Is January finally over? It's always been my least favorite month, but this year has been particularly trying. I've had enough cold and snow to last for a long time!
One good thing for the cold, it allows for lots of indoor time for quilting. When Primitive Gatherings had their after-Christmas sale, I bought a Juki 2010Q, and I've spent quite a bit of time trying to get the hang of it. I really like it so far, but need a lot more practice on it. I started out my practice on a Soduku quilt. The fabric for the top of this quilt was a giveaway at a retreat I went to several years ago, so it's good to get this one done.
We were supposed to get a snowstorm today, so I ran all my errands yesterday with plans to stay inside and sew today. We only got 2" of snow, which at this point we hardly notice, but I stayed inside to sew anyway. Every time I go to a retreat, I wish I had an iron caddy to bring the hot iron home in, so today I finally made two.
The one on the left is for the travel iron, and the other is for the regular size iron. They match the snap bag I made a year or two ago, so now I have some great stuff to take to my next retreat! (They really do match - it doesn't look like it in this picture, but they are made from fabrics in the same line from Buggy Barn). I even found some cool old buttons in my Grandma's button box. The caddy pad opens to an ironing surface covered with a reflective fabric. There is also Warm Tater batting inside to protect the table from the heat.
I also had a couple quick pincushion finishes.
Country Threads picked #1 as their UFO for February, so now I need to get to work on quilting My Favorite Things.
Hope you're staying warm!