Our Christmas was quiet with just the two of us. We had passed on some of the presents for our son's family and he gave us most of ours. I have to say I was tickled with my presents as was Pat with his. We both spent time in our happy places during the day. I was down in my studio and he was in his workshop. I'm pretty sure he was finding room for his new tools and I was using my new Accuquilt dies.
I got two new dies this year. (Shush -- don't tell anyone I still haven't used one I got last year for Christmas.) The left one is Blazing Star by Eleanor Burns. EEEK! It is a complicated die because you have to have some fabric right side up and some right side down. And, the directions are ok but not great. However, there is a booklet you can buy and a free video. The right side is an Ohio Star. Both are 12" Blocks on Board -- every piece you need is on the die. I am happy to have some specific dies for 12" blocks. (Does this picture look odd to you? I keep taking shots right over what I want to show and then I don't really like how they look. Sigh.)
My time in my studio was spent finding fabric for, cutting and making the blocks. I made the Ohio Star first. Very easy to follow the given directions, cut, and make the block. I think it took longer to figure out fabrics than it did to cut it out. I'm thinking I'll make a bunch with different patriotic fabrics. Maybe make a quilt for TAPS, assuming they have the camp this year.
Just for fun I thought I would share this lesson in lighting. Have you heard experts talk about the appearance of different colored lighting. Take a look at our poor Christmas tree. Yes, it is artificial and the lights were on it when purchased. However, at some point this season all of the lights in the second section from the top quit. Pat spent an hour or so trying to find the problem to no avail. So he came up with an alternative. He put the only other strand of lights he could find on the tree. Yep, colored lights. What shows up a lot are the blue lights. And they make the tree look a totally different color than the white lights. It's hard to see in this picture but the tree looks a lush green with the blue lights and a washed out sage green with the white lights. We don't put up this tree very often; recently we've been using a smaller tree on a table. This year it seemed the right thing to do. Maybe I should look for some white lights on sale to replace the colored lights?