Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas Time...Again

Here's wishing you all peace on Earth.

Vintage Stitchers met on Thursday for the annual holiday potluck at Rebecca's. Barbara commented that we've been meeting now for ten years. A few members have stopped coming or moved away, but most of us still meet twice a month.

As usual, we had lots of show-and-tell. One was this goldfish baby quilt from Brenda, who was hoping to get some advice about borders. She's going with the yellow-gold color:

Barbara made this "Frozen" quilt for a granddaughter:

Here's Diane's latest Bertie block...

And the one she just finished:

Rebecca has been busy with redwork. She had this one quilted and is sewing on the binding:

Here's another one using the same fabrics:

Julie has finished this quilt top for her granddaughter. The pictures are panels. She appliquéd the hearts on:

Julie is ready for the binding on this quilt for her parents' 50th anniversary:

The photo in the center is of her parents. Their baby photos are in the upper corners and their high school photos are in the two lower corners. Other photos are of their children. Julie used a photo-transfer process to produce the photos on cloth.

Julie also made this hat...

And this one:

Park City Singers' three concerts took place during the week. In spite of the train wreck that was our "dress rehearsal," it went very well. 
This week's cuteness: Daphne and Zachy visiting Santa. No one cried this year!

We will see them this week, along with Soren and Johan. I'm not nearly ready, but plan on putting the parents to work if there is still something to be done when they get here.
I hope everyone has the best of holiday seasons!
What's on my needles: The Johan socks and Mr. F's clothes. Still hand-quilting my Spring Flowers quilt, again only a little progress this week. Just CO Sandy Beach scarf. Family members are doing this as a teaching KAL led by DDIL2 for her mother and sister.

What's on my Featherweight: Put away in its case, so I can use the space for wrapping presents.

What's on my loom: Still some warp for another scarf, but the loom is folded up to make room for Christmastime play.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Mostly my Christmas music playlist. Almost done with Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel, from Book Bub on the iBook app, which I'm really enjoying, in spite of not having much time to read. Maybe I should get the audiobook and see if the story is different when you listen to it.

What's my app of the week: I've been using The Recipe Box extensively while cooking for the holidays. No more digging around in miscellaneous sheets of paper and cards or looking things up in various cookbooks. Online recipes can be copied and pasted to the app, and keying in recipes from printed sources is easy. You can even use the photo that comes with the online recipe or take one of your finished dish. If anyone wants the recipe, just his the email icon. This week we will be using NORAD's Tracking Santa app. For some interesting background on how NORAD started tracking Santa, read this.

What's in my wine glass: Seven Hawks Vineyards Frontenac 2006. Different, but nice. From grapes grown along the Mississippi. (Seven Hawks is a Wisconsin winery. Goes great with cheese!)

What's my tip of the week: Baking this week? Tired of wasting a whole egg to put a glaze or egg wash on one loaf or pie! I keep powdered egg on hand for this purpose. A tiny bit in water, mixed with your pastry brush, is all you need.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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