My family and I had a wonderful quiet Christmas. Christmas Eve I made prime rib for dinner. I was thinking that I would not have to make a dinner for Christmas, but I was wrong....glad I thought that through before the actual day! My gang demanded that I make homemade macaroni and cheese casserole. I kind of gave it a "kick", I added pepper jack cheese to the mix! mmmmgood! My oldest son Joe, did not care for it, but the rest of the family loved it.
My hubby bought me the large 3 piece cutting board set for my sewing room. Unfortunately we had to return it. My tables, even put together, were still too small in the length....I was bummed. oh well.
Son Steve finished his Eagle Scout project on Christmas Eve!! Talk about cutting it close! You have to have your project completed by your 18th birthday, he turns 18 in less than a month!! phew, he made it! His project was helping to restore a historical church's outside lanterns and the side ramp. Now remember this is Michigan and it is cold here!!!! Yes, they were working outside to complete this project. My husband built a "dining tent" to protect the ramp that was painted. Lots of men from the troop donated their torpedo kerosene and propane heaters to help the paint dry. I'm glad this is finished.
Joe and Chris did very well with this past semester of college. This coming semester they are taking a biology course together...this will be very interesting....I'm thinking a little competition! we will see.....I do love that Chris is enjoying biology, becoming a doctor is exactly what he needs to do.
Our youngest son John wanted a new drum set for Christmas. We could not afford that, so he asked us to give him the cash that we had to spend for Christmas for him and he would find himself a new drum set along with taking $$ from his savings. Well, he found himself a used Pearl drum set that he loves!! I did not want to do the give me the money idea, but it was the right decision in the long run.
The kids band had two gigs last week. They did fantastic!! I love going to hear them play, I'm so proud of them!
Kate is back from NY. I missed her. She is such a beautiful young woman!
I heard from Quilter's World magazine this morning. My Double Dutch quilt which is featured in the latest issue Jan/Feb is on its way back to me!!! Woohoo!
Speaking of quilts, here is a sneak peak of my latest project:
What a mess!! Talk about using your scraps! These are all Hoffman Batiks from their 1895 collection.
I recently designed a quilt that I submitted to a different magazine that has over 7,000 pieces....don't even ask me what I was thinking!! That one will be a huge task for piecing and overcoming the "I'm now overwhelmed" feeling that I get when I have to tackle that big a of project!! But I hope I do get that one accepted to the magazine, I feel in love with the design.
Here is another block I came up with (the block on the left)...still working out the details with this one....