Monday, February 1, 2016

Welcome February


We got a foot of snow yesterday to end January. In most places that much snow would mean a snow day, but not for us! I had my fingers crossed for a snow day/sew day, but it did not happen--I still managed to run home after work and piece my first Ugly Christmas Sweater Block. I am glad that I decided to use a gray for my background, it will make the bright cheerful fabrics from my stash pop. Plus, the gray will help hide spills as this will be the Xmas tablecloth for my kitchen table. Sorry for the bad lighting, but it was after dark--that is pink not red.
There is still time to join us for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Quilt Along. You can find all the details for this FREE event here:
My hubby and I were huge fans of the X Files back in the day and we are very excited about the new episodes too. I have been binge watching season 1 on Netflix as I sew, so much better than all the politics on the news channels. I have vague memories of some episodes, but since they were from 15 years ago they seem fresh to me. They are definitely better without commercials!
Heidi is helping to keep me and many other quilters motivated with her One Monthly Goal Linkup 2016. She has even arranged prizes! To join you can go to this link:
 February is a very busy paperwork month for me at work, so I am keeping my OMG goal small, but I am also really chomping at the bit to get started with this. My February OMG 2016 goal is to get my Down in the Garden Block 1 prepped and sewn. It could be a little ambitious with that small Dresden plate...
I have collected these mostly Chantilly fabrics along with some of my Bonnie and Camille stash for the quilt. I need to dig into my perle cotton to find all the right colors for the embroidery. I had such a great time making Leanne's Journey of a Quilter in 2014-15, so I think this will be awesome too.
I signed up for FNwF over with Cheryll
After my power sewing this past Friday night, I want to get into the sewing groove again. I am hoping to get a package of quilty goodness in time from my sister. She has promised to send the next Moda Quilt Sampler Block Shuffle blocks and the Lori Holt Bloom templates, so I can get started on that. However, even if they don't arrive, I have plenty of projects to keep me busy!



17 comments:

  1. We were HUGE X-Files fans back in the day too. We are enjoying the new short series...hoping they bring it back for regular seasons.

    You have some great goals and I'm sure you will accomplish them. Me? I'll be trudging through my mountain of UFOs and watching you :)

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  2. Sorry. Here in Nashville you would have had that snow day with a couple inches of snow. Beautiful fabrics. I love, love gingham checks.

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  3. Loved the old X-files. Record snow here in western Maryland. Didn't meet my OMG in January; will relist it for February!

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  4. Love the old X-files, not sure about the new yet. Like your goal setting, realistic. Love the help OMG does as well.

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  5. I had to stop watching the X-Files after my daycare giver let my young daughter watch it and it terrified her so badly that she slept in my bed for months (hehehe). It was the "screaming mermaid" episode that got her...

    Hate to admit it, but I'm glad to hear we are not the only area that had a huge snowfall right at the end of January. Really, I shouldn't complain because we've had a very easy winter so far (compared to 2015) - and the good news is it is mild now so things are slowly melting away.

    Like your XMas sweater block - looking forward to seeing more!

    Happy February - time for chocolate!!!!!

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  6. Love your sweater block. What a cute idea!

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  7. Wow you are so quick! I just saw the sweater pattern today and you already have made your block! Pretty! The stitchery pattern is so pretty. I always wanted to do Journey of a Quilter, but the pattern was so expensive.

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  8. those ugly sweaters are a hoot! I love the quilt blocks added to them. how fun!!

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  9. I love your Ugly Sweater block!! It's so cute! :)

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  10. I would much prefer to be inside sewing than out in the sew. Glad you had some sewing time.
    Lovely work with the sweater block and good luck with Leanne's quilt block.

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  11. Your sweater drew me in from the link up. It is nicely sewn. How fun to have found your great blog. The tiny dresden will be adorable. I think I need to make one, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. This QAL cracks me up! Thanks for linking up to BBT!

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  13. This QAL cracks me up! Thanks for linking up to BBT!

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  14. Don't you hate it when real life gets in the way of sewing. Dresden plates are actually pretty easy. I'm sure you can get that cute block done..

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  15. Your ugly sweater quilt is going to be such fun!

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  16. We have almost no snow left here in Ontario, Canada now. Which is weird. But I don't think it's over just yet. Too bad you did not get a break from work. Your first sweater looks so cozy and I agree, the grey background was a perfect choice!

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