Friday, December 8, 2017

Pineapple Log Cabin Therapy: Block 34 of 42, etc.

Greetings from the midst of Advent!  "Busy" does not even begin to describe all the balls I've got in the air right now, but I blocked out some stitch therapy time and managed to complete another pineapple log cabin block this week.  That's 34 blocks completed, 8 more to go, in case anyone's keeping track.

Pineapple Log Cabin Block 34 of 42
Here are the four most recent blocks up on the design wall.  Each block finishes at 17 3/4", and the fabric strips finish at 3/4" wide.

Blocks 31-34 On the Wall, With Bear Paws
Christmas caroling is in full swing, so the Giant Green Dress has been out and about.

Caroling With Cecilia
I'll be practically living in that dress all of next week.  It's such a pain to put on, and I'm sick of wearing it, but the little girls LOVE IT...

My New Buddies
Speaking of little cuties, I ran across a couple of Oldies But Goodies on my computer the other day.  Check out Lars, helping to decorate the Christmas tree on Black Friday nine years ago:

Lars Hauling Out the Holly in 2008
...and here is that very same child, on Black Friday of this year, snuggling with our dogs on a break from stringing lights on the tree:

Lars Snuggling With Rottweilers on Tree Decorating Day 2017
Back in 2008, my son Anders used to smile sweetly for the camera, too.  Here he is showing me a reindeer ornament that he made in preschool:

Anders Showing Off His Reindeer Ornament in 2008
Fast forward nine years, and I am lucky to get a picture of him at all.  I just went through my phone and this is seriously THE BEST recent photo I have of him.

Anders in 2017, Too Cool for Mom to Take His Picture
But in the midst of cooking and entertaining, I managed to get a cute Thanksgiving picture of me and Bernie:

Me and My Sweetie, Thanksgiving 2017
This turned out to be the year that I accidentally dumped ALL of my gravy down the drain (forgot to put a bowl under the strainer!), but no one seemed to care.  

Time flies, doesn't it?  The holidays are definitely different with teenagers than they were when I had little ones in the house.  I would wrap this post up with a pithy observation about the passage of time and seasons of life, but alas, my brain is too tired.  I need to hop in the shower and get dressed for the boys' Christmas show at church tonight.  I'm looking forward to seeing what all the high school kids have been working on for the past few months.  :-)

I'm linking up with Esther's WIPs on Wednesdays.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I do love your green dress but can see why you would tire of putting it on - can you just imagine wearing those kinds of dresses all the time! Lovely family - glad you are continuing on with the pineapple blocks - love them!

Janet M said...

Sewing is my sanctuary too. Love reading your posts - wishing you and your sweet family a Merry Christmas!

Jill said...

The Pineapple block is one of my favorites. Amazing a block here and a block there adds up. You are inspiring me to block out sewing time during the busy holiday season. So nice you share your beautiful green dress with the kids. It is something they do not see often.

Tammy Hutchinson said...

I enjoyed this holiday post and the pineapple blocks are fabulous. I can really relate to the missing gravy story. A few years ago, I mistakenly used confectioner's sugar in place of cornstarch...and could not understand why it wasn't thickening. My son loved it.

Jenny K. Lyon said...

What a heart warming post and lovely family! Glad to see Bernie looking robust. That dress is adorable on you-I understand how you could be sick of it, but hey, it looks good!

colleen said...

Just like your other readers I love ❤️ your green dress 👗 and wish I could go to a performance. I also hope you have been watching/looking for other fabrics for your next dress now that you are better informed about what kind of dress works well for the performances that you do.

Oh man what a lovely family I've been watching your boys grow and gosh they are handsome

Pineapple blocks who would even think that you'd have a moment to sew at this time of year
I do hope you pencil in time in the coming months for doing those last few blocks and to work on a new performance dress ( after you assessed this year and decide it's likely you continue) and what else was it? A skirt or blouse 👚 your have cut out.

Ok I am not your mother it just sounds like it. I love ❤️ your blog and how completely you tell your making it storys

Ramona said...

I'm glad you've found a little time for stitching therapy. Your pineapple blocks are some of my favorite quilt blocks ever! I cannot wait to see them all sewn together. It's so fun and heart-warming to look back and photos of our children's younger days. Ahhhh... the memories. Live others have said.... your green dress is gorgeous!