Earlier this week, I had lunch with two good quilting friends (Lisa & Mae) to celebrate Christmas. We look forward to seeing what each of us has put together for our annual gift exchange. Of course one of our favorite things to do is shop hop and we’re always on the lookout for things that each of us would like. Lisa’s favorites themes are penguins and patriotic, Mae’s are gingerbread men, and mine are hummingbirds and cardinals.
I made each of them a candle mat along with a few trinkets including a gingerbread pattern for Mae and a “quilt sayings” panel for Lisa.
They both (unknowingly) added to my cardinal collection. My house is pretty small, but I’ll have to find room for these.
In addition, the fat quarter collection is happy, bright colors. Quite a change from what I normally choose. Can’t wait to see them in a quilt. A group of us in the guild are making fat quarter quilts next year. This should be a perfect palette for the project.
Now that we’ve celebrated Christmas with my daughter and her family and Tom’s family here in upstate New York, we’re headed for North Carolina tomorrow to spend the next week with my son and the granddaughters, Shannon (age 14) and Jordan(age 11). I told Jordan that I was bringing a casserole of baked lasagna that I had made last Sunday and frozen. “Yum,” she said. “Are we making pasta salad while your here?” Grandma can’t say, ‘No”.
Jordan had asked me to show her how to quilt when they visited earlier this year. I helped her make a’ paper’ crazy quilt. Now I’ve borrowed a book from our guild library on teaching children how to quilt. Both she and Shannon want to give it a try. So our camper has the sewing machine along with my supply of scraps, rulers. cutting mat etc. It should prove interesting.
We’ll visit with them until New Year’s day and then end our short winter get-away with a week in Charleston, SC.
Check out our website Tom and Lucia on the Road for an update on our travels. Of course I’ll be bringing along a couple of projects. I have two table runners that I will finish binding and an applique/redwork project that is a great take-along project while traveling.There is always time to quilt!