Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Next 25 Years Begin Now

Hello Friends!  I've got so much to share with you!!!  I'll try to split it all up so I don't give you major photo overload.  I hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic.  Mine certainly was.  As soon as it was over we went into massive overdrive to prepare for my Vow Renewal last weekend!  Rich wanted to celebrate out 25th Wedding Anniversary with a big party.  I'm happy to say it all went fairly smoothly and I'm really happy Rich made me do it.  This is a snap shot that my sister-in-law sent to me.  I'll share a better picture when I get them back from the photographer.  From left to right: Sierra, Bethany, me, Rich, my brother Luke, Hunter's nose, then Ethan and my step-daughter Alyssa.  I have a beautiful family, what can I say...  The venue was super fancy, we rented Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion in St. Louis.  It's an old family home turned museum that is next door to the Lemp Mansion.  Apparently, there was gun fire during the ceremony.  Never a dull moment with the Mantz'.

I had a week of vacation to prepare for that.  Now, my seasonal layoff starts!  Yeah!  My favorite time of the year!  So I only go to work 8 hours a week until mid-January.  What does that mean?  Time to revisit my UFO list and see what I can reasonable expect to finish.  My Hungarian Heritage quilt is high on my list to complete.  I had to take my machine in for servicing but I figure I can cut out the pieces and get them ready for the stitching.  Only 2 left.  I did decide to make 3 more that go the wrong way to make up for the mistake I made previously.  Maybe 1 in each corner.

Another easy finish will be my clam shell quilt.  It was about an inch off square so I'm blocking it as we speak.  I liked it better before.  I think I wish I'd used a solid for the borders but I don't know if it means enough to me to change it out at this point.

I'm finished with my Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2017.  I bought a hexagon template to square up my hexis but it was the wrong size!  Dang it!  So, I trimmed best I could.  A couple are a little smaller than the others and I wonder if I printed the patterns out wrong to begin with.  That pesky "print to fill page" non-sense bites me in the butt from time to time.  Here's a couple ideas for the end product.  I've got to finish off each one and then sew them together.

Okay, I'll give you a break for now.  Next time, I'll show you the bigger list... The ones I'm not sure if I have a shot at finishing. I'm pretty sure my list is longer this year, which is dumb.  I like to keep it under control but there is always a shiny new project right in front of me!!


  1. I'm totally with you on the shiny new project thing! I like your clamshell border - fun with all the colors in it! And your crazy quilt hexis are absolutely beautiful! How large are they? It's hard to tell from the pictures - I would love to see them in person. Congrats on your 25th and renewing your vows - it looked like a beautiful ceremony!

  2. Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary! (We are planning for ours, as it is sneaking up next year.) Your hexies are fantastic! Beautiful work!

  3. Your projects are stunning, Heather! I love your Hungarian Heritage quilt. My ancestors on my mom's side were Hungarian - straight off the ship in Ellis Island 1902! I need a lesson in blocking quilts; I don't know how to do that. Your crazy quilt is too cool! I haven't seen one like it before. Congrats on your 25th! Marcia Dillard

  4. Oh how I hear you about a shiny new project attracting attention! And very big (albeit obviously now belated) happy anniversary wishes. So wonderful that your DH was the one wanting a party.

  5. Congratulations on celebrating a quarter century of marital bliss! I know there have been some spots but they're not worth remembering. Congratulations again!!!

    As for your Clam Shells, what do you have left to do to finish? Are you talking about quilting it? I like the border on it by the way. Looks great.