Friday, January 1, 2010

HAPPY 2010

Happy New Decade to us all.  How did you begin your first day of this new year?  I briefly considered some vigorous housework, but decided to go into the sewing cave, shovel a path to the machine tidy up a bit, and get busy!  

Good progress made on the Christmas Tree quilt - I am nearly ready to begin the first border.  I vowed not to put this piece away unfinished as I do each season.   This is a GOOD resolution that I won't regret, one that I can actually achieve!  I stopped to take a few images of a small banner I made for my daughter last year.     

This is a seriously cute panel-

There was a package from Williams Sonoma that I forgot to open - it arrived after Christmas and was hidden by some of the holiday clutter.

 I cannot bring myself to open this delight - I've seen blogs featuring homemade marshmallows, but never had the opportunity to sample any .... I just want to LOOK at this bewitching treat!

Mary Anne, if you're reading, won't you PLEASE send me a recipe?  Home. Made. Marshmallows.  Yum.  I've been thinking a lot about food lately as another resolution is directed at my waistline, my poor disappearing waistline.  My ideal diet would consist of what I consider to be the four basic food groups:  King Crab, avocado, coconut and creme brulee.  Oh - I almost forgot - brie.  Softened to room temperature.  And artichokes.  In oil.

I've also been considering a new pieced quilt - the inspiration comes from Wanda over at Exuberant Color.  She is so brave and creative with color - she just knocks my quilting socks off.  And she was nice enough to send me her personal calculations, which I appreciate so much.  Have I ever mentioned that math is not my strong suit?  Or how many years it took me to 'grasp' Algebra?  Fugly stuff - you don't want to know.

And, believe it or not, there has been knitting.  I am galloping toward the end stretch of two sweaters, neither of which I have photographed today.  This quiet evening spent knitting gives one pause - and time and space for reflection.  2009 was a turbulent year.  Not my favorite year.  But much good managed to show its face in this past year.  

Beginning this blog was an achievement - a high clear sign that when you love something, things develop.  It's helped me to chronicle my creative life and it's connected me to people who are as passionate about fiber as I am. When I bring up little details or small photographic slices, you all GET it.  The inner truth of this wonderful huge sprawling addiction to fiber brings us together - allows us to sit with our figurative knees pressed together as we push forward with our knitting, our quilting, our families, our lives.  Thank you all for being an important part of my extended family.  I wish you all a happy, healthy, joy-filled new year.  


Exuberant Color said...

A great start on the H quilt. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did. You have a great new header picture too. And you are right, the readers "get" what we are showing and talking about (more than our real neighbors do, LOL) and that is what makes blogging so much fun.

Bea said...

First things first - EAT THOSE MARSHMALLOWS!!! Yum.

The tree quilt looks great. You'll be so happy to pull out a finished quilt next winter. The dog panel really is very cute.

Happy New Year! I'm so glad to have met you in 2009. (If you need math help, I have a degree I'm only barely using...)

Zoey said...

I am really loving that tree quilt.

I, too, have resolved to finish a quilt (tree skirt) that I have started. Every year I intend to make one, but it never quite happens. Now that it's started, I am going to finish it so it will be all ready to wrap around next year's tree.

The H quilt looks interesting, too. I predict a very productive 2010!

Mary Anne Rittenhouse said...

I've never made homemade marshmallows, but I'm on it, Jodie! Your entry brought multiple smiles to my face -- especially your favorite food groups! I am right there with you, and especially anything fat and creamy like cheese. I'll keep you posted as I explore the world of confections. Happy New Year! Mary Anne