25 November, 2012

Catching Up

I took the last quilting stitches in Gregory's quilt early Thanksgiving morning, I pulled a stool up alongside the front while I worked so that  Mason could sit and observe the process for a little while. It was a satisfying start to an otherwise busy day!  With all the prep work and hand washing of dishes afterwards, Thanksgiving is the only day that I completely run out of dishtowels and the bottom of that drawer is fully visible; I can make up an entire washer-load of only dish towels one day a year! That's where I've been. All the dishes are done now and safely stored back in the cupboards; just in time to switch them out next Saturday to my Christmas/Winter dishes! I refuse to begin until December! The Christmas tree lots sprung up, seemingly overnight, on Wednesday last week. I won't pitch myself headfirst into Christmas until I can sit back and catch my breath from Thanksgiving. The good news is I'm ready for binding on this one and the quilt and the big boy bed will be delivered together... soon! I have named this one: "Do You See What I See: Fish, A Frog, and a Floating Dog".
Detail shots (above and below): "F,F, and a FD"
It is quilted in the sashing and inner border with NiteLite thread.

There's lots of fun things to search for and find on this quilt.

I spent yesterday catching up on this month's block from the Bless This House class, block #8.
I decided to personalize this one with a year and an initial, ditching the assigned flowers in the center.
I agonized over the decision of which year to put in the heart... the year I began or the year I hope to finish!  I've got my work cut out for me now, I've committed to a time frame!

All eight blocks arranged on the design wall.
Each block measures 16", the next block is a four blossom Christmas Rose;
a long, triple, landscape panel spans the top before the final borders are added.
Life is Good!


Kathryn D. Duke said...

Gregory's quilt is the cutest I have EVER seen...great work!!

We got our leaves up yesterday, so today my plan is to put up my out door decors up AND start to get my china out too...before December, oh my!!!

Marie said...

Many blessings to you and your precious family. the bed ,the quilt,oh my such beauty in the work! He is going to be so prud!.Hope to begin again and 2013 will be a busy one . Hugs

Carol said...

I just love that quilt...it's just so wonderful! Catch your breath!

Paula, the quilter said...

Gregory is going to love his quilt and new bed. I am waiting until next week end to start the Christmas things. Well, other than making my Christmas cards this weekend.

AnnieO said...

Totally in love with the quilt's name--and Gregory's attachment to it already :)

I'm with you, Dec 1 is soon enough to start on the Christmas decorating!

Your blocks are gorgeous.

Ancestor Collector said...

I love Gregory's quilt! Can't wait to see a photo of him, in his new bed with his new quilt keeping him snuggy warm! Love your block(s) of the month too. :-) I also refused to put away fall and get out Christmas until December 1. I can tell you I'm looking forward to decorating next Saturday, but for this week, I'm going to enjoy the last of my fall colors. :-)

Carrie P. said...

wow! you could play I spy with that quilt for a very long time. So much to see even in the border. I love how you put Gregory's photo in it too.
Your blocks are beautiful!

jude's page said...

Love Gregory's quilt. I have 3 little boys that I have not made quilts for yet! Way behind on doing some sewing for me. Hope 2013 changes that. Good that you gave yourself a 2013 deadline to finish your quilt.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love the name you chose for this quilt. :) And I'm with you about decorating for Christmas - not until December actually arrives! blessings, marlene

Janet O. said...

Such a fun quilt for Gregory! I love the idea of the glow-in-the-dark thread.
Your Bless This House quilt is beautiful. I got a chuckle when you mentioned agonizing about which date to use. I would have done the same. : )

MARCIE said...

Look at you go! I love the I Spy quilt, and especially with his sweet little photo in it! Good job!