Monday, December 19, 2011
DH and I visited the quilt show at St. Louis University’s Art Museum Friday morning. I’ve confirmed that my very most favorite quilt pattern is the log cabin … not that there was really any doubt, since it and the 9-patch are the two patterns that I’ve used most in all my quiltmaking. It was interesting to see some new and unusual settings for the log cabin quilt.
And there were some non-log cabin quilts that I loved, too.
(Forgive the less-than-stellar quality of these shots … I used my iPhone camera. If you click on the pictures, they should open larger.)
We got a phone call on the way to the Museum … the battery in DD’s van died. After we finished up at the Museum, we returned home to run our van to DD (their second car is a small one … no way that 4 kiddos would fit in the back seat, especially not with a couple of car seats).
I got to spend the afternoon with DD and the Ts. I managed to pick up a gift at Target (we had to be a little sneaky, since that gift was for T#2). I had planned to pick up the last gift I needed (for T#3), but the item was $37 at Target and $28 on www.amazon.com, so I ordered that last gift as soon as I got home Friday afternoon. I’m so thankful for Amazon Prime’s 2-day free shipping … the gift should be here Tuesday, in plenty of time. All my other gifts have been boxed and wrapped. It’s amazing how much better the tree looks with presents underneath.
After a busy Friday, we had nothing planned for Saturday. DH is the chief cook and bottle washer for the men’s prayer breakfast at church, so I had the morning to myself. It was kind of nice to just take my time getting going that morning. I did accomplish a couple of things, including finally getting my hand-me-down iPhone configured to receive/send email from my primary email account. I spent most of the rest of the day piecing the quilt top; I’m about 1/3 of the way done piecing the strips into blocks.
I have 10 of these blocks done (they’ll finish to 10” square) … I need to do 11 more.
I have 20 more of these blocks to cut (they also finish to 10” square) … then I can complete the top and get to my favorite part: hand quilting.
I’m thinking that, in hindsight, I would have preferred a little more contrast between the light fabrics and the dark fabrics … especially on the blocks made up of the 2” squares, but we’ll see how it looks when the blocks are put together and the top is finished.
Our Sunday got off to a typical start with Sunday School and worship. Otherwise our day was anything but typical … it was our 24th wedding anniversary. We had an early dinner and went to the hockey game (Blues vs Columbus Blue Jackets); the Blues frequently play on the 18th, so we usually celebrate our anniversary with dinner out and a hockey game. That may not be a stereotypically romantic way to celebrate an anniversary, but it works for us. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 24 years since we exchanged our vows … time flies when we’re having fun. But seriously, 24 years ago God sent me the best Christmas gift ever … I thank God every day for bringing him to me.
Got a busy, busy week ahead of me … but it’s going to be a good week, because it’s leading right up to Christmas.