I've been thinking about mixing up Christmas cookie doughs and stashing them away in the freezer. I've found I like making several different kinds of cookies on one mess-up-the-kitchen-for-a-good-cause day when I can just bake, bake, bake rather than having to mix up a dough and then bake the cookies.
You'll notice I said I've been thinking about mixing up Christmas cookie doughs. It hasn't actually happened yet, but with Thanksgiving coming up in less than a week (eeeek!), I am starting to get a titch of a holiday feeling.
In the bits of time stolen here and there when I've been hiding in my quilt room, Christmas themed potholders have been appearing. I tell ya, I get one set done and it gives me an idea for another. I can't seem to stop. No new fabric has been purchased for the potholders. Each one can be made from small pieces of leftover material from my Christmas fabric bin. I still have the bindings to do on all of them so no pictures yet.
A while back I started working on a new quilted piece to hang on the wall for the holidays. The only Christmas-y one I have was made for Papa Pea's classroom when he was teaching.
It's large, I like it and I'm proud of the way it came out . . . it's got a lot of applique work on it (what was I thinking?) . . . but it does look a little more juvenile than I want to hang in the house.
Where was I? Oh, yeah. The new piece I had in mind was going to be a combination of a couple of patterns I saw and liked. I never got very far with it before I decided it wasn't going to turn out as I had imagined (funny how that happens, isn't it?) and I lost interest in it.
So I started going through pattern books again and found a pattern for a four foot square tree skirt that appealed to me. Fortunately (yippee!), the book also included a variation for a smaller 24" x 24" version that could be used as a table topper or wall hanging. (The little book I found the pattern in is Snowshadows by Kathryn Squibb and Deborah Jacobs.)
I've gotten this far on it and am really pleased. It gets another border around the edge and it will be ready to sandwich and quilt using a combination of machine and hand quilting. At least that's what I'm thinking of at this point. With luck I'll have it finished in time to hang after the Thanksgiving decorations come down.
In the meantime, if any of you are of the mind to get out your cattle prod and remind me I don't have time to lollygag around on finishing this one, it might be appreciated!
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