Dreaming of Spring

Here in upstate New York, the deep, dark, cold of January is starting to lose its grip, if ever so slightly. I cheer on the extra minute or two of sunlight that we gain at the end of every day. I await the arrival of gardening catalogs. I hunker down with bowls of soup while I try to keep cozy under piles of toasty quilts. I sleep or work to pass the time.

This year there is an extra layer of sadness that comes during the long dark hours of deep winter. Friends, family, work buddies, and dear pets have moved on, moved up, shut down, crossed over, and dived off the deep end. I suppose this happens throughout the year, but the dark of winter and that old 2020 stalker, Covid-19, gives me plenty of time contemplate the losses and their long-term effects.

Sheesh! Does anyone else think I’m in need of a grow light or a float? I’m popping Vitamin Ds like they are M&M’s and planning a quilt of spring farm flowers in a bid to self-medicate during dry January.

My newly sprained ankle has been keeping me off the hiking trails and sabotaging my New Year’s resolutions. (Not to worry, back out on the trails in about 4 weeks.) Here’s a picture from the farm on January 1.

Barn from afar
The barn in the distance on New Year’s day.

Meanwhile, I hauled out some old hand sewing projects. First up was a Bunny Slope pillow project that I bought years ago. My stitching needs some improvement, and I really need to work on reading directions, but I love this technique. Now I’m thinking about designing my own project – something happy and bright as I contemplate the promise of spring, perhaps? Suggestions/design ideas are welcome!

Bunny slope
Bunny Slope fun. Try not to zoom in!

Reindeer are essential

I’m baaaack. For a week or so, I was blocked out of WordPress. In the same time period I was overwhelmed with work-work, leaving no time to resolve my log-in problem. But Monday I finished the Canada quilts, I graded the last assignments for my college class students, and my work-work is gliding into holiday mode. These checkmarks finally freed up the space and brain-power I needed to resolve the technology issue. Suddenly, Thursday has come to a close and I’m all good.

While I was in WordPress jail, Cindy created some great holiday wall art, but I am thinking smaller.

My Santa gnome pattern from Rustic Christmas seemed to be begging for some wildlife, so I created a Rudolph paper piecing pattern because, well, what would Christmas be without flying reindeer?

Rudolph has officially joined the rustic Christmas quilting games.

Christmas Sewing

It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio. Sandy’s been super busy sewing quilt tops for Christmas gifts. I’ve been doing some sewing and quilting, but on a smaller scale.

My daughter in law found this cute fabric and asked me to make a mixer cover and a table runner for their kitchen. The check fabric is the backing.

With the table runner project, I got to practice my machine binding skills. I turned the binding to the back of the runner and did a top stitch. I think I did pretty good, my sewing lines were “fairly” straight!

All ready to wrap and put under the tree!