Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Fresh Snow Hop!

Today is the first day of the "A Fresh Snow Hop" and it is my day to show what I made!

I want to give a big thank you to Marian Pena, at Seams to be Sew .  She came up with a great hop here and did a lot of work organizng and getting it all together.  THANK YOU!

That being said....who don't like snow?


(Gee, maybe I should re-think that, lol)

We do not get a lot of snow down here in Tennessee.  Surly, not what we are use to.  And most of the time when it does snow, it is all melted by noon.

This year we have been having a very warm winter so far.  Why we were 74° on Christmas day.  The last 2 weeks we were averaging in the 60's!
Oh, I am not complaining, it is nice not to be so cold, just hope it don't mean a hot summer.
(I must confess though, I miss the snow.  I got a lot of memories with snow.)

OK now,  I have been working on this for quite a while.  Since I really like snowmen and blue is my favorite color. This was perfect! See, a friend of me be gave me this adorable pattern


from "Bird Brain" designs, the beginning of November.  I worked on this whenever I could.  I wanted to get it finished and hang it up to enjoy it.   With the holidays and everything else, well, that just didn't happen.  It took longer to embroider than I thought.  

My Snowmen:


(I don't know why the picture shows up yellow, believe me they are white!)

Now, the pattern shows it as a Table Topper.  But anyone who knows me, knows that I don't follow directions.  I have to do it my way.  Not only that, all the work put in the snowmen, I wasn't going to take any chances of getting anything spilled on them.

So I decided to put a boarder around them to look like a frame. 
Kinda like a ribbon perhaps?
I drew some paper piece patterns.


Now, I could have just sewed my pieces together, but I decided to do paper piecing for 2 reasons.  
1.  They will get perfect.
2.  I need the practice.   

So I cut out my triangles in an approximate size needed.


Then I started sewing them together. 
UGH!!
The most horrible thing happened!
Yes!   My Pfaff quit sewing!!
I don't have to tell you how upset I was!
My poor husband tried and tried to fix it.  He knows how I love that machine.  But unfortunately, it needs a new part. 
Lucky, I have a great Featherweight I could use.  So the next day I finished my boarder.


Here is where my design wall came in handy.  I put the snowmen up, then the blue ribbon around and then the snowflake printed fabric.

Hmmmm.

Decisions, Decisions!  I wanted to show off the snowmen, not the boarder.

Sooooo....
Here it is:


After all that, I just didn't like the blue ribbon boarder.  It looked too over bearing to me.  I wanted something simple.

Total size is:   38 1/2" X 10 1/2”

Oh, I also made these snowmen for my mini stands:


You ask what I am doing today? Hmmm, not sure yet, but for now, I am going to see all the other beautiful "Snow" projects that are shown today.  I hope you join me.


OH, BUT WAIT!
Marian is offering this Great Giveaway.  
In fact, she is giving away a kit each day of the hop.  So be sure to visit each day.


Today is this adorable kit....
"The Quilted Cow"!
It is an adorable wool wall hanging.
Just leave a comment below and
enter here at:


for your chance to win.

PLUS....
Marian is giving away a new block patters each day!

THANK YOU AGAIN MARIAN!
and
HAPPY QUILTING EVERYONE!!





51 comments:

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

I love all your snowmen projects! As for who doesn't like snow? Some people like me, who live in New England where it snows all the time!

Marian said...

I think it should be common knowledge now that I love love love the snow.. Winter is my favorite season, I'm always sad when their is so little snow each year.

I love all your snowman projects to, and I don't think the border is so overwhelming, after all, bluework is hard to see either way even if you have it surrounded by nothing at all. When you open the larger image, the bluework really shines and while I can see the border, I see the bluework also.. It's a lovely wallhanging. Lots of handwork, lots of patience that I personally wish I had. :)

Nancy said...

What a lovely project. I love snowpeople. Thanks for sharing.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful project, the bluework is perfect for the snowmen! Thanks for sharing.

quiltedfabricart said...

Your snowmen are wonderful! From far away I agree the border is the first thing you see but then close up the beautiful blue work shines. I would leave it. I'm in Vermont and we don't have hardl any snow either. I miss it.

Shelley E said...

I love to embroider and am always looking to see how others finish their work. I think yours turned out lovely!

Carol S. said...

I love the border around your snowmen...cute, cute!

Lori said...

I love snowmen. yours are so adorable. I especially love the three on your cabinet.

Calicojoan said...

Love your snowmen...what beautiful stitching. I even like the border. It grabs your attention and makes you go in for a closer look. It's all personal preference though. LOL!! What fun mini's too. I have one of those stands, and had big plans of making many mini's to change out...What the heck happened to that plan?????? :-)

Susan said...

I really like snow-people and all of yours are adorable.

Mel - Cloth and Paper Studio said...

Very cute snowmen! I would have been afraid to have anything spilt on it too after all that work. ;)

Abbigail said...

I love, love your snow people! They are so cute! You can also keep them out for Jan. Not just for Christmas!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I am not sure---but I might have this same pattern--
have done the large single snowman from them and did him in blue--
and then made him into a wall hanging--
love how you added the flying geese to the borders on your-
enjoy the moment, di

Linda said...

Your snowmen are adorable, and your stitching is perfect! Hand embroidery always takes longer than we think it will.

PuppyPaws said...

I love the snowmen in the mini stands. Are those separate stands or is it all one piece?

Seacoast Quilter said...

Very cute design, thanks for sharing. I do have snow in New Hampshire and would be glad to share!

Sally said...

Precious snow people, thanks for sharing!

Rommy van Houten said...

I like showmannen and I start working with wool. This is a perfect excersize.

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wendy said...

Cute Snowmen! Love the blue also!

gpcrafty said...

I love snowmen too! Sew many variations when it comes to faces and accessories. Your's are adorable.

Ruthie's Place said...

Love your so cute blue snowmen.

Liz Horgan said...

I love all your snow peeps!

Allison CB said...

So cute - love snowmen!! and snow - women!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Bonnie58 said...

Beautiful embroidery. Thanks so much for sharing

myzbarb said...

I love snowmen!

rosemaryschild said...

No snow here in south Mississippi, some winters, not often we get a short flurry, but don't blink or you'll miss it! I love your embroidered snowmen-I try to put a little something hand-embroidered in all my quilts. Thank you, Susan

Marilyn said...

Your snowmen would fit right in with the snow we have!

Edie said...

Your snowmen are so cute. Hope your sewing machine is back soon. raydeer@memlane.com

KatieQ said...

I think it was a great idea to paper piece the border. The triangles look very precise.

Sandi1100 said...

Your snowmen projects are cute and the snowflake border is great. Enjoyed reading your Blog.

Laurie Weimar said...

I love all of your snowmen. The bluework one turned out very nice with the border you chose.

Sharon Massena said...

I, too, love snowmen. And yours are very cute.

Dorian said...

I think your snowmen are adorable. I don't think the border is too overbearing. You did a lovely job on all your snowmen. Thanks for sharing!

whistlebet57 said...

I love the picture of the Cat!!!!! and your snowman table runner is so cute. Thank you for Sharing
Elizabeth Silverdale, WA

Patty D from NC said...

Love the snowman!

desertskyquilts said...

Your Bird Brain design is great with the triangles, but I think I see what you mean about wanting a different border. The other snowmen are cute, too, though I think I prefer the first design. I love stitchery. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

Rhonda said...

Lovely project. Isn't it great to have a standby machine & wonderful hubby to try & help..great job!!

VA said...

The snowmen turned out so cute! I have a similar pattern that I've been meaning to start.

TADVR said...

Love your Snowmen, I agree the White fabric is a deterrent, but love the look with Red & Blue threads.., Wonder if & how much Scotchguard it would take to keep it white, but not be sticky?
sorry about your machine.

tac73 said...

The border looks great.

apple blossom said...

Oh, I love your snowmen projects

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

We can ALWAYS count on you to share a great project. Thanks for continuing to blog and for being a great stop on the hop.
xx, Carol

cookie said...

Love the snowmen. I would be ecstatic to make your projects for my neighbor who really LOVES snowmen. She would be so excited to receive such a gift. Thanks for sharing.

MoeWest said...

All of your snowmen projects look wonderful! I love to decorate with snowmen but I've had enough of the snow already and it's only January. I like the border you added to the bluework snowmen. I finished a snowman runner today from a Sweetwater design.

Betsy said...

Jane, I love how you display your snow projects. They are adorable

Anita said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful projects!

Scrapatches said...

Your snowmen are sew cute! I love the blue and white. Sorry about your machine. What a nice back-up machine you have. Directions are made to be used or not. Always follow my own quilty muse in my motto. The results are beautiful ... :) Pat

Rachell said...

I love snow and snowflake designs! We are certainly getting a lot of snow this winter in Utah.
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Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

The snowmen projects are adorable! Thanks for sharing quiltlovefordomesticfelicity(at)gmail(dot)com

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

I can see the snow on the mountain tops. It doesn't come down, though. When I want to, I can go! The perfect solution. I love your snowmen embroidery. Lot of work!