling supply:

Well, truth be told, I'm still making them and the above photo is from a few years ago. I love these things and I've made so many that I think I need to laminate my pattern

You can find the pattern HERE and although Jenny offers one size free, it was highly worth purchasing the pattern for the other sizes.

I made another set of potholders for the wife at North Camp:

And I surprised myself by jumping in on Bonnie Hunter's On Ringo Lake Mystery and actually making some progress:

Clue one is finished and clue 2 and three are cut out:

Haven't touched clue 4 and clue 5 will be posted tomorrow...yeh, not a chance. We tuned in to the NFR each night and I spent that time drawing diagonal lines on the endless 2" squares called for in the 2nd and 3rd clue:

And yes, I have a very attentive line drawing assistant.

Today's the's 10:30 here and ya'll know that's at least 2 hours past my bedtime, but I haven't been on the computer in 3 days and this was the only way I was ever going to get a post in. Doesn't everyone try to get a quilt trimmed and bound 4 days before Christmas when presents are still unwrapped and baking still needs to happen?


Granny Anne said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! I have enjoyed reading your posts over the years, learning about the ranch life and all the quilts and things you have made. May your new year be happy, loving and quilty! So glad you are doing Bonnie’s Mystery also.

Valerie said...

Merry, merry Christmas! I love Jeni's pattern, too, and ended up purchasing the one with multiple sizes. It's the best! No sewing around here at the moment, but definitely lots of tape and wrapping paper. {grin} I truly enjoy reading your blog and love the sneak peeks of ranch life --- thank you for opening up your home and sharing your experiences. Hope you and yours will have a blessed holiday. What a Gift we have to celebrate!

Tired Teacher said...

Love the photo of Skeet inspecting your work!

Terry said...

A lovely post. I can't imagine being that far out in the sticks, as they say! Your bags out really cute.

Shepherdess55 said...

Merry Christmas. I enjoy each and every post.

Judy said...

You were able to get more done, while being a ranch wife, volunteering, and visiting with family, than I have done all year. Great gifts and have a wonderful Christmas.

Janet O. said...

That is some driveway!! :)
You are so productive and things look so festive.
I like the idea of laminating a favorite pattern that sees lots of use.
Hope you have a very nice Christmas, Karin!

Sharon Judkins said...

I purchased that bag pattern after seeing an earlier post you had about them. I love them and have made many also.

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