That's what it's going down to tonight. Z. e. r. o. At least I'm not in International Falls, MN - where it is -46F. I can't even imagine that, can you? Here in my house with zero degrees outside, I can feel the cold a foot away from the wall. I wonder what kind of insulation you'd need in Minnesota - the mind reels. I think I would make myself quilted undies. I wonder if I'd even get a hot flash in that kind of cold??
Keeping me warm today is a couple of gorgeous boxes that arrived from my friend Cyndi.
After I picked myself up off the floor, stopped hyperventilating, popped my eyes back into my skull and put down the defibrillator, I started allocating certain fabrics for special projects. Cyndi, thank you so much for blessing me! I love it all - you are a sweetie! And she even sent some sewing and crafty notions for our monthly give-aways. Your generosity just humbles me, girl.
Last night, as I do on every Thursday evening, I went to visit my friend Shirley. Years ago, when my boys were very small, I made painted quilts. Shirley taught me how. I had no fabric other than bleached muslin. But I did have a large paint stash! I would trace the design onto fabric with a black marker, quilt the outlines with black thread, then paint. This is one of my original designs:
It didn't turn out at all how I wanted it to, and I never finished it. Although I wanted to throw it away, Shirley insisted I give it to her. Last night, she pulled it out, and I saw it with new eyes. I had watched The Quilt Show, an episode with Susan Carlson called Painting With Fabric the other night. She uses small pieces of fabric [I mean REALLY small] in a collage technique to make stunning quilts. I took pics of my old quilt, and I'm going to re-make it with all fabric pieces, changing the design some. I'm kind of excited to see how I can change it and make it all new. I think this will be a really fun project!
Today, I played with these, matching them to the fabrics for my bookmarks.
Got some bookmarks put together, but something is wrong with my machine's fix stitch - the stitch that locks at the beginning and end of your seam. It nests on the underneath side. Since you can see both sides of these, it looks bad, so I'm going to try something else. Hm....seems to be a theme here, lol. I did try locking the stitches using the reverse button, but I'm truly awful at getting it to reverse exactly where I want it to. I think I can get no-sew fusible, and fuse them together, and not have to stitch them. Of course, that will involve going outside to get the fusible.....hm.....
The next two pics are for Midge. Well, the tree is for Midge, the pic of Abby is for Amie, her gorgeously adorable little pupster. The tree is outside my sewing room window.
Midge and I are waiting anxiously for spring. And Abby just wanted to say "hey Amie!" and send kisses.
How are your Christmas gift projects going? It would appear that I'll be finishing mine on the 31st. At least it will be January 31st, and not December 31st.