Monday, December 26, 2016

Let it sNOw

I want to begin by sharing this tiny quiltlet I created for my friend Erika.  She has let me know she received it, so now I can share it with you. 

I started by tearing a double length of grape juice hand dyed fabric, then cut several pieces of felt.  Next, I found an image from my stash that was on heavy card stock.  I think it's from Tim Holtz.  I used a piece of my sun dyed fabric for the backing of the focal image.

I learned a lot by making this piece.  First, the ribbon curled and distorted as I sewed it to the felt.  I didn't realize how much the felt was going to shift, so the next one I make, I'll use a bit of glue before I sew it in place with the two strips of purple ribbon (all that's holding the two felt assemblies in place).

The piece is what I would call a "whole cloth" assembly because it is all one piece.  I sewed Bleubeard's and my name on the back, then folded the piece on itself, insides together, and sewed around the entire piece.

Here it is on my table after I added the holes and fibers to hang it in place.  I'm glad Erika liked it, because I found so many faults with it, I almost didn't send it.  Lack of time to make another forced me to send it.

Several nights ago it snowed.  This and the next photo were taken around 6:00 pm, when the nighttime shows in the Christmas lights, the lights in windows, 

and the street light.   It had just started to snow at that time, and the wind was blowing much of the snow around.

The next day, as I was out and about, I stopped long enough to take a few photos of the Little Arkansas River before it meets with the Big Arkansas River a few blocks further downstream.

This is just south of my neighborhood looking north.

This is looking south toward town.

Although the sun was bright, the frigid temps and unbelievable wind chills made it difficult to stand outside the vehicle long enough to take these few photos.

Thanks for stopping by today because I am thrilled you took time away from your busy schedule to visit. 

16 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Love the quilt you made for Erika. The photos look VERY cold, great to see the photos of the river and the snowy landscape. Keep warm, and have a lovely day.
See you tomorrow at the tea party!

Helen said...

the quiltet looks great, glad you sent it to Erika. The snow pictures are fab, how pretty everywhere looks. Happy Christmas

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A fantastic quiltlet Elizabeth, I can imagine that Erika loves it - great snowy photos as well!
oxo Susi

chrissie said...

What a wonderful little quilt made with skill and love for sure.

Beautiful photographs of the snow and everything looks so sparking and clean. I do hope we get a little bit this year.

Love Chrissie xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

It's great to see that grape juice dyed fabric made up into this beautiful quiltlet! The snow photos do look pretty but I would not like the cold winds! Partying this afternoon and T and I are making foccacias to take - better get a move on! Have a lovely day! Hugs, Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

It's great to see that grape juice dyed fabric made up into this beautiful quiltlet! The snow photos do look pretty but I would not like the cold winds! Partying this afternoon and T and I are making foccacias to take - better get a move on! Have a lovely day! Hugs, Chrisx

Krisha said...

Pretty little quiltlet , and a great gift.

Your photos LOOK as cold as you described, brrrrrr!

Linda Kunsman said...

what a really lovely quilt Elizabeth! You really need to kick your doubts to the curb. Beautiful snow scenes but I am happy to see them anywhere but out my door. It was actually 51 degrees here yesterday-Christmas:):)

Divers and Sundry said...

I like your quiltlet design and can't imagine what fault there is to find. It looks like it's supposed to look just exactly like that :)

Winter wonderland! Beautiful :) We're expecting a high today of 74F lol!

Pamela Gerard said...

OoOOooo that looks cold!!! i love the view looking out from your porch -- and that is a BIG mail box you have. Send me your address and I'll send you some mail art. The quiltlet is very cool. Happy Holidays!!

CJ Kennedy said...

Very cool quilt. I never would have thought to dye with juice. Brrr snow. Not my favorite weather. Stay warm and safe.

Corrine at said...

Ah another quilt came to New England. I bet she loved it. River looks oh so cold, just like here this morning....not much snow right now though, just enough that we counted as a white Christmas. xox

Meggymay said...

Its a beautiful quiltlet and I'm sure it will be treasured by Erika.
Super snowy photos, we have gale force winds here today.
Yvonne xx

Cindy McMath said...

Gorgeous quiltlet Elizabeth! We had a bit of snow in the last few weeks - I hope it's over! You might think I'm dreaming, given I live in Canada, but really Victoria is quite mild being on the coast (and being below the 49th parallel), so we can go for years without any snowfall - especially at sea level. I have kept all your tip ins Elizabeth - I treasure them as a symbol of our friendship.

My name is Erika. said...

Your photos look cold and Christmas like. I especially like the ones taken from your porch. Brr. But magical too. And I still think you are being too hard on yourself about the quiltlet. You must embrace in imperfections (I think Tim Holtz says that), but the lines don't have to be straight. It must be the engineer in you, because my daughter quilts and all her lines are straight and her corners are really 90 degrees, but mine, well I think hers are beautiful but mine will never be that. So a line that is off is suppose to be off. One thing you can look for though is iron on interfacing. Then stitch. It doesn't leak through like glue, unless you want glue dots. They may have some at the recycle center if you keep your eyes open. And again- I LOVE this piece!:) Hugs-Erika

Jeanie said...

The quilt is beautiful -- and Erika is very lucky. Especially to have it from dyeing the fabric on!

And it looks so lovely where you are. I know -- I hate the frigid cold, but at least when it looks pretty you can smile a bit!