Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I've been sooo busy

I have been crazy busy shopping, baking, wrapping and stressing.
So much so that I forgot to post my 4th quilt in my series. So here it is.
May 2003
 After attempting to teach myself to quilt I finally signed up for a class at Material Possessions in Lake Forest, CA. (they have since changed owners and names)
This was an Irish Chain quilt. I picked it from the class choices because it seemed the most difficult at the time for me. I loved going to a class and seeing all the ladies with their major talent. It was truly inspiring.
I like the colors of red and white in this. It sort of looked French Provencal to me.
I put it on the mantle in our bedroom this year for Christmas to set up a little Christmas mood for Paul and I.

Here's what I have been up to the last few days. 
Making flower arrangements.

Last night was our annual ST-RA-BU-CA Christmas party. The name comes from the first two letters of each of our last names. A friend started this about 16 years ago. Just an informal gathering of four families that are best friends. We started with our original families at 23 members, but now with children getting married, having babies and the addition of boyfriends and girlfriends we are at 47 people. Last night we had 40 of the 47 in attendance. What a crowd and so much fun. It is so heartwarming to see "our kids" with "their kids". Brings back so many memories.
The Parents

Our kids and their spouses or girl/boy friends

the next generation, our precious grandchildren

My husband holding the newest member of the group, our friend's granddaughter.

Fig cookies  still need a lemon glaze drizzled on them

I think these might be my boys' favorite cookie

the cute apron I wear, from my son, Brent

still need frosting

Today I baked cut out sugar cookies (still need to ice and decorate them tonight).
My friends and family know we have a very prolific fig tree so I am always on the lookout for any recipe using figs. A few years ago I found a great recipe for Italian fig cookies. They are so delicious. They taste sort of like a Fig Newton, only better. So I made those today as well as Homemade Marshmallows and Reese's Peanut Butter cup cookies. 
Tomorrow I will finish up by baking another 3 or 4 kinds of cookies and then I can start on the Polish mushroom soup for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner.



How many quilts do you own? Wow...I didn't know you kept as many as you did. Everything looks wonderful for Christmas and the Strabuca gathering looks like fun!

Amy said...

Looks like a great get together.and you have been busy baking.. I love the quilt! gorgeous colors. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family,Amy

on vacation with di and Paul said...

Thanks Geri and Amy. Geri, I have made 34 quilts and numerous small projects. I have kept 8 quilts for myself. I have 4 more right now that I want to start in the new year and tons of fabric.
Amy...Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for following me.