December has been a really busy month!

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My husband and I celebrated his birthday in December by going on a cruise right after finals.  I still have one research paper to finish and I really need to get working on the reading, but I’ve really just been enjoying our time off.

The cruise stopped in Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico.  On our way back we were able to take advantage of being bumped for a later flight on United airlines in order to allow to Boise State University football players to take their recruiting trip.  It was almost like another vacation!  They put us up in the Westin Hotel and gave us $30 worth of meal vouchers.  We arrived home on Saturday afternoon rather than Friday night; the two free airline tickets made it totally worth the wait!

DSCF1410Once we were back home I loaded my customer quilt and was able to complete it in time for her to pick up for binding and presentation for a Christmas gift.  I must say I’m very pleased with the outcome!

This week’s challenge has been to try to complete a couple of baby quilts using some of the with the example blocks I  started in conjunction with  my quilt class.pink-green-star-sm   I’m rather stumped as I can’t figure out why these don’t look quite right, it’s really just so bland!  It’s also not finished yet as it’s only 30" x 30" so I have lots of options; any suggestions?

I have the week off and have been taking advantage of the time by starting a new log cabin quilt project while watching the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl with the University of Idaho vs. Bowling Green…and the Vandals won 43-42!!

I’m also cutting out a new project in preparation for a sewing retreat day in January,  as the log cabin project requires lots of pressing and isn’t really a good retreat project.  I  have another one of my customer’s quilts to do and need to  finish quilting the American heroes quilt I started in August.   After that, I know the pattern and thread I’ll use on the second American Heroes quilt and I’m still stumped on how to quilt the third one.   Oh, wait, I only have four days left before have to go back to work!

I guess you can see now why I haven’t been posting much!  I’ve even been able to keep up with the Stashbusters Yahoo group postings this week and thanks to a posting there even found another enticing project: http://blocksnswaps.blogspot.com/2009/10/milky-way-quilt-block.html

That makes the third project that I’d like to do this next year, in addition to everything else that I have in my UFO list; I’d better get busy!

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