Monday, December 20, 2010

A little peek and then a little blog hiatus!

I started setting the blocks I have made today.  I am so excited and pleased with how the quilt is coming out that I can hardly wait unit Jan. to start sharing the patterns.  I have settled on making mine 5x6 instead of 6x7 like Ms. Snyder made hers. I will eliminate blocks that are too, too difficult to draft and those that I simply don't like.  I plan to set the blocks in their original places, but substitute the outer row blocks for the inner blocks I eliminate.  I will choose blocks that have a similar look and color to them.
I've also found my perfect blue.  It is a periwinkle blue from Judie Rothermel's Lancaster County III collection, so how fitting. The next block to draft is the Pennsylvannia block and even though I don't care for it, it must be included.
Daphne is modeling the grocery tote my daughter designed and made for my sister for Christmas.
It is similar to one I shared this summer.
I'm all done with handmade gifts!
Two more gifts to purchase, but I know what I am going for, and then some wrapping and I will be done.

We will take off this week for Napa.
Could be a treacherous drive with all the flooding and expected snowfall between here and there.
Wish us a safe trip and I will return to blogland after Christmas!

 Merry Christmas to All and a Happy New Year too!


Karen said...

The block with the blue caught my eye immediately. Good choice.

Anonymous said...

Love those blocks!
Have a safe trip to Napa... gosh, wish I could stow away ...hmmm and DS could meet me and... oh, I digress...

Hope your Christmas and time spent with family is the best yet.
Merry Christmas,

Meredith said...

Have a Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is Penny in Australia, looking forward to the blocks, have made two.
I don't have a blog.
thanks for sharing.

Anne-Mette said...

Hi Cheryl.
A Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a safe trip.
Thank you for showing "a peek". I love the fabrics and colours for the blocks and sashing. I am sure this is going to be a lovely quilt.
Best wishes from here, where we also have lots of snow.

Stray Stitches said...

Thanks for sharing the sneak peek of your new SAL. I love what I see!! The market bag is great - especially like the use of the produce fabric.
Have a very safe trip - no washing down any arroyos! Hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas!!

Jeanne Lex said...

Merry Christmas/Happy New Year, Cheryl, and thank you for your inspiration and motivation.

Satu said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year you too! I hardly can wait till January and your tutorials... Thank you for your inspirations! Drive savely!

Sharon said...

Be safe! I think all that moisture is headed our way...maybe we will have a white Christmas! Love this quilt...can't wait to make it! Merry Christmas!

Rena Kay said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Safe trip - we'll be in touch next year!

PIYPL friend,

Elyte said...

Have a safe trip and wishing you and your family a happy and peaceful Christmas. May the New Year bring you all good health and happiness.

Denise said...

Merry, merry Christmas!!!
See You next year, hugs

Aunt 'Reen said...

Looking forward to following your progress on this wonderful quilting project - your blocks look fabulous!

Wishing you & your family a Joyful and Merry Christmas!
Safe travels and Happy New Year too!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Love the peek and look forward to seeing more blocks. Do wish you and your family a safe trip and Merry Christmas.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Merry Christmas Cheryl and your family.

Safe travels and Happy New Year too!

Hugs, Carolyn