Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

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Since I missed Christmas dinner with my family we are doing it today with a lovely brunch!

We were able to do some prep work on Saturday so we are in pretty good shape....enough so that I could enjoy some stitching this morning.

I finished off the English Paper Piecing project that I had started on the plane last week. The pattern didn't call for it to be done in this method, but I thought it would be the best way to get accuracy for this section of the quilt. 

So, the middle bit still has to be trimmed to size and put together, but you can kind of see how it will look, right? (P.S., to my friend TA...the size came out perfect!)

I may re-do the middle bit. When we were away I missed my excellent lighting. I have never worked in such dim time I'll have to pack my small fold-up Ott light! I think it looks ok in the picture, but in real life, not so much!!!

So that will be the centre of my Midnight At The Oasis!

In the latter part of 2016 I took part in the #100Days100Blocks sew-along on Instagram. It was a lot of fun and I kept up, no problem. 

My goal for January is to have this quilt top assembled. 

I'll go out Tuesday to my LQS to pick out the sashing fabric. This is the setting I have chosen (there are five setting ideas, I think, given in the book)...

In the picture the sashing/border is a light sandy colour...which I'm not fussy on. I had thought all along to use some kind of grey colour, but now I'm not sure. I saw a picture somewhere of one of these quilts using another colour....can't remember which colour, but it looked really nice.

I think I'll be making my mind up on Tuesday in the quilt shop!

Perhaps after brunch today I'll take some time to get the 100 blocks up on the design wall. I can't wait to see them all displayed...they are quite beautiful.

As some of you know, I have two dogs and a cat. This week we are dog-sitting two 'doodles, also. 

My son is waiting to get into his new house but it's been held up a couple of weeks. They have a place to stay but needed a spot for Stella and Darla. 

Oh, and Stella may or may not be pregnant. She was bred and her due date falls within the next week. The thing is, she doesn't look pregnant...and she has experienced false pregnancies before. 

I'll keep you updated!

So far she is easy to take care of...

I think the most difficult part will be breakfast times. Here's a shot of me trying to feed all four dogs....

...a couple of minutes later.... only Darla, Minnie and the kitty had breakfast on Saturday morning!

Today I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching, Elm Street Quilts for OMG-One Monthly Goal. I am also linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for OhScrap!.

Have a lovely first day of 2017!, and thank-you everyone for your continued support of Quilting at the Cro's Nest, it really is very encouraging!


  1. Happy New Year! I love the EPP project you are working on. The triangles caught my attention right away! I admire anyone who finished the 100 blocks challenge...I didn't do it, and I'm sure I would not have made it through!

  2. 2 dogs and a cat here and dog sitting my sons...I feel like I did when my grandson was a baby. About 4 hours sleep and counting the hours till my son shows up lol

  3. Happy new year! I look forward to seeing your quilt all put together. Keeping up with 100 blocks was a big accomplishment. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  4. Great projects! Hope you have a great new year...and have fun with all the critters around!

  5. That is going to be one gorgeous quilt when finished.

  6. Oooo! Please share lots of photos as you work on Midnight at the Oasis! (It's on my 'maybe someday' list...)
    Happy fabric-picking for your 100 blocks quilt!

  7. Wow! That is quite a complex block. It turned out great!

  8. Happy New Year!! You are always an inspiration!

  9. Looking forward to seeing your assembled quilt.

  10. I just love the 100 block quilt. The blocks look interesting (modern element) and the finished product will look amazing.

  11. Oh, wow -- your EPP is amazing! I have a book on EPP and have watched a few tutorials, so I get the general concept, but the first time I tried to actually DO it, I felt like I had grown a few extra thumbs or something. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of this quilt come together!

  12. I can't wait to see your blocks all put together as they look amazing.

  13. oo lala! Your blocks are just the cutest! I love all the detail. Looking forward to seeing your completed top at the end of the month!

  14. Beautifully colorful blocks. It's going to be a stunning quilt. Good luck with your OMG for January.

  15. Beautiful quilt, can't wait to see it all sewn together.

  16. Wonder what you found for the sashing/border fabric?!?
    Enjoy your stitching!

  17. Those blocks I can see are beautiful. Can't wait to see how they all look together and your choice for border fabric. Good luck with your goal.