Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January is flying by. Kids are back in school. Life is slowing down a little. We survived the dreadful cold with temperatures down to 17 below zero. A customer told me last week—“Hey, at –40 degrees Fahrenheit and –40 degrees Celsius the temperatures are the same…” “Great,” I thought, “Something to look forward to…”

Yesterday morning it was sunny and 10 degrees above zero. It is AMAZING how warm that can feel after the temps we had last week. I guess it just goes to show you--- it’s all about perspective…..

When the temps are above zero we been snowshoeing. Here’s Don and my feet on the trail.
We’ve got a 3-mile trek set up. Ransom loves it, but by the end of it--- he’s following our footsteps.
It’s quite an endeavor for him to heave the piles of snow. Yes—I’m a little envious of those gearing up for spring. I know I’ve got a good three months of winter ahead--- So I’m forced to find the good things in my own back yard.

My Sunday school kids and I made feeders for the birds last Sunday attached with paper heart bible verses.
We filled the oranges with homemade suet. I’d like to take credit for the clever idea, but I found it here.

Quilting. I’ve got the binding finished on a couple of quilts that I’ve talked about forever. A couple of weeks ago Chelsey was weeding out some old things and pulled out a quilt top she had pieced at about 12.
I can remember always going fabric shopping with her. She’d always ask to pick out a fat quarter or two. She’d pick the brightest, funniest pieces.
Lots of times they had frogs.
As a kid, she’d catch them by the dozen during summers in the U.P. I told her to leave it on my machine and I’d quilt it for her. It’s going in the mail today. She asked--- “What’ll I do with it?” My response—“I don’t know, it’s big enough for a lap quilt. It’s full of memories. It’ll keep you from getting homesick. You’ll have a piece of home with you…” I can’t wait till she gets it.

Other quilting. I finished my Seasons Block of the month from the Country Loft. I attached the borders.
It’s going to be the next to hit the quilting frame. I tried for an outdoor shot, but the snow is just too deep, I kept falling. Its colors fit the fireplace anyway. I recommend their BOM programs. Their packaging and patterns are great. It’s like getting a present every month. I’ve signed up for their program again this year.

While I haven’t posted often this month, I have been reading. I think quilters are being wise to the economy and not purchasing quite as much and being creative with what they have. There are tons of free BOM program on-line thanks to the graciousness of quilt designers everywhere.

20 comments:

karenfae said...

looks like you have been busy with your quilts. I like the suet feeder also - I am looking out my window and I have finches all over my thistle seed bags (2of them) and blue jays and cardinals at the feeders.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Juliann in WA said...

Good to hear from you. Those memories of stitching with our daughters are precious. enJOY

Sarah said...

I love the bird feeder that you made. Such a simple neat idea.

Your quilt is beautiful and the idea of stitching with your daughter is beautiful. I have a seven year old little girl who I would love to teach things like this to

TheQueenMom said...

That made me smile. If that quilt isn't as bright as your child, I don't know what is!
You are preparing a beautiful legacy...

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Glad to see all is well with you and we all survived this terrible cold snap. I also was in the Country Loft BOM last year, but am declining this year because of the economy :o( I hope for a better next year.

Chelsea is going to love her quilt! How fun!

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

What an awesome memory quilt! I bet it seems like yesterday when she made it. I hope to have my little girls making quilts soon. They do love to watch me sew.
Love, love , love the BOM!! Give me homespun anytime!!
melissa

Libby said...

Chelsea is going to be a very happy girl *s* Lots of sweet memories for her and mom!
Wish I could trade you a little warm sunshine for a yard full of snow. Why is it the grass is always greener . . . or the snow always looks funner in someone else's yard?

Doodlebug Gail said...

What a great memory quilt for Chelsey. When my DD comes fabric shopping for me or if I go to a show without her I always pick up the obligatory "cat fabric FQ" .... we have quite a collection!

The Quilt Buddy said...

I love the Country Loft! Everytime that I go in there, it is like eye-candy for quilters....oh my....I think I will also have to sign up for the BOM!

I have also knocked a few books off of my reading list!

Stina said...

Glad to have some news from you...can see that you have been busy with a lot of patchworking...
I just love the Country Loft Quilt..it is wonderful... So they have another one out...hmmm..need to take a look at that one... :o)
And I agree with you... it can feel warm even if it´s -15 ( 5F) after colder days...;o)
TAke care...

Carol said...

Chelsey's quilt is just wonderful...love your 4 Seasons...I'll bet Ransom was laughing out loud and my Howie and Zack for sitting in front of the fireplace when it was low 30's.

Fiona said...

I did a double-take when I saw the pic of Chelsey's quilt - thought you'd changed your taste in quilting fabrics for a minute! All became clear when I read that it was Chelsey's choice - what a great ray of sunshine to arrive for her in the mail.

Julia said...

Well, I for one, am jealous of your snow! Snowshoeing sounds like lots of fun to me! I love snow!!!!

Your BOM from Cotton Loft is scrumptious!! So warm and cozy looking!

quiltdolls said...

Joann's quilt looks great. I have all my blocks to do. You should see this years quilt. It is even better. I am lucky I have Joann as a friend.
kim
knaylor@san.rr.com

Judy said...

Oh the quilts look so good! I am behind on the 4 seasons since that work still drives the arm nuts, but slowly it will be finished. I'm about the start fall. I still signed up for the next one though...hoping to get speedier!

Christine said...

I love your Seasons quilt ... look forward to seeing the quilting. I cannot imagine -40 degrees (C or F). I think it's cold when it's under 10 C! The snow looks very pretty though.
Christine

Pat said...

Your Seasons quilt is lovely. I didn't get mine finished yet. I did get one finished for a friend for Christmas. I love it. What a neat and simple idea for a bird feeder.

Wendy K said...

Love your completed Seasons quilt top, I'm sooooo behind with mine, but your picture has inspired me to get it out this afternoion and get going again!

anne bebbington said...

I love Chelsea's quilt - I think that even though she picked the fabrics as a child it's still bright and funky enough to appeal to a teenager - you may end up with orders from her friends yet

Love your stitchery quilt - the piecing between the stitcheries are so nice - must store that concept away for future reference :o) Don't envy you all that snow though

Gypsy Quilter said...

My goodness, I think you have enough snow there to last awhile.