We had our challenge reveals at the Philly Modern Quilt Guild Meeting last Tuesday. What fun. We were given 4 fat quarters of Kona Solids (ruby, chocolate, snow and holly) and allowed to add 1 yard of fabric (the same or different adding up to 1 yard).
It is amazing what people come up with - so creative. Some were "modern" some more traditional - all were fabulous! I, not being terribly creative, went with the Christmas theme. As soon as we got the fabrics, I pretty much knew what I was going to do and I was happy with the result....a really large table runner. What am I going to do with it? No idea.
I chose 1 yard of a paisley Christmas fabric from my stash that incorporated all the other colors. I pieced together the red, brown and green "zig zags" first and my thought was to do all four fabrics that way - including the white. Then I thought, I'd never put white in this quilt. That was the challenge for me! So, not wanting to take the easy way out and just do a white zig zag to get it done, I gave it some thought and decided to use it in the border. Then, I thought I'd quilt the heck out of the white to give it some texture. I really like the way it came out. My first thought was pebbling. I don't have microhandles on my HQ16 and I got about 1/4 of the way done on one triangle and my hands were a-hurtin'! I quickly changed to very close loops and swirls and that was a bit better, but I was glad when it was done. I then just did some straight lines in the solid zig zags.
The second half of our meeting was an applique workshop with the wonderful Liz Hawkins of the Lizzie B Creative girls. I was so looking forward to the workshop and got about 1/2 hour in and the headache that had been plaguing me all day reared itself again and I started feeling pretty bad so had to leave. Up til then I was having a ball! I'm looking forward to next month's meeting. Our challenge is to come up with a challenge! At first I thought, I could never think of something. But something came to me a couple of days later. I'll reveal that next month!
So, this weekend we had another Santa's bakeshop in my house. Yesterday, I made more shortbread (I'm a little sick of shortbread about now), pizzelles, toffee, and got a start on the Hot Tarragon Mustard (from Robin Sue's Big Red Kitchen blog - she's doing an Advent recipe-a-day which has been fabulous - so many great holiday food items) that I'll finish up today. That's a new one on my Christmas food-gift list.
Oh another easy recipe for a fun food gift item is the recipe for Caramel Corn with Salted Peanuts I found last year on Molly Wizenberg's Orangette blog (well, easy if you can pop popcorn in the microwave properly - it's a long story, and many bags of popcorn were harmed in the making of the Caramel Corn this year. But, I wanted to bring it to the guild meeting last week so I perservered). This stuff is divine, I'm telling ya!
I can't believe this time next week "it will all be over" as we say in our house!