Sunday, January 10, 2010

BRRRRRRR

Nothing much is getting done around here, all I want to do is huddle under quilts. Lots of quilts. Every quilt I've ever made. Even though I live in a place where this happens every year, and it's not a surprise, I still don't like it. It's mornings that hit me the worst - crawling out from my warm, cozy nest to a frigid room is not on my favorites list.

I've been working on my daisy quilt. It's not going to be a full-grown quilt - I'm doing 3 rows of 5 blocks each, and it will be the new curtain for my sewing room. Half curtain. I really like it a lot - the whole background is pink, and a daisy on each block. It reminds me of the old-fashioned bathing caps with all the flowers. It makes me happy.

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I had a hard time deciding how to applique it. Blanket stitch by hand didn't look right. Blanket stitch on the machine made it pucker. I finally decided on straight lines, 3 times around, using a stablizer under it. I LOVE it.

Mum and I went to visit my friend Shirley, she just got a new puppy. A Standard Schnauzer named Greta. Oh she's so cute!!! And SMART. She has some funky attachments on her ears, to keep them upright - it'll take 6 weeks before they come off.

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You can't see in the pic, but her fur is really lovely. A light grey undercoat with longer black hairs on top. Pretty girl.

This is the tree outside my sewing room window - in spring, it's covered with tons of pink blossoms. Don't ask me what it is. Nature and I get along best when seperated by glass.

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It's wearing a winter covering of snow. I took this pic for Midge, I think she has more snow than we do.

Did you see Jenny of Elefantz's new patterns? Four of them. Must. Have.

41 comments:

paulette said...

Love your daisy curtain!! Very fresh and springy! I think you are trying to hurry spring along...Take care!
Paulette

pacificpatchwork said...

Love your daisy quilt! You're right, it's happy! I like the three rows of straight stitching you did, it looks great! I want to try that sometime. Stay warm!

Dolores said...

It is nice to work on something that you really really like. Glad to see you are in the swing of things again. Take it easy though.
I did see Jenny's new patterns and yes they are really nice.
I don't know about the snow pics for Midge - she does have lots. I personally love the trees with snow on them. We have had the light stuff so far and it's the kind you can't make snowmen with.

Kim said...

Sorry to have sent all that bitter frigid air your way we are finally having a night above zero.

Martha said...

We've had a pretty mild winter so far in the Pacific NW -- much different than last year and I'm happy about that.

That cute curtain is looking very bright and cheery and reminds me of Spring. Your idea for the stitching worked out really well -- I have never tried that before, but now I will.

jan said...

You had me laughing about getting along with nature from the opposite side of the glass! Our weather has been mild - even a bit warmer than the average, but soooo many folks are in the deep freeze, I will be glad when this winter grip loosens!

Karens Hopes said...

I love that pattern you are working on,cant wait to see it finished. Stay warm......
Karen

Terry said...

Love your daisies! I like how you sewed them on! I'll have to try that as my machine doesn't have a blanket stitch. Try to stay warm and enjoy your day! :0)

Carol said...

Great daisy curtain...love how you decided to applique it. Cute, cute puppy!

Linda said...

Sweet daisy, will make your sewing room a very happy place to be. Poor puppy, is that clothes pegs on it's ears? I'm with you I don't like the cold, but I do looooove the snow. Stay warm and cozy.

Shari said...

So sorry about the cold - hopefully not a long winter!

Love the daisy quilt - and the idea for a curtain! Your stitching looks superb - a perfect choice!

Rebekah said...

oooh! The daisies are so pretty...I like your applique technique for these.

I hear you about the snow...it was killer to get up and out of the house for work this morning!

Lauranie said...

Can you believe it has been in the 20s (!!) down here?? CRAZY! If it would only snow, maybe that would make me feel better about the sheets of ICE on the ground, and rooftops, and all of the DEAD plants!! But your daisy is making me feel much better!! What a pretty, HAPPY curtain it will be!! xo

soggibottom said...

Thank you Allie
I love trees so much more than snow.
Great to think that even asleep they have a beauty of their own.

Such beautiful quilting. I love the warm colours. Good to get stuck into something you really love to do.

Great expression on the dogs face. Probably saying get the ear things off. x x x

Shasta said...

Your daisies are sweet and pretty. The curtain is going to look great. I read a blog last week where people were giving ideas about how to applique something and so many of the commenters said they used straight stitching. Who knew, I thought you had to use a buttonhole stitch or a satin stitch. I usually used a zig zag as a compromise, but definitely have to give the straight stitching a try. Did you go around three times just for effect?

Mary-Kay said...

Love the daisies. And yes they do remind me of an old bathing cap/ The applique is perfect! Great job! It's supposed to be 38 out on Thurs., do you think "all" this snow will melt?

fleurette said...

pretty daisy, I love the pattern and the colours, so fresh.Ive never seen real snow.It looks very cold, I cant imagine such cold.We are sweltering in the heat and humidity and wishing for a cool breeze. Looking forward to seeing the finished curtain.Greta is so cute even with those things on her ears.Take care

Loralynn said...

I hear you on not wanting to crawl out of my nest everymorning to be rudely awakened by a frigid room! We use propane and so we keep the heat turned down at night to conserve and it gets COLD!!! I love your daisy curtain! It is going to be darling in your window. I'm assuming it's going to be like a cafe curtain? Or are you going to hang it from the top? Can't wait to see it done and up!

West Michigan Quilter said...

I know what you mean about cold! It's cold on this side of the state too! Love your daisy curtain. Take a picture when it is up for us, please?

Sharon said...

I know what you mean about the cold...I sure don't miss that Michigan cold! I really hated getting out of bed in the mornings too.

I LOVE your daisy! Great stitching and a clever idea! It will make your room so bright and happy. Please share a photo when it's done?

Dandelion Quilts said...

Cute applique. I hated that snow we were knocked with this morning. I had a nerve racking drive to work.

Joy said...

Oh Allie, the way you've appliqued those daisies is gorgeous!!! I love how that turned out .... and it's PINK .... PERFECT :o)!!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Barbara said...

This is just a guess since it is winter, but if your tree is covered with pink blossoms in the spring, it might be a Japanses Cherry tree, you don't get cherries from it, but the lovely blossoms take my breath sometimes, I have one in my front yard. You might want to post a photo when it is in bloom and we can be sure. BarbM

Carrie P. said...

Your curtain is going to be so cute.
Schnauzers are such great dogs. I have one and she is 13 years old. Going deaf and blind but she is sweet. We had another girl but she passed t3 years ago.
I am like you, I just want to stay under all the covers in the morning too. Stay warm.

Michelle said...

I love the daisy!

Valerie said...

Oh I just love your curtain. I can't wait to see it all done. You are so good at what you do. It is cold here too and while I love being next to a fire, I hate having to go out in the cold. Stay warm.

Mama Spark said...

I like the daisy. What weight of thread did you use to do the stitching? Was it fused? Hey, inquiring minds want to know!!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Ahhh.. "look at all that lovely snow" says she, envious, sweltering in the Australian summer heat.

The quilt is looking just lovely!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Oh hon, that stitching is PERFECT for the flowers!! I love the effect...can I borrow the idea and have a go myself?? I can do the hand stitching fine, but following the lines with the machine...weeeellll...that will take practice! ;-)
That doggy is adorable.

Mickie said...

LOVE the daisy curtain! That is wonderful. You are lucky to have a tree outside your window.

STAY WARM. I have the same problem waking up now too. IT's just TOO COLD!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Your daisy design is so special and pretty! Kuddos on finding a stitch resolution that worked well. Whenever I see pretty quilting I want to learn how to do it myself :) Must first buy sewing machine!

Such a pretty picture of your snowy view. I know from my time in the Midwest how lovely this tree will look come Spring ~ but it's beautiful now covered in snow too!

Liz said...

I love those daisies too!

Terri said...

That pooch it just too cute!
And I absolutely love the how the daisy's are coming out. Great job!

bluebird-lyn said...

Hello Allie, we need some of your cold weather here in OZ....it has been hot...but cooler today....love your new curtains....and your idea of three rows of straight stitching....Warm Regards Lyn

clare's craftroom said...

Isn't it a great feeling when we make something we really like ! You're freezing there and we are roasting here , very , very hot !

sewtakeahike said...

your daisy quiltie is going to be awesome Allie!

Jennifer said...

Allie I am loving that flower!!!

Victoria said...

I adore your daisy curtain quilt! So pretty!!
(And I am not a fan of this cold weather either. It goes right down into my bones. Brrrr.)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

It sounds so cold Allie..I will send you some of our heat....love your daisy quilt the flowers look fantastic.

Kim D. said...

Beautiful Daisy quilt!! I always see you posting on some of the same blogs as I do, so thought I would stop by and say hello. Nice to meet you Allie.

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