This morning it's 17 F (-8 C) out and it's rather hard to believe that last week it was 60 F! I can't complain though, as I do love the changing seasons-especially the cold weather, and lots of snow. Tomorrow we're supposed to be getting snow here in the Boise valley and the mountains around us are supposed to get even more. Happy days!! Should I get my skis out and prop them up in my family room? ;-)
A fall textile postcard that I created using improv piecing with various batik strips-
I've pulled out my Christmas quilts and hung them around the house. Don't you just love decorating for Christmas? I found a couple of neat things at the thrift stores-a cheery, round Santa to go on a library table.
Some vintage Christmas ornaments to hang on our tree-
Every year I try to make one or two new Christmas quilts to add to the collection. It's fun rotating quilts in the wall hangers and draping a cheery bright red Christmas quilt on the sofa. So I've put the other projects on hold so that I could do some Christmas sewing.
I like exploring blocks using EQ7 as it gives me the chance to play with colors, block sizes and border ideas. Sometimes simple and classic is just what I want, so for the first quilt I chose the eight pointed star block, and then I sized it to a nine inch (23 cm) block. I pulled out a Hoffman Essentials print in various deep reds, a Kona cotton white for the background and I was ready to roll. I decided to paper piece this for accuracy.
I outline quilted the stars using perle cotton and then it was ready to hang in my kitchen. How do you like my classic Christmas star quilt?
As I started sewing the blocks together, I paused for a moment to pin the blocks to my studio wall to see how they looked. I discovered a secondary pattern from the black squares which was detracting from the view of the primary design. I took the blocks apart, and then sewed black sashing strips to each block. That fixed the problem and allowed me to focus on the primary pattern that I wanted to see.
I have another quilt in the works that I printed out this morning and it's a Christmas basket quilt. I think that I'll paper piece the handles and then rotary cut the rest. It should be fun to sew up today :-)
A couple of weekends ago my husband and I rode up to Thorn Creek Butte fire lookout one last time before the snow makes it impassable. Well, we had to ride through snow to make it to the lookout and the wind was blowing like mad, but it was an awesome day to be out in the mountains.