Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Long Goodbye

hexagon diamonds for Minnie quilt - QuiltBee
I'm one of those people who likes to have my Christmas tree up for as long as possible (one year I managed to keep it up til March Break, and it wasn't an artificial tree!), but I've run out of time. The city is doing a tree pick-up tomorrow so today was the day to take it down.

Christmas cookies - QuiltBee
Knowing that, I spent yesterday curled up on the couch with Minnie - who I haven't seen since July - listening to Christmas carols and finding some solace in Christmas cookies (the Official Cookie Tester was happy to help out with the cookies tho not so keen on the carols...). The bone cracking cold temperatures outside only confirmed my idea that a spot near the fireplace was the place to be.

When I press a hexie diamond I ensure that all three accent hexies are pressed flat.

This recesses them a little bit on the finished side and adds just a bit of dimension. Not sure if that will hold up when (and if) this quilt is ever quilted, but I do like the look it gives to the block.

As of a few hours ago our tree was kicked to the curb and the living room feels a little empty; I really miss the soft light that it shines through the house. Sadly, there was one fatality as the decos came down - one of my little Faberge-like eggs is no more.

On the upside, it has started to snow and temperatures are supposed to rise, so we may be coming out of this deep freeze. I'll be spending the rest of the day watching football playoffs, enjoying my hand stitching and snacking on a few more cookies.....M


scraphappy said...

Glad that it is going to warm up. This cold snap has been chilly, Your hexies are looking great. The pressing does make them look quite dimensional.

Suzanne said...

Lovely project on a snowy day, no matter what the calendar says....

Quilter Kathy said...

So many lovely treats to enjoy on your blog today!
But I do know what you mean about putting away the Christmas things, and missing the light!

Kyle said...

Well, it looks like you spent the final day of your holiday in a good way except for the one fatality. Hope the weather warms up just a bit.

moosecraft said...

I's always so sad when the Christmas tree needs to come down... good thing we have some beautiful fabrics to cheer us up! :-)