I can't seem to squeeze much blogging time in this month...but that's to be expected I guess. Lots of other stuff going on for everyone right now. I think I finally have -most- of my Christmas to-do list checked off and I think this week and next will be fairly relaxing. :)
I was able to get a few units from Step 5 of the Orca Bay mystery completed. I really liked Bonnie's tip of keeping the chain in tact while pressing. It gives just a little tension when ironing or something, but makes it easy to just pick up the corner and run the iron under it. After they are all ironed, I clip them apart.
I think I have about twice as many completed from what is shown in this picture...probably about 100. Still a long ways to go!!
For those of you wondering...I did finish step 4! Woohoo! I really enjoyed making the string blocks. I like how they look like a cross in this picture. :) It wasn't intentional...just the angle of the camera made the one side look longer. And the reds are much prettier in person...I couldn't get a picture that captured the red just right. Same with my ironing board cover in the pictures above. What is up with RED??
Whiskers was happy to keep my strings warm while I wasn't using them. Isn't she helpful? I love how Smokey is peeking inside..."Hey, how come she gets to sleep in there?"
Another project I accomplished last week were these candy gifts for my husband's coworkers. I found these cute little dishes on clearance at Michael's for under $2! I'm thinking they must have been leftover from last year or something...why were they already on clearance? For whatever reason...they were perfect for what I needed...
I filled each one with some homemade candy (buckeyes and noodle candy) and added a few kisses for color. :)
I had found small gift cellophane bags that were meant for baskets, but they worked perfect for these too. I added a glittery bow and voila!
Zach is home from school and we spent some time this weekend working on a Christmas puzzle. I've always loved puzzles, but there always seems to be an excuse for not getting one out and working on it...mainly space. We worked on this one on our dining room table, which isn't the most convenient, but it was worth it because of the time spent together.
Here is the reward for all our hard work...isn't it cute?
Until next time....Happy Quilting!