We had our first significant snow this winter in the last 24 hours. We've gotten about 2 inches so far, with more on the way.
Here's a photo of the backyard this afternoon, with lots of snow coming down. It did this off and on all day, so I called it a "snow day". Fortunately, no one had to go anywhere today. We're far enough out in the boonies that we don't get plowed. They plow the highway which is about 2 miles from here. It warmed up enough today that some melted, but now we're below freezing again, so there's ice under all the snow. I have to go to P.T. tomorrow, but not until early afternoon, so hopefully it will warm up enough to have the ice on the road melt before I get out there.
So, due to a "snow day", I couldn't possible do anything other than sew. *grin* Here's what I was working on:
My Crumbs quilt. I got this put together the other day, and then decided it wasn't long enough. So I was making more blocks to add one more row. You can see that Shade was supervising me. I decided that this final row was a "design opportunity" and made some blocks just for this. I took some of my Parts Department blocks and leftovers and rejects and used them as the starting point for the blocks. I added a rejected "S", a wonky star, a little heart and so on. I also added some fabrics that are favorites or significant to me. That was fun and it didn't take too long. I managed to get that row finished and sewn together before dinner, but still have to sew it to the top. Then it's time for borders. I think I know what I'll be doing. I can't wait to get this done - I'm so excited about it!
My guild is doing a Crumb block workshop this coming Friday. I and another lady did a demo on crumb blocks at the quilt show, and everyone wants to have an intensive lesson on doing these. Since we have a lot of scraps left from the quilt show (we were selling scraps next to the crumb demo), we'll make those into blocks for charity quilts. It should be fun. So I want to get my top mostly done. I only had 3 rows done at the quilt show. The other lady does bigger pieces and a more controlled color scheme for her crumbs, and I want to show the other end of the spectrum. In other words, my usual crazy-ness!
Actually, this crumb quilt is going to be my entry (only one?) in the Scrap Attack Quilt-Along that Rachel Hauser is hosting over on her blog Stitched in Color. She's challenging quilters to use up some of their scraps. Since that's my favorite kind of quilt, of course I've got to do it. If you interested too, go here. Fortunately, she's not requiring that the quilts be quilted and bound - whew! And I already have enough crumb blocks sewn for another 2 (at least!) quilts. The one above is all for me, so the others may be charity quilts. I haven't decided yet.
I haven't made any more progress on the D9P I Spy quilt. I'm still debating what I want to do for the border. I'm tempted to just sew plain borders on to get it done, but that sounds pretty boring to me. So, I'm still considering possibilities. I don't have too long to debate with myself. The quilt needs to be done in a month, which is when DGD's birthday happens. Do you have a favorite border technique that you use? I'm sure open to suggestions if you have some!