Monday, December 30, 2013

Celtic Solstice Update and Christmas Projects

Hope you all had a marvelous Christmas!  We had a house full with lots of love, laughter, wrapping paper all over the place and food, too!

Getting ready for Christmas certainly curtailed my stitching on Celtic Solstice, though I have made some of each of the clues.

I also had to prep 110 angels for my 2 and 3 year old classes. Here is the "grown-up" version I did for my own tree.
For the kids, a sparkly star sticker and chenille wire halo were used.  they attached a white cupcake paper for the wings.  On mine I used copper wire for the halo, painted a wooden star with copper metallic paint and used a heart shaped lace doily for the wings.
Then there were the "Jingle" pillows I needed to make.  They are Pottery Barn knockoffs.  I made red for the family room.

Blue for the foyer.
The other pillows were made other years.
We just needed a "Believe" pillow to join the Silent Night and Holy Night pillows in the Living room.
I will admit the "Believe" pillow did not get completed until the day AFTER Christmas.
And Miss Summer just had to have a tutu for Christmas.
So that's why my Celtic Solstice clues are barely started!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  Here is where I am on Clue 1.
A lot cut and quite a few stitched -- but not done!
And Clue 2?
There are actually a few more than this done now, but they were not when I took photos.
Clue 3?
Ditto.  A few more are done than when the photo was taken.
Clue 4?
I actually have quite a few more of these done now.  Love making 4-patch blocks.
And Clue 5?
I think I have about 20 of these done now and more cut and ready to go.
So, I am really behind, but hope to catch up this week with New Year's Day off work!
A 3-ring binder helps keep the instructions in order.
The yellow post-it notes help me find the page I need quickly to check numbers or pieces to cut or units to make of each clue.
It is a lot of fun and I can't wait for the reveal when we get to know exactly how all these units will be joined into the quilt.  This is a challenge for me as I like to know where I am going on a quilt.  Hope you are having as much fun with this if you are doing Bonnie Hunter's  Celtic Solstice Mystery.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and productive 2014!


julieQ said...

Love that you had a fun Christmas...but REALLY love your mystery progress!!!

Andee said...

Very organized on the mystery!

Bente Antonsen said...

Your mystery looks good. I like your way of proceeding and I love the mystery. It has been real fun so far.

Lois Arnold said...

Thank you, Julie, Andee and Bente! The CS mystery has been fun so far!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lois, Before you get too many chevrons sewn, the yellow is on the outside, not the neutral. I too goofed on my first one and was glad I caught it!


Anonymous said...

Never mind, your chevrons are correct! Sorry, that's what I get for making comments when I have a headache...


Lois Arnold said...

No worries, Jillian. If they had been wrong, I would very much have appreciated knowing before making a gazillion of them! Thank you!

Botanic Bleu said...

Your angel looks wonderful, and I bet the children loved making theirs.

The notebook binder to keep the quilting instructions is a fantastic idea.

May you have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2014. Happy new year,