Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fuh-reezing!!

It is so cold here in our neck of the woods. The temperature at the bank was 28 degrees but the wind makes it feel like 2.8 degrees. The only thing to do is to stay indoors and do fun things. Like making quilts!
This is my Diamond Scone Bliss quilt. The pattern is next month's Breakfast Club choice and the fabric is Bonnie and Camille's  Bliss. Love.
It was a labor of love to hang this little baby on my clothesline. The wind whipped it back and forth and I was slipping as I tried to take a good photo. I gave up. You get what you get.


 Piecing this together was a bit of a challenge with so many bias cuts, but it went together rather quickly, I think. I started yesterday morning and finished it this afternoon. It's a small quilt that will make a nice wall hanging or, perhaps, a little sumthin'-sumthin' for a certain baby I know. We'll see.


 This is the reason we are all staying indoors- a layer of ice, covered by a layer of snow, covered by a layer of ice. Its beauty can only be appreciated while standing in your warm house looking out the window. Every step out is a severe injury-inducing accident waiting to happen. Treacherous.


I reckon I'm going to get a lot of sewing done.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's been a while, hasn't it?

I am such a slack blogger. No excuses here, I just haven't felt like writing. Is that terrible? I am sorry.
With Nathan coming home, then leaving, Christmas coming and then working, things here have been put on the back burner. 
One thing I have neglected to do was to thank a few people for the mail loveliness that they sent me.
Last November, I won a giveaway over at PamKittyMorning. I did remember to thank her on her blog, but I never shared what she sent me with you! I am horrible.


 This is what came- an autographed copy of Alex Anderson's Rotary Cutting book (from which I have learned so much!), a DVD which promises that Alex will teach me how to quilt (I'm all for that!) and a Piecing Tips and Tricks book (which is full of fabulous tips and tricks!). I haven't watched the DVD yet, but the books are fab! Thank you, Pam. I love them all. 


 This gift was a complete and wonderful surprise. One of the missionaries serving in our ward noticed that I liked to quilt and mentioned that his mother was a quilter as well. He also mentioned that she did instructional DVDs for those that would like to learn. He is the most humble of young men, and that humility spread to talking about his mom. We had the missionaries over for a Family Home Evening after Thanksgiving and Elder Ramirez mentioned that his mom had sent me some things and handed me a plastic bag that contained books and DVDs. When I took them out I looked at him and said. "THIS is your mother?!" He very shyly smiled. I am working on a little project for Dawn, using the things I have learned from watching her DVDs. I hope she likes it. :)


 How did these cute little piggies get in here?


 Have you ever visited Just Something I Made? I love Cathe's blog. She has the most clever ideas! A while ago I won a giveaway that she held. Again, my apologies for being so long in mentioning this.


 The giveaway itself was for a necklace made by the very talented Wendy Baker on the blog wednesday 3 o'clock. Wendy also has an Etsy shop called Bendywho, and it is full of luscious things! I won one of her necklaces! In this necklace is a penny that has been altered using a tutorial created by Cathe. Hence, the connection between the two.


How beautiful is this? It is the perfect mix of tradition and funkiness. I receive compliments on it wherever I wear it. In fact, I usually am asked if I made it because it is "such a Karin necklace." I am pleased to tell them from where it came and that they too could have one for themselves!

And so, I am saying a big Thank You, to the women who have graced me with their talents and kindness. I am truly humbled and grateful to you for sharing a small portion of yourselves with me.
Now, I am going back into my sewing room to get some things done. We are iced in here in Georgia! Really iced in. It took my neighbor two hours, and the assistance of an army of more neighbors chipping away at the ice with shovels, to get up the hill in front of my house. I did my part by spreading cat littler (clean!) on the slickest part at the end of my driveway. The chickens will not come out of their house and we have to go down a few times a day to give them fresh water. We also have their heat lamp on in their coop and that might be why they refuse to pop outdoors! They are so spoiled!
Stay warm, peeps!!