Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Many households are deep in preparations for the feast, or the plans to travel. It is a busy crazy time of year made more interesting by the fact that it is totally dark when most of us get to go home from work. And it will continue to get crazier until we get through the new year. In my family, we will be racking up the mileage as we pick up and return my daughter to her college twice in one weekend. It is 5 hours from home, but worth the trip to spend some quality time with her. With the health issues I had this fall I am making a bigger effort to keep the holiday crazies from getting to me. The shoppe will be closed Wednesday- Saturday this week. I may be in for a while on Saturday to get some projects underway so give a call and if I am here I will answer and you can come visit and shop.
Part of my plan to keep things calm, relaxed and joyful this year includes finishing some projects that have been nagging at me. Like this one from a dozen of the sampler blocks by Barbara Brackman. We did all 50 as a BOM that finished about a year ago. It uses snowball blocks as alternates and a half snowballs as a mock border. If you were part of that group you have the basic plan for this in your class notes. I ran out of the lighter background fabric so I left two rows out and made it square instead, but I finished it with all leftovers. Not bad. I intend to machine quilt in the ditch and do some lovely hand quilting in the snowball centers and the border. Depending on the design I settle on it might even be done in big stitch. I am pleased with the look and I am looking forward to nesting in and doing some hand work on it.
I have settled on Thursday December 5 for the Kansas Dugout workshop. I love this block, and Lest you think you don’t need to take a workshop on a simple block, the quick trick I have to speed up the quick corner technique will blow away that stack of scraps so fast you wont believe it. I also have tons of fun variations on the basic one that I will share during the workshop. This time of year simple sewing allows us to decompress, and one with great design possibilities at the same time keeps us thinking about happy and constructive things. I have updated the workshops page to include the info and supply lists so check it out and sign up.
Lastly, I would like to remind you that the annual redwork pattern is only available for a few more days. Come get it, and pick up a kit while you are at it for a simple take along project that you could have done in time to trim the tree this year.