Friday, January 4, 2013

Taking Down the Trees . . .

No sewing going on around here, I'm in un-decorating mode.  And while the tinsel and greens do need to be put up, in all honesty, I'm dragging my feet a little on starting that 100th quilt.  I think I just need to throw something on my design wall and see if I like it because nothing is coming into focus in my mind's eye.  With the expectations that I've built up in my head with regards to that quilt, I wonder if it's even possible to be happy with it, time will tell, and at this rate, it will take a lot of time.

Besides taking down the snowman, living room and family room Christmas trees, I took down my quilted tree that hangs in the living room. I love that quilt, love how I started it before the pattern arrived only to realize I was making mine totally different from the designer, but there's usually two ways to skin a cat.  Love how it was quilted and will love having it back up again.

I hemmed and hawed about what quilt to hang for January and February, something with red for sure, for Valentines Day, but I didn't want anything that shouted spring.  I finally decided on French Vintage by ThimbleCreek Quilts.  The main reason I didn't jump right on this quilt was because of the amount of gray in it, and this time of year, where I live, the days are so gray I didn't think adding gray to my walls would be the best idea.  But the romantic feel of this quilt for Valentines Day won me over.

Once I got it hung I was very glad I chose it, the shading on this quilt is not appreciated unless it's hanging, and that light center reminds me of the light at the end of a long dreary winter.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 80, if you would like more information about it just go to my First 100 Quilts tab and scroll down to 80.

I think there's enough natural light in this room for this quilt for the next two months.  It doesn't immediately grab you when you walk in the room, but it's a nice little quiet surprise when you do notice it.

I just love glass, glass dishes, decorations, and ornaments.  I lose two or three ornaments each year, and this year was no exception, but I usually pick up a few new ones each year so it all works out.  Some are harder to lose than others though, but worth the risk and disappointment to me.

After taking this picture and loading it on my computer I noticed my dog Cooper's reflection in the left side of this broken ornament, he's such a cutie, he's sort of cocking his head like he's either trying to figure out why I'm taking a picture of a broken ornament, or more likely, trying to decide if this is something edible.

Little things like this, something unexpected and fun, put a little smile on face, plus I think there's some sort of  metaphor for life in that picture.

Blogger's Girl BOM updates:

Monique is going to be answering some questions on her blog regrading the sew along.  Be sure to check her blog frequently for updates.  Open Gates blog is listed in my Favorite Blogs list, if she has a new post it will pop up there.  You can also sign up on Monique's blog  to be notified by email when she updates her blog.  Yesterday Monique and Nicole discussed the amount and best use of fabric for this project.

Even if you currently have too many projects going on to add another to your list, you may want to go print the block directions each month just the same, once this sew along is over, the pattern will be removed from Monique's shop.  Once  you see all the pretty quilts in the parade you'll be wanting to add this quilt to your list, so get it now.

Go check out our Flickr Group pictures, even if you're not sewing along, they are fascinating. One person is doing her project using nothing but solids, it looks great.  click here

If you're unable to load your pictures to the Flickr Group, Blogger Girls BOM, you can email them to me at,  I'll do it for you.

I think that's it for now, make the most of your weekend, I intend to watch some football!  I'm sad the regular season is over, I just love football season, but the playoffs are the best.  Right now I have several teams that I follow still playing, I sure hope one of them makes it all the way!


  1. Morning Thelma. Have a great weekend. I'm patiently waiting to see what you are gonna do for you 100th quilt!!

  2. ha ha ha!!! it looks like Cooper's saying, "IT WASN'T ME!!!"

    i love your red and grey quilt - the subtle change from dark to light is pretty doggone awesome ... i guess that Auntia will be watching football, too - even though the Broncos have a bye week, she is so psyched about the playoff possibilities that she can hardly curb her enthusiasm...

  3. Nice quilt - love the pattern and fabric choices. I too love the glass ornaments and so sad when one is broken. But as you say - that makes room for a new one!

  4. GUAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU que quilt más bonito. Feliz Año Nuevo.

  5. French Vintage looks beautiful up there!! The gray is not at all dampening, with the lovely lightening happening toward the center. Very romantic and sweet. :)

  6. love your choice of quilts to hang. my goal for this year is to get a quilt done to hang in our family room. I have the pattern in my mind. check out my blog if you want to join in a linky party about our first quilts.

  7. I love the French Vintage quilt. Everytime I see your completed quilt, I want to buy a bundle of French General, quit my job, and lock myself in my sewing room until I complete that quilt. One of my all time favorites! Good choice.

  8. The French Vintage quilt looks lovely displayed. I had the help of a 4 1/2 year old to take down our tree--2013 is going to be a great year, XOXO

  9. Here's and idea - maybe your 100th quilt should incorporate favorite blocks, applique motifs, borders, sashings, and/or fabrics from your favorites among your first 99 quilts - sort of a retrospective of your lifetime quilts, like many bloggers post photo retrospectives of their quilts of the past year. Just a thought!

  10. Oh I just love the red and gray together. Perfect for the next couple of months.

  11. Your quilt really says "Winter" beautifully!

  12. Oh gosh... it was like a Where's Waldo trying to see Cooper in the bulb photo. How did you ever catch that? I am so glad that you hung up the Thimble Creek quilt. I have that one all cut out... now I can reference yours... even though I am using different fabrics.
    Doesn't it feel so good to get the house back in proper order? I love the holiday decor... but I like the simplicity too. I just posted my block for Blogger Girls... I might be too lazy for Flikr.

  13. Love your looks wonderful there! Thanks for sharing all the news about the BOM...looks like a great one!

  14. A perfect choice for January's quilt! The light in the center is so cool!


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