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Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy Monday~December 3

Good Morning!
Why is it that some mornings you just wake up with a full heart and really appreciate what you have? Nothing special happened yesterday. And I’m not bi-polar so it’s not like I wake up excessively happy one day and then are depressed the next, but this morning I woke up, “stoked the fire” (really, we have a woodstove), fed the dogs and then started going through fabric looking for more attractive combinations of dark, medium and light values to fulfill the requirements for this months Block Lotto. As I did this I was thinking about how lucky I am. Counting my blessings I guess. I have my health, a loving family, we are retired, and while not rich we have enough (1200 sq ft home and my hubby drives a 15 year old truck and my vehicle is 9 years old, so you can see we are not extravagant) and I have a fabric stash that, though it literally spans decades, I have fabric to choose from. Lucky indeed!

Okay! About this months Block Lotto. 

I mentioned last week that I had earned the right to be a “sneak peeker” and that means I got to do some sample blocks for Decembers block before the block and criteria for the block was released to all. The block is called “Star –Crossed” although I know some may know it by another name. Followers of this blog will remember that I just finished another quilt top with a block also often called “Star Crossed”

so I thought “I will just do a few for sneak peek and this months drawing and be done with it.” Darn it tho’! I became addicted to this block. Here are my first blocks.

Remember I am not allowing myself to start a new quilt this month as I have too many other things to do (snicker! How’s that working for me?) Anyway, the pattern between the two is slightly different but also what a difference going with a controlled palette versus a scrappy, almost anything goes palette, makes. While I love the brightness of the first one, I have to say that good scrappy quilts still have my heart.

We are in the season when everyone feels stressed and starts questioning their sanity. I hope that you have many mornings where you wake up with a full heart and can count your blessings.
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  1. I woke up this morning at a ridiculously early hour with that wonderful feeling of "life is good." It also makes me smile to know that I am not the only one who has a place in their heart for scrappy quilts. Sometimes I fear that no one in the block lotto community likes them but me.

  2. What a wonderful post. Isn't it great to wake up feeling so blessed! I had to stoke the fire this morning too-love wood heat.
    I really like that block! Scrappy makes me happy!!!

  3. Yes, some days the biorhythms are on an upbeat course -- and those are productive days indeed.
    And here you've made an entire quilt's worth of the December Block Lotto! Very inspiring.

  4. Hmmmm, I like both sets of blocks. But, I do love scrappy the best.

    I have blessings plenty to count and wish I could pass some around to the rest of my family.

  5. You know, I think that joy comes a lot when you set your mind on the blessings you have. We do have much to be thankful for!!
    I'm printing the directions for this block; I haven't joined in the Lotto for a few months, but like you, this one is very appealing ~