Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Snow Is Snowing

It snowed again last night. Always a big, joyful event the next morning at our house. But you already knew that. Only a few inches now and they say we might have a little more here in Chicago on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

The snow is snowing, the wind is blowing
But I can weather the storm!
What do I care how much it may storm?
I've got my [dogs] to keep me warm.
I can't remember a worse December
Just watch those icicles form!
What do I care if icicles form?
I've got my [dogs] to keep me warm.

(Sorry, my apologies to Frank Sinatra and Irving Berlin - this song just happened to be playing on the radio as I was writing this . . . I couldn't resist.)

I also couldn't resist going outside and taking this picture for you. (Can you spot the little Christmas village below?)

I found quite a few little hourglass blocks that I made years ago and tucked into into a zip-lock bag. (If it sounds like I'm cleaning and organizing because I keep finding stuff, don't worry, I'm not there yet. I'm just puttering and bumping into things I forgot I had . . . ) We had a little Christmas Challenge on my Yahoo quilt group recently and so I decided to whip  up something and see if I could just machine quilt it quickly myself. It turned out kind of cute, considering I never originally intended the blocks to be used in a Christmas quilt. Who uses blue in a Christmas quilt?? You know I will if I can get away with it!

I had a few more hourglasses left over and put those together to make this small Christmas table runner too. I only got as far as the top - it still needs to be quilted and so it will have to wait until next year to be displayed, unless I suddenly get the urge to not get any sleep between now and Friday, when our company comes over . . . .

I love the colors and will probably display it all year round. Think I'll use a red binding to offset the green border.


Anonymous said...

I love the table runner, you've inspired me! Dori

Connie204 said...

The table runner is terrific. I also really like your stocking. Connie204

Lori said...

Nothin' like a little snow to get us going!! I love the table runner and little quilt. I use blue in my Christmas quilts too!!
The penny stocking is adorable! Merry Christmas!!

Linda said...

I love finding good things like that! It's like making a free quilt! LOL! Turned out so beautiful. I adore the table runner.

Kathleen Tracy said...

Thanks. I wish I could say I made the stocking but I bought it at a craft show a few years ago.

quilting Jeannet said...

So simple and so nice your hourglass, it is the colours what make it,your tabele runner too, I am still quilting on al my projects. Here is a lot of snow, never see it before in my life, so we have perhaps a white christmas.

Warm greetings, Jeannet

Janet said...

What lovely small quilts!! You put just the right fabrics together. They are small and simple but so very charming. Makes me want to head up to my sewing room and create... but I guess I better get ready for my houseful of guests arriving later today.

Beth said...

Love your little quilt with your 'found' hour glass units. I use blue anywhere I can.
Do love that penny stocking too.

marian said...

oh those snow pics almost make me wish we had a white Christmas, almost lol! and your darling little quilt is a stunner against the wintry village in the background..very cute!
and how cute is that stocking!!
btw i think a red binding is definitely the go on your sweet little runner.
Merry Christmas!!
Marian x

Kathie said...

I am so jealous we still haven't had any snow, just flurries!
I am really hoping for a white Christmas!
I love the snow!!!! love the table runner yes a red binding will be perfect!
Merry Christmas!

irishgirlsews said...

Love the hourglass quilt and the red border is perfect. Your table runner is lovely also, the green is a favorite fabric of mine. Merry Christmas to you and your family, may you have a wonderful New Year, blessed with happiness, good health & prosperity.

Christie said...

Very very cute! All three projects turned out great! Can't wait to see the red border on the runner. You are such an inspiration - to get projects done with all the hussle and bussle (sp?)of Christmas; hope you are feeling much much better. Merry Christmas! HUGS... and stitches

Kim said...

Ok- here goes, you asked who uses blue in their Christmas quilt-- I did! Just like you, I came across blocks left over from an old block exchange group and not while I was cleaning or organizing. I choose nine of them to make a Xmas table topper. Not quite enough green, red and beige ones, so a green, beige and blue one crept in. Blue is my fav color too. Thank you for sharing yours and Merry Merry Christmas to you, Kathy!


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