Monday, November 22, 2010

Slacky McSlackster is (mostly) present and accounted for

Pin It I have a friend that is all but threatening my life if I don't update my blog.  So here I am!  It's no secret that I haven't been writing lately.  Anyone can see that by looking at the date of my last posting.  This isn't for lack of things to write about by any means, just a lack of motivation to put my thoughts into words.  But I'll try.  This will probably be one of those mod podge of postings that doesn't really have a point, but will clue you in to what's been going on in my little crazy corner of the world.  I just don't know where to start!

I still haven't gotten my stinking BeDazzled quilt done.  It would certainly be done by now if I didn't have to keep re-doing Month 9's border.  Entirely my own fault, I know.  When you make mistakes on this project, there is no ripping out and re-doing.  There is only re-doing by starting over from the beginning.  Does something look amiss to you?  This is the third of these borders I've done.  Backwards feathers just won't work.  I'm losing motivation to try again.

I've been trying my best to keep up with my quilting list and am starting to get last minute Christmas things.  That always happens right at Thanksgiving time.  But a couple of my favorite finishes from the last few months are these guys:
First up is DeAnn's massive block of the month that she set together with Log Cabin blocks.  Pictures really do it no justice.  It is a gorgeous quilt!

Next is an embroidered Halloween wall hanging.  It was really hard to quilt with the amount of stitching already in it.  But it turned out famously.

Then there's an awesome batik throw/wall quilt.   I just adore it.  This one was REALLY HARD to quilt!  But totally worth it!

And just for good measure, I have to throw in this adorable fishy baby quilt:

Last minute Christmas quilting is going to be a little bit more difficult this year than years past.  I'm leaving for San Diego a week from Wednesday to watch my nephew graduate from bootcamp and officially become a Marine.  For his graduation gift, he wanted the "most badass Marines quilt EVER".  Considering he shipped out to bootcamp a whole seven months earlier than he was supposed to, his badass Marines quilt is going to have to wait a while.  But I think an XBox Connect will help to soften the blow.

I received in the mail a 32 pound box of quilt tops and backings from Anna Maria Horner last week.  Twenty tops that I'm honored to quilt for her Rainbow Around the Block project.  I was also wrangled into quilting a 135x135 Double Wedding Ring quilt for Relay for Life.  These things combined are going to obviously put a damper on my personal Charity Challenge, but I figure if I'm doing *something* for charity, it's really not a loss, right?  The first quilt for the Rainbow group is still on the frame, but I just finished it!

 I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving!  My sister and her family are coming to visit.  I will be spending Wednesday making a yummy pumpkin cheesecake with a homemade caramel drizzle and freshly whipped cream.  But that's not even the best part.  The best part is the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!  I'm making a BILLION dozen so that I can send a bunch to friends all over the country.  But shhhhh.   It's a surprise!  (I was going to add a photo of the cookies so your mouths could water along with mine, but Blogger is being silly).

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

PS - I've been working on a new (confident) beginner quilt pattern.  Would anyone like a free tutorial?