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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Morning and all is Still…..


We’ve been having a wonderful Christmas, and I wanted to peek in just to wish you all the Merriest!

The best part by far is having Jason, Kim & Jeff here, and watching them interact with each other! How did my little boys grow into such wonderful young men? And Kim? She is the daughter I always longed for, and I’m so glad and grateful for the life that she and Jason are sharing together. My heart just about swells to bursting when I think of it. At this moment “All is Calm, All is Bright”…in my world.

I’ve spent MUCH time with my feet up the past couple of days doing lots of THIS:

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I’ve started the 3rd row of fans, working my way toward the center. Dealing with these tiny pieces and their seam allowance is kind of slow going….can’t load as many stitches on to my needle when going through them, but when I hit the open areas on the white…AHHHH! If you look close, you can see that I’m using my little wheel marker ((I think it’s a Fons& Porter one)) with the yellow chalk to mark my lines. Yes….this one I AM using a stencil because it’s a very formal quilt, and I wanted large even fans, something I can’t do when free-handing them.

Kim is so sweet, she said she loves this quilt the best and can she have it? You know, that is the way straight to my heart, when someone wants a quilt that badly to ask for it! BUT --- I told her it would probably be on my deathbed as it will most likely take me that long to finish it! Never the less, she WILL get it --- some day. :c)

I’ve gone far enough now toward the center and away from the outside edge that I’m planning on giving my poked up underfinger a break today…I’m going to trim the excess batting and backing and put the binding on. That is going to help protect the raw edges of the border fabric, and it won’t interfere with my hoop as I continue to quilt inward. And it will look A LOT better. Those edges are raggedy!

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We went out for Christmas Eve dinner at our fave Japanese place last night --- we called ahead to find out how long they were staying open! ((Learned this lesson last year when we had no kitchen, and all we could find open on the holiday was the Chinese Buffet! Rolling on the floor laughing )) We made it in time, and really enjoyed the evening. Pardon the grainy iphone pic, but it was a spur of the moment capture.

Jason and Dave were nuts enough to go golfing yesterday when it was only 35 degrees out! Kim and I occupied ourselves inside, and then went to the store to grab the last of what we need food-wise, and we ended up making the yummiest fruit salad for dinner tonight! SO EASY!

Yogurt Ambrosia

2 c. sm curd low fat cottage cheese

1 sm package sugar free lemon jello (dry)

17 oz can mandarin oranges

1 c halved, seedless red grapes

1 c light lemon yogurt

2 c mini marshmallows

8 oz can pineapple tidbits (I think my can was bigger than this, I put the whole thing in anyway!)

1 c flaked coconut

Mix and cover. Chill for 2-24 hours. Makes A LOT! (but we ate some for a snack last night just to test it out and it was so good!)

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Merry Christmas Whiskers & Wishes from Oscar and the Hunter Clan to you, wherever you are!


16 comments:

Becky said...

Oscar is looking so much better for Christmas. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

thefairygardenerquiltstoo said...

Merry Christmas to you, Bonnie and to your family from NH. Heading out in a bit to pick up DD#2 who lives in Boston and then on to my sister's house for dinner.

Merry Xmas everyone1

Gail :)

Freda said...

Merry Christmas ,Bonnie.

Kathy said...

Merry Christmas to you! I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog every day. I feel like I know you even though we've never met.

I love to hand-quilt, too, and have found Thimble-Its for my under finger. They are little oval plastic sticky deals, and I cut them in half and use one on my index finger. I can still feel the needle, but it allows me to quilt longer. They are made by Colonial.

deborah said...

Merry Christmas!

ria vogelzang said...

Merry Christmas and loads of pleasure to you all too!!

Debbie Lou said...

Merry Christmas, Bonnie! Family is what it's all about. Enjoy! Love your quilting and the hand quilting going on. Thanks for all you do!

Miriam said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Bonnie.


I love the fabrics and colours in your quilt! No wonder Kim loves it so much!

Oscar is looking very well :)

SubeeSews said...

Merry Christmas Bonnie to you and yours.

I am working on the second quilt w/Freehand Baptist Fans. Yep! Get that binding on! I do the same thing.

XOXOXOXO Subee

quiltfool said...

Merry Christmas to you, too. Hope all has been peaceful and happy. Lane

Anita said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Carole said...

Thank you very much, and best wishes to you and your family too !

Tonya Ricucci said...

Merry Christmas, Bonnie and glad you got to spend some relaxing time with family and your hand quilting.

JCnNC said...

Christmas and Snow, what a combination. Happiest of Christmas and the Merriest of New Year's to you and yours.

Sherrie said...

Merry Christmas Bonnie & Family & Furry Family:) Glad to see Oscar looking perky and happy for you to have sons home at Christmas! Thanks for all you do!

Crafty Chookie said...

A very Merry Christmas to you Bonnie and have a Safe and exciting New Year..
Hugs Michelle