Thursday, 26 December 2013

Disney's newest movie 'Frozen'

We went to see Disney's Frozen as part of Zoe's birthday celebrations. It is a wonderful movie and we all loved it! Our favourite character was, of course, Olaf the snowman. Ever since arriving in Park City we have wanted to make a snowman. Unfortunately the greatest snow on earth is so powdery that it doesn't stick together. Small snowballs were impossible, let alone an entire snowman!

Last Friday we were blessed with some more unusual weather which resulted in a day of snow that had more moisture in it (more akin to New York snow) - perfect for building a snowman!

What do you think? Tell me he's very handsome (look at that beautiful buck tooth!). We learned that making a snowman takes hours of work!!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Snow and our Christmas tree!

I'll make this short and sweet. Here are two pictures of what we have been enjoying!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Teacher Gift: Tapestry by Fig Tree & Co

The teacher that received this quilt is the reason why I made quilts for all the teachers this year. She has been Lily's teacher and has been wonderful. Lily adores her and has progressed so much during this school year that I will be forever indebted to this dedicated and loving teacher. When Lily, Zoe (who had the same teacher last year!) and I were deciding on what fabric to use we unanimously decided that it would need to be pretty with a touch of 'old world'.
When Anorina had a sale on in her online Fabric Buzz store I purchased some Tapestry charm packs and did a happy dance. I love pre cuts!
I stuck to my 9 squares by 12 squares layout and quilted an allover stipple in a matching reddish thread.
I love the back as well as the front. One strip of pieced charm squares set amongst that beautiful muted red and I almost wanted to keep it for myself!

I am so grateful for teachers that are dedicated, patient, kind and loving.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Teacher Gift: Nancy Drew Quilt

I loved reading Nancy Drew books when I was younger. Zoe did a school assignment on an author of her choice earlier in the year and chose to research Mildred Wirt Benson. Did you know that the Nancy Drew novels were written by various writers, all under the pen name Carolyn Keene? Mildred Wirt Benson wrote most of the early volumes.

Even though Zoe is the Nancy Drew fan (it's so lovely to have books that she can read that I don't have to read first to make sure there is nothing inappropriate in them. Not that I would mind reading Nancy Drew!) I made this quilt for Jed's teacher. I used two and a half charm packs (108 squares to make 9 rows by 12 rows). I am pleased to say that it was well received!
Two simple pieced strips using some charm squares made this quilt back a winner for me.

It was while quilting this darling lap quilt (I'd show you some close up shots of the fabric range 'Get A Clue With Nancy Drew' but I have already accidentally deleted photos trying to format this post on my ipad. Luckily I'm not trying to do anything fancy!) that I discovered that my machine loves cheap cotton (that is by no means any reflection on me!). I usually use Aurifil thread but didn't have any in blue. I didn't want to stop my assembly line, so with nothing to lose I whacked the cheapo thread in and - with great delight - quilted away without any problems.

While here in the US I'm hoping to pick up some Isacord polyester thread that Leah Day recommends.

So, are you a Nancy Drew fan? Zoe and I love the earlier editions with the beautiful illustrations.
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