Now that I’m done my Scrappy Christmas Hedgerow blocks, I can get back to work on this.
I had so much fun making my blocks for the Scrappy Hedgerow Christmas Block Swap, that I made a few (ahem) extra for me to make a second quilt.
This week, I took advantage of having an extra day off and finished the candy cane blocks. Then, as you know, one thing lead to another and I started – and finished – sashing the blocks too.
This is one of my favourite blocks:
It brings back memories of playing with Barbies and colouring in “Gibson Girls” colouring books on family trips to Florida. I so love this quilt top and can’t wait to get on with the next steps! Now the *only* thing I need to do is the backing, quilting and binding.
I certainly don’t want to hurry winter along, but I am going to enjoy cuddling under this quilt come Christmas time.
I should really change the name of my blog to “Confessions of a Fabricholic” instead of Frostitute. My love affair with cloth continues to burn strong. My obsession with frosting is on the wane. My waist line is better.
Fact: I cannot go into my local fabric store without buying something. I affectionately refer to the store owner as my “dealer.” She thinks it’s amusing and no doubt, she felt the pinch when I was away in Thailand.
Here’s what I’ve added to my stash. Some selections from Anna Griffith’s new line:
I don’t know why, but I’m on a red and white kick lately. With everything. At the beginning of February, I bought new bedding from Ikea in white with a red floral print. Valentine’s had nothing to do with it. I’ve been prowling through my apartment and as I look around, I see this trend has been brewing for quite some time. My cherry red Kitchen Aid mixer, the cherry print napkins, apron, cookware… the list goes on.
So no surprise that the trend has now hit my bedroom. What can I say, I’m really attracted to bright and clear colors right now! It must be a herald of a new and exciting chapter in my life. At least that’s how I’m looking at it today.
I finished this quilt just in time for Christmas and gave it to my father when we got together for the holiday. The colors are a little on the feminine side, but they actually work with the color scheme in my dad’s home.
And here it is up closer:
Close up of the backing:
Why was this on my 101 in 1001 Days List?
Easy. My dad is awesome. He’s so supportive of anything that I want to do, and always has been. You know that song, “The Wind Beneath My Wings”? That’s my dad. He has always supported my aims and goals in life, even when he thought I was making a mistake but it was something I needed to do (ahem, a certain failed relationship). Were it not for my father, I wouldn’t have been able to carve out the career I have. He’s not only a good parent, he’s a very good friend too.
So when he and my mom, who have been divorced for over thirty-years, got together to buy me the Pfaf Classic Quilt sewing machine (mom’s idea) because I fell in love with quilting, it was a no-brainer that I needed to make him a quilt to show my appreciation.
I’m certain this is just one of several quilts I’ll make for my Dad as my quilting skills improve (I need to learn how to machine quilt/stipple. Right now I use the in-the-ditch method and straight lines/diagonals). I’d like to tackle something more masculine for him, as well. Like a nice log cabin in plaids.
I’m NOT a morning person. Not by nature, so I don’t know why I was kidding myself about this. I decided to make the executive decision (it is my list afterall) and interpret “sunrise” to also mean “sunset” if I so chose. And choose I did.
While I was on my Grand Thailand Trip, I also visited Cambodia, Dubai, and London. Certainly there were times when I was up at the crack of dawn but not functioning at optimal photo-taking capacity.
So instead, I snapped photos of sunsets.
So why was this on my 101 in 1001 Days List?
Just ’cause I thought it would be good for me to expand my horizons. I was right. It was. Travelling is an amazing tonic for my soul. The trip was amazing and I really learned so much about myself.
I practiced living in the moment. Making a point to capture the sun setting was a part of it. And living in the moment has continued to enrich my life so much and in so many ways that words fail.