Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas UFO - and a Giveaway!

So while the boys assemble LEGO sets, I am sneaking in some Christmas sewing.  I decided it was finally time for me to work on a Christmas UFO - from FOUR years ago.

When I made this quilt for my mother-in-law, I had made extra gingerboys and border blocks for myself.  I had gotten the center blocks assembled, but had lots and lots of 1.5" checkerboard border squares to be pinned and pieced and matched to form the borders.

They all were put into a box - and there they have sat... for FOUR years.

Until the Sunday before Christmas, when Munchkin and I decided to watch a movie in the sewing room, and I did some "post holiday whirlwind of sewing" cleaning.  I pulled out the Gingerboys box, tacked it up on my design wall, and said ... "there isn't much left to do - I can finish this - THIS YEAR!"

Since this morning, I have added the brown borders and pieced the first of the 4 checkerboard borders.  This one was partially assembled - there were a bunch of 2x4 units all ready to go.

There is another batch of the 2x4 units -but in the opposite orientation.  I think this is part of the reason I put this whole project aside - but I think I am going to approach the rest of the assembly as two long strips of alternating blocks - hoping it will be less of a headache with matching points and worrying about block orientation.

Once I get the checkerboards on, I plan to do another, wider, brown border to make a nice size sofa throw that we can cuddle under at Christmastime.  Then to figure out the quilting - but that will be for another day.

In the meantime - I've got a Christmas Giveaway to share!  My favorite Lazy Girl Designs recently released a pattern for Yo-Yo Cuties!!  I made one (in gingerbread of course) for my Mother-In-Law and she loved it.

I have two patterns to give away to two readers.  To enter, please comment below and share your favorite way to enjoy gingerbread (recipes appreciated but  not required).  All entries must include a way to contact you, so if you are a "no-reply" blogger please be sure to include your email address.

Enter by the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2012 - drawing to be held January 1st,  NEXT YEAR!  (wow - can't believe it's time to say that again already!)




Susan C said...

I don't need to be in the drawing but I do like warm gingerbread with lemon sauce. Haven't had it in years, may need to remedy that!


hueisei said...

I just eat it with a cup of coffee.. Merry Christmas!

Jennifer said...

Merry Christmas Regina! And lucky you getting some sewing in! My favorite way to enjoy gingerbread is as a cake - I use a box mix and put a little cool whip on top...mmmmm!

Teresa Young said...

My goal in 2013 is to do more sewing and crafting and involve my grandkids as much as possible - and Yo-Yo Cuties look like they would fit the bill!

My favorite way to enjoy gingerbread is as a cookie, rolled in sugar before baking, with a mug of hot tea.

tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

Darling Jill Quilts said...

I don't need to be in the drawing either. :) Love the work on the ufo! Great job!

Barb said...

Love your ginger boys. How fun! Favorite gingerbread is in drink form. Gingerbread hot cocoa!