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'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.