Monday, January 4, 2010

After the holidays

Pin It Well the holidays are over. It has been crazy around the old homestead and decorations are finally put away. Things are finally back to normal. I had a wonderful visit with my Mom over the holidays. It is always such a joy when she can come and stay awhile.

Everyone loved their 'homemade' gifts which inspires me to do more next year. Now I am waiting for spring to arrive so seeds can be planted in the garden.....but it will be a while yet!

The temperatures here have been very cold...perfect weather to stay inside and get projects done while enjoying a cup of tea and taking many breaks doing enjoyable tasks.

I decided yesterday to try my hand at block quilting. I have quilted before but have never made my own blocks and it is one of my goals this year. I want to make a few quilts for loved ones and to me there is nothing that screams 'homesteading' than being cuddled underneath a homemade quilt.

This is my first quilt block. The colors in the picture don't do it justice. The corners aren't perfect but I am happy with it since it is my first attempt. I am hoping to get better as I go along!

I am sorry to all my friends whose blogs I read regularly. I haven't been around on the computer much but will try and catch up. Sometimes life gets in the way!

Today will be spent taking our Rottie Sammy to the vet. He had to have emergency surgery before Christmas and he needs his check-up and shots. He is doing well and is as goofy as ever.

I need to make a trip to the library as one of my goals for the new year (I don't call them resolutions as then I don't stick with them) is to learn Spanish. So I have a kit on order there so I can get started. This should be an experience!

I hope everyone is doing well, keep warm (or cool) where ever you may be on the this planet of ours.

Remember to give your loved ones a hug! :)


  1. So, with block quilting, you create your own big blocks? I like the idea, and love the block that you showed!

  2. I have never quilted but would love to have a go, actually should put that on my goal list for this year too.
    Your block is done well and like the design.
    Have a great day

  3. Your quilt block looks great!A fine job for your first attempt.My mum is a quilter (very neat and fussy!!)I made one with her,and Im very proud of it.I might make one more this winter. I dont have the patients like her :0)
    so mine are more 'homemade looking' , Lol.

  4. I love the homemade looking quilts granny and I am sure yours are gorgeous!

    Amy, Yes, they are usually 12" blocks. You make enough for a quilt and then sew them all together with or without a strip of fabric in-between the blocks.

  5. Great job! Can't wait to hear more about the Spanish!!!
    Have fun.


    PS: I like you "fabric" on the side of your blog.

  6. I think your first block looks amazing! Mine definitely did not look like that... I had to redo it. Hope you'll post more pictures of it- I love quilts. Glad you had some lovely holidays- I can't believe they are over already!
    The Girl in the Pink Dress


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