Thanksgiving was a blast--always worth the extra work. We had 22 people and tons of good food. My request to my sister was for her to make a 7 layer bean dip, a dish our paternal grandmother always had at Thanksgiving. Kathy was dubious but researched how to improve this simple dish and knocked it out of the park by melting the cheese a little and then adding finely chopped olives on top. Yum. We had great weather and there was plenty of room for everyone. It was a really good day. I even got gifts! My SIL Laura bought me this beautiful pheasant--which is actually a gravy boat. Isn't it lovely? From Williams-Sonoma (but no longer available).
November's end included some shopping, sewing, planning, and a lot of family time. Grant's cousin and her husband came up from further south and we had a thoroughly enjoyable takeaway dinner at home Friday night. We hadn't seen them since DD Elaine's wedding three years ago. They always loved our kids and its a great thing to see them enjoying them as adults. Grandson Cove was greatly admired, of course :)
Then on Small Business Saturday I did a little "me time" shopping. It was all me because the only thing I bought was fabric! I started out with an online sale at Green Fairy Quilts. A fat quarter stack of Minnick & Simpson Crazy for Reds was on for a great sale, with free shipping. I couldn't pass that up. Then I went out to Superbuzzy to catch their sale, and ended with a few purchases at my local fabric store. It was a very satisfying few hours and no fighting through crowded mall parking lots. Selfish, I know, but it wasn't all for me! Here's the loot:
A little Cotton & Steel, some Kona, an acrylic template, and some prints. Some of this is for a Christmas gift and some is for a baby quilt. And some is for a Modern Quilt Guild December challenge. The challenge involved blindly choosing two crayons and then making a no more than 24" quilt from only tones of the selected colors.
My crayons were yellow-green and gold (metallic). Now, while these are colors I like, it was a little challenging to come up with an idea for a quilt, until I saw this post on Diary of a Quilter of her mini tree quilt block. While I do prefer her color combo of white, red, and green for the Christmasy look, I think the gold and green will make cute trees too. Another great idea for mini trees is on Amanda Jean's blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. She has a pattern for her trees. I like both of them. I'm going to be stitching that up this weekend for the guild meeting. We're also having a gift exchange and a fat quarter game. Looking forward to it.
The black and white Kona will be used in my next project, which is a baby quilt for a friend of my daughter's. A few weeks ago we went to Superbuzzy to choose a pattern and fabrics for the future baby boy, due January 1st.
We chose the Scout pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. I picked up the black and white Kona for the center stripes. I'm afraid I will have to use these fabrics without washing since the 1/4 cuts might skew too much to get the several width cuts I need from each print. I know lots of people don't wash their fabrics first but I always have. I do have a box of Color Catchers!
Meanwhile, the Winding Ways quilt blocks are still being sewn. I'm hoping to get them all done by the weekend and then call my quilt commissioner to come help lay them all out in rows. Oh, and then there is the decorating, shopping, partying, card addressing, and general Christmas mayhem that fills up the next few weeks...trying not to panic!