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Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas from Brentwood Bay, BC on beautiful Vancouver Island.  It’s a sunshiney Christmas day rather than a white one but no complaints from me.

Our humble little Christmas tree.

I am thankful to have had Christmas week off from work which has meant getting some last minute gifts made and lots of yummy eats for our extended family get together last night. 

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The big move!

This blog has been my forgotten child!  This is evidenced by my last post date of March.  Wow.  How did that happen?

We’ve had our house for sale for the last year.  Anyone who has ever gone through the process of living in staged house with multiple showing requests will understand why there has been little sewing or blogging.

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Merry Christmas 2014!!

Bonnie Hunter has challenged those following her blog and Quiltville Open Studio facebook page to post some Christmas quilts (or Hanukkah, Solstice, Winter).  We are linking up with her blog starting tomorrow, Christmas Eve.

Here are a few of my Christmas quilts:

Let’s start with the oldest…the Christmas stockings I made my kids a few years ago:

 

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Spring Cleaning!

Here on the west coast of Canada the cherry trees are in bloom and the promise of warmer weather is evident.  Lovely!  Sadly I don’t have any of my own pictures of same and didn’t feel right about posting my friends’ photos.  I won’t be able to take any outside pictures for awhile. 

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Moving on…

Good morning!  It’s Family Day here in B.C. and a stat holiday for everyone except federal employees.  The dear posties will be delivering mail to closed businesses/provincial government offices.  It’s the only stat holiday here that works that way.  I’m not sure why but feel for our postie who has to carry a heavy bag of mail around only to have to carry it back again.

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Celtic Solstice (Winter Solstice) center is done!

TA DA !!!

I pushed through tonight to get the blocks together for the center of my Celtic Solstice quilt (Bonnie Hunter’s mystery from quiltville.blogspot.com).

I’ve got my place reserved in line to have this mother of all quilts (it’s huge!) machine quilted.

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The Big Reveal…puttin’ it altogether…

I had the most delightful surprise on New Years’ Eve.  I just happened to check facebook around 10 p.m. and found that Bonnie Hunter had released the final clue and the big reveal for Celtic Solstice at 9 p.m. my time (just after the ball dropped in Time Square in New York at midnight Eastern time).

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Almost caught up with Celtic Solsice

How great it has been to have Christmas week off from work.  Now that Christmas is over and my time in the kitchen is paying dividends with turkey leftovers, I’ve been spending some time getting caught up on Celtic Solstice.

Step 1 is all done – 380 tri recs units in total.

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Celtic Solstice, Clue 3

I didn’t make much progress this week on Clue 3.  I was busy working on finishing the binding on my Easy Street.

I did try one set of pinwheels to test my colours (out of curiosity) of my first king colour way.  I didn’t do the second Christmas set.

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Celtic Solstice Clue Two! (x 2)

Phew!  I managed to get clue 1 done on the first weekend of the mystery, so during the excitement of waiting for clue 2 I decided to play with some Christmas yardage that I had purchased for a second Carolina Christmas quilt.  After making a couple of the units in that quilt,

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