Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow In Georgia

The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it,  for every step will show. 

We got a little snow this week.  The weather reports were for it to not be bad in Atlanta.  If you have watched the news you know that the roads turned into parking lot and thousands of cars were abandoned on the interstates and surfaced roads.  Today it will finally get above freezing and things will move back to normal.  Our area didn't have bad roads and they dried out completely yesterday.  

We didn't even get 2 inches.  It is always pretty.  I enjoy looking at it but I think it looks even more beautiful when it is a little deeper.  Winter isn't over yet so it may still happen.  The deepest snow I've ever seen here in Georgia was in March - 10 inches.

We didn't get much sunshine yesterday.  The cloud cover was too thick.  It made for a pretty picture though.

I have been trying to get something done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I have wanted to make several quilts that have lots of color.  I keep notebooks full of designs that I have ripped from magazines.  I finally got a chance to look through them and pull the designs I want to work on.  That's as far as I got so far other than looking for some of the background fabric I can use.  

This is a nice Storm at Sea Variation.  I have the Marti Michell templates for it too.  I'm not sure I will do the Monkey Wrench border. 

I've always loved quilts with black backgrounds.  This one looks like a good one to make a few blocks at a time.  I have plenty of black for the background.  I will enjoy using some of the batiks I have been hoarding. My only problem making this on will be that it is so much harder to see to sew on black than it used to be.  Isn't growing older grand!

I have a small collection of 30's prints that I want to use.  I'm trying to decide whether or not to make this background scrappy white on whites.  I have a variety of pieces that I could do this with and this would be a good project to use them in.  I also have plenty of yardage that I could use to make the background all the same.

I hope to finish pulling the fabrics for these quilts soon and get them underway.

Then on a couple of blogs I saw a block that intrigued me.  It is very simple but large.  I had been wanting to start using the Accuquilt Studio cutter that I got for my birthday and this looked like the perfect way to use it!  With just a few passes through the cutter I had way more strips than I needed for the project's first block and background for the whole quilt or more.  These two stacks are my leftovers.  Maybe I should make more than one.

This is my first block.  I don't know the book or the name of the block.  It was one I could grid out from a picture.  If you know the title please let me know.  This is my NewFO for the month.  
** edit - Thanks to Teresa at A Quilt and a Prayer for letting me know the book is Making Quilts by Kathy Doughty.  The quilt's name is Soul Searching.  She is making one too.

I discovered something rather shocking.  My collection of White with Black Prints is so limited that you are looking at pretty much the entire collection here.  I obviously will have to rectify this soon.  I would have liked to have been able to have 24 different ones so there would have been no repeated fabrics like I did with blues but the only way to have done that was to include prints with grays, which I did not want to use.  You'd think with a stash the size of mine nothing would be in short supply.  I know better.  There's always a reason for buying more fabric.  Don't you agree?


  1. I've seen it 25 inches here in Georgia in 1993

  2. I was just able to find some good fabric at a discount fabric store and bought 3 different black on white fabrics for a $1 a yard! I love all the quilts you have picked out, but I think the Amish batik is my favorite! I'll be visiting Atlanta, GA this summer, my husband has a work conference there this year. It will be my first visit although we did drive through it on our way to FL a few summers, that was where his work conference was at that time. The snow missed us here in MO.

  3. Your snowy scene looks beautiful, Patricia. And then followed up with some gorgeous rainbow quilts! I will be interested to see which pattern you chose to make. Love your blue and white with black block. But I have no idea what the name is. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. You did get carried away with your strips. Your block looks great.

  5. Its not court house steps is it? its very nice anyway lol
    GYB visitor popping in and browsing : )

  6. Hi Patricia. I don't know the name of your block either, but I sure do like the quilts that you pictured. I have been collecting 30 prints also and I am now ready to make my quilt-just need to decide on the pattern.
    I loved the little snow that we got. We had almost 2 inches, but it has already started to melt. I live in Habersham County and they called off school as soon as they predicted the snow coming in, so it really upset me to hear about the kids getting stranded at school and on the buses. I really think they could have prepared better for this.
    Do you remember the blizzard we had in the 90's? I was thinking it was in 1990, but it could have been later. I know my first grandson was very young. We had over a foot then. I LOVED it. My husband and I got in our truck and road around in it. I would love to see some more snow this year--not that much though.

  7. Hi Patricia! Your block is for the Soul Searching quilt designed by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession. The pattern is in her book Making Quilts. I'm making it too and mine looks very much like yours :*)

  8. Hi Patricia,
    We dont get much snow in our area of New Zealand either. Just about once in every 15-20 years, but it does snow in the foothills about 25mins drive away from us.
    Just love your pattern choices. I am a lover of '30s fabric and made a small quilt for my grandson using them but have lots left over. What is the name of your pattern? I just love the look of it.

  9. You have some great patterns pulled there Patricia, very cheery on a grey winters day.

  10. Patricia while it is freezing in your part we are up for some 40 degree Celsius! I truly don't know which is worse! Either way great days for sewing! Love those patterns!!

  11. Love the snowy picture and the one with the little bits of snow on the pines is gorgeous. I like the block that you made, I have been seeing a lot of that block. For some reason it reminds me of a courthouse steps block made backwards.

  12. Seems strange for a picture from Georgia in January to mimic a picture in Washington! We only have about 3", but it certainly didn't wreak the havoc on us like it did for you down south! Actually, the only difference between the pictures is that your trees have green leaves - only evergreens are green here now! We are behind by 20" so far this year - we need what the northeast has been getting. Glad you had those beautiful quilt pictures to keep you occupied! Love your blue and white quilt - it's going to be a winner!!

  13. Well I am no help as I love all the rainbow patterns you posted. Your strip block is interesting and I am not sure I have ever seen that one before. I am not sure I have heard of the cutter you used for the strips ...might be something I will have to check out in the future.

  14. It is snowing here today in Iowa but at least we are used to it. It must have been awful in Georgia. I see that Teresa told you the name of the block. Wanda from Exuberant Color has made a beautiful quilt with that block. Her link is on my sidebar.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

  15. Very pretty work. I'm very partial to Amish quilts, and your blues are so pretty.

  16. Beautiful block. I love the blues.


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