Sunday, December 1, 2013

DWM: shop your stash, six of one, and solstice beginnings

Our four-day weekend was great.  Thankgiving dinner at the home of friends, with some leftovers to take home.  (Our contribution was Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish, which you can read more about here . It was new to our hosts, and they liked it.)  We drove home about 6 p.m. and passed Wal-Mart where the parking lot was full, even the spaces along the road and around the corner by the auto service center.

We didn't go shopping either Thursday or Friday.  We did, however, go to see the Friday matinee performance of the movie Nebraska .  It was excellent.

Saturday evening was a 50th wedding anniversary party for Winthrop Harbor friends.  It turned out that their actual wedding date was November 30:  perfect.  What a joyous occasion!

Sunday we worshipped at First Congregational Church, U.C.C. in Waukegan.  First day of advent and first Sunday of the month meant lessons and carols plus communion -- followed by a potluck.  We are not members of First Congo but we have friends who are, and it's the denomination in which my husband was ordained and served during his 20 years of parish ministry. It was a great way to begin the sacred season amidst the secular one.

In and around all of these events I sewed. (As my husband says, "Why am I not surprised?")

#1 Shop Your Stash.  I did just that and found the perfect border fabric for Framed Nine Patch.  The flimsy is 74 x 64 and used 5-3/8 yards.

#2 Six of one.  These six pillows are my gifts to the library department heads and office staff. I adapted a pattern from Fons and Porter's Quilting Celebrations 2013. The pillows are 26 x 18  and used a total of 6-1/4 yards (including the fabric I used for the pillow form insert).

#3 Solstice beginnings.   46 white-centered units and 34 orange-centered units so far.

See what other quiltmakers are doing at Judy's Patchwork Times  and check out the Celtic Solstice progress at Bonnie's Quiltville!


AnnieO said...

Looks like a happy and productive holiday!

Bonnie said...

Oh yes, the perfect border for framed four patch. Amazing it came from the stash but aren't you happy it did? Are you doing the smaller Celtic Solstice or half of the small or? Glad you had a great weekend.

Andee said...

Very nice start on Celtic Solstice, loving the scrappy!

Karen said...

Looking good, I haven't had time to start yet.

Rebecca Grace said...

Those little holly pillows are adorable! I can't tell from the photo -- is that machine embroidery or applique?

Ellen said...

I love shopping my stash!! I see you are participating in Bonnie's mystery - I am too and I am trying to just use stash fabrics for it. We will see how that goes :)

Sue Daurio said...

Oh boy that framed four patch is just spectacular! Yes indeed that was the perfect border. I haven't started on Celtic Solstice, but it sure looks good so far!