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Day 488 Tuesday December 25, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to all who read this post.

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today. You can see my website at www.fcp123.com.

 Date: (Start: August 26, 2011) Today: December 25, 2012

From and including: Friday, August 26, 2011 To and including: Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It is 488 days  from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 4 months including the end date

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: The bridge is not finished! What needs to be done? One approach is partially complete. The other approach needs design and building and the post caps and some trim moldings need to be added. I really wish it were complete. Weather and the Christmas holiday put a stop to progress. We now have snow on the ground. It is too cold to work


Title: An Incomplete Revenge
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Comments: I have not read this author before but it was quite a good story. It is about WWI scars as well as a mystery about a town’s reoccurring fires and people finding themselves.

Prayer:  Good Lord it is Christmas! The day to celebrate the memory of your birth from which you brought light into the world and ultimately forgiveness of sin. Forgive me of all my sins. May this day be a joyous celebration of family and friends and fond memories of times past. May there be hope for the world for peace. May cooperation abound. May fighting bring less death and destruction. These are gifts beyond compare.

Diversions: It is interesting how one thing leads to another. In one quilting group to which I belong, we had a “flea market.” Two of our members frequent estate sales and some of what they get are things packaged together. Some of these contain sewing related bits and pieces. In this quilter’s flea market, I picked up a pattern for a stuffed sheep. Somehow it called to me because it had a quilted blanket as part of the design. The project was more time-consuming than it needed to be but I decided to make it as a display piece for my website where I sell my books and other products. The pattern was not difficult but I made it more so because I wanted to machine embroider parts of the sheep’s blanket and machine quilt other parts. In the process of doing this, I also made a “Grand Champ” ribbon and had to learn more about using my embroidery software to change some of the patterns I wanted to use. It was a fun project and I might make another. Look for it on my website.

I also baked for Christmas and did a little shopping. I caught up on my household and business accounting. In general I find many ways to fill my day.

The quilts I had machine quilted were complete and I picked them up about the second week of December. Today I cleared my work table of all sheep related materials and spread it out. I may cut the binding for it later on Christmas day OR I might just put a puzzle together later.

Today will be the first time we have not gone to Christmas Eve church in more years than I can remember. So in the morning, we will attend church. I wonder how different it will feel.


I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge. The actual supplies purchases began in 2006. As of December 2012, it is nearing completion.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.
  8. I began an embroidered jean jacket for myself. As of 11/20/2012, it is now entirely cut out and part of the embroidery is done. As they say, “Keep on Keeping on”…..
  9. I began making a stuffed sheep about the second week of December and I am happy to say that it is FINISHED! It is quite cute. I will use it to demonstrate one of the color palettes in my book, The Big Color Wheel Combinations Handbook.

I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first.


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