On Friday Ben went to Boulder Canyon with his rock climbing partner, Dan, while I did some hiking around town with Dan's wife, our friend Lotus. Later Ben made us his good risotto for dinner, with lobster he had flown in from Maine, a tasty holiday extravagance.
On Wednesday I finished the Thanksgiving table runner I was making, just in time to use it for the holiday.
The fun turkeys were the inspiration for the rest of the fabrics, a brown stripe to frame the turkeys, a white with Thanksgiving words and phrases, and a contrasting fabric using details of turkey feathers. I love choosing fabrics and these were particularly fun together.
I did some simple quilting which shows up nicely on the back.
And I've had time the past few days to work on this neat Superman quilt. I'm finishing it up for the Quilts for Kids program which my quilt guild in Longmont supports. Someone else made the basic top with the gold, blue, and Superman fabric squares surrounded by a red border but that person didn't want to quilt and bind it so it was passed on to me.
I thought it needed something more so I added the red Superman logos. I found a free clipart image online, resized it to fit the block, traced it seven times onto a paper-backed fusible web, ironed the web onto red fabric, cut the seven logos out, and then sewed them to the gold blocks. A bit time-consuming but worth it, I think.
Now I'm machine quilting it with random straight lines that criss-cross to make angles. I'm using a plastic ruler to make the lines straight. Even though I don't have the technique down perfectly, using the ruler is a big help.
I'm enjoying working on this quilt and am looking forward to giving it back to the guild at the December Christimas party and knowing it will be a bright and comfy blanket for a sick child.
Last night Ben and I went downtown for happy hour and found Pearl Street mall all lit up for the holidays. So pretty.
I hope we get some lights up outside later today when my menfolk are free to help. Meanwhile I'm doing some decorating inside, meaning that I'm making a mess opening up boxes and looking through holiday supplies. The trouble with decorating for the holidays is that you have to work through some messes like this...
...before you get to some festive results like this!
One reason we went downtown for happy hour was because there was a CU football game at 5:30 so we figured downtown would be less busy than usual. It was a big game and CU won, making them Pac-12 South champions and earning them a place in the Pac-12 championship game. I only know this from the local paper, since I don't follow football. But last night about 10:00 we heard lots of festive celebrating from University Hill and downtown, both of which are within a half mile, and we figured that CU had won.
It's hard to believe that Thursday will be December 1st and that in only 27 days it will be Christmas!