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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Time Between

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a great holiday.  Our Christmas was really great--we had family with us, and that was all I needed/wanted.  Now its time to look ahead to the New Year.  I really like this week--once the hectic and large celebrations are over.  Quite often, I use the time to purge and get myself ready for the next year with a Clean Slate.  This year, however, I don't seem to have the need to purge too much--maybe it will hit at the last minute?

I finally finished the final of the free Mystery Block of the Month by Stacy at Buttermilk Basin.  She was so generous to do this and I've had a great time working with wool this year.

Around the middle of January, she will provide setting instructions for finishing the project.  I'm so excited to see what she has in mind.  Here are some of my other blocks.  

A few months ago, the pattern was for a sunflower.  Since it was the height of dahlia season, I experimented and made a dahlia, too.  I'm not sure which I will put in the finished quilt.  

I'm working on another Buttermilk Basin pattern, too--I think it's called Tree Farm.   I started it but didn't finish in time for Christmas, but that's okay, it will be ready for next year.  Yesterday, I was stitching on it at bee and one of the ladies said the truck was hauling the tree to the recycling center, ha ha.  

The truck is surrounded by pieced tree blocks.  I've got them sewn and all arranged on my design wall.  I will share more about this project later, I'm sure.

The last time I left you, I was preparing for cookie-baking day with my neices.  We had a great time, but it was a long day and we made lots of cookies.

Yesterday was a special day.  I'd like to wish my sister a very Happy Birthday a day late--she had a milestone birthday.  My husband had the same one back in July and my brother-in-law had his earlier this month.  Mine isn't for another year and a half, but it might be time for me to consider making my Jubilee quilt in honor of living a half-century.

Have a great day,


  1. Great job on the Buttermilk Basin patterns.
    Got a giggle about the recycling. That is the world in which we live. : )

  2. Very pretty blocks - well done. It's like is the glass half full or half empty - is the truck with the tree coming or going? I think it is bringing.

  3. Beautiful blocks, Love them. and Beautiful such nieces making beautiful cookies!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Some wool projects are on my to do list someday. I really like yours! Seeing your nieces doing cookies makes me hungry for a sugar cookie right now!! ha!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!!

  5. Happy New Year! It's nice to see you back blogging.

  6. Happy New Year JoAnne! I'm itching to get back to the BB BOM too. I think I need to stitch November and December's blocks. Yours look great!!