Jobs to be Done

Time is both standing still and slipping away at the same time. It’s some kind of weird end-of-year phenomenon that happens every November and December. I’m sure Cindy is calmly approaching the holiday somewhere in Ohio, but I’ve got lots of work-work to do, and plenty of quilting to try to complete as time performs its slippery two-faced performance.

I’ve been sewing the tops for two queen-sized Garden Gate Charm quilts. I am in love with these colors! The quilts are Christmas gifts for the granddaughters of a dear friend. They must be quilted and then mailed to Canada. Since we’re past the US election, I hope the post office has worked out the kinks so that gifts can arrive on time.

Garden Gate Pearline version.

There is a third, smaller quilt required for the toddler cousin of the Garden Gate Charm quilts recipients. I don’t even have an idea for this quilt….I think I’m going to be late.

After Cindy helped me finish the Karen String Quilt, Ms. G. the quilter worked her magic and fixed all of my piecing errors. Really, that women is a quilting pixie. Now I’m looking forward to a night or two of hand-sewing with a good light and a glass of wine at hand so I can finish the binding. The really good news is that this recipient has found an apartment and she’ll escape the nursing home where she has been trapped because of Covid. The quilt will be a combined house-warming gift and Christmas present.

I’ve been walking a lot on the farm and I’ve been practicing my Hamilton poses. I am not throwing away my shot!

It’s been a rough fall, hasn’t it? Stillness and reflection are important to healing — I hope this picture from the farm helps you as much as it helps me.

Barn Raising Complete!

It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio. The barn quilt/barn raising is complete….yippee!! Sandy and I are very happy with the results. Here’s the final view:

My quilter, Ms. SJ, used a barbed wire quilt pattern to complement the barn theme. Here’s a close up.

We found this very cute 108″ wide fabric for the backing. These kitty cats can make anyone smile.

We were thinking about a red bandana print for the binding but decided on something more geometric. Because the quilt measures 85 x 96 inches, we needed 10 strips of binding! Yikes! Lots of ironing required.

Now that our barn raising is complete, the masterpiece has been shipped to our sister in the sunny south. Another Christmas gift checked off our list!

Gnome(s) for the Holidays

It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio. Today is a dear friend’s (DF) birthday. Happy Birthday, DF! We’ve been through many life events together and I wanted to make something special for her.

DF was enchanted with the Christmas gnome block Sandy created. He’s very cute so I decided to make three of these paper pieced blocks. Here’s the first one:

I spoke with DF this morning after she opened her gift. She LOVES her gnome(s) for the holidays wall hanging.

This is a great Christmas gift! I think I’ll keep sewing and make one for me!

Scrapped Memories

Sandy asked me to give her a hand with her String Quilt while I was staying at the farm. I did the easy part and attached the borders. Isn’t this a beautiful scrappy quilt? It’s so full of color and texture AND memories of many past projects.

Sandy sure made a dent in her stash! While sewing on the borders, I was reminiscing about some of the scraps I contributed. Here’s some fabric I used to make a Monopoly pillow for my nephew because he loved that game so much!

Of course I provided scraps of Brutus Buckeye, the official Ohio State University mascot.

After finishing this masterpiece, mom and I went to a local apple orchard. They had a few pumpkins on hand AND the best cider and donuts EVER!

What a beautiful fall day to remember!