Friday, January 31, 2014

Snow Stitches

 snow stitches

This week we had a snow day!  Our first snow day (our only snow day).  Well, it was lovely!  I spent lots of time saying "Oh, how pretty! Oh, what nice light snow makes!  Oh!"  Just ask my family.  I also spent some time hand quilting a burst of rainbow scraps.

Snow!

And was able to finish it up in time to take these snowy pictures next morning, before it melted!   Thank-you, snow.

mini Rainbow Burst

Remember this?  I made two inverse rainbow scrappy works in December, when testing out an idea for Color Intensive.  It didn't turn out quite like I hoped, but I figured just what I'd do with them.

snow stitches

This one is my favorite, design-wise, so I hand quilted with pearl cotton (size 8) thread and fitted her with hanging triangles on the back.  Now it's a mini quilt!

Rainbow Burst mini quilt

If I hadn't been so distracted by fabric shopping today, I might have started work with its twin.  But, oh well, that's what weekends are for.  Here's to a stitchy one for all!

31 comments:

  1. I'm in love with the last photo! The log background is killer. What a good way to make your mini quilt POP! It's a lovely bust of sunshine!

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  2. So pretty and bright. Do you have a lot of mini quilts and quilts displayed in your home? Would love too see some photos if you do.

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    1. Actually, I just have one hanging (my Retro Flowers). This little mini is a gift for a camper =)

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  3. I love colour , think this block is stunning

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  4. Hi!!!! Love the way it turned out!!!! Very pretty and cheerful!!!

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  5. I'm pretty sure I just swooned. These are so bright and beautiful!

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  6. Love your fun snow pictures :o) I've been teaching for 17+ years now and never tire of the magic of a snow day!

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  7. I love your colors and yay for snow!

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  8. This is totally unrelated to your blog post today, but I wanted to pop on and let you know I spent the month of January following along your Colorbrick Quilt Along from 2010 to make my very first quilt! I took apart my childhood baby blanket to modernize it into a quilt for my mom as a surprise.

    I will add photos to your Flickr pool when I take them. I just wanted to thank you for such thorough instructions and links to all the supplies. It made it very easy to make the quilt and I have now been bitten by the quilting bug! Thank you thank you thank you.

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    1. What wonderful news! Your mom is going to be floored. Congrats!!!

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  9. Love it!! Love it!!! I am so looking forward to your class! I am in major project rush tomorrow to clear my desk for whatever you throw our way!

    Oh, did I mention how much I LOVE this project??

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  10. Gorgeous mini! And you are so right about the light off snow... My sewing room is adjacent to our walkout and on a sunny day it is the best sewing light ever.

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  11. If we had all the snow piled up that we've gotten this year (we've lost some due to melting), we would have over 5 feet of snow! So I agree, sunlight on the snow is very pretty! Your rainbow mini just makes it all the more beautiful. Have a great weekend!

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  12. I like it a lot. It's like a colour explosion that makes one happy. I'd love to hang it in my sewing space or somewhere else in the house. I don't have that many beautiful scraps so I just continue admiring this mini quilt.

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    1. Thank you so much, Franziska. I hope that times brings you many more sewing scraps!

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  13. This is so great, like a little burst of joy!

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  14. living in a place where it doesn't snow, I understand the treat it can be in small bits. what a lovely day! and fabulous photos. I particularly like the one on the wood pile.

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  15. this is such a pretty mini, love all the hand stitching you did. It complements this colorful patchwork so well.

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  16. very pretty, Rachel. I feel like a 6 year old on Christmas Eve as I await the start of class on Monday! So very looking forward to it, even though I have STILL failed to complete the Penny Sampler.... it's a WIP.

    So glad you got to have snow, even briefly. You're right - the light is different - did you find it was bluish in some photos? When it snows here in Christchurch it becomes peaceful as traffic volumes drop and the snow absorbs sounds. Being on the coast we don't often get snow for longer than a few hours or a day, though in 2011 and 2012 we had major dumps for a few days' duration.

    Anyway, I am off to sit and stare at the Chair Rose quilt for a while. I will try to remember to breathe as I do find that it takes my breath away.

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    1. Ali! You are so sweet. You know, I'm excited too. I'm excited for any of my classes, but this one is so much from my heart. I hope it is truly helpful to everyone.

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  17. Oh my. We have so much snow here. As in, I literally cannot see my mailbox from my house because the snow piles are taller than it is. By about a foot.

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  18. Wow, its so vibrant and full of life against the crisp white snow.

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  19. Your mini is just adorable, I love it. Up here in Greenville SC we only got 1/4 inch of snow and some ice. From it we got an early dismissal, 2 snow days, and a late arrival :)

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  20. Oooh! Love the colors you have in all your quilts, especially this mini! I am committing to making three quilts for my three littles this coming Christmas and stumbled on your blog and am WOWed by the beauty in each quilt. But my burning question is... where did you get that sofa?! I love it ;)

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    1. Thanks! We just got the sofa from West Elm. It's called Ainslee. I've wanted a new sofa for years and years and years. I love it!

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    2. It is PERFECTION and looks so beautiful in your space :) Thanks for sharing <3

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  21. Oh, I'm so jealous of your snow! This is my first pregnancy over a summer and I feel like I have my own personal heater attached to my body and it's 100 degrees outside! Counting down the days till Autumn!
    Your mini is beautiful too! :)

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