Today was our Thanksgiving celebration and Hubby and I had a nice time with our son and his girlfriend. Unfortunately, I got a call from our daughter this morning to say she was sick and wasn't going to be able to make it--she has a horrible cold. She's hoping to drive down from Tahoe soon--possibly on Friday if she's feeling better--so we'll still have a chance to stuff her with Thanksgiving leftovers. We missed having her, of course, but we'd rather she take care of herself now and come visit when she's recovered.
Now, though, I can tell you who I was making the Peppermint Twist and tree quilts for. Our daughter LOVES Starlight Mints, so I made the Peppermint Twist quilt for her--it just reminded me of her. I couldn't wait any longer to surprise her with it, so I let the cat out of the bag when we talked on the phone this morning. And I made the Trees Up! Lights On! quilt for our son who seemed pleased to get it. I made bed quilts for both of them some time ago, and last year I gave each of them a Halloween quilt, so it seemed about time to make them Christmas quilts!
Several of you asked about the swirly quilting pattern I used on the tree quilt and/or what type of machine I use. I'll try to answer those questions in tomorrow night's post.
Tonight, I managed to get myself sidetracked again. Our son and his girlfriend left after dinner at around 8:30 to go to a friend's birthday party, and although I didn't expect them to stay later, for some reason I really hadn't thought much past dinner and what I was going to do after they left. With coffee cup in hand, I retreated to the Sweat Shop and started flipping through a couple magazines I bought recently.
I love this magazine! Really, it's more of a showcase for items for sale, but I always find tons of decorating and craft ideas and inspiration when I look through it. And yes, I certainly WOULD like to buy just about everything in the magazine, but nope, that's not going to happen. I can't afford it. So I just browse for ideas I can make and I always seem to find something.
Tonight, as I was looking through the magazine, I saw several soft sculpture Santa dolls, and I was reminded of the wooden rocking chair I found at Goodwill awhile back. I bought the chair thinking it would be perfect for a Santa doll. So I got online and popped over to Etsy to see if I could find something I liked at a decent price. Nothing. All the Santas I liked were waaaay too expensive for me, so I got out a couple books and patterns and started looking for a Santa doll I could make. I finally found a pattern I kind of liked, but I modified it a little bit.
I know it doesn't really look like much yet--certainly it doesn't look much like Santa!--but hopefully it will come together in the next few days. Let's just ignore the fact that I have a boat load of quilts that I should be making/quilting, okay? I swear I have the attention span of a gnat!
Tomorrow I'll spend much of the day packing away the autumn decorations. The garage is now overstuffed with boxes of Christmas decorations that my son got down from the rafters, so I have my work cut out for me the next several days. It's lucky we have Thanksgiving leftovers to eat, because I'm pretty sure there will be a couple days of decorating when I'll barely be able to FIND the stove, let alone cook a meal. Viva la turkey sandwich!