Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Orca Bay update.. or how I spent my New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve has never been a party night for me, unlike a lot of people.  As a teenager, I babysat as many kids as I could because it was good money.  As a young married woman, we hosted a party the first year we were married (2 weeks after the wedding) and we had a new baby the following year, so no parties after that.  Once I got divorced, parties were out of the question (and the budget).  As the kids got older, I would invite some single (or want-to-be single) girlfriends over to scrapbook but now that the kids are grown and married, I'm back to babysitting!!  Life is truly a circle!

Zoey at midnite

Although Zoey's mom and dad didn't have big plans, they did invite 2 couples over to play games and cards, so I offered to take Zoey overnight so they could have a sleep-in.  Funny thing is, she always sleeps in at my house and never wakes up before 7:45 (at home, she wakes up about 6:30).  My daughter keeps asking for my secret, but I don't what it is - just that both my grandkids have always slept well here.

After putting my little sweetie to bed at 7 p.m., I heading to my sewing room for some Orca Bay sewing. I made good headway on those red strings and created a nice mess.

 Before I went upstairs to check on Zoey and welcome her into the New Year with a kiss (my secret tradition with every child I've been with on this special evening), I played with my Orca Bay pieces. 

I did have the white block surrounded in the same way, but....

Imagine my surprise when I checked my blog list at 12:03 a.m. my time.  Bonnie had surprised everyone with an early reveal!  I was so close on my guess - if only I had figured how those white blocks fit in!

So I played some more!  My design wall is too small to hold the full width but I'm liking it!  My goal is the top put together by the next Monday link-up.  Wish me luck!


  1. Terri, your quilt top in-progress looks beautiful. You were really close to guessing how the blocks would go together - I am terrible at that. I never know until the big reveal what the top will look like with all the little pieces.

    I do wish you the best of luck in finishing your top for the Monday link-up as I am in the same boat.

    Also, I wanted to say thank you for your comment on my blog. I still consider myself a new quilter/blogger and your comment made my day.

  2. You made LOTS of progress on New Year's. The quilt is looking amazing! Isn't funny how working on string blocks makes your sewing room messy? And I love your secret tradition, may I borrow it?

  3. Way to go..thanks for the motivation to get going on is slow but steady but WOW rewarding!