Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It's Over

Christmas, that is.  Making the Christmas quilt for my Texas sister?  Nope, not yet.

Of course it made perfect sense to me to start a new one - a tumbler from some of the batiks I've been collecting.  After all, the Go cutter does such a good and fast job of cutting.  Right?  I've got the first six rows of this one sewn together now.  You can see there were only two at the time this was taken.

And then the leftover strings from all the cutting I've been doing lately kept talking to me.  (Yes, I know, but I kept thinking about all of those scraps piling up in the closet.) So last night I started on a string quilt I've been promising Mr. Mudding for some time now.  And no, he does not need another quilt, but he wants one and since he pays for all this.......

Seriously, do you think I need an intervention? 

Nah!  We're pretty much all that way, aren't we?  There is always something new and different or even tried and true that we want to make.  And it's fun.  If it ever stops being fun for me, I'll probably stop doing it. 

And this mess?  This is the scrap bin (all right, one of the scrap bins).  Honestly, it looks like there's more in here now than there was when I started last night.  And I made twelve 12 inch blocks!

I've been a little concerned about Claude.  I hadn't seen him at all yesterday or today.  He got spooked pretty badly by tree trimmers hired by the electricity company last week.  They had chain saws and they were all over our back fence trimming the trees in the yard behind us.  Then there were all the people shooting off fireworks all around us the past few days.  I can only imagine how traumatic it would have been for a cat who lives by his wits as Claude does.  But late this afternoon I was sitting here reading blogs and looked out the sewing room window and there he was!  What a relief.  I went out to feed him, but he was a lot more interested in being petted and told what a good boy he is and how much I've missed seeing him.  He's gone again now.  Apparently he's found a good place to lay low till all the noise is over.

My Sweetie, Mr. Muddling took the Christmas tree down yesterday, so that is done.  Yippee.  Now we just have to get the rest down and put away.  It would be really nice to get the garage cleared out enough to get my van back in there.

We're almost done with 2011.  It seems to have flown by, though there were definitely some less that fun times in there.  I'm believing that 2012 will be a much better year for all of us!

Hugs and kisses,


  1. Holy Cow Woman -- do you ever give your sewing machine a rest LOL? Looks like another fun quilt in the making. Have you ever read the children's book called Six Dinner Sid? It's about a cat who lives at six different houses -- except each house thinks they are his only owner. Maybe Claude is a Six Dinner Sid! At any rate, I'm glad he finds his way back to your warm and welcoming yard!

  2. Another beautiful quilt Elaine.. Wish I could work that fast.. Happy New Year My Friend..Susie

  3. Merry Christmas Elaine! Glad Claude made his way home and very glad that you enjoyed your family for Christmas. Your sewing continues to inspire me...I gotta get back into my sewing room!

  4. Your tumblers are great. I love a tumbler block. I was going to tell you our chickens have started laying a bit again. Since we made the run more secure and have spent more time making sure they are safe and have enough food and water they have started up laying. So glad. I know they are at the end of their egg laying time but I was happy to see they haven't stopped completely. I did nothing last night. Watched TV and sat on the couch after work. I gotta get the rest of my tea towels finished. Wish I had your get up and go.

  5. Hi, Elaine. Your tumbler blocks look cool. Great scrap bin you have! Wish I could come help you empty it! Your Christmas decorations were very pretty and your quilt for your son and dil is lovely. Have a happy stitching new year!
    best, nadia

  6. My husband takes the tree down too. It makes me sad. It's ok that Christmas is over-- I just don't like thinking about it....

  7. Glad Claude showed up. Wishing you a wonderful New Year ahead. blessings,Kathleen

  8. I'm so glad Claude came back to the house. I know how concerned you were about him.
    Your Christmas quilt is so beautiful.
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a very happy New Year!

  9. You make me smile-that could almost be a post about me-the frantic quilting the sisters Christmas quilt still not done and the garage so full the car longer fits in. Happy New Year to you Elaine


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