I'm actually about to leave to attend the face-to-face party so will share photos and more when I return. My son's girlfriend has decided to come too so it will be a jolly afternoon!
I've been piecing for about 4 years, free motion quilting for about 2 years. I'm on and off with having the fabric and sewing machine out so I've done that over the past 22 years! In 2010 I decided to try quilting again and found so much support online! I discovered that there was a name for the type of quilting I liked - liberated piecing and free motion quilting. Doing the monthly block lotto challenges for 2010 really got me comfortable with cutting, and sewing again and then after a while I jumped in and started doing free motion quilting - I picked the beginner designs from The Free Motion Quilting Project and made a few charity quilts. I've also arrange a virtual Liberated Round Robin that you are all welcome to join in! (If you'd like to be on the list to get information use the form on the site.) Seems now I'm back to a stage where I'm not sewing every night, but like everyone reading this I have plenty of projects to finish and to start!
I live in San Diego. For my childhood, Christmas was a fun, grand affair with lots of aunts and uncles and cousins crowded into our house for an afternoon meal and time together. The aunts and uncles are gone now, and the cousins are all off on their own, but we either share the day with friends or have a happy time with just us. I'm looking forward to cookie or gingerbread house decorations and time for chatting this year!
I'm pretty sure this is one of the patterns:
It was a very nice way to spend the afternoon. I will approach the San Diego Modern Quilting Guild and Operation Home Front to see how I can get more involved when we return from our sabbatical in Boston! Everyone was very friendly so I could have attended alone, but it make much nicer to be with my son's friend. Maria has posted the URL to her photos in the comments below!
Having a party to collect gifts and donations is a terrific way to celebrate the holidays.
Bravo Darlene (SewCalGal)! Thank you for a nice afternoon!