We arrived at our winter home and, right away, the social life gets better and lots of time on the tennis court and I decided to enjoy the heat with trips to the local library and do some reading.
Finally, I headed into my sewing room and looked around, shook my head and knew that I had make some lists and get myself organized. In the meantime, my husband had a repair that I had to fix so that meant unpacking my sewing machine and getting it set up which also means digging out the spools of thread that I keep wrapped in zip-loc bags. My machine (and my printer) are always packed away in heavy plastic with as much air removed as possible to help prevent parts from drying out in the summer. We leave our a/c set at 90 while we are gone so things get hot and dry in our house.
The first project that inspired me to get stitching was a post from Canadian Quilter's Association (CQA) that next year, 2019, they were going to sponsor, along with Northcott Fabrics, the making of log cabin blocks for Quilts of Valour, Canada. The block is easily available on the QOVC website and uses 2.5" strips. It is preferable to use Northcott fabrics (Oh Canada) but any red or white fabrics are acceptable. Since I didn't find out about this challenge/project until after arriving here, I don't have any of the Oh Canada fabrics available here. So, I dug out all my red and white (more cream than white) and got busy cutting strips.
My quilt will get layered, quilted and bound next spring when I am back 'home'.
We hosted Thanksgiving dinner, at our home and enjoyed the company of some of our friends. Of course, Canadians love having two turkey dinners in the fall!
Then, I stopped! Yesterday was a rainy day and I cleaned up the mess in the sewing room and dug out Christmas fabric. I went through everything I seem to have on hand for the season and started making a few gifts. My husband is enjoying some television shows that I don't enjoy (the Vikings..ugh) and so I have been stitching in the evenings while watching mindless Hallmark channel and feeling like Christmas just might be happening! The tree is assembled, decorated and the house looks as festive as it is will get this season.
Just in case I don't get back here in the next few weeks to update you, enjoy your Christmas and may you all be healthy and have lots of stitching time!