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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hi Everyone!

I'm still here!  I decided to take a bit of a break from blogging in the summer.  I did this for a couple reasons--the first was that I felt like I was only mostly blogging about quilts I was making and then showing the finished result.  I know that that seems like the whole idea of a quilt blog, but I was thinking I wanted to do more, but didn't know what.  In other words, I was feeling a bit stagnant.  The other reason was that I was wondering if the time I was spending writing and reading blogs, etc. was really distracting me from getting more quilting done.  I'm here to say that the jury is still out on that!  I did just as much quilting as I always do, so I decided to come back join in again.  I've been trying to figure out just when to write again, and the weeks slipped by.  Yesterday, though, two things happened:  a memory post from Facebook reminded me that it was a year ago yesterday that I resumed after taking a break to move in the house and get settled, and I heard from a follower in an email that she was concerned and missed me.  (And I've heard from a few more in the past month or so, so I decided the time was right.)

I hope you all are doing okay.  Are you ready for the holidays?  I'm struggling this year.  No presents are wrapped, I still have a few to get, I've baked no cookies, and the cards are still sitting here.  I still have a few days, though, and have plans to get really organized the next couple days.

I've been doing quite a bit of quilting and I do have big news to share to catch you up, but I will do it in later posts.  One thing I just finished was the Temecula Quilt Co's We Wish You A Mini Christmas quilt along.  Each day for 12 days Sheryl provided directions for a cute, tiny block.  On the 13th day, she had three finishing directions.  The blocks were so fun to make--it took maybe 15 minutes and everyone has 15 minutes each day to quilt, right?  Haha, not me.  There were a few days when I got the block done, but there were also days when I had to get caught up by doing 3 or so.

I decided to do mine in Christmas colors, and mostly pulled pieces from my 1.5," 2," and 2.5" scrap squares.

This is my finished quilt.  I ended up sort of combining some of the setting options.  Sheryl had diagonally set the blocks into a runner.  I loved the look of the diagonal set, but didn't want a runner, so I made more of a "quilt" shape.

Here are some of the individual quilt blocks.  I shared the photos on Instagram.

I remade this one.  After it was done I looked at it and thought it looked like a bandaid.  A used, bloody bandaid.  Once I thought that, it was doomed!

I'm also working away on Bonnie Hunter's mystery this year, Allietare.  I have the first three clues done and will be back to share more on that.

I hope you have a wonderful day!  I'm off to wrap gifts.


  1. Glad to have you back. As much as we love to see finishes, we also like to see 'in-progress'. Love your little mini - well done.

  2. JoAnne, I don't read that many quilting blogs, but I always read your posts. You write beautifully, and it is very obvious that you spend a great deal of time expressing your thoughts. I very much appreciate that. I am so glad that you are back.

  3. I looked you up a couple of days ago to see if you were doing the Mystery and saw you had slipped off to Instagram. Good to have you back.

  4. Yay! I'm glad you're back. I've been watching your quilting progress on Instagram, but there's nothing like a blog posting to get the full story of what's going on with your quilting. I look forward to future posts. Merry Christmas! (and good luck with all the tasks that need to get done before next Friday. I'm right there with you!)

  5. I'm so glad you're back. I was missing your posts and was hoping everything was well with you. Merry Christmas

  6. Welcome back! Congrats on finishing the Temecula quilt a long. Love the ruler table you have photographed in the background! I keep meaning to see if I could make one of those... some day! ;-) Merry Christmas!

  7. Nice to have you back on Blog land !

    Like you I find it less time consuming to post on IG
    but try really hard to post n my blog at least twice a month.

    Congrats on finishing your Temecula quilt ! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year !!!

  8. I did the same setting for mine! lol Yours turned out really cute. I have my top together, but now need to quilt and bind it. Hopefully within the next few days.

  9. Your quilt turned out very cute. : )
    Good to have you back.

  10. Hi JoAnne, I'd wondered how you were and it is nice to see you back again! That balance between blogging and sewing is a tricky one isn't it? I made the Temecula blocks but haven't joined them up yet.... good on you for finishing your cutie!