It’s getting real Thanksgiving up in here

Monday night before Thanksgiving and the pressure is on! I haven’t mopped my kitchen floor or finished dusting and let’s not even talk about the laundry piling up! Yikes! So instead of caring about any of these major tasks, I’ve been quilting:

  1. I’m teaching a friend how to quilt. She’s making the same quilt that my quilt mentor used to teach me: Turning Twenty Again. Honestly, this pattern is a classic and Kelly used her great eye for color and selected a lovely blue and tan fabric palette with some help from the excellent staff at Material Rewards. Kelly has done a wonderful job of cutting her pieces and yesterday we worked on laying them out. I can’t wait to see the final product. Ping Pong design table
  2. I gathered up some pre-cut 2.5″ squares and got to work creating a Thanksgiving colored pillow cover for my living room. I did some walking foot quilting using a  free spool of thread that I received when Cindy and I took a quilting class in Chicago last March. I’m loving the luster that this spool of Superior Threads provides! Note to self: up my thread game in the new year — my thread stash is very low and boring.IMG_49831.jpg
  3. Cindy and I are so excited about the start of the virtual cookie exchange blog hop that starts next week. Carol from Just Let Me Quilt is a master at organizing fun hops! We can’t wait to show you what we’re cooking up.
  4. Remember how I told you that I was sick of orange colors and I was ready to work on something red? Well, look what I decided to make for Easter: <sigh> This is a draft of a carrot block for a teeny tiny bunny quilt. I might need an orange intervention.IMG_4981[1]
  5. My Texas bestie received her quilted tree skirt on Saturday and she was thrilled. I can’t wait to see pictures of it in action (after she returns from a December trip to China — I’m glad I don’t live that life any more!!!)
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    Please note that this is really bad photography! It looks like there was a bleeding of the red, but there was not (whew)!

    I know that counting my blessings will take a long time. I hope you feel the same way about yours. Happy pre-Thanksgiving.

12 thoughts on “It’s getting real Thanksgiving up in here

  1. Gray Barn Designs says:

    The “Turning 20 Again” pattern is a great choice for beginners. Is that a ping pong table turned design board??? Nice re-purpose…haha. Said tree skirt has traveled…New York, Ohio and now Texas…I think she will LOVE it!

  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Good Morning! What?!! You gave up cleaning and laundry to help a friend?! That’s not in the Thanksgiving spirit, is it?!! jk Seriously, who is going to be looking at your floors anyway? Stuff the laundry in a closet or in the washing machine, add Thursday’s stuff to it and you have a head start!! I love, love, LOVE that you are helping a friend learn to quilt. Welcome to the quilterhood, Kelly. There’s no turning back now. I need to up my thread game too. I have a cool spool of thread that I forget to use. Geez, I have to remember to find it when I get home!! We’re doing the cookie exchange too – I can’t wait to see what you guys share. And last of all, an orange intervention? You’re not going to get me to help in that because I’m looking forward to seeing that bunny quilt. Love the carrots – and what other color could you use?? Seriously – you don’t want people to say what is that block?? Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. laughinggasquilts says:

    That tree skirt is a beauty! As for cleaning house…surely, teaching a friend to quilt is much more in the spirit of Thanksgiving than dusting. She’ll have a hobby to bring her joy for a lot longer than the dusting would have lasted. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    • sandradny says:

      I agree — quilting with a friend is way better than cleaning. Well, truth be told, quilting is better than doing just about anything 🙂

    • sandradny says:

      My quilting mentor helped me see past the dated fabrics and appreciate the design. Future quilters will have to do that with my patterns too 🙂

  4. tierneycreates says:

    I my goodness ; Turning Twenty Again – I am sure I have that pattern someday and I probably made it in my early days of quilting. You are an awesome friend teaching your friend to quilt! I learned to quilt because of a wonderful friend who took the time with me! Lovely tree skirt!

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