Thursday, November 30, 2017

I Like Thursday

Linking to Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursday!

I like Facebook friends who are enablers. One simply asked if anybody else was doing Bonnie Hunter's new mystery, "On Ringo Lake." Well. I haven't done any of the mysteries in the past- and I'm certainly not a member of the Bonnie Cult- but I *really* like the colors in this one, and I haven't in the past. So I started cutting on Friday night.

Saturday morning, I had my first little 9-patch.

By Sunday lunch, I'd completed the first 50 9-patches.

 All stacked up!

I like that my kids like to cook, and aren't afraid to try new techniques (especially this one, the youngest). When we were talking about what to make for Thanksgiving desserts, he first said "Peppermint bark!" and then thought for a few minutes and asked if it was possible to make peppermint bark truffles. So we winged it :)

I like having orphan blocks I can turn into a baby quilt. These are the first four blocks of Pat Sloan's Solstice quilt-a-long. I got distracted after four blocks- but they'll make a nice little quilt.

I like this face. This is Toffee; he's 7 and a complete goofball. He's not breed standard for a golden- he's about 107 pounds and has height to go along with it.

Being tall isn't enough for him, though- I swear he thinks he's a mountain goat. 
He'll stand on anything he can find!

And last but not least, I like my taekwondo class. It keeps me sane after bad days at work.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Starting a Mystery Quilt

Bonnie Hunter, of Quiltville fame, has done a mystery quilt every year around this time for the past few years. They never caught my fancy in the past- but this year's mystery, "On Ringo Lake," uses colors that I actually like and have in my stash. A big THANK YOU to my internet buddy Regina for asking who was doing this one- I don't know that I would've paid any attention if she hadn't brought it up.

Cutting starts:

And then piecing 9-patches:

Pretty soon I have a pile, and eventually all 50 are done:

Thursday, November 23, 2017

"I Like Thursday"

My friend LeeAnna from Not Afraid of Color invited members of the Quilt Art listserv to join her in posting what brought us joy over the past week each Thursday.

What better day to start off than Thanksgiving?

My kids bring me joy- most of the time. These two are still at home, and put up with me with good grace. My baby girl isn't home for Thanksgiving, but the internet keeps her close as well.

Alpaca faces make me smile.

This boy. He'd be happy if he had his own personal doorman.

Living so close to DC is awesome. We don't take really good advantage of it, but I'm reminded every time we do what a lovely place it is to visit.

I have SO MUCH to be thankful for, including blogging friends that push me to start blogging again :)