Thursday, January 17, 2008

Quilting. . . . just one of my many winter projects

For Christmas this year, Randy gave me these quilting frames - - -Grace EZ frames. I love 'em!

Now I have a way to hand quilt the quilt tops I've been working on this past fall and winter. I have room to work on them right in my own family room instead of having to set up quilting frames somewhere else.

The quilt top is pinned onto the top roller. . . then as I quilt, I roll it onto the bottom roller.

These frames are great - - I'm thrilled to have them.

This is my "Bull's Eye" quilt that I pieced last year. I belong to a quilt quild that meets once a month at the Basalt Church. Last year's project (my first year in the quild) was to exchange quilt blocks with other members of the quild, which we did for about 7 months. Then I cut all my blocks into fourths, mixed them all up, and sewed them back together to make this scappy old fashioned looking quilt. It was a lot of fun mixing so many fabrics together to make my "one-of-a-kind"quilt.

Here I am working on my quilt.

I worked on it whenever I had some free time . . . an hour here or there . . . making a little progress each day.

My goal wasn't to rush through until it's finished, but to enjoy each part of the process.

And here's the finished project!

After about two and a half weeks of quilting, I finished it! I added the binding and now it's ready to be used and enjoyed. I'm going to show it, along with some of my other quilting projects, at the upcoming quilt show at the Library next week.

It's been such a fun project . . . . just one of the many things I'll enjoy doing during these winter months.

Winter Wonderland

We've dug a path to the shop and barn so we get out to take care of the horses and cats. I love having a place to keep my animals safe and warm during all this winter weather. We also need to be able to continue to work on projects in the shop. Randy has been busy using his lathe--making sawdust and experimenting with some of the wood he's stockpiled over the years. He's been making some cool little wooden bowls in different sizes.

The back patio and arbor are snow covered but beautiful. We've had a few birds (Northern Flickers) earlier this winter but now that they've eaten all the frozen grapes, they seemed to have flown to warmer climates. I can't say I'd blame them, I'd fly to warmer weather too it I could.

" Oh, the weather outside is frightful. . ."

but it's made the yard a beautiful winter wonderland. We haven't had snow like this for several years.

When it snowed it fell straight down, piling high on all the fences, trees and shrubs.

Even the garden looks like a christmas card. . . all snow covered and frosty looking!
I love the snow dusting all the trees and benches. . .it makes even the winter a beautiful time in the garden.