Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Third night of Chanukah or Christmas Eve~

We are lighting the third candle tonight on our menorah!  There are 8 nights and the menorah glows when all the candles are lit.  We are having 3 of our grandkids coming this week to our cabin up in Oregon, along with another family.  Every child gets their own menorah so it's quite the scene!

I did some sewing recently.  My happiest achievement is to have given my Moda Blockheads 2 over to my long arm quilter for her magic!  I really obsessed over how it looked, feeling like it was too busy.  I consulted my friend Claire and we ultimately decided that adding a couple of borders would fix the chaotic look, and I am quite pleased with the results!  First I added a skinny gold border; then I added a 6" bright blue (from stash!), although I had wanted navy but didn't have enough of one kind.  I wasn't going to buy anything more for this border.

I am ultimately quite pleased with the finished product.  I think the solid borders calmed it down.  I am now actually getting ready for Blockheads 3, which starts mid-January.  Scouts honor:  it's the only block of the month I'm going to do in 2020.  

I have been busy working on Barb's 40 star swap;  I brought the remaining blocks with me to the cabin to finish up but you know the saying about seams being different on different machines?  Well my Juki here at the cabin needs to be serviced because I realized the needle is a fraction off center so 5-6 blocks are 1/8" too small.  UGH.  Need to redo those;  I think I'll put the smaller ones into a small wallhanging.  Chopping off points won't matter in that project.

I also recently put bindings on two kid quilts for the small quilt group I belong to that makes quilts for needy kids.  The first quilt was my own;  the second one I offered to bind.

I am all caught up on my Cheddarback quilt (I started this in 2019 so it's okay to continue with THIS BOM, right??!)

I love the fall colors and even though I live in California, I do have deciduous trees which put on a beautiful fall display.  I have many Japanese maple trees and always love the fall colors!  This is right in front of my front door/porch.  The second picture is in the front of our yard.  Amazing how different the colors are, don't you think?!

Then the contrast to Oregon is remarkable.  I went snow shoeing this past week, even though there's not a huge amount of snow.  It was fantastic!  You can tell that there isn't much new snow since the trees are bare but we still had fun.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas or Chanukah.  Hope you get to spend it with loved ones or loving friends!  

Much love to you all in blogland!


  1. What a lovely way to spend the Holidays, Randy!!!

  2. Your Blockheads quilt is beautiful. You're right, the border did calm things. All of the other blocks are pretty too. Happy holidays, Randy!

  3. Love the borders on Blockheads. They do bring calmness. Great job! Love, love, love the kiddos quilts. They are both fabulous!
    Of course you have to continue Cheddarback. One can't leave a quilt half done, right? No one will hold you to your scout promise either. (In a month or two, none of us will remember you said that anyway, lol.)
    The difference between your two places, weather wise, is awesome! Nature is so wonderful!
    Enjoy the holidays with the grandchildren and loved ones. Blessings. ♥

  4. So many lovely projects! It has been a grand year of sewing and quilting.
    It's wonderful that you are sharing this heritage and tradition with your grandkids. God is faithful! I hope the celebration continues with lots of joy and peace. Happy Chanukah!

  5. Your maple trees are glorious! I think adding the borders to your blockheads top was a great idea--love how it all turned out. Continuing a BOM into the new year definitely doesn't count--lol! I have two lined up for 2020 and hope it stays that way.

  6. Your blockheads quilt is fantastic, and your border choices are perfect! I also think sticking to a color scheme helped give it continuity, and a "calmer" look. Great job! Great kids quilts! Are you working with Allstars? I also have a Japanese maple, right outside my window. Its bare at the moment, but when its in full color its outstanding. Happy aholidays, Randy!

  7. Wow, Randy wonderful assortment of such beautiful work! I love the blocks your working on for our project swap, I joined in too. Enjoy the holidays!

  8. Happy Hanukkah! what a pretty menora. Your star blocks are lovey!
    your cheddar back blocks are looking great. Cute kids quilts. You've been busy! I haven't sewn in days and days.
    Enjoy your time with your grandchildren! love the nature photos.