It's not a 'normal' winter. Some have said we've forgotten what winter is like, but the numbers clearly show that this winter in Michigan is anything but average. We're heading up the list of 'top snowy winters'. This gives more sewing time if we succumb to the weather & decide to stay in, which normally feels good (if we have that luxury) but at this point I would gladly trade some of that stay-in time for some 'normal' running around and errands. Can you say 'cabin fever'? Why yes, I can!!
First off, after a lovely week in warm Key West, which at this point, 2 1/2 weeks later, I can ALMOST remember, I finished up this little quilt for my niece Abby, late January birthday. She & her husband have a little trailer like this, and she LOVED it. It's just a little quilt. As soon as I saw the pattern on social media somewhere, I knew I had to make one for her. I just drew it out, no pattern necessary, but thanks to whoever had the idea.
Modern Quilt Guild's Riley Blake Fabric Challenge was due in mid February, so we had asked all in our guild who had done one to bring so we could see & get a group photo. I have to say I wasn't really wild about the fabrics, but perhaps if I had actually given far more time, consideration, and added some other Riley Blake fabrics I really liked, I would have been more pleased with the results. As it was, I decided to add a solid grey and play with a pattern that's been on my list to try, tumblers of two different sizes within the same piece. I did really enjoy doing the quilting. Nothing like a small piece that you can really move around easily.
Then, also for a January birthdate I just finished this quilt for my SIL, my husband's only sister. I realized when I saw her last June that I had never made her a quilt. Her style is very contemporary, her home interior very white, crisp & clean. Her favorite colors black, white and turquoise. Last summer I posted a photo of the fabrics I picked, and made the top, which was waiting to be completed. Oh! And she's a vet tech at a cats-only clinic and has 5 black & white (tuxedo) cats. She calls her home the Tuxedo Ranch. She's had a lot (LOT) of difficult things to contend with in her life the last few year years which continue & I thought she needed love the way us quilters express our love and wish for comfort. It should be delivered Thursday (out of state, as is most of our family).
The Gypsy Wife pattern. How cute is this!! Got one of my friends not in that guild excited enough that SHE went home, ordered it, and is going to put aside other projects to make one herself! How's THAT for getting others to 'chase squirrels'!!! Photo from Pinterest Westwood Acres, A Crafty Fox.net I love the soft coloring in this particular version and am aiming for similar results.