Back to frost bitten snowman faces. It's been folded up in the closet for more than a year, so excuse the wrinkles. Most of my Christmas quilts are here in Florida, so since we stayed home in Kingsville for Christmas this year, it didn't get used. Insert sad face.
|Isn't it just the cutest? Get it? Frost bite?|
|I wish the sparkle and shimmer of the thread showed up better|
|Under the Ott-Lite, trying to show the stitching in the border|
The back. I sewed pieces together for down the side edge as the one piece of brushed cotton wasn't quite wide enough, and sewed the label into that strip as part of the backing. I also put a sleeve on it as I do hang it sometimes.
|Close-up of label|
Afterthought to the photo below: I realized the morning after writing this post, so the day it published, that right around the finishing of this quilt, in September, 2004, my life was not exactly taking a right angle turn per se, but was getting to the right angle turn with a bit of a sharp curve... What I mean is that Dayna, age 16, went to Houston TX in August 2004 with her good friend for 2.5 weeks (that's a story for another time) and during that trip got taken to Anna Maria Island, FL, for a few days. That sparked our first family "fancy" vacation (actually flying somewhere, not camping) to stay in that very same condo on Anna Maria Island at Christmas that year. Here I am, 11 and a bit years after that fateful life-changing vacation, photographing the quilt, that now lives in Florida... Love it when the fibers tell stories.
I think it's kind of funny that I'm photographing it on green grass today, so I had to take a shade shot by one of our palm trees:
|The quilt measures 44.5 X 50.5"|
That's a new bed that MacGyver spent a good chunk of his day digging and planting. He put a couple of new things in there and in an extension of the front bed he did last week. He says digging in this soil is a dream: it's pretty much pure sand. He moved the jasmine and bromeliads from the front to this side bed.
Interesting that I'm currently working on a wool appliqué project! This is being blanket-stitched appliquéd too, with coton perlé #8 in ivory. It is inspired by a quilt I saw hanging at a Creative Stitches Show I went to not long after the snowman quilt was either done or in the works. I sketched it from my head (no smart phone quick snaps then) when I got home. I have been on the hunt for a couple of years to find the right shade of white/ivory wool to felt. I finally found some in Guildcrafters in Detroit last summer.
|Note the Crinum lily behind the quilt. It blooms all year and is HUGE and smells DIVINE! I call it a Jurassic Park lily, ha. Such interesting and different southern flora compared to northern...|
I had to wait until things calmed down a bit around here to take these photos. I was dog-sitting while Brandy's human, John, was at a Spring Training ball game with MacGyver. Not a lot of sewing got done, needless to say, but we did all soak up some rays while I read my book and had my tea!
|Panting pibbles, cooling their tummies on the tile|
Linking up with Jen at A Quarter Inch From the Edge. Lots of blasts from the past with great stories, so be sure to pop over there.