There is a lot to enjoy in quilt blog land today. It is Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times and the week 4 link up for Celtic Solstice at Quiltville.
This was on my design wall at the end of last week - step #3 of the Celtic Solstice mystery. I was not a happy camper. There was not enough contrast in these blocks for my liking. The colours are way off in the photo and makes the pinks look purple. I sure hope the rest of the quilt design will perk up these duds!
Then I got busy cutting and sewing strips for step #4.
Doesn't that look so cool how the fabric swirls like that behind the machine?!? It looks like ribbon candy!
I was much happier with my blocks from step #4. They are simple four patches but they look pretty on the wall and could be their own quilt. But they are part of a much larger mission, and I can't wait to see the next step being released on Friday!
It is amazing that I have been able to keep up with the mystery at this busy time of year.
The main reason I am completely caught up is because my shopping and wrapping for Christmas is not finished.
And the reason for that is the ice storm we had over the weekend.
Most places in town, including my house, had no hydro, so we spent a lot of time at my parents, who thankfully had power most of the time.
That meant they also ended up with most of the extended family hanging out at their house to stay warm!
This is the view of my parent's house from the sidewalk. Many tree branches snapped off or were hanging to the ground from the weight of the ice. The sound when a branch breaks and falls to the ground is surreal - a loud crack followed by a smashing sound, like a thousand glasses shattering.
Our power was restored by last night and the house is warm once again. I sure hope tomorrow is better for driving and finishing up Christmas preparations.