Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's Been A While...

I was out West visiting my darling grandson, my daughter and my family and friends all last week.  While I was gone, I took the opportunity to take my Bernina in for her checkup and service.  Finally sat down last night and checked her out; she purred along much like Bella, who was so happy to have me back sewing in the her basement!  I had started Snowflake 6 of Joanne's Snowalong before I left.  I finished it last night.

Version 1 of Snowflake 6
This is yet another background colour, a Christmas-themed batik.  Love it.  Sorry about the dark area at the bottom...didn't see that when I took the picture. 

Brianne and Brady loved their snowflake cushions.  Brianne thought they looked great together on her black leather couch, but Brady said, nope, it was going in his room, with his Christmas quilt.

He LOVES quilts.  He slowly went through the first quarter of my American Patchwork & Quilting magazine that I'd taken with me, studying the pictures and making comments.  He really liked a particular Halloween quilt in that issue (I'm behind in my reading) and has asked me to make it for him!  All right then.  What Brady wants, Nana will do!

Brianne got a little bit of Christmas in her room as well:

This is All People Quilt's Roll It Up! pillowcase pattern, free on their website.  I've made it many times.  This fabric is from O'Susannah's Quilts and Gifts in Watkins Glen.  Hey!  I see they are having a viewing of the first episode of Season 5's Downton Abbey a month early!!  Can.  Not.  Wait.  for it to start, but I will have to wait until January 4.  Don't you just love this modern Christmas fabric?

I also made Brady a new pair of warm flannel pajama bottoms:

And I made my mum a warm short scarf to be worn under her winter coat, so her neck and chest will be extra-warm this winter.

I've made two using this pattern where you knit 2 together and then put your wool forward and knit 1.  It gives it the diagonal look and drape.  The yarn is from Joann's, a 70% acrylic, 30% wool (I thought it had some wool in it, Mum!) which is made in Turkey.  It is lovely and warm!  I know I will be wearing my scarf I made last year when I walk Rocco today.  We have had 4 days of gale-force winds, about 2" of snow and temperatures down in the 20s, brrr.  We are all Florida dreaming... 

This was Monday, Nov. 17. Some melted, more fell, so it looks about the same today

Rocco will be in his hoodie, that's for sure.
It says "Don't Bully My Breed" on his back.  Keeps his bare belly warm!

Naala is the only one who isn't bothered by the cold.  Thank goodness that we are on the west end of Lake Erie, so the Lake Effect Snow means that we got 2" whereas Buffalo got...well, a TON.  Yowzers.

Not too happy about wearing my hoodie, but I'll put up with it if it means I get a WALK!


  1. <3 Brady so much!!!!!! OMG I laughed out loud at the last pic of poooor sweetie Rocco. How I adore him!!! Oh those soulful, woeful, beloved eyes of his <3 <3

  2. It sounds like you had a lovely visit with your grandson (and all the other folks too!) Your snowflake looks much nicer than the real snow we got last Saturady - not much and when I see photos of Buffalo I figure I'm not allowed to complain about an early dusting - but too early! Too cold too fast, too...

  3. Welcome Back! It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Plus it looks like you were busy as well. Rocco is one darn cutie dog and all fashioned up for they snow!

  4. Wonderful photos Sandra! That is just the best that you and Brady can share the joy and excitement of quilting! Always wondered how pets could stand having their tummies drag through the snow. Our littlest dog, Penny does not seem to care and is a smw bunny, but she won't move if we put clothing on her. Yep - Buffalo got snowed under. My daughter's neighborhood is still not dug out.

  5. OK, I want it to be known that I commented shortly after you posted this and it was obviously eaten by the internet gremlin!!

    Love Brady's smile :) He looks very pleased with his Christmas loot!

    Rocco on the other hand. . . not so happy! LOL


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