Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Prep, Prep, Prep...

It's the week before Christmas and all through the sewdio...

Suffice to say I have no elves to assist!  Miss Pooks loves to supervise, but she's not a big help otherwise.

 Now that the Master Class is over (for all intents and purposes), I'v turned my attention to Christmas gifts and the next in line of the quilts for refugees, who seem to be arriving faster than we expected.

But it's Christmas...and so...

I've made fudge...


The same recipe every year...for 55 years or more...

And Cranberry Casserole Bread...


A legacy from my mother.  Seems that now, in our family, my sweet sis and I are the only ones who like it...

But I've invited J&E, my next-door  neighbours, here for some one evening next week...with coffee or cocoa or whatever.  Me? I like it best Christmas Morning with eggnog (no rum) or orange juice and coffee, dark and rich...

The chicken's in the freezer awaiting the kids.  I'll make a stuffing and gravy if the bird obliges.  There will, before that, be rolls made (maybe sourdough this year).  My DD is bringing salad or wine or maybe both...and there will be mixed veg and for dessert, pie (likely Bumbleberry -- rhubarb/Saskatoon berry/apple)...and the above-mentioned fudge.

The tree isn't up yet, but the stable is out...and the shepherds...

And so it begins
For me, this is the most important part of Christmas...because it is what it's all about, Charlie Brown...



And being who I am, I cannot get around that, no matter how much The Culture would have me do so...

And so I continue to work on Christmas gifts for those who mean the most to me...

The Annual Christmas Boxer Shorts are finished...

Fabric bought in Portland, OR in May..
Map of Tokyo, Japan!  

And for the same #1 son:

Marty's Finger-less mittens (WIP)

Meanwhile...still in progress (or to come!) -- the mittens you see above, and another project That Cannot Be Mentioned (because my DD reads this blog), and a neck-warmer to match the mittens (not even cast on yet...)

And gifts of comfort for those I haven't met (yet)...that is, more Syrian refugees...with Granny Square blocks courtesy of local donations at The Shop by volunteers for Blankets for Canada.  All I've had to do is join them together...which, for this "I don't crochet" knitter has been a challenge indeed!  ;-)

A 20-square lap quilt, 1/2 done
Each square is 8" x 8"
I have another 40 squares to join
after these are finished

"Simply Scraps" - 4 of 8 rows finished*

Bonnie Hunter mentioned today that she has a Quilt Cam starting in about 1/2 hour from now...so I will be back in the sewdio, assembling the other half...

*P.S.: Lest you think this work doesn't have anything to do with my artwork...

  • First...look at the colour play...a wonderful experience; and 
  • Second...the piecing...my skill in this area improves with every block created, with every row stitched together, and with every series of rows combines into a whole piece.  
Just sayin'!  :-)



"Simply Scraps" - prep for 2nd half

And an up-date on The Tree-Wrap Experiment...now just past 5 months out...This was taken Sunday, late afternoon -- Dec. 13, 2015:

Wrapped Trees - December 13, 2015 (5 months, 3 days out)

Aren't they beautiful?  I can't get enough of these trees!  Needless to say, when I have to begin to work on a mono-print technique for my next 15 x 15 piece...

Trees will figure prominently!




Linking up now to WIP Wednesday on The Needle and Thread Network.  Get yourself a cuppa and join me, won't you?

Till next time...blessings!

4 comments:

Annette Schultz said...

well you are sure busy and keeping yourself in stitches. Your fudge looks yummy! I may have to take out my moms old recipe and make a couple batches and take one to her. Your tree wrap project looks interesting.
Merry Christmas

Susan Hill said...

As always, Margaret, your blog inspires!

Susan H

Jo Ferguson said...

You are so endlessly creative.

Maggi said...

You continue to be so busy and productive. Thanks for the words from Linus, it doesn't hurt to be reminded every now and then.