In 2014 an online group that I belong to is having another "Around the World " swap. Each person selects a fabric and sends a piece to every other person. They make a block that represents them and mail the blocks back. Today I cut my fat quarters from Windham's Wallflowers collection into fat eights to be mailed in early 2014. This year, I'll be making Yankee Puzzle, offering me lots of practice in quarter square triangles!
I also made some more blocks for my Loyal Union Sampler. Two are from the book Nearly Insane and a couple of others - one made up and the other a Yankee Puzzle. But I'm having trouble uploading a photo, so guess I'll just upload another day.
It's been busy around here, due to holiday preparations and tying up loose ends. A dear friend is dying so we have spent some time with him. It makes the holiday rather bittersweet to think that this will most likely be his last. He is handling it in an amazing, matter-of-fact fashion, doing his own tying up of loose ends - selling his sailboat, getting rid of books and other treasures, making sure the house has less upkeep for his wife.
The weather forecast is terrible for overnight into tomorrow, and after grocery shopping this morning I'm planning to stay put. I would like to make a few more cookies and a loaf of cranberry bread. We have already devoured or given away quite a bit already made! Hope you are staying warm and cozy, and enjoying the sounds, smells, and tastes of this festive season.