Friday, November 27, 2015

First On-Line Mystery Quilt

Even though I have so very many UFOs that I promised myself I would complete before starting anything new, I have decided to participate in Bonnie Hunter's new Allietare mystery that begins today. I will try to work on my UFOs in conjunction with the mystery quilt...time permitting.   You can find information on this mystery at Bonnie's blog.

Now for my fabric selections.  There were not many gray fabrics in my stash to pick from.
These are the larger pieces of gray that I had and some did not have the yardage necessary for the project.
In the end, this is what I have chosen to be my constant gray.

 I have selected these lights.

 There are a few strips and squares in my scrap basket and I will be adding those along with what I have here.  I have learned in my efforts to select fabrics for this mystery that my stash is severely lacking in lights and neutrals.  Hmmm!  A good reason to go shopping soon.

 The pot of soup is on the stove (freezing rain at my house) and hubby is bonding with his saw, router, and wood. Let the cutting begin!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Home Sweet Home

Our time in Australia has come to an end.  DH told me we were going for 18 months to 2 years at most.  Our time there ended up being about 5 years 8 months.  We made lots of wonderful friends and enjoyed our time there.  We returned to the US in June and life has been so hectic since.  There have been simple adjustments to life at home, trips to visit family, functions associated with my husband's work, and DD transferring with her work and moving out to her new location. Now the holiday season is upon us.  I think Thanksgiving will be a quiet one for us as both children will be staying in their respective communities.  I'm OK with that as I hate to see them drive on Thanksgiving when so many others are traveling and traffic can be a nightmare.  Low gasoline prices will only add to the quantity traveling....and our gasoline is currently as low as $1.79 per gallon.  Haven't seen prices like that in such a long time!

I am trying very hard to make my way back to my sewing and quilting.  I have slowly cleaned and organized the sewing room, but have done very little actual sewing.  I'm hoping to change that very soon.  I am planning to participate in a online mystery quilt and will journal that as I work.  I'm hoping my postings will be much more regular with some quilting progress to share each time.

My 18 year old kitty is now in kitty heaven.  My heart is heavy as she was a member of the family.