I was perfectly happy to be inside was we had snow showers on and off all day. It was just before the "blizzard" hit New England last week. This was the view out my sewing room window. It is a little hard to see the snow, but it is coming down lightly.
This next picture shows what it looked like with one of the snow squalls coming through. Lots of white stuff in the air.
As you can see, I was making progress on the Mariner's Compass. It has definitely been slow-going and I'm sure the few people who read my blog will be bored of this quilt very soon. Quilting small little pebbles all over a center portion of quilt just takes time and I haven't been able to devote as much time as I would like to it.
After doing pebbles for a few hours...yes, a few hours... I decided I needed a change of pace. Last spring I purchased a quilt kit that was similar to a Block-of-the-Month (BOM). In the fall, I was able to get the first block done and all the appliques fused in place, but I never actually got around to doing the stitches to actually applique them in place. I decided that since I needed something different besides quilting pebbles, I would do the appliques on this piece. It took about 2 hours with the thread color changes, but its done now and back up on my design wall.
I've also been doing a lot of needlepoint lately. Its nice to be able to do it and sit by the fire at night. I don't have any pictures yet, but will share when I remember to take one. LOL!
So the "blizzard" from last week didn't really impact us here in upstate NY. On Monday night the weather folks were forecasting 8-14" of snow overnight. We woke up Monday morning...without even a dusting of new snow. There were a lot of disappointed kids that day! However, we did end up getting snow during the day on Tuesday...about 6-8" worth of it. It was just enough that we had to clear our driveway and the commute home was a little exciting for some folks.
With the AWD Subaru, I just don't worry about snow anymore. It performs fantastically in the snow. I've driven through 6" of snow on the roads without any issues whatsoever. Its a standard shift car and it didn't even have any issues starting up on a hill (as anyone who has driven a standard shift car, that's usually the nemesis of driving a standard). I absolutely love the car (and the heated seats are REALLY nice this time of year)!
I'm also trying to re-design the closet in my sewing room. Right now its pretty much a standard bedroom closet that we added some free-standing bookshelves to such that I could store my fabric and patterns and thread. However, its really not the best setup. I want to have pull-out draws for my thread so I can more easily see the colors and to also keep dust off it. I'd also like to have better shelving for the books/fabric as right now its not really enough and the shelves are bowed from years of having books on them.
I'll probably try to post some sketches on here for ideas/suggestions, but any thoughts on good storage options are definitely welcome!
I hope everyone is enjoying the winter and getting lots of quilting/crafting done!
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations