Monthly Archives: February 2014

5 Quilts in 2013

Over the weekend, I sorted through all of the baby pictures to dig up the few pictures of my quilts that I finished in 2013.  I made 3 quilts last January.  Then, I went on bed rest, delivered Johnny a couple months early, spent over a month in the NICU, and I didn’t turn my sewing machine on for 4 months.  Over the course of the year, I somehow completed 2 more, bringing my grand 2013 total up to 5!

As I sorted through pictures, it was evident that my blog has a real back-log of content.  With the new year, my sewing machine took over my living room.  With its new location, I have been sewing almost every day — even if it is only for 10 minutes!  It is only February and I already have nearly 5 finished quilts — including two large ones.  I have lots to share!

 

Building A Snowman

…and it is another snowy day!  It has been 4 years and my husband has only requested one quilt — a snowman wall hanging.  I finally found the pattern at the Oak’s quilt show this past fall. It is Art To Heart’s “Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow” pattern.

Even though I saw a sample of the pattern and read the directions, I didn’t notice the enormous size of the snowman until I made two and then realized that they were snow giants!  I adjusted the pattern layout and made an entire wall hanging with one lonely snowman.  I wish that I determined that I would only have a single snow person before I cut and assembled the crazy number of rectangles involved with a second!

The evolution to this snowman started with a Philly Modern Quilt Guild’s Last Stitch Sewing Night back in December.  In just 5 hours, I cut up too many rectangles and created the 2 main snowmen.  Since then, I have been making snowflakes and this past week, I determined a layout and finished it off with a few trees.  I added all of his accessories — a carrot nose, buttons, and even eyes.  It is comical that I sew all the time, but when it comes to buttons, I still have to resort to you tube videos for a refresher!  It is all basted and ready for some creative quilting.

It actually may still be winter before I finish this creation!