Winter Blues

Let’s get this new year started out with the quilt that moved me into my “monthly quilt series”.

When I first started quilting, I really needed a REASON to make a quilt….not like now when I will make one simply because I want to!!!

Our house didn’t have lots of wall space so hanging a bunch of wall hangings just wasn’t in the plans. So, I got to thinking about having one area (in the entryway) where I could hang a different quilt every month. You see what I did there…..I could make TWELVE quilts and still have a purpose for them!!!

And, to make it even more special, I wanted a surface underneath that I could decorate to match the quilt!! A friend of ours was a woodworker and he built this pie safe to match my specifications (mainly that it be tall enough that I could hang a 30-36 inch quilt above it)…..

But back to the quilt!!

One day I was drooling in my local quilt shop and saw this wonderful fabric….

I immediately thought of the term “Winter Blues” and the quilt seed was planted!! If I remember, the pattern came from one of the Trudie Hughes books about template free quilts (my introduction to rotary cutting).

I loved the way it looked……

The quilt was 34 inches square and I made it it 1994….over TWENTY FIVE years ago.

As my kids went thru school, I often did talks to classes about the art of quilting and this quilt was the one that I used to start my presentation. I would start by showing the various shapes of fabrics…..

…..and then show how these shapes were used to form the different blocks…..

I was younger back then!!!

…..and then I could show them a quilt that contained a four-patch…..

….flying geese…..

…..puss in the corner…..

….and square in a square……

The quilt is proudly displayed every January…..

….and makes a great start to the new year!!!



Today has been interesting!!!   We woke up at 4:45 this morning to the sound of ice crystals hitting the roof and windows.  After laying there for about 5 minutes, Michael had the wonderful idea that we should go ahead and get up and get our showers in case we lost electricity.  So, our day started early.

Throughout the day there has been a steady fall of sleet with  an accumulation at 8:00 pm of over 3 inches of ICE!!!

We realized early this morning that the birds were fighting for a place on the bird feeder so Michael braved the  elements and put out a large lid full of seeds…..


By 1:00pm, they had finished the seeds and patiently waited for  him to replenish them!!!   It has been fun to watch them throughout the day!

Fortunately, we have NOT lost our electricity but the candles are out, along with backpacking head lamps, so we are prepared if things go dark…..


And, how can I say this diplomatically……