New Orleans House Project

Saturday, December 18, 2021

The Solstice is Almost Here

 I have been counting down the days to the Winter Solstice, looking forward to the days starting to get longer.  

Dear Hubby and I have been walking early in the morning since June.  Since DH has to leave for work no later than 6:30 am, our walks usually take place before sunrise, especially since the end of Daylight Saving Time.  You can see why I'd be paying attention to the length of the days!

The change in the season also heralds a change in my quilting activities: wrapping up projects from 2021 and contemplating the quilty fun ahead in 2022.  There are more projects to wrap up than time will allow, but it's given me goals to work toward.


I got a late start on the Two and Four QAL, but did manage to finish the flimsy shortly after Thanksgiving.  The design wall was taken up with another project, so I just spread out the top on the guest room bed for a quick picture.  This was a fun scrap-buster: quick and easy!


I started working on this quilt just a few days before Halloween.  The kit (from Fig Tree & Co.) had been kicking around in my stash for several years and was calling out to get made.  It's based on Joanna Figueroa's Navajo Stars pattern, but uses orange, black, and tan fabrics for a Halloween theme.  



The whole palette has less contrast and color than my usual, but it's good to try new things.  The background fabric is cream with light brown dots.  It doesn't show up well in the photos, but it's a really lovely fabric and I wish I had more of it!

The example from the pattern instructions (here) was heavily quilted, which really adds interest to the quilt.  Something to contemplate for 2022.


Once the Navajo Stars were off the design wall,  I pulled out the Sugar Loaf blocks that were a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project in 2021.  The pattern calls for five additional blocks, which will be cut in half.  A half block is to be placed in each of the open areas at the top or bottom of the rows.  I'm still not happy about cutting the blocks in half, but I haven't come up with any better design options. 

I'll be away with my Florida family for a few days, but maybe I can finish the blocks before the end of the year.

Warm holiday wishes to all - whatever holiday you may celebrate!




  1. What lovely projects--love that Navajo Star--looking forward to solstice here, too...these have been gray and gloomy days this past week.
    Hoping your holidays are wonderful hugs, Julierose

  2. Have a wonderful Christmas, Angie! Love those Sugar Loaf blocks and can’t wait to see that lovely RSC project come together!

  3. Two awesome quilt tops and another in the making, Angie! I wanted to do the Two x Four quilt, but my sewing time has been limited for the past 6 months. LOVE your random scrappy version with a number of bright squares thrown in for good measure!!

  4. I love those sugar loaf blocks! they are so fun to study.
    the two and four is a great scrappy block.
    Merry Christmas and have fun in Florida

  5. I'm with Barb, I love those Sugar Loaf blocks. I recognized some "older" fabrics in your 2 x 4 quilt. It's a good place to use up some of those lingering pieces.

  6. Those Sugarloaf blocks are just gorgeous! I'm sure it will be well worth the time making the half blocks but what a shame to need the cutting in half. Wondering what new design opportunities will be available for using up the leftovers. The Navajo stars are lovely too, I like the softly muted shades. Happy holidays with your family!

  7. Oh, I love your version of Two and Four! So scrappy and delicious. The Navajo Stars will make a fantastic Halloween quilt. And, those Sugar Loaf Stars are simply fantastic. Right up your color alley. Scrumptious! Have a Merry Christmas!

  8. Your Sugar Loaf blocks are so pretty. It is fun watching this quit come together.
    Navajo Stars is very pretty, I LOVE Fig Tree fabrics.
    Wishing you the happiest of holidays and safe travels.

  9. After catching up on your blog posts I now declare (after the chocolate fabric discovery) that you DO have the best stash ever! Hands down, you are the winner! I wish you much joy stitching up those treasures in 2022! XO