We received our first BIG snowstorm Tuesday. My usual commute home took double the amount of time. The snow was coming down at an angle, such that I could barely see the road in front of me. I tried to follow the car tracks in the road but, kept an eye on the lines on the side of the road. It seemed the tracks wove back and forth from one lane to another. Made it home safely, thank-you God! At least we can expect to have a White Christmas, if this continues. The hot tub felt much warmer than usual with the cold air and snow coming down.
That thought brings to mind my hot tub quilt. Last year's theme for the National Quilting Association SewBatik challenge was "Log Cabin" and I entered a wall-hanging depicting my hot tub. I titled it Cabin Fever Reliever. I made it entirely from Batiks that I have collected over the years. The brown fabic for the hot tub was the challenge fabric. I spent a lot of time embellishing it with seed beads after I FMQ it on my Bernina. It is also embellished with sequins, netting, yarn, lace, picot trims and foil stars.
This shot shows the quilt hanging in our Mid-Michigan Quilters' Guild show in October. I will have to find the photos that I took at the NQA show that have other challenge quilts. Mine didn't compare to the challenge winners, but it was an honor to have my quilt hanging in the national show.
I finished one of my wool Matryoshaka ornaments and continue to work on finishing a second one. My Kiltie Quilter Christmas party is tonight, so I've met my deadline. This is the ornament for the gift exhange.
The second photo shows my second ornament in progress. They both use embroidery stitches to attach the wool pieces including running stitches, split stitches and chain stitches. The front and back are joined together with a blanket stitch. The red hanging ribbon is glued between the pieces before stitching them together.
Finally, I want to end with a quote from my desktop calendar. At this time of year, it is important to remember that the holidays are more than giving and receiving. Amid the hustle and bustle, purchasing gifts for so many occasions, and attending holiday events, we need to be thankful for the little things, especially with so many that have so little. Melody Beattie reminds us to seek gratitude, the best gift.
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more... It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events."