Monday, November 19, 2012

Finishing up

It's that time of not Black Friday, not the holidays, not the gloomy dark days of's that time when you realize there are only a few weeks left in the year to fulfill your hopes and resolutions you had made back in January.  For me, it's the ongoing pursuit to finish UFO's and start projects to satisfy my need to keep my mind and hands busy. 
The first thing I want to show you is my holiday card holder.  Our group is doing a Christmas fabric challenge.  You choose from a selection of long 1/4 yard cuts and do anything you want with it.  So, I knew I wanted a card holder and just started gathering the ribbon, buttons, felt for the holly and cut the fabrics.  This picture really doesn't do the quilt justice.  I used iron-on pellon to make it stiff, but I also used a poly batting to give it more heft and body.  I quilted it using a meandering pattern all over.  I know the ribbons aren't perfectly spaced, but I'm OK with it, when I add the cards, you won't be able to tell it's off a bit. 
I crocheted slippers for everyone in my family.  Just in time for the start of the colder months.  
My DH works with a man who has 5 daughters all under the age of 9!  He loves quilts and would like his daughters to have one each, so I have committed myself to make him 3 quilts for his older girls.  The 2 younger ones are twins under 12 months old!  Here is a picture of the first one I've completed.  I'm just finishing up the binding.

I'm leaving you with, what else, food!   In case you don't have enough leftover recipes, here's an easy one.  Why does food look so good photographed?  This looks as good as it tastes, especially if you love the flavors of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  In our family, the Christmas meal is a carbon copy of our Thanksgiving meal.  We love turkey so much, we have it again at Christmas.  Here is a recipe for my festive turkey sandwich to use up those leftovers.  
 2 slices of good bread, I like 50/50 bread
sliced turkey breast, one layer to cover the bread
1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1-2 Tbsp. homemade cranberry sauce
1-2 Tbsp. homemade stuffing
On one slice of bread spread the mayonnaise, on the other spread on the cranberry sauce.  Place the turkey on top of the mayonnaise.  Place the stuffing on top of the cranberry sauce.  Gently bring the sandwich together and slice in half.   Enjoy!  ;o)