It's been a busy one!
The major focus has been on finishing up the 4 grandquilts. And I did it! I am just about amazed at myself :-) I can honestly say now that - while I'm no expert... I do have a bit of expertise in all phases of quilt-making... design, color choice, piecing, sandwiching, quilting and binding... I'm getting there! And it's getting easier... and I still love it :-)
I'll post the photos with a future post on my finished quilts for the year. I am pretty sure my family doesn't read my blog but I'll keep the Christmas surprise anyway - (at least the finished product!)
So.... 4 quilts
and then 4 pillowcases to go with them
and 2 cloth books I put together for the newest grand - and the one who will arrive in January!
A secondary focus was on using up the cotton yarn in the dishcloths I've been sharing with you. I got photos of all of them except for 3 Christmas ones. I took them to the quilt store to give as gifts - and a customer actually bought 10 of them!
I didn't even know what to say about a price because I truly was just using up the little balls and bits... but there you go.... One man's trash is another man's treasure :-) I took the rest to my craft group's Christmas party today and came home with just two. I still have some yarn and am still crocheting.... I will take some of them to the places I stay over Christmas as hostess gifts.
And then - again thinking about crafts to travel with... probably hexies and cotton yarn to finish. I have a few partial cones so I can make several that match each other ... and I have some really small bits that I plan on making facial scrubbers for myself. For washing and/or makeup application.....
And then planning for next year. I think I really like this 'end of year' finish up time because not only do I get to share some finishes - I also have a fallow time where my brain really gets into planning for the next year.
There are so many projects I would like to do... but I lose steam in the middle. It's good to have a time to pick them back up and either finish or re-evaluate. I am thinking that next year I will make a point of working on moving at least one step monthly on an ongoing project (as well as working on new :-) And then - September again - I will focus on the Christmas gifting and the FINISHing...
Are you busy winding up crafts for gifts?