I've used a honey and lemon drink (recipe with many thanks to Madame Samm and Carol...a yummy drink and very soothing), I've gobbled lozenges for the sore throat, and Woodworker Hubby even brought me tissues with aloe.
Most of this week I've spent on the couch. My Christmas shopping will definitely be last minute and some of my hand-crafted gifts might have to be postponed 'till next year. My sewing machine has only whirred for about an hour all week, but I did manage to get into my quilting chair for just a little bit of time this morning.
I was going to quilt my Five Santas with cross hatching, but I didn't have the energy or the tools at my elbow so I just started quilting around the shapes. I'm sure it will be fine. On the back of the chair is the Schnibbles quilt, Bennington, that I finished right before Christmas last year.
Like I said, my energy level is at a minimum and the brain isn't working as well as it should so one afternoon I decided to do an easy job...reorganize my Christmas scraps.
I decided to de-stash first. I sorted and put together one batch and mailed it off to a new home. As we all know in a quilter's life, one persons' scraps is another person's treasures.
Then I really went to town and dug deep in my plastic totes to organize everything else that was Christmas related. I managed to cut a great bunch of 2.5 inch squares...
They looked so pretty that I started to sew them into 4-patch blocks.
I didn't get too far, just far enough to give me an idea of how it will look once I sew it together with some sashing. Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet gave an excellent tutorial for a "Dolly" quilt using 4-patch blocks, sashing, and straight line machine quilting. I am now thinking that I may have a little Christmas dolly quilt in the making. Check out Lori's tutorial right HERE.
Some of the stash fabrics I cut in strips because there is always a Christmas block to be framed...
Some pieces were just so tiny I decided to cut them into little tumblers using a tiny little plastic template that arrived from the Temecula Quilt Company in a kit I purchased last fall. The tumblers are in a sandwich container so I'm sure you get the idea of their size.
In my hour of sewing today, I did put a few tumblers together to start a mini-quilt. I think I'm liking this too, though the colour of the photograph leaves much to be desired.
I tidied up my panels and am still thinking of putting together a pillow or two. Sharon of Vrooman's Quilts gifted me with the panel of Santas on the right and I've had a lot of fun playing with them. You may remember seeing these Santas as part of Madame Samm's Think Christmas blog hop in July. To be re-inspired for Christmas, visit her pinterest page here.
I had great fun sorting my stack of fabrics that I am
Don't forget that the Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop Party is still on through to December 15. There are over 170 participants with giveaways on their blogs and I am one of them. The full list of participants is posted at the Quilting Gallery. Read about my giveaway on my previous post and leave a comment there if you are interested in my giveaway.
It might not be a great week for me to sew, but it's a great time for me to read. Make sure you check out Madame Samm's blog every day in December for "Books for Women by Women"...a chance to learn about some amazing women authors and their books and qualify to win some amazing prizes!
Before I go, I want to extend a huge welcome and many hugs to visitors, new followers and "old"! I love quilting, reading, and writing and The Cuddle Quilter lets me do all three. I appreciate your company so much as I quilt along!
That's it for me...off to the couch...maybe tomorrow will be a better day for quilting!