Sunday, December 27, 2020

Monday Meandering 12 - 28 - 2020

We survived our outdoor family Christmas gathering today.  It was held at our son's house.  The freeway was wonderful on the way up.  It only took us 50 minutes to get there. (I always assume an hour or more.) We all arrived around 10:30 in the morning in the hopes that the freeway wouldn't be jammed with travelers on the way home.  Good thought but didn't hold true for the home trip.  We took surface streets. It took us less than 2 hours to get home including picking up a lunch/dinner order on the way home.   

The kids and dogs were having a good time running around.  The kids all seemed to be in fewer clothes than the adults were wearing.  The newest dog, Walter, was really wild trying to keep people throwing the ball for him.  Cassie, one of the old ladies of the group, was happy to chase after a few balls until Walter started chasing her ball too.  Kona was pretty peppy for a dog with a tumor on her hip bone.  At 14 we hope she has a few more months of a decent quality of life. It was good to see her again since she's gone back to live at our daughter's house.  

Did I forget to mention the high was to be 43 but it was in the low 30s when we arrived?  The six adults conversed about what we'd done to stay warm: wool socks, flannel lined pants, hats, and gloves. I don't think it reached the 40s before we left. But it felt warmer in the sun.  After an hour of playing and chatting we all headed to the front deck to begin the present opening. 

It's hard to tell but all the grands are in this picture.  Theo is mostly behind his mom (in the red and purple hat) on the left.  The other adults were hanging out on the other side of the deck. 

The last Christmas present I finished is this fleece hoodie Ellie is wearing above and below. Here's a close up of the snowman design I machine embroidered on it. I bought the hoodie on line from Target but didn't notice there was a seam line coming down from shoulder to bottom ribbing making it difficult to place the little snowman. I wasn't thrilled with the results.  But I was tickled that Ellie immediately put it on.  She might have been getting cold by then. (The color is more accurate on the pic of Ellie wearing it.) Her dress was a wonder of sequins.  If she was in the sun and you were in the wrong place you were getting a glittering reflection right in your eyes!   (Random thought:  why didn't I add wrapping presents and doing the embroidery on my goals list?) 

I have to say I was tickled with the presents I got. I love that my kids ask me what I want for Christmas.  Heaven knows I don't NEED more fabric but I really like what I got. 
On the left are fat quarters personally curated by Jenny.  I love them!  There is a wide variety of colors, prints and all fit the concept of looking like solids from a distance.  I have a plan formulating in my mind.  But it will take a while for it to come to fruition.  The fat quarters on the right are a group I noticed at the Fat Quarter shop and passed on to Kevin when he asked for more suggestions. I have a great idea for these too.  Sneak back to the last post where I showed two blocks I made from new Accuquilt dies.  See that Ohio Star in red, white, and blue? I'm going to make some more blocks from these fabrics.  I am tickled pink with everything I got for Christmas this year.  

And now let's see whether I succeeded with my goals for the week.


T Shirt Quilt - add the coping strips to last column, get vertical sashing strips on - ✔️

Make blocks for FCQ Equilter -✔️ in progress

Try to finish hand quilting done on very old Christmas quilt -✔️Progress made but not done. There's more to be done then I thought. 

Make more blocks for 2019 BOM quilt - um, nope

Quilt and bind one of my quilts - nothing done Not quite true. I tried to find a backing for any of the quilts needing to be quilted. But nothing was jumping off the shelf ready to go without piecing it. 

And for this week: 


Continue hand quilting on Christmas Quil

Start working on borders of T shirt quilt 

Sew the red and black blocks together 

Quilt one of my quilts 

I was happy with all the progress I did make but forgot about all the time to prep the presents and today's outing. I fell asleep for several hours once we got home after 2 pm.  I don't think I woke up until 4:30 or so.  Slept. Like. A. Log! So no studio time today.

I'm linking up with my favorite Monday parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday. I'll be back to link up the last two one as it  is available.  Join the fun by checking out these links. 

I'm wishing everyone a week of fun times in their studio or in whatever they plan to do.  And, may be 2021 will lift the burden of Covid from our shoulders.  Stay safe and enjoy what we have. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


  1. Awesome that you could get together for Christmas today, Bonnie!!! Thirty to 40 degrees with sun and no snow sounds pretty good from here, where we have plenty of snow since December 23rd! Nice fabrics for gifts--fresh inspiration! Merry Christmas!!!

  2. Great progress on the list, and it's nice to save some plans for next week ;)) Pretty fat quarters!

  3. a different sort of holiday but family is all that matters...

  4. Glad you were able to have an outdoor get together! Kids are never as cold as adults. (I taught 5th grade during my working life, and those kids would tell me it was "hot" when it was in the 20s!) Cute embroidery on the hoodie and I love your new bundle of fabric!

  5. Christmas 2020 is one that will definitely be remembered! I’m happy you were able to gather with family, see the Grands open their gifts, and visit on a sunny, albeit chilly day.

  6. I applaud the outside Christmas get together! So much safer. An unusual Christmas that you likely won’t forget.

  7. It sounds like it was a great Christmas with the family though a little chilly. Brr. It was cold here too. And how wonderful to receive fabric for a gift- quilter can never have too much fabric. Happy quilting.

  8. Lovely gifts to give you joy in future playing!

  9. Thumbs up for an outdoor Christmas! We did the same but it never got above 33 degrees! We met at our son's house and had a nice fire going in the pit. My DIL brought hand and toe warmers, and we had blankets to wrap up in. Plus a walk around the neighborhood warmed us up too. It was a lovely day.

  10. Hi Bonnie! What a great outing you had for Christmas! Wasn't it nice to all be together even if it was outside?!! And seeing all the pups is a bonus. Your granddaughter looks fabulous in the jacket - I think the embroidery looks great. Oh yes, it does take quite a while to wrap - even the prep alone is time consuming. They definitely should have been on your list for last week. Thanks so much for linking up this week and Happy New Year to you and your family. ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. SEW glad to see that you had a safe and merry Christmas, Bonnie. Best wishes for a Quilty New Year!

  12. Glad you were able to get together with the family for the holiday, sorry it was so chilly. The snowman on the jacket is really cute. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of your Christmas gifts. Hope you found lots of time to stitch this week.


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