Sunday, December 14, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Once upon a time, there was a quilt shop called "Going To Pieces", and it was situated in Pleasanton, California. It was my favorite quilt shop of all time, at least so far. They did a wonderful window display in their large front window. One year, not too long after I moved to that area, I saw this little quilt in their Christmas quilts display. It just really appealed to me. I spent quite some time standing in front of the window, trying to figure out how this quilt was put together and memorizing as much of it as I could. Then I went home and made this quilt. Now, I'm sure my version isn't quite as good as theirs was, but it was the best I could do at that time with my skill level. And, you know, I'm still happy with this little quilt. It measures 20.5 inches wide and 15.5 inches high. I still like it's graphic appeal.

The cardinals quilt in my last post isn't the only cardinal piece I made for my mom. I also made this tablerunner for her, a few years after the quilt. It was a pattern by Atkinson Designs, and very easy to do. This runner also lives at my house now.


And, of course, at every photo op, Shade has to "test" whatever quilt-y thing I'm photographing. This time we managed to do it without Dunkel. Shh, don't tell him he missed it!

Snow day! This is the view we were greeted with this morning. The snow started last night and was sticking before we went to bed. We got about 3 inches or so of the white stuff. The wind howled all night and most of today too. It's still blowing like crazy out there. We're currently at 24 degrees, but with the wind chill it feels like 11 degrees, according to The Weather channel. Our high today was a whopping 28 degrees, which lasted all of about an hour. So nothing melted today. It's supposed to get down to 17 degrees tonight. Wow, that's pretty cold for us. I know that's wimpy for some folks that live where it does this all the time, but we're not used to it. We were going to go to Seattle to see all the Christmas-y sights in City Center (where the Space Needle is) tomorrow, but decided that perhaps it would be best to delay that for a few days. It's still supposed to be sub-freezing temps. Yes, we're wimps. As long as we don't lose power, we're good for a few days here. I have my fingers crossed! If the power holds, I may do some Christmas baking. Uummm, that sounds good!
I've been sewing away on some Christmas presents but I can't show anything on my blog, yet. Still have lots more sewing to do, and only a little shopping left. I've been enjoying seeing everyone's decorations and preparations on their blogs. It helps put me in the Christmas spirit. I hope everyone else is having a good time getting ready for the big day!

11 comments:

  1. I have always liked the spool quilts. I made at least one but I think I need to do another one some day, maybe with all of my striped fabrics for threads. I like yours done in Christmas fabrics. I like the table runner too.

    Our snow is coming Tues. They say it is going to be a big storm.

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  2. Brrr Sharon! I'm freezing here in California where it was about 45 degrees. I know we're so spoiled here. I so dislike snow. That's not totally true. I like to look at it through a window when I'm nice and toasty inside and don't have to go out in it. Have fun with your Christmas sewing! Miss you lots :-(

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  3. i think you did pretty good on that quilt...especially if you did it just kind of by memory.....i have always thought this pattern was cute........and another 'cardinal' table runner.....yes, i'm all about mr. cardinal!!

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  4. Going To Pieces was my favorite shop, too! Your spools quilt is so cute. We have about 6" of snow so far and it's still coming down. I love it now that I'm retired and don't have to go out in it. It does make it feel more Christmasy.

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  5. I've never been to Going to Pieces! There was an old needleworks shop there named 'Dutch Treat' that I remember... or maybe that was Livermore. Anyhow, I love your spools quilt and your table runner, both are beautiful. The first snow of the year is always so much fun, I just hope it doesn't last too long.
    Cheers,
    Dionne

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  6. love the spools!
    We were in Seattle for thanksgiving, got to see Santa arrive at the macy's parade there. We do that every year. And its alwyas freezing cold! and rainy but what else can you expect...right?
    stay warm!

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  7. Oh, I like your little spools quilt too!

    Good call, to put off the trip to Seattle. You may want to wait until after Christmas Day. Of course, by then we could be facing flood warnings :-\

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  8. I have loved the 'spool' quilts for years, I have the book 'More Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel', I wonder if her Spinning Spools from that book could have been the one that was the one that you liked so much.
    http://tinyurl.com/7wohjt

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  9. I hope you and your family have the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year!
    Cheers,
    Dionne

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  10. Your spools quilt is darling. I have one like it. I won it at guild one year. Victoria made it, I think. I hang it up in my sewing room during Christmas. I was just reading Wanda's blog and they are in the minus column on temperatures. I am sitting here and complaining of the low 40s as cold. What would I do with minus temperatures? Brrrrr

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  11. really cute christmas spools quilt - you did a great job!

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