Monday, January 28, 2008

I can make through Monday because I had an outstanding weekend. Tons – of sewing ---literally. I have photos for all week. We knocked out the housework. It was snowing—what else is new?!?!? But I made a phone call to a quilt shop 50 miles north and they said it was Clear and sunny. So I made a decision and decided to hit the road. The main highways were clear and the snowflakes were the size of quarters. The trees had a fresh “flocking” so it was a beautiful drive.

I remember as a kid, my folks in Louisiana would hang the Christmas tree from the clothesline with clothespins and spray canned snow all over the tree. We thought it was beautiful. Well, we get the real thing up here.

Back to the shopping trip. I ventured to Country Gardens and Quilts in Ishpeming. It was a small shop, but they were so nice. They help me pick out a wide backing and batting for my quilt. I’ve never have used wide backing fabric—what a treat… no seams. I’ll share a photo tomorrow.

But—here’s the finished quilt.
Hopefully, some time this week; I can get it loaded on my grace frame. In the photo, there are extra threads, and it needs another pressing, but I was so thrill, I grabbed Ransom and the Camera and took off into the snow. The snow didn’t hurt the quilt. It’s so cold and dry, that it brushes off like baby powder.

Don is working late all week, which will give me more free time, but time will probably get used up on keeping up the housework. He’s a big help, and when he works late, I try to pick up the slack.

Gratitudes:
Tons of sewing time
Encouragement from Don to make the trip
Warmer temps—today will be the first day I haven’t worn long underwear and stockings under my clothes in a week.
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27 comments:

Linda said...

It sounds like you had a fun weekend, always a good thing if you can squeeze in extra sewing time. Love your quilt top, congrats on the finish.

Juliann in WA said...

Beautiful quilt and the snow looks so pretty. We have had a bit of a snow fall here too so I am getting an extra day off.

Carol said...

What a great weekend...love your quilt and that snow is just beautiful!

de vliegende koe said...

Stunning quilt and a great weekend and a fabric shop visit. What more do we need?

Darlene said...

Beautiful quilt, Melanie! It'll be fun to see it quilted. I'm glad you had time to do a little sewing!

Judy said...

Wow..just stunning! I love how the sunlight coming through the bottom makes it look like a pencil drawing! Beautiful quilt...and see one or two seams at a time will get you there! Hooray for lots of sewing time!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Wow! Striking! I really like that combination. And your winter backdrop is beautiful!

So glad you got lots of sewing time in. I crave that.

By the way, you will get mail! :o) Probably today. :o)

pamina said...

I love your quilt in the snow !

Karen said...

The snow around your beautiful quilt top looks so gorgeous.

Carolyn said...

What a beautiful picture of your quilt in the snow...it looks like it should be a Christmas card! Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

Libby said...

Oh it just looks so beautiful out there in the snow. Now do tell, did you find any other little trinkets or goodies at the quilts shop *s*

Tazzie said...

What a lovely quilt Mel, the colours are just lovely. Aren't double wide backs just so wonderful, just an extra step we don't have to worry about.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Norma said...

What a gorgeous quilt--and such a wonderful setting for a picture of it! We are having super cold weather here--waiting for yet another storm due to hit tonight. If you are done with the long underwear, send them my way! LOL

Muddling Through said...

Oh, it is simply beautiful. I don't blame you for being so pleased! Love the snow backdrop, too.
~Elaine~

Cheryl said...

Beautiful quilt-great setting for the picture. What is the quilt pattern?

Teresa said...

What a beautiful picture!! You should send that one in to a magazine as it would make a gorgeous cover. I would love to see some snow like that, but here in SC we do good to get 1 inch all winter.

Susan said...

Great picture - never would have thought to take a picture of a quilt in the snow. I took pictures of some of my quilts hanging out on the line in the fall with colorful leaves in the background. But yours is so stunning, the quilt really stands out from the white snow. Love this: Don is working late all week, which will give me more free time... I can identify!

Kristie said...

Sounds like you had a great time!!! I love the quilt, it is beautiful. Reds are just my colors!!

The snow and the woods are a beautiful background.
Kristie

anne bebbington said...

This one's gorgeous and looks so good against the snow - wish we had 'brush-off baby powder' type snow when we very occasionally get it - ours is always the slushy sleety tyoe which just causes havoc. I especially love those striped borders, they finish it off a real treat

Rhondi said...

Hi Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment. It's always fun to meet a fellow quilter. Your quilt looks wonderful against the snow. I love the colors. Rhondi

Idaho Quilter said...

A great quilt and a great photo, you are brave doing the 50 mile trip with the snow. But I understand the need to go.

atet said...

That quilt is beautiful and what a wonderful weekend it sounds like you had. Unfortunately, it looks like you're going to have to take that long underwear back out again -- we're dipping down below zero again tonight. UGH. Is it time for spring yet?

Shelina said...

It is a beautiful quilt -- how wonderful that you had sewing time and managed to get so much done. Fun!

Dawn said...

The quilt is wonderful - but that picture in the snow on the fence is absolutely Gorgeous!

Christine said...

Your quilt looks beautiful in it's snowy setting. I don't like the cold but your winter pictures are so beautiful.

Patti said...

What a beautiful quilt top - well done! This is one of Judy's Quilt for an Hour quilts, right? Love the bright warm colors you chose.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Love the quilt, and the snow looks lovely - you can tell it doesn't snow where I live.