January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone reading had a nice Christmas and New Year.   The ice is almost gone and things are returning to normal here, maybe this coming weekend I will get the decorations put away.

My daughter and I did the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day for the second year in a row.   It was fun to do it together, but we didn't have a photo taker with us this year.  It's nice to have photographic evidence when you do something that insane!

I've been sewing but I don't really have any quilty photos to share.   I finished my Route 44 quilt from Carrie Nelson's class in September, and it's ready to go to the quilter.  I finished the center portion of Due South using Bliss, and it's ready for a border.   I'm working on a new quilt using Kate Spain's Central Park.

Alpha One project that I finished that I am finally able to show are these sachets/scissor fobs that I made for all my coworkers at the quilt shop.   I not only have the best part-time job in the world, but I work with 9 of the nicest women you could ever find.   Every year for our Christmas party, our fabulous boss Julie takes the group of us out for a nice dinner and after dinner, we exchange presents with everyone.  It's always a lot of fun.

Sometimes you look all year trying to find the perfect present for your coworkers, and everybody does a great job of either making something or putting together a cute gift.   This year was the first time I made the gifts - I cross stitched everyone's initials on linen from a pattern in the Blackbird Designs book Country Inn.   I used a red print from Rouenneries on the back, antique buttons for decoration and silk ribbons for the hangers.   I also filled them with lavendar buds so they smell divine!