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Snow, Sew & Christmas!

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And see what we woke up to this morning in the NC Piedmont! It wasn’t a surprise as we’ve been hearing the predictions for several days now. I don’t want it to happen often, but I do love when it snows here because we go nowhere. To me, that means a day of sewing. I don’t even have to cook – I took a large container of a very yummy soup out of the freezer.

Being homebound also helps me to enjoy our Christmas decorations and to reminisce about Christmases when our children were little.

Our “big” tree is in the living room and the little tree (no ornaments, just lights) in the dining room. The stockings that adorn our fireplace were made by our next door neighbor over 20 years ago! They no longer live here but are warmly remembered. . There are  several of my son’s carved ornaments on the tree. Our “big” tree also has ornaments made by our children when they were little – my favorites!

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And here are more of our son’s carved Santas that he did when he was 16 years old. Each year it’s so fun getting them all out and displaying them together. They do have a place year round in our home, but at Christmas they are front and center!

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One of my most precious decorations is this Nativity that was crafted in clay by our daughter when she was ten years old. It sets in our dining room years round. Baby Jesus looks like a pea in a pod.

And my sewing today? It’s been challenging. I’ll save those pics and the story for another day. How’s the weather where you are? Whatever it is – enjoy!!

 

 

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A Different Kind of January

 

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The sand is so white and fine – just beautiful!

 

Tried something new this year – came to Florida for the month of January. How lucky that the first week was one of the coldest on record (major sarcasm here).  It was, however, much colder back home.  We knew it wouldn’t be warm beach weather here in Pensacola, but jackets, hats, and gloves for our beach walks?! That’s okay – I came prepared with sewing machine and a project.  Hah! First week and the machine is out of order.  Looks like the screw that holds the needle is broken and won’t hold the needle. Thank goodness for the handwork and books to read I brought!

Had a great visit to a well known fabric shop here – A & E.  It is loaded to the brim with the latest fabrics.  And there were five rows of Christmas fabrics! They have an interesting way of conducting their sale.  The fabric with the color of the month (and it can be just a teeny dot of that color) is 15 percent off, half yard minimum cut.  Color for January:  white! Boy did I luck out!

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Everyone there was so friendly and the cuts were quite generous.  So much so that I may have gone back a second time. (It’s been cold and somewhat rainy, remember?)

We’ve had some good weather days too.  Lots of bicycyling at the State Park and even sat on the beach for a couple of hours one morning. And lots and lots of walking. I haven’t slept this good in ages!

Downtown Pensacola is a lovely city with beautiful old buildings. They had their Mardi Gras kick-off one evening when they bless the floats for the February parade. It was such a fun and festive event. I always thought that Mardi Gras was just in the New Orleans area, but apparently it is regional and a pretty big deal around here too. Even with the weather and sewing machine glitches, it’s been a great vacation and maybe, just maybe, we’ll try again next year.

The Island Batik Blog Hop and Giveaways continue! (mine will be January 24)

January 15 – Densyende himmel  ~  Inspired Layers

January 16 – Yellow Cat Quilt Designs  ~  Quiltologist Treasures

January 17 – Quilt’n Party  ~  Desert Bloom Quilting

January 18 – Inchworm Fabrics ~ Kauffman Designs

I’ll post the remainder of the schedule next week – stay tuned!

 

Snow Fun!

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I recently traveled outside of my “box” and entered the Martelli Quilt contest.  There was a theme choice of Winter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Autumn. I chose Winter and was sent these templates:

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There was no set criteria except for the size of the finished panel. My interpretation was that although we did not need to use all the templates, I should use as many templates as many times as I could. My guess was that the quilt panels would be displayed at market and/or shows to show how the templates could be used. I used the quarter round template 38 times, the Snowman template 3 times and the mitten template 6 times. This did not seem to play into the judging, however. I did not make it as a finalist, but thoroughly enjoyed the process. For a few days I threw myself into this project. My only regret is that we don’t get the panels back (we do keep the templates.)

I had fun creating the winter sky with a bit of crazy, no plan piecing. Embellishing the snowmen definitely fed my creative side.

Would I do this again? Probably not this particular contest unless there were more guidelines and would be able to get my project back when the company was done with it. It was, however, definitely an excellent experience!

 

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Linking up with Em’s Scrapbag, WIPS on Wednesdays, Let’s Bee Social, Silly Mama, and My Quilt Infatuation