Sunday, December 31, 2017

“Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful!”


Happy holidays everyone! I hope this finds you well and looking forward to a brand new year.

For those of you living outside the purple zone on the weather map, it’s bitterly cold here, with single digit temperatures and double digit below zero wind chills. That’s bone chilling, breath-taking, frostbite cold! Jim has kept his "arctic" expeditions to a minimum, braving the elements only to trek down the driveway for mail or to shovel snow. Each time he opens the storm door, it whines in protest with an icy screech of metal on metal, as if to ask, “Are you sure you want to venture out today?” 

Here I am, keeping warm under a cozy new quilt. It’s one my friend Mary Conley surprised me with at Christmas. "The blocks might look familiar." she said, as she placed it in my hands. They were simple nine patches I had abandoned years before when I first started sorting my life into projects worth my energy and those that were not.

Apparently, Mary saw more potential in my blocks than I did. She rescued them and returned them to me as this delightful quilt almost 20 years later! I love the homespun plaid she used to set the quilt. It really accentuates the “on point” blocks, especially when they’re contrasted with a “straight set” border. The quilting is a swirling blustery wind-like design.



    
Mary, Thank you for your kindness. I cherish our friendship and the example you set for thoughtfulness and giving. I'm so lucky to have you in my life!

6 comments:

  1. And a Happy New Year to you, too. Mary turned your blocks into a wonderful lap quilt!

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  2. Good for Mary I love to use someone elses left overs as well...being creative..ha...Glad to see you cuddled up in your recliner with a new and special quilt. may 2018 bring good surprises to us all. xoxox

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  3. Happy New Year! Your quilt looks great with the homespun fabric. Nice and cozy ;o)

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  4. what a wonderful gift for these cold winter days and nights!

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  5. what a cozy quilt! and a great friend.
    Happy New year Diane.
    xo

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  6. Great to see your smile in the pic. I enjoyed your blog but feel I got too much credit for my humble offering. Your description of the snow and cold does you proud... you are such a gifted writer! Hope also to see you soon. Hunker down and stay cozy! Mary

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