Wednesday 21 December 2016

Moving forward

As Christmas draws near, only four sleeps left, wow where did the time go? Are all the preparations ready...NO. But as ready as they are going to be this year. We will have a nice Christmas watching our grandkids open their presents and making sweet memories. One of my granddaughters asked if we had presents for them and at the time the answer was no, extenuating circumstances happening over here. Our grandaughter informed us that grandparents just have to have presents for them. So what is a grandma supposed to do but make sure there are presents. There was some shopping done in the last couple days. Oh heck the tree is even decorated and that is thanks to a couple of grandkids helping out.

one good looking tree
I guess they really want Christmas at grandmas to happen. I usually love Christmas and look forward to all it brings. This year has been a difficult year with some serious health problems, which I will not go into here.
Christmas village
Christmas to me is more about family and the love of being together, and not the gifts. I love the spirit of it all the joy on peoples faces, the food and the smiles and doing the decorating just not so much this year.

I am not a list maker by any stretch of the imagination. But I do have one goal for 2017 and that is offering my Medallion Quilt, you can read more about it here that I designed for my guild in 2015 as a BOM on my blog. The plan is to start mid January with the first months instructions.

Medallion Quilt 2015
I have also been sewing like crazy. We have a wedding on December 28th of a dear friend and I thought I'd like to make a quilt for the couple. Oh and I had 14 days yes you read that correctly from the time of invite to the big day. What in the world was I thinking, or just maybe I wasn't thinking at all.
I quickly came up with a design and set to work gathering fabric, some emergency shopping was necessary. The top is almost together. I am going to need a quick quilting plan to get it done ontime as there may be a big holiday in the middle of my mad rush.
Want to see what I have come up with? Her walls she just painted gray with the end walls a turquoise and she has a charcoal gray chesterfield. Thankfully I decided to make it lap size.

in progress wedding quilt lap size.
Any suggestions for the quilting?

I doubt I'll have time to write another post before Christmas so I wish each of you and your families the joy and love that the holidays can and do bring. Merry Christmas!!

Linking up to Quilting Jet Girls Planning Party I love a good party and this one is great thanks Yvonne.


  1. Merry Christmas, Cindy. I hope you have a wonderful time with family making memories and enjoying each others company. I think I would go for some king of all over quilting to keep it simple for the wedding quilt - loops or a stipple would probably be what I would settle on. I hope you get it done with plenty of time to spare. I wish you a joyful 2017 and thank you so much for linking up.

  2. Cindy, I hope you have your family have a wonderful holiday. Christmas is a time for laughter and love and I hope your cup runs over with both. I am bowing down, I don't think I could ever come up with a quilt that quick! It's looking great. I'm with Yvonne, overall quilting and and keep it simple. I'm glad to hear you will be offering your Medallion Quilt starting in January, it is such a pretty quilt. Merry Christmas and here's to a great new year!

  3. This is all amazing to me that you got even this far with your Christmas preparations Cindy. There is no better motivation than wanting to make your grandchildren happy, is there?
    The lap quilt for your friend looks great and sounds like it will be perfect for their home. I am thinking some sort of all over pattern would make the quilting go faster.
    Wow! Good for you creating a BOM! And it looks wonderful too!
    I hope, despite all the difficult trials, that Christmas is a merry and blessed time for all your family this year!

  4. I just LOVE hearing that all kids are the same: Christmas just HAS to happen at Grandma's house! If only we adults could, just a little more often, strip away all the angst and be in the moment as they are...they did a great job on the tree! You are right in that Christmas IS about family and being together. I hope you stored away lots of treasured moments from it. And WOW! the quilt you made (think you told me it's done now) for the wedding is beautiful Cindy, which is today! Can't wait to see how you quilted it but I bet it was a huge hit. You've had more than your fair share, so much more, of heartache (to put it mildly) in the past two years; here's to a better 2017 my friend.


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