Friday, February 24, 2023

Winter is Still Here

I can't believe it's 22º here this morning!!  We rarely have it below freezing.  Yesterday we got at least 3" of snow, maybe more.  This picture was taken before it had snowed a lot.  I went out in the afternoon and the roads were fine.

A friend of mine has asked me to make a Christmas quilt that she saw in the window of our local quilt shop.  She purchased the fabrics and I got the pattern - Plaid Pines by Lori Holt.  I haven't done much on it yet because I'm now waiting for the shop to get the ruler in that will make it a lot easier to cut the pieces properly.  

In the mean time I have been quite busy as I am involved with 2 quilt guilds, and I'm secretary of one of those.  That involves being very involved with all their activities, taking minutes of each meeting, as well as sending out a newsletter every month.  I have figured out how to make the newsletter somewhat interesting, but it is still a chore.

Last week I was looking at Pinterest and got inspired to make some zipper bags.  I went through some of my patterns and decided to make this bag.  It called for a charm pack - which I just happened to have in a drawer!  Since I had enough I decided to make 4 while I was at it.  I just have to put the zipper in one and they will be all done.  The main problem with these is the hand sewing of the zippers and bindings on top and the bottom.  The pattern is "button bag" from This & That Patterns.  They measure approximately 9" x 11".

Last month at the quilt show in Salem, I purchased some fabrics from Lori ( and I made this little quilt to hang on a chair by the front door.  Some of the pieces I got had pictures of presidents and I put them in this little quilt.  George Washington is in the middle and the other ones are miscellaneous presidents put in the order of their service.

Here's a closer up view.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. I really like your President's Quilt, and the Button Bags are great. It sounds like you keep busy!

  2. I love the way you used the presidents fabric! You are so creative. Love those little bags too.
    Winter is definitely not over! lol

  3. It seems weird weather is everywhere! We had an ice storm Wednesday night, which is not uncommon for us this time of year, but it was 40 the following day! Lots of ice avalanches off the trees as the wind blew the loose ice down. Thankfully not too many branches though! The little pouches are cute and what a great use of a charm pack! And the little quilt to hang on the chair is nice, but made me giggle a little at the creativity of quilters coming up with yet another way to display our efforts. I thought toilet tank toppers would be the least likely, but the back of a chair seems just as unlikely. But for a chair in an entry like yours, it does make sense. I like the president's on it, too.

  4. Isn't the weather crazy lately? We had snow for two days and then we were supposed to have a break yesterday, but it snowed part of the afternoon anyway. Today was partly cloudy, and tomorrow night another storm moves in and hangs around for a few days. We haven't seen this much snow in years.
    Those bags are SO cute. I really love the one you quilted with feathers.
    I love what you did with the fabrics you bought from Lori's booth. Very clever!
    I don't know how you keep up with two guilds. I have been in one guild for one year. I teach a small group every month right before the whole group meets, and this month I am teaching for a larger guild. It consumes all of my sewing time just preparing for the guild meetings, and doing the block lotto (which I wouldn't do, but we are a small guild and hardly anyone had been doing it, so I am trying to support it).