Monday, November 27, 2017

Design Wall Monday - November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving week was very peaceful at my house, and I'm thankful for all of the leftovers - no cooking has been done since Thursday!  Leftovers are a great part of having the dinner at home.  And at 74 years old, I can decide to have a piece of pumpkin pie for breakfast without any guilt at all.  Life is good.

I found that the old quilt squares of "eightish" inches in size didn't get much better with sashing, and to remedy the situation, I added small strips of fabric to some of the blocks.  It is coming along, and yesterday I sewed all the blocks into columns and then sewed the columns together.  Here is a progress picture of the quilt top.  It's about 43 inches square.

Here's a close-up, showing some of the places where added pieces made the blocks more the same size:

I will add simple quilting, and it will be a great wall hanging.  It feels so peaceful and I like the fact that someone else's blocks are now going to be a quilt.  

This time of year, as December nears, I make Christmas plans, and think about the new year.  As we age, hubby and I are less enthused about shopping for Christmas gifts.  Also as the grandchildren are all fifteen years or older, their tastes in presents are more of a mystery to us.  So I've decided to give the gift of money to each grandchild.  There are lots of ways to make a money gift a fun one to unwrap, and it will keep me out of the "hustle and bustle" of the Christmas gift buying scene.  After Christmas I will show you some of the cash gift ideas I am using (Pinterest was a great help).

I hope you find some ways to simplify your Christmas season and find time to enjoy the reason for the season with music and church services and family time.

What's on your design wall this Monday?  I so enjoy seeing everyone's beautiful quilting progress.


Kate said...

You've made a lot of progress! I love the colors in those leaves. The hardest part of getting things to the finished stage is dealing with those pesky assembly problems, looks like you found a great solution. My family has decided to cut back on the shopping for Christmas. Both my daughter and my niece are in college, so there are no little ones to shop for. We've decided to do one nice gift and one silly gift, plus stocking stuffers. It will make shopping so much easier.

searsportquilter said...

Your resizing solution really makes the piece sing!

vincenzo126 said...

You've done such a nice job of making those leaf blocks useable! I'm always learning from you! Thank you! -Jean

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

pumpkin is technically a veg, take 2 they are small..

Betty Lou said...

Love the way your classic leaf blocks have come together and as you say "will make a nice size wall hanging." The original maker would be pleased that an unknown quilter took the time to finish. I so agree with you about gifts for teens and older as most of what they would like would come from Best Buy, a store that is completely out of my comfort zone. My rule is if your sitting in my living room on Christmas Day then you will have a present to open, if not, money in an envelope. Hugs

swooze said...

How timely! I had pumpkin pie for breakfast today!!

Angie in SoCal said...

Nice save! Barely shows.