Crossroads

Every year the Fat Quarter Shop creates a new quilt to raise money for children’s worthy causes.  The patterns are available on their website and all they ask is that each person makes a donation to use them.  In addition to all the donations from everyone making the quilts, the Fat Quarter Shop and also Moda each match $20,000 of the donations which makes altogether very generous donations.  The new quilt along is starting today and the donations will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation.  This year’s quilt is called Patchwork and it will consist of 72 five-inch blocks.  I have to say I am looking forward to participating.

In the meantime, I thought you might like to see my finished quilt from last year’s quilt along.  This is called Crossroads and used the beautiful Fig Tree fabrics called Strawberry Fields.

Crossroads

Crossroads

Even if you do not want to make this year’s quilt, you might like to make a donation to help the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Bloom (and some other stuff)

Greetings from the very cold snowy south.  That almost sounds like an oxymoron.  Of course it is actually winter and a good many of you have cold and snow all winter long, but alas, here in the south where we don’t even have furnaces in our houses, it is a big deal to get this kind of cold along with the snow.  I have to admit that I totally love the snow and long to live once again where snow is the normal rather than the rarity.  While looking at the sparkling snow and loving it, it still is always nice to remember that spring always comes.  To bring a bit of that spring into the cold house, I thought you might like to see my finished Bloom quilt.  This is from a quilt-along with Lori of Holt of the Bee in My Bonnet blog.  This was a very fun quilt to make and for some reason, it makes me smile every time I see it.

Bllom

Bloom

 

I am working on some other of Lori Holt’s projects and while they are not yet finished, thought you might enjoy the progress so far.

This one is called Cozy Christmas and it was also a quilt-along.  I didn’t “quilt along” at the time it was happening but in December, decided I needed to work on a Christmas quilt and thus, I got busy on this one and made the top.  I plan to quilt it later in 2017 to have it ready for next Christmas.

Cozy Christmas top

Cozy Christmas top

This is the center to my Farm Girl Vintage which was yet another quilt along and you may have seen some of the blocks made for this in previous posts.  Now to just get the itty-bitty flying geese made and get this one done too. (Sometime, that is.)

Farm Girl Vintage center

Farm Girl Vintage center

This afternoon a big gathering of cardinals came out of the woods behind the house to forage for some food in back yard.  Every kind of bird has a different name for when they gather in groups so I had to look up what a group of cardinals is called and there are actually several names—college, conclave, deck, radiance, and Vatican (I’m pretty sure this one refers to the Catholic cardinals in Rome), however none of those names seemed fitting somehow which is why I think I will stick with calling them a big gathering.  Anyway, a very large number of cardinals were hopping around out there.  The males in their bright red splendor and the females with their brown covering the bits of red that peek out yet are still such pretty birds.  It’s very hard to ever get a picture of them (and I’ve tried before) because if I open the door or window, they all scurry back to the woods so fast, it’s like a blur of red and brown.  And if I try to get the picture through the window and screen, I end up with the glare spot from the glass or the smudgy blur of the screen.  Even though I don’t have a picture to show you, I can tell you they are very entertaining.  I am so blessed to have such a simple life where I can spend a great deal of time just watching nature in its incredible beauty.  Snow and cardinals—what a great day!

Quilty Fun Sampler

This past year the friends in the online sampler group have been working on the Quilty Fun sampler by Lori Holt.  Each of us purchased the book entitled “Quilty Fun” and then we chose our fabrics and worked on it slowly throughout the year.  We had a lot of fun seeing each other’s blocks and what each person chose for the framed block as each of us decided on something different.  I went with the bonnet that Lori had designed as a label for the quilt.  Here is my finished quilt.

Quilty Fun Sampler

Quilty Fun Sampler

Sew Sampler Box

Sew Sampler Box block 1

Sew Sampler Box block 1

 

A few days ago I showed you the surprise box I received from my friend Emily who subscribed to the box of the month at the Fat Quarter Shop.  Included in the box is a card for making a block each month and even though I did not want any more to do, it was hard to resist grabbing some fabric and making the block just for fun.  I am looking forward to the May box and will just have to see if I end up making that block too.