Sunday, January 15, 2012

Snow Day!

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!


  1. Everybody on the planet is getting more snow than I am! I love your crumb quilt, one of these days I need to make one - if I ever get enough scraps! I'm no help with borders, I have a really tough time with those.

  2. I have been trying to get a little more organized and I found some crumb blocks that I have done who knows when. My daughter in law saw them and she wants some placemats using the crumb blocks as a base for a house. I love what you are doing. I never thought of using random letters. I have been cutting squares from scraps for the last few days but I am ready to do some crumbs!

  3. We had a couple inches of snow last Monday evening but it was gone the next day. Hope you get more and it stays a while!
    Ah, crumb blocks! I need to get back to mine. I love how crumb blocks are so unique to their maker. Like how you did the last row.
    I went back and looked at the D9P. It's a busy quilt so I don't think a plain border would be boring. If you really want to piece it, maybe piano keys?

  4. I haven't ventured into this type of piecing, but I LOVE your piece. I would call it "controlled craziness". It's going to be a beauty when all finished. We dodged the snow last night, but I see you are right in the middle of more snow. We have drivers stuck over in E WA, the pass is closed, oh the joys of trucking in winter weather! Take care and be careful out there.

  5. sorry, so behind on blog reading. bummer about your surgery but glad you're doing better. crumb quilt is lots of fun!!!


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