This Christmas Quilt got more attention, first with the very tedious stitch in the ditch which takes so long and barely shows on the front. I'm not a perfectionist and this quilt is for me, so there was very little ripping involved--only for big mistakes!
Then I started in on the sashing and cornerstones.
I free-motion stitched a sort of candy cane wiggle in the sashing and holly leaves in the cornerstones, all in white thread. This took a lot longer than I estimated, partly due to using a thicker thread and having to wind bobbins frequently. Plus breaking two needles. I had already decided just to outline any of the appliqued shapes, so that was the next task, fairly quickly accomplished. While doing the boring quilting, I came up with the decision to treat all the pieced blocks with a simple circle of quilting. I traced around a small plate on few of the blocks.
The quilt will rest while I decide, and decorate the Christmas tree, which has remained strung only with lights for two days. We went to Costco on Friday night because they had $46 Noble Fir trees, meeting our DD Erica there. We quickly found out why they are that low price when we saw the trees, completely bound in twine and leaning against a trailer. No, you are not allowed to open the trees. "It's kind of like gambling", the attendant told our daughter before we got there. No thanks, I don't like the roulette version of selecting a tree! So off to Home Depot and the fun of picking out a favorite and comparing it to the others' favorites. Mission accomplished.
In other news, grandson Cove's early Christmas present arrived and his mom and I put it together after he went to sleep. I got this picture the next morning upon request. Strapped in! He had his first trip to Disneyland yesterday and I can't wait to see what he has to say about it :)