Wednesday, July 14

The Big Reveal......

Ah, finally, I can share with you the little project that kept me busy most of the month of June. While it was hot outside, I was thinking cool thoughts as I was stitching. That's because I was making some samples with the fabric that is featured at the Quilt Minnesota event coming up in a couple of weeks and it is very wintery!!! The fabric is Moda Holly Taylor and I just love the colors......wintery blue and white. :-) To learn more about the Quilt Minnesota event, just click here ..... QuiltMinnesota ..... for all the info and you'll see what fun is in store if you live near enough to participate!
The samples that I made are original designs created for Firefly Quilt Shop in Mankato, MN. Owner Janice gave me a charm pack of the fabrics designed just for the event and here is what I made with them........

It's not hard to be inspired with thoughts of snow when winter is the season that seems to last the longest in Minnesota. I love the snow that falls in winter but I am not a fan of the really cold temperatures that winter brings. When I was a kid I loved playing in the snow and when my kids were little, they enjoyed the same thing. And after an afternoon of snowy fun, there was nothing better than a cup of hot cocoa! I cannot tell a lie, though.....I have never done any ice skating in my entire life! I loved roller skating but I think I tried on skates once and knew it was not for me. Give me four wheels on each skate and I can stand up. One thin blade is not my cup of cocoa. :-)

I do love a good snowman and this one is ready for a Minnesota winter........got his earmuffs, mittens, scarf and skates.......and he's even got his fishing pole so he can get in a little ice fishing. I cannot tell a lie on this either. I've lived in Minnesota for 35 years and I have never been ice fishing. However, I have built a snowman or two and made a few snow angels when the snow is that perfect powdery stuff.

One of the things I do really well in winter is cooking so I had to have a decorative potholder for my kitchen. I do winter comfort food really well....soups, stew, breads, etc. :-)

And just for fun, I made one little wallhanging that will brighten up my desk area in my sewing room. All of these projects were made with just one charm pack, plus a couple other supplies. Janice will be kitting the supplies for the project and the pattern will be included free with the kit. If you are interested in just the pattern, it will also be for sale individually. Details available on that once the Quilt Minnesota event commences. :-) Measurements for the projects are 12 1/2" square for the wallhanging (there will also be a pillow from this design), the blue embroidered snowman is 7 x 14" and the Redwork potholder is 8 1/2" square. The mini wallhanging is just 5" square. These require a bit of embroidery, some piecing and a bit of machine and/or hand quilting. Very easy and lots of fun. :-)
I didn't mind stitching on this wintery project during our summer weather because it has been so hot that just thinking of snow was a cooling thought. Today I'm going to be stitching on wool, and it may be hard to do as our weather is to be hot and humid with a possible a thunderstorm or two. We need the rain, but I don't want any really stormy stuff. This makes me think of winter when I want snow, but not below freezing temperatures that often follow it. Mother Nature just keeps us hopping!
That's all for now. Busy, busy wooly day ahead........
Sandi

17 comments:

rockgranny said...

Thank you for a little "bite" of winter, here is 35°C or 95°F.
I want snowwwwwwwwwwwwww

Nancy said...

How cute. I do feel cooler already.

Pat said...

I love your new designs...I hope that quilt shop owner realizes how lucky she is to have such a terrific resource in you!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

How VERY cute!

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

These are so cute. They make me feel cooler too.
Teresa

Pat said...

Nice work. Bet that keep you cool.
Happy Quilting!

Crispy said...

Such cute project Sandi!! I hope you don't get hit with those storms that sailed through here last night. We were lucky and they all skirted past.

Crispy

Sarah said...

I absolutely love the way you hang the pieces! On sticks! how clever!

moramargaritaster said...

I love your new project, is very cute!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I can see why they asked you to do those Sandi - one is cuter than the next!

Melissa said...

The little mittens wall hanging is my favorite. It is hot today here North of the Twin Cities - 96 by my thermometer.

The rain has been mellow not too stormy or windy.

Beth said...

Each and evey one is just adorable. I can wait for the winter though... I was working on a sample, in wool, for the shop I work in over the weekend. Lucky I have air conditioning.

W. Latane Barton said...

Love the snowy projects right here in the midst of heat, heat, heat. They are so adorable.

Pokey said...

These are too CUTE!! I really like the displays on branches, and the pom-poms, adorable!

Micki said...

Very cute stitcheries!
Micki

Needled Mom said...

Your projects are all wonderful!!!! I love the beautiful stitcheries and the wonderful fabrics.

SarahVee said...

Great job, Sandi. I love the ice skates! My daughter figure skates and would really love these. Congrats to you on a great project!!I love the grey blues of the fabric line too.

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