I'm pleased to say I finished my December block before December ended (just barely,but hey!). Kristena sent me some sweet, eclectic fabrics to make a scrappy log cabin with and I was doing fine until I saw that she had thrown some corduroy in. My brain started yelling "Danger! Does not compute! Does not compute!" but I think I worked it out. I don't know what the big deal was, it sews just like everything else. I guess the idea of mixing it with regular woven fabric was just something I hadn't stopped to consider. It was fun to use my last scrap of that Amy Butler fabric for the center and I added some Tracy Porter prints because they fit with the other colors so well.
I hope she likes it! I think her quilt is going to end up looking like a brand new heirloom (that may be an oxymoron, but I think it fits). Here's our Flickr group if you want to see what we've come up with so far.
Since I was already in the Scrappy Cabin Zone I decided to add a few more to my own little collection. I was able to get 5 done while watching Ice Age with my toddler who makes a nice sewing companion in spite of his occasional destructive tendencies ("Repeat after Mommy: We do not un-fold things. Un-folding is bad. Folding is good")
I'm still trying to pick a favorite. Maybe the one with the dog in the middle.
So I'm up to 13 now. I need to pick some new fabrics to add to my strips since I'm starting to see some repetition. But I'm happy so far.
And I think I've finally come to the sad realization that I need to take my machines in for tune-ups. My serger is skipping stitches and I've tried everything to fix it. Since my favorite shop closed I just don't trust anyone. Will they take good care of my machines? Do they realize I need them back tomorrow (preferably sooner)?? Ugh. I've been thinking of ordering a bunch of Organ brand needles for my serger. Has anyone tried these? I'd love any help.
Oh and on the home front, we have new neighbors and they have......kids! We live in a neighborhood with pretty big houses and we assumed there would be lots of kids here but most of the big houses just have two people in them. What's with that? Why dust and vacuum more than you absolutely have to? Anyway, the new neighbors have kids in the same age range as mine and they're Italian too (I'm not, but my kids are) so maybe we can have them over for cannolis or something? Fun! Maybe we'll have some new friends this year. :)