Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Done! Back to quilting!

I love this ad featuring Joan Crawford and Whitey delivering the always perfect gift, Lucky Strike cigarettes. I found this on the back of a circa 1935 quilt pattern in an old magazine.

Colleen came in on Tuesday from Ypsilanti and Katy arrived from Chicago Wednesday night. We had a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, just the four of us. Colleen worked Christmas afternoon and Tom, Katy and I saw It's Complicated with Alex Baldwin, Meryl Streep and Steve Martin. I highly recommend it. It's nice to see romance with people my own age.

Saturday, Colleen went home to Ypsi and on Sunday Tom's family came over. I made a pork loin (brined, then dry rubbed, yum), wild rice with cranberries and pecans and roasted asparugus. After the party I drove Katy downtown to East Lansing to hook up with her old college roommates.

This afternoon Tom is going to tie up some loose ends with his Dad's estate and Katy is going shopping.
Could this be my opportunity to get in a little sewing? This year I'm determined to teach myself more free-hand machine quilting. I'll be starting on a wall hanging from a round robin with the small group the Outlaws probably five or six years ago. Colleen wants to hang it in her new apartment. So, I'll quilt the whole then free-hand, and finish another UFO.

Tomorrow, it's on to Chicago where we'll stay overnight with Katy (and possibly ice skate at Wrigley Field), then spend a night in St. Joseph having our New Year's Eve celebration a day early at the Grande Mere restaurant.

So, till next time.... Happy Quilting!


  1. sounds like lots of fun, Beth. Hope you have safe travels! Eileen

  2. I can only ditto Eileen's comments. Sounds like a wonderful family event. Which worked for me, too. Dusty and Rose picked Gracie and me up Thursday afternoon, so we had Christmas Eve and Day with them. And then Tim's famil arrived from various places on Saturday and Tim cooked a great dinner for 14 on Saturday. Dusty and I went to Marilyn Smith's visitation at 2:00 on Saturday. Our families were very close as our kids were growing up and then Ted and Marilyn and Clark and I had many trips together -- England, Scotland, Wales, and a great trip to Alaska. And other places. Daisy

  3. Nice to have family time --- just the four of you. Enjoy your time in Chicago and St. Joe.

  4. Lucky Strikes - excellent gift idea - must remember for next year!

    I thought It's Complicated was hilarious - need more funny movies like it.