Prioritizing my to-dos, I accomplished the following:
- hemmed two pairs of slacks for my dear DIL
- shortened a t-shirt for a neighbor-friend, and unexpectedly received payment... a bottle of wine!
- knitted two, much-needed kitchen dishcloths
- made a valance for my Kansas City grandsons' bedroom window
- trimmed and sewed 21 blocks together to make the center of Snowmen A to Zzz quilt
- finished making three Christmas stockings for my son, DIL and grandson
- and finished the wall hanging "Beach Cabanas Among Friends."
It took longer than I expected to trim down the Snowmen A to Zzz blocks. I had quite a pile of scraps when I was finished.
But the blocks sewed together perfectly. Now each seam is supposed to be topped with a hand-embroidered fly stitch made with red floss. I'm going to attempt stitching the seams with a decorative machine stitch using aqua-colored thread since I'm bordering the embroidered blocks with an aqua snowflake print. I'm going with a wintry look, versus a Christmas look.
The stockings were hung... and photographed on a holly bush in front of our house. A holly bush! With real, red berries! This is probably as Christmas-y as it gets in Florida.
Each stocking, front and back, was pieced and machine-quilted before sewing.
My "Beach Cabanas Among Friends" is a very happy finish, and it's already hanging in my sewing room. But before doing that, it just had to be photographed near water. Since the beach wasn't a handy option, I headed to one of the pools at a neighborhood rec center. When I took the morning pictures it was about 55 (12.7C) degrees, so I had the whole pool area to myself.
It's pretty heavily quilted because I tried to get the effect of ripples in the sand.
As I briefly explained on the label, the quilt is made with fabrics given to me in April by Iowa friends. Thank you Buds!
Ya know, I'm having a tough time getting into the Christmas spirit. When flowers are still blooming like this - at all the major intersections, in medians, and at entrances to villages throughout The Villages - I can't wrap my mind around the fact that it's getting colder up north, snow could fall at any time, and it's December!
I wonder just how long it will take me to get used to living here. Apparently five months isn't long enough.
A special hello to new friends from my Bible study group who might be visiting my blog. Thanks for stopping by! Linda