Greetings dear readers! Happy Winter Solstice! This always seems like a time of hope as the light slowly, but surely, starts increasing. We quilters have a great way to handle the darkness as we busy ourselves with projects and ”making,” enjoying the process, be it machine or hand work. I just spent many hours over several days finishing Sveta’s Christmas quilt – just in time!😊
I machine quilted it with an overall diagonal cross hatch, using the walking foot:
I chose to do the binding in red:
And here’s the back:
I know she’ll love it and am so glad I made it and finished it on time!
I’ve been enjoying 2 gorgeous amaryllis plants; the intense colors really add some extra spark to my holiday decor:
For 20+ years Al and I have hosted a Christmas dinner party for several close friends from our music group. After missing last year, we had the gathering this weekend. Everyone was vaccinated and boosted. I prepare a special meal as a gift to my friends – Beef Stroganoff this year. I made an apricot glazed cheesecake – lots of work, but absolutely delicious! (in spite of the cracks on top!😊)
One friend brought a lovely, composed salad:
And, as always, there was lots of music making:
We had out first snowstorm of the season – not bad at only about 2 – 3 inches and just enough to make everything beautiful!
A few days before the snow, I walked to the bog and got some nice photos of some of the flora caught under the ice:
The patterns on the ice were captivating:
In keeping with my desire to enjoy color where and whenever I can in the winter outdoors, I lingered over this plant, soaking in the red:
Here’s my latest reading:
Rebecca is the ”classic” for my book group – just starting it, so no comments yet. I liked ”Oh William” very much. It’s the 3rd book in Elizabeth Strout’s series of novels about Lucy Barton. Her writing style for the series is very spare, but lots of the sentences are full of meaning and bear further reflexion. Lucy is a successful novelist who has overcome (to some degree) a terrible, abusive childhood. Worth reading all 3 books IMHO!
I’m going to close out today’s post with some photos from the Cocheco quilt show. At the show we have an area for 1-2 quilters to sit and work on one of their projects. Show attendees get to see the work and ask questions about it. Guild member – and quilter extraordinaire!! – Rainy Stevens, spent time there and we got to see how her masterpiece (I’m not kidding – this is spectacular!) is progressing. Here are photos of her Baltimore Album style quilt in progress. It’s been several years in the making. She’s close to finishing the 4th border and then will get going on the hand quilting. Every stitch is by hand:
The pattern sitting on the quilt center:
Rainy holding one of the borders:
Her workmanship is amazing!
It will be time in my next post to look back on 2021 and see what I accomplished and whether I met any goals, or not. Soon it will be time to look ahead to 2022. Meanwhile, I’m wishing you all a safe and satisfying holiday!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi