Christmas Sewing

I said early on I wasn't going to do any Christmas sewing.  Didn't want to have the pressure to create and couldn't put myself on a timetable like that.  Then, I changed my tune and decided that any Christmas sewing time I normally would have spent I would instead spend assembling and quilting tops for Hurricane Sandy folks.  So, I went on my merry way and made up a whole Sandy quilt and still had left over time.  So, I did it... I gave in to some Christmas sewing which went like this...

We added a small two foot tree to the Christmas decor this year and it was in sore need of a wee Christmas tree skirt.  I decided the Sproket Pillow from Cluck Cluck Sew would be the perfect template!  I used a layer cake of Christmas patterned fabrics and went to town.

Finishing it off with a bit of red binding was the perfect touch.

I also had trouble resisting making a few Zippered Bow Pouches from See Kate Sew.  These are easy, adorable, and great for holding a little sweet or toy as promised. 

Did you get suckered into the whiz-whirl of holiday sewing?


Pure Unfiltered Bliss

Nothing like a walk/jog with the pups while it's snowing to clear my mind! I'm refreshed and ready to sew and they are pooped! Hello winter!


Happy Winter Solstice

Hi Loves,

Happy winter solstice!  Today marks the point where the length of daylight in a given day will increase.  And I'm all about more daylight to soak in!  I hope you're enjoying the hustle and bustle of the season.  It's been so much fun to think about Christmas surprises for those I love and I've been so enjoying the festivities.  I'm also looking forward to snuggling in for a few days and letting things be all about gatherings and family.

I am still making progress on the Hurricane Sandy quilts I've raised my hand to assemble.  One quilt is done with binding and all -- I want to snap a quick picture and hope to have it in the mail this weekend...off to it's new home where it can bring warmth and happiness.  And may it find a home where it can be treasured as a fort, picnic blanket, or used to gaze at the stars!

I also paused for a moment of silence this morning for Sandy Hook.  Over the last week, I have found myself searching for sources of inner strength and inspiration.  I found myself flipping through my copy of Eat, Pray, Love.  A well worn copy that has been dog earred to mark pages with bits and quotes I adore.  And I'll share this quote from the book, which I also shared to open my art quilters meeting this week:
"When you sense a faint potentiality for happiness after such dark times you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face-first out of the dirt.  This is not selfishness, but obligation.  You were given life.  It is your duty and also your entitlement as a human being to find something beautiful within life no matter how slight." -- Eat, Pray Love      
And a small shining moment that really made me smile... an article, about comfort dogs -- mostly goldies -- bringing some relief to Newtown, CT. 

From my family to yours ... Wishing you a delightful holiday season filled with family and friends, laughter and joy; as you find those beautiful moments that happiness is made of!


The Silence

Two part meaning here.  One, I've still been fairly silent here.  I have found myself creating up a storm and not waiting to pause for any reason.  And when I am sharing, I find myself doing so through instagram -- it's super quick to post there (you can find me @cwiltex).  But, I miss this space.  I have given myself permission to be sparse through the remainder of the year and will hopefully pick things up again in the new year.

And, I've also been taking studio yoga classes.  Complete with soothing music, an instructor who is wonderful, and a body that is grateful for the attention.  I'm already stunned to see the difference between the first and second class.  In the first class, I was tense and jittery; my brain wasn't able to turn off, I was making lists in my head the whole time and was overly concerned with how I 'looked' to the person behind me.  Admittedly, I was even trying to pen a blog post about yoga and find a way to sneak a camera picture to share here.  Who is that person, ha!

Granted, I've only been to a second class, but WOW, what a difference.  I am finding peace.  I'm not gritting my teeth so much, my shoulders are much lower away from my ears -- which must mean stress is leaving my body.  I was able to soak in the silence of the last part of the class.  It was pure bliss.  So much power in that silence and I'm so happy to be reconnecting with myself this way.  Just imagine what it might be like after six weeks of attending?

Have you taken a yoga class, what was your experience like?


Sandy Blocks are Coming Together

I was excited to find Sandy blocks in the mailbox!  So far I've received blocks from Beverly, Max, and Susan... I've trimmed the blocks and am beginning to layout and assemble quilt #1.

This is going to be a really cool quilt!

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