More snow, a quilt top & concertina journal beginnings

I wished for a white Christmas and we’re gonna get one this year!  We’ve been snowed in since this past Monday and another snow/ice storm has arrived.  We’re expected to get another 8-10″ of snow in the next day.  Here is a photo from our deck looking east.

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Our front yard.  Notice the Christmas bulbs on the deck railing are just peeking out from the snow.

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Juncos, Towhees and Chickadees waiting for their turn at the suet feeder.

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In early November, I showed you some quilt blocks that I had been making for a quilt.  Well, I finally put them together and am almost finished with the top.  Here is what I have done so far.

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I ran out of matching fabric to create the border so I will order that this afternoon.  Same with the backing.  When finished the quilt will measure 71 inches wide by 81 inches long, a generous twin size.  I will be hand quilting this (like I do all of my quilts) so don’t expect see this completed much before spring.

While I wait for the fabric to arrive, I have lots of other projects to keep my artistic juices flowing.  I started a Concertina Fabric Journal from Pam Sussman’s Fabric Art Journal book.  The two blue strips of fabric (the front and the back of the journal) were sewn onto thin batting and then a vertical seam was made every four inches.  Now comes the fun part, embellishment of each four inch section.  I am thinking of sewing, beading, embroidery, maybe even some photo transfers.  The front and back will then be sewn together for an accordion style book with art of both sides.  How cool is that?

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I have a Spring Flower Fabric Book swap to start, journal techniques to try and then tech myself how to crochet.  I finally bought a few crochet hooks and a beginners book along with some inexpensive yarn to test it out.  Oh, and I can’t forget about the fabric dyeing technique by Judy Coates Perez in this month’s issue of Quilting Arts.  Whew, I’d better get busy.

Stay warm and keep it simple.

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2 Responses to More snow, a quilt top & concertina journal beginnings

  1. Christy says:

    Beautiful, the pictures and the quilt and the fabric journal.

  2. Wow, a fabric journal. I’d have never thought of that and can’t wait to see what you do with yours. What an awesome idea! Your quilt is gorgeous!
    Peace & Love,
    ~Barb~

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