Winter Wonderland

A wee bit of snow came our way day before yesterday.  And last night, a lot more!  Here is what it looks like outside my living room window.

Ain't it pretty?

Ain’t it pretty?

And here is the back yard.  Where you can see that I plowed a path from the storage shed to the side driveway with the snow plow.

The dog, Sophie, Loves to run the trail which is why you see two egress points as it circles the yard.

The dog, Sophie, Loves to run the trail which is why you see two egress points as it circles the yard.

I’m sure the neighbors weren’t too happy with me using the snow blower at 7:36am, but, I wasn’t the first person on the street to do so.  And I wanted it done before the predicted lowered temps and wind picks up.  Hubby, unfortunately, had to work today.  but he was a sweetheart to brush the snow off my car before he left at 6:00am.

Still, I do love the look of fresh snow on the ground.  Especially when I can cuddle up with the dog at my side and do some needlework.

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Christmas Projects – Update 2

So, after my class in Crazy Quilting, I got the brilliant brainstorm to create CQ Altoid Tins for the “girls” in the family.  That includes my Mom, Sister, and 5 Nieces (all of my sister’s girls).  Which translates into 7 tins to get done before Christmas…along with all of the quilts.  Been a busy bee!  Anyways, without further ado, here they all were:

All 7 Crazy Quilt tins, plus 1 for me.

All 7 Crazy Quilt tins, plus 1 for me.

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Christmas Cardinal

There is one Christmas project I squeezed in-between all of the others I was working on. I call it the “Christmas Cardinal”.  First, I love birds as subjects in needlework.  And this was a great kit.  It was worked on 40 count silk gauze.  (40 count means it has 40 threads weft and warp–in other words, tiny!) This was the first time I’ve work with 40 count silk gauze for the canvas and Aver a Soie silk thread.  While I liked working with these materials, I did have to use my lighted magnify glass to do it.  And, where it’s been a while (8+ years!) since I last did counted thread work, I did loose my stitch counts a few times.  But I don’t think you can tell.  (At least, I hope not.)

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The treasure chest I used this with was just perfect! It had a frosted glass base. I wish now I could remember the manufacturer’s name. All I can recall is that it was made in England.Kelly_Cardinal_2I really hope Kelly likes it.

Christmas Projects – Update

I got them done!  And, in time for Christmas.  To recap, I had several quilts to finish up.

  1. Mac & Maddy’s quilts,
  2. Niece Lindsay’s quilt,
  3. Husband’s new couch quilt,
  4. Danni’s baby spit-up quilt (although, she is a toddler now and doesn’t spit up any more!),
  5. And lastly, my sister’s quilt.

I posted about the others, except for hubby’s, and here’s the pictures of my sister’s quilt:

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The quilt pattern is “Lady of the Lake”. She had picked it out of a book that I have. (And, when I have time, I’ll post it here later.)  It took a while, off-n-on, to finish it.  Nancy at Finely Done Quilting in Candia, NH did a fantastic job with long-arm machine quilting.

I don’t know if you can see the details too well, but there is cable stitching in the border with curved cross-hatching in each of the colored triangles.  And, she also did curved outline in the smaller half-square triangles.  But the feather triangle stitching in the each of the square’s light background triangles is just right.  All in all, the integrity of the various designs was terrific.  And, where sis loves lots of quilting, she loved it!

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Last bit of catch-up…

Finally, the last bit of activity that occurred during the last month is my “New York Beauty Simplified”.  I took a guild workshop with Linda Hann.  (The workshop was a blast!  She’s a great teacher with a terrific sense of humor.  Loved it!)  I am anxious to continue with it but can’t until the Christmas quilts are finished.  But here it is, so far, on my design wall:

New York Beauty Simplified – in Batiks