and have to get your seam ripper out!
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
and have to get your seam ripper out!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
If I have to choose, it'll be hot chocolate, although I'm not a fan of either.
Does Santa wrap presents or set them under the tree?
Despite the fact that our children are 25 and 27, all the presents stay out of sight until DH goes to midnight mass with his mother, then all the presents come 'magically' under the tree, ready wrapped and carried down by whoever is around before I go to bed!
Coloured lights on the tree or white?
White lights are the best. I especially like them outside on trees - they look like stars.
When do you put your decorations up?
A couple of weeks before Christmas - they lose their impact if they're around too long.
What is your favourite Christmas dish (excluding dessert)?
Turkey sandwiches with a bit of sage and onion stuffing.
Favourite Christmas memory as a child.
My father was a policeman, and every year there was The Police Party, which was held in the police station itself. Not only was it great going into the inner rooms at the police station, having food and presents from Father Christmas etc, but as we got older, we were allowed to stay on into the evening, when there was dancing, snooker and then sandwiches, crisps, pickled onions and red cabbage and black pudding! (Not that I ever ate any of the latter, but it was ever-present.)
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I suppose at some point I stopped believing, but I have now seen the error of my ways and am a passionate Father Christmas supporter!
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Absolutely not. How is it possible when Father Christmas doesn't even bring them till Christmas Day!!
How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
DH has this fantasy (born of too many magazine articles) of a sophisticated tree dressed in green and gold, or purple and black or whatever. Poor man. We decorate the teee every year with all the stuff we have - I like to call it 'Christmas Down the Years'!
Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love the look of it, but since I had a little winter sliding accident in my car a few years ago, I'm not a fan of driving in it.
Can you ice skate?
No. I went to an ice rink a couple of times as a teenager, but that's it.
Do you remember your favourite gift?
Not sure about favourite, but I can distinctly remember getting a (working) toy sewing machine when I was about 9!
What's the most important thing about Christmas for you?
The bonhommie it generates.
What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
A cranberry and walnut loaf which I found as a recipe on the back of a pack of Ocean Spray Cranberries.
What is your favorite tradition?
Everyone getting up on Christmas morning and opening the presents together.
Which do you prefer, Giving or Receiving?
What is your favorite Christmas Song?
''When Santa got stuck up the chimney" as sung by an enthusiastic 5 year old.
Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
Yuk. Both in reality and as a Christmas emblem.
Ever recycled a Christmas present?
What are your answers?
I have looked on Amazon to see if I could get a copy too, but at the moment, it's £73 for the cheapest on the British site and £40 on the US site. Neither price is very appealing. Mind you, it's a very influential book, and her ideas have filtered gradually into the mainsteam over the years. Looking at the book made me remember a small quilt I made a while back (no label - sorry!) from a pattern in either 'Quiltmaker' or 'Quilter's Newsletter'.
It's Gwen's Variable stars with a lovely sawtooth edge in my favourite colour! Now back to the mince pies!
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Then I turned the quilt a quarter turn and quilted the next quarter (again from the middle) so that half was done. Then obviously, finish the next two quarters in the same way.
I've nearly done threequarters, so feel as if I'm on the homeward stretch.All I need now is to run out of thread!