Like it always does, Christmas came and went very quickly. I was busy with work, family and friends, and a little bit of sewing. We love having all the lights and tree and decorations all around for those darkest days of the year. It's all so pretty and sparkle-y. A drive around the city to see the lights is a treat, too. We were even at an Orthodox Christmas party this past week. Our good friend has been very sick and in the hospital, so we've spent some time time there, too.
I have been still working on that Christmas quilt I started in November. The top went together very quickly, but after that, I got a little carried away with the quilting part of it. There is sure a lot of it. Can you see my stitches in the photo? Part of this was some practice for me, I did a lot of free-motion and thread-painting on it, and there is still a ways to go. I think to myself that I should be keeping this more simple, but it takes on a life of its own. Anyway, I like the way it's going, so I will keep plugging away at it.
I've also been working on some table runners that I started last year. On those, I did a lot of outline stitching and close stippling. This also felt like some practicing for my quilting, and I love adding these around the house for Christmas. I was comparing the ones I'm working on this year to last year's ones, and I'm noticing a big difference in my quilting stitches. Last year, I did mostly straight lines, and a bit of stippling. I didn't know what else to do. This year, I've added to that some thread-painting, outline stitches, flowers, feathers, small bubbles, and other stitches. It may not be new to other people in the quilt world, but I am amazing myself all the time!