Sunday, December 12, 2010

Are you living in a snowglobe today?

Judging from football games on TV today, the country is running the gamut weather-wise, from sunny San Diego to snow storms in Chicago. Here in central California, it is very grey and overcast, weather I happen to adore, although a lot of people find it rather dreary. If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, check out Terri's pictures. They look beautiful to me. But I'm not the one who has to get the snowblower out and clear a path...

Yesterday I was running errands, looking at all the beautiful things at Pottery Barn (and wondering how long it will take for the PB knocks-offs to arrive at Target....) when I kept seeing people with scarves wrapped around their necks, gloves on their hands, saying, "It's so cold out there." Uh, yeah, a chilly 60 degrees...

This is my vote for one of the cutest Christmas prints out there this year: Alexander Henry's 2D yuletide zoo.

I made pillowcases for Charlotte and Levi. I think the rest will go into some wonky Christmas log cabin blocks.

Then I customized pincushions for two friends, the one who started me on my quilting journey about fifteen years ago and the other for a blogging friend who has answered lots of photography questions, and once I really start playing with my new camera, hopefully she'll be willing to answer a lot more (do you think she'll notice I'm trying to butter her up??).
Dotty took me under her wing when I decided it was time to learn to quilt. I remember sitting at her kitchen table with a yellow notepad and watching her quickly sketch a double four-patch and giving me a rough estimate of how much yardage I would need to purchase. Four different prints. Looking back, I can't believe how much I agonized over picking four different fabrics. Now fabric choice is one of my favorite parts of quilting.

And Anne, I know the question about what color hair you have was a bit weird. But here's why. I really wanted to use this selvage...

Anyone out there have red hair? Named Anne?


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Needled Mom said... #

How about a middle name of Anne? I had flaming red hair when I was born which turned to auburn when I was a teen and it now a golden gray. Does that count?????

Love your sweet gifts and I agree that that is adorable fabric. I really do like most of the Alexander Henry prints. I know that some are a little off the wall, but delightful in their colors all the same.

I can't complain about our temps either. It was 86* today and beautiful - much better than our miserable summer this year.

JHNickodemus said... #

Theres a famous Anne with red hair. And she definately spells it with an "E". Haha. If I have a daughter I hope she'll be an Anne with an "E" though the likelyhood of red hair is somewhat slim. Lefthandedness is almost guaranteed though. Does that count?
I didn't know Dotty was your teacher! Funny how those first project memories take us back. My first active involvment in a quilt was a baby quilt for my cousin. It was supposed to be a weekend quilt and I couldnt understand why it took so much loooonger!!!

Terriaw said... #

Very cute fabric, especially for pillowcases! I think it's funny to hear people out there think it's chilly at 60 degrees. Right now, it is 2 degrees here, not including the wind chill! What is the point of that? Bundle up, my friend!

Anne at Film and Thread said... #

You are so sweet! I have been glad to share what I know about photography. I just wish we lived closer so we could take pictures in person together. That selvedge is adorable!

I love that 2D zoo fabric for Christmas. SO cute!

We have snow today here in the south and it is bitterly cold, so it's definitely feeling like Christmas!

Kaye Prince said... #

Gah, I really need to get myself some of the "Red Hair Anne" prints! I haven't blogged about this in awhile (but will soon) but I collect Lucy Maud Montgomery books and have read everyone at least 20 times. I know it's weird to say, but LMM really had a hand in shaping the person I am today!

Amanda Jean said... #

yes! i am living in a VERY COLD snowglobe. :)

i love the red haired anne selvage. you are too much! in the best possible way.

Rachel at Stitched in Color said... #

I agree that yuletide is one of the very cutest this year! Cute pillowcases =)

Jennifer said... #

Cutest Christmas fabric ever! Those are adorable pillowcases. You find the best selvages and I'm sure you'll find a red-haired Anne sometime soon...


LiveLikeYou said... #

Beautiful cheerful Christmas pillows cases, wish I could sow!!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said... #

Very cute pillowcases!!