Saturday, December 17, 2016

What's happening around here

I collected all the hexagon pieces I have finished and spread them out to see what I had.  I liked it so well I decided to start sewing them together so I didn't loose the arrangement.

They are upon a different quilt that is on the bed.  It's not all one quilt.



Sewing these pieces together is not for the faint of heart.  It's darn hard.  I've seen some big hexagon quilts and I have a new admiration for the makers!!!  I've decided to sew the units together as I finish them so it doesn't feel like such a big job in the end.   I've still got a bunch more to make.

I'm sure it would be easier to store a stack of blocks instead of this gangly bit of piecing but it will work out better as I go along.  I've only got 4 more of the 15 finished blocks to put together.





I've been getting some of the cookie and candy making done.  The snowballs (Mexican Wedding Cookies) are already gone.  I didn't really eat them all myself.  I had ALOT of help.

The fudge and peanut brittle are disappearing fast too.  I usually cut the fudge into what I call "logs" and then wrap it in foil.  It makes it easy to grab one and share when I'm out visiting or unexpected guests arrive.  I keep them in the freezer so they stay fresh for a long time.





I have a window on my new back door.  I bought 2 bundles of selvage edged fabric strips a few years ago.  This is from the 12 days of Christmas by Kate Spain.  I sewed the lower group together with the selvages showing last year and then never go back to it.

This week I decided I needed to get busy so I cut the selvages off the rest of the strips and sewed them together.  Then I sewed it together as shown and decided I didn't really need to quilt and bind it because then the light would show through better.  So I just made a sleeve in the top and hem it on the other three sides.

It kind of looks like stained glass.  It's just what I was looking for.




 I decorated my hutch with snowmen and snow related ornaments (and silver reflective things) this year.  I had some lights left over from one of the weddings a few years back.  So I put it under my batting/snow and it came together.





It's the time of year my DH and I love to do puzzles.  He's been sick (in bed) all week long with some ornery flu.  I hope he can "rise and shine" soon so we can continue on.




This is the gift my SIL sent us.  She ordered the Joan Walsh Anglund print online and then put it into a shadowbox and embellished it with a bow on the light post and glitter.  She also included the church, snowman, trees, and deer.  It is absolutely darling.


My only picture of the Super Moon.  I took this picture 2 days before it was full.  It came up as the sun (reflecting on the mountain-tops) was setting.  The sky was completely overcast the night the moon was full.



And finally some progress on my "Peppermint Quilt".  It's slow going but I'm enjoying every minute.

Hope you are well and truly enjoying the season.
Robin

4 comments:

Janet O. said...

You are making great progress on the hexies! I am afraid to start stitching mine together, and I am not as far along as you.
I love the snowball cookies! Finally found a gluten free recipe for them, but I haven't dared try to make them yet. I get tired of being disappointed. : )
My parents always have a puzzle out this time of year and I enjoy spending time on it when I am there. I recall doing them as a child , and have done them at our house occasionally, but there just never seems to be a place to put it up and leave it.
Your Peppermint quilt is very pretty!!

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

WOW so much going on...the hexie progress is wonderful and that peppermint quilt and all of your pretty decorations were fun to see.

As I read this I was eating a cookie for my breakfast 'dessert' just like yours ha ha ! Second batch, too. Almost all of the first one went down the street to the kids...the recipe I had from my childhood just called them butter nut balls. At Christmas we rolled them in the confectioner's sugar mixed with red / green sprinkles.

Karen said...

I have never taken time to make a hexagon quilt though I have some paper pieces to do it. Yours is wonderful thus far.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I agree--sewing those big chunks of hexies together is no picnic! I keep my big pieces pinned to my design wall--it's pretty hard to find a good place to keep them when you can't work on them. Your peppermint quilt is going to be so beautiful!