Finished #22

You know that I’ve been a bit obsessed with afghans this year … mostly crochet but I did knit a couple small ones also. This is most likely my last one for the year as I’m trying to finish up some hats.

  • pattern is Easy Ripple
  • yarn is Caron Big Cakes in the Plum Pudding colorway
  • hook size is H
  • blanket size is 45 x 61 inches using 3 Big Cakes


Time flies and the end of the year is approaching quickly!!!

I’m pretty happy with my accomplishments this week … I planned time each day (and night) for sewing and got through a fair amount.

  • pieced the hourglass blocks and the top is half assembled.
  • bound two quilts
  • quilted one top
  • finished the ripple afghan
  • made half of the chandelier blocks

Now I have 3 weeks left to work before my company arrives for Christmas week and a couple days after they leave before the end of the year and I have a list for what I want to accomplish in that time too.

  • Finish the hourglass and chandelier tops
  • quilt 2 tops
  • bind 3 quilts
  • make at least 3 hats
  • start a set of Rainbow HeartStrings blocks
  • finish the last wool felt stocking

I also have a fair amount of prep work around the house getting ready for company and the holidays. Luckily, I’m not traveling at all this month.

Still retreating

I finished the binding on the Hexagon Flowers and 9 patch quilt last night. This is my oldest UFO and the 15th UFO finish for the year so I’ve exceeded my goal of finishing 12 UFOs this year. The hexagon flowers are English paper pieced and appliquéd on the background squares. They were made years ago but it wasn’t until this year that I decided on a setting and pieced the top during our Precut Party (shapes).

I also made good progress on assembling the hourglass top, pieced another binding and got it machine stitched and ready for me to hand stitch it down, and started a new top… usually I try not to start a new piecing project until the one I’m working on is a finished top but November’s precut is charm squares and I haven’t made a top this month so I thought I’d at least get it started before November ended!

The pattern is called Chandelier Quilt and you can do a google search to see a lot of variations. I’m sure I have the book here somewhere but it’s not worth searching it out. It’s an easy block to piece and I’m using 2 charm packs.

I am still taking time out from sewing to bike ride with Keith and sit on my porch. It’s been a great holiday week for us, lots of time together, time outside, and for me, time in my sewing room!

Black Friday

Did you shop?! I’m not a big shopper but one of the sites I’ve been buying digital pantographs had a sale so I did purchase some new ones … or in some cases … Steam … just a digital version of an old pantograph I have. I’m looking forward to trying them out!

Porch season

I love this time of year and spend a lot of time on the porch … and I love it even more when Keith puts up my Xmas lights! I know it’s early but my porch is magical with the lights on! We’re sitting out here now listening to music.