Let is Snow

This working from home thing is ah-mazing when the snow is pouring down and the roads are icy and the temperature is dropping.

Here’s the view from my NY back deck on Monday. La De Dah, I don’t care!

Snow doesn’t bother me at all, now that I work from home!

All this white has inspired me to sew in red. It’s a Christmas thing, it’s a valentine’s thing, it’s a fireplace thing — all rolled up into one cozy project. I’m alternately watching old Christmas movies, the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony and Mrs. Maisel in the background while I cut up my little squares and patch them together. Here’s my progress so far.

This will be a queen size postage stamp quilt. I am accepting red scraps if you’d like to play along 🙂

FREE Placemat Pattern & Cookie Recipe

It’s Cindy reporting in after returning from a whirlwind Thanksgiving weekend at the farm.

Yesterday, I started decorating for Christmas and unpacked my Christmas linens.  I found these placemats that that Sandy and I designed for a past blog hop.candy_cane_logo2This FREE pattern goes together quickly…give it a try!  You can download the pattern by clicking on this link:   Candy Cane 2.0 Placemat 12 03 17

As a bonus, we’ve also shared mom’s Snickerdoodle Recipe…most delicious!  Mom made a big batch for our Thanksgiving weekend…YUM…thanks mom!




I Got Nothing!

I realized this morning at 6 a.m. EST that, for the first time in my quilting years, I am not working on a quilt for a Christmas gift. Lordy, what have I been doing with my time? This seems like a full-on emergency. I have a list of people that I would like to gift with a quilt as long as my old wooden yardstick, but I’ve got nothing, nothing in the works.

I like the weave of this poinsettia fabric. Maybe I can find a way to use it again.

Now I must admit that many or perhaps most of my previously gifted “Christmas” quilts have been delivered in July or later (sorry Nathena!), but the process of making them kept me happy, centered and productive during the holidays. Because, for me, spending time in my sewing space and creating is part of the pleasure of the season.

I’ll have to spend a bit of time today thinking about who I’ll pick off my yardstick list and and consider what I’ll begin making during this holiday season. Potential candidates:

  • Florida-based brother-in-law, husband of our youngest sister. She wants a barn-themed quilt for his birthday on April 2. Cindy says she has a lot of scraps to contribute to the cause.
  • Bestie from college — I’ve had an orange and gray quilt in mind for her since I visited her lovely home in Charlotte a year or two ago. It’s all designed on paper, but I need a trip to the fabric store. (Linda — I know your reading this — is orange still the right color for you? Love you.)
  • A quilt for each of my roommate’s grandchildren. There are four little ones now. If I start immediately, maybe they’ll be ready for high school graduations???

Who are you sewing for this season?

Vintage Treasure III – Now Complete

Happy Monday, it’s Cindy!

This past weekend I finished Vintage Treasure III!  I made an envelope back for the pillow and it’s now complete and ready to be presented to our family friend on Thanksgiving weekend. Pillow on benchI love all the textures and colors of the polyester fabrics…straight from the 70’s for sure!  Pillow on floorHow do you re-purpose your vintage treasures?