Monday, December 21, 2015

Design Wall Monday 12- 21 - 2015

The year is winding down -- ok, so that isn't exactly the way things are the week of Christmas -- all calm and easy.  I'm still plugging away at gifts and gift wrapping.  But most of the gifts are done.  Just a few remain to be finished -- hum maybe 4?  That's not so bad when there isn't a lot to do to finish them.  Oops, add three that need to be embroidered by tomorrow.  Not a problem.  I'll have those done today.  

Knowing that the grands don't get to read my blog I'm sharing the three pairs of mittens I've made.  There are hats to share too but I think I'll wait until after Christmas to share those. 

It was fun working with these yarns.  I purchased all the yarn along with the pattern at Knitting Addiction in Kitty Hawk, NC near the beach house.  

Do you have a table in your house that looks like this?  I've started the wrapping but I've got lots still to do.  Unlike my cutting table, this one is too low for me to work at it for any length of time.  So, a few at a time works well. 

I was pretty shocked to find this fellow in a bag of bows that was up in the attic with all the wrapping supplies.  Definitely dead but yikes!  He (or she?) was a big bumble bee in life.  Needless to say we don't go in there all that often.  Me thinks I need to store things in closed containers of some sort! 

Here's the actual design wall today. I am overrun with 9 patches!  I realized I had more than I thought I did.  So, far left is the one I've been working on the most.  I've added another column making it 5x5.  I added the one on the far right.  I may not be able to get all three done because the sizes of each 9 patch vary wildly.  But I'm going to give it a try. 

Here's a close up of the center 9 patch.  I'm going to use solids on the corners of the snowballs. 

It really is fun working on these.  I decided I needed to clear the cutting table (or at least one side of it) so I could do other things.  All the 9 patches are on the design wall.  Excess fabric except that which is needed for the snowballs has been put in a box.

Goals, first last week.     

December 14, 2015
Mail packages
Embroider and make hats for grands
Finish ornaments √ x stitch done now to make them ornaments
Wrap presents√ started
Work on Stacey’s antique quilts
Prep and send Christmas cards

Embroider secret items… √ started

This week's goals.
December 21, 2015
Finish ornaments
Enjoy lunch out with friends
Go to Star Wars Movie
Wrap presents
Finish embroidering secret stuff
Enjoy Christmas with the kids
Keep on working on antique 9 patches

Time to get going this morning.  Things to embroider, gifts to wrap!  

I'm linking up with Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt; Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts; and Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times. Monday Making isn't up yet so I'll add the link later. (I think she must be on the west coast, while I'm on the east coast!) 

Happy Quilting Everyone! 


  1. Great mittens. My Mom would knit mittens for us..wish I had learned to knit.
    I love your 9 patches. I am overflowing them too. I love what you have come up with. I may steal your idea.
    Have a Happy Holiday season. Hugs

  2. Sounds like all your Christmas gifts will be finished with time to spare. The mittens are lovely and combined with the hats will be a welcome winter gift.

    The nine-patches are looking great!

  3. The yarn for your mittens is so cute! Great colors. I love all of your nine-patches. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  4. I've been doing a lot of knitting lately - socks. I'm obsessed! :) Next on my list are wristlets, just need to find a pattern. Your mittens are fun and I bet the kids will love them! I'm looking forward to seeing the hats you made. Have a great holiday and thanks for sharing on Main Crush Monday!

  5. Sounds like you have Christmas under control. Your 9-patches are looking great.

  6. I am enjoying your blog.

  7. Why does it seem to be so much easier to cut fabric than to cut giftwrap? I have to wrap Stevens' gifts and then I'm finished. Oh, no....gotta get that amaryllis for the neighbors wrapped (and delivered!)....


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