Bali-Pop, Bali-Pop, Oh-lali Bali-Pop!!!

 

Today I was able to finish up the second of projects for the week…..this time a lap quilt for a wedding present.  As I mentioned when I showed the beginning of this quilt, it was made from two sets of Bali-Pops. 

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It is a very simple design using the 2-1/2 inch strips found in the Bali pops.  Although I was really excited about these batiks when I purchased them, I found that making a quilt completely of batiks is kind of boring.   Having said that, I am pleased with the final results and hope that it will be a blessing to this young couple.

Today I worked on the third of my projects, but it wont be finished for a couple of weeks.  I found out this morning that I am going to have to make a trip to Texas to attend a funeral so will be out of the quilting loop for most of next week.   Right now I am desperately trying to think of something to take to work on….at times like this I wish that I did more handwork!!!!

 

Now onto the decoration of the day…….

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When I was six years old, I began taking piano lessons from the High School girl who lived next door to me.  
I was the first student that she had ever taught and Susan proved to be  a wonderful teacher.  She gave this  little book as a Christmas present the first year that I was with her.    It is called “Miss Flora McFlimsey’s Christmas Eve” and was one of Susan’s favorite Christmas books.  I have enjoyed it over the years and, as with many of these decorations, I think of her when I set it out.

First one finished

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I have now finished the first of the projects that were on my list for the week.  This is the November offering for the British Quilt List calendar challenge.  I didn’t finish the October challenge in time to get the instructions, so I had to guess about the technique.  Because I was in a hurry, I opted to simply use Wonder-Under to fuse the circles and then to use machine embroidery stitches around the edges.  

 

Now onto the ornament of the day……

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I won this ornament in an exchange that our guild had a lot of years ago.  It was made by an older woman named Kathryn Hancock and it is very special to me.  A few years before she passed away, she bought a UFO of mine at a garage sale.  When I asked her WHY in the world she wanted it, she explained that this way she would have something that I made!!

 

That comment has always stuck with me and seeing this ornament each year gives me a warm and wonderful feeling.  

…..Thank you Kathryn and I miss you!!!!…….

On To the Next Holiday


I haven’t done much sewing this past week as we had company for a week and have also spent a lot of time decorating the house for Christmas. BUT, all of the decorations are up and I have three free days so am hoping to get a LOT done. Hopefully, you will be seeing new and completed projects in the next week.

I also decided to show a few of my favorite holiday ornaments. This is one of the first ornaments that I ever received…..it was stuck to the top of a box of chocolates that my Dad bought for me when I was a little girl. When I was still at home, it always nestled at the top of our tree and the tradition has continued to today.

Lots to come in the next few days (I hope)…….