Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Good Washing

We've had two delightful days of heavy rains and I cannot tell you how beautiful everything looks today.  Trees and plants that have not seen a good washing in months are simply sparkling.  The mountains surrounding us are covered with snow as it was a cold storm.  The dry riverbed has flowing water in it - such a wonderful sight.  I hope this is our start of El Nino that they have been promising.

Of course, a rainy day means you should stay home ;-) and sew....right?  Other than a couple of power outages, it was a fun day to sit tight and listen to the rain coming down.  This was the first time I have been able to get into my creative space this year so I made the most of it.

I wasn't able to work on the December mini for the Minis and More event so I was excited to get into January's project.  This month it is Sherri McConnell's Hope Chest Mini.  I have mine to the flimsy stage so far.




This year I have become a member of the MCM - Mid Century Modern - bee.  This is such a fun group of super talented women and this month we made blocks for Elizabeth.  The blocks are from an upcoming pattern that she has designed so I cannot show a picture of the full block, but it is going to make a spectacular quilt.  I can't wait to see them all together.



Another bee that I am in this year is the Spelling Bee Quilts (IG #spellingbeequilt).  I've always enjoyed seeing the word quilts and these are my first word blocks.  Again....these go to Elizabeth.  She is going to have her work cut out for her getting two quilts done, but if anyone can do it, she can.  She has a beautiful saying that she has chosen and I am sure it will make a spectacular l-o-v-e quilt.


I've been pruning roses so my hours have been busy with gardening as well.  I think this poor iris is a bit confused as to the proper season, but it was surely pretty.


Happy New Year to all.

31 comments:

sunny said...

ooh - I love your mini! Very pretty colors. Enjoy your rain. I think we're expecting more over the weekend. We've had a few cold days, but it's mostly been unseasonable warm here so far. None of that dreaded white stuff so far. Although I do enjoy a good snow day like you enjoy a rain day.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Beautiful mini - do love that border fabric! We are a bit on the cold side, but nothing like our normal winter temps. And snow has been sparse in the valley which is fine by me. An Iris? Oh, would love to see one, but it would make a fleeting appearance - may have to get some from the florist - hope for spring (already, I know).

Sheila said...

Very cute mini , and I love your word blocks , have been wanting to try that . Enjoy your rain , we have had quite a mild winter so far with just a little snow .

Sherri said...

It's so beautiful in those soft fabrics!

We've had rain this week, too, and it has been so wonderful!

Thank you!

Ma, Herself said...

I love your mini, the design and colors are so sweet, and your Spelling Bee letters are wonderful.
Your flowers are beyond beautiful...I love a good day working in the garden!
It's so gorgeous here, today, after the all of that rain...but the dark clouds seem to be returning this afternoon in the SFV.
Stay dry and safe
Hugs

Quilting Babcia said...

Wonderful mini. I hope you continue to have the rains and snow so desperately needed all along the west coast.

Createology said...

El Niño must be here because we are getting lots of rain and snow in the ski resorts. Everything is fresh and wet and clean...except the vehicles have lots of mud and pine tree debris on them. Your quilt projects are wonderful. Looks like you will have a full sewing year. 2016 will be amazing...

Maria said...

What a sweet mini..the new block looks interesting...
Fabulous letters..
No wonder our plants are confused. We are having weird weather too. I noticed a Gladiola popping up in the garden?

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your January mini quilt is gorgeous! So glad you're finally getting some rain. When we first moved to Georgia they were in a severe drought and the first really good rain we got, a neighbor and I went out and danced on the lawn together. Afterward the trees and plants looked so sparkling clean.

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Stephanie said...

The weather has been showing up in epic proportions the last couple of years...our Polar Vortex last winter and now the Godzilla El Nino! It's good for some and so destructive for others. Oy! I love the words...come and sit. I'd add "sip some tea". :o)

Rain and sewing go hand in hand. Enjoy.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

We have rain coming for the weekend....better than snow. Love your flimsy,and the rest are really pretty.

Ramona said...

Wow! An iris blooming in January? It is beautiful. Your mini is gorgeous, too. Love the fabrics you used. Your word blocks are so fun! It looks like Elizabeth will be busy!

Carla said...

Love your words!!! I must get on mine this week end : )

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

When I heard it was raining in CA I hoped you were getting a good amount of it, but not so much that it would cause a problem.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Very sweet mini Mary! And I love the iris~ its the promise of spring. :-) Happy Stitchin'!

em's scrapbag said...

Fun to be in bees. Love your words. Enjoy the rain, I know how much you need it.

Linda said...

Lots going on with you! Love your little mini and those word blocks are just wonderful. One of my favourite things to do.

barbara woods said...

Glad you'll got some much needed rain. I would gladly send you some of ours

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

hahaha........around here we say "we are getting that nasty weather that El Nino threatened us with"....lol.....sleet and rain and snow and muddy streets! My beautiful white car is a mess......well enough complaining....I love the colors on your flimsy and what lively blocks too! Good to see you are keeping just as busy as ever.....I don't think I could ever catch up!

Barb said...

I love word quilts....totally wonderful

Wacky Woman said...

Hasn't the rain been wonderful! As usual, lovely quilts.

OPQuilt said...

You are so nice to say such lovely things about me. I will try to live up to your expectations. :) That said, I love your mini, and totally understand that blissful feeling of sitting sewing while listening to the rain. And of course--I LOVE your word blocks! Can't wait to get them!

Michele said...

The Hope Chest Mini you made is lovely! I never would have thought to use a border fabric like that and use it in your blocks too. I love it!!! So inspirational! That's what I love about seeing the same quilt made by so many bloggers :-) Sounds like you had a lovely rain. A change of weather is always nice. It's finally gotten cold here and it's enjoyable.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

We have been enjoying the rain a lot too! The Hope Chest Mini is very beautiful! The blocks must be tiny. I am looking forward to seeing your bee blocks. They are intriguing. Spelling Bee! That is clever! I didn't know about yellow iris. So pretty!!

-Soma

Carol S. said...

Very sweet looking mini quilt! We've had no rain, snow, or anything eventful here. The weather has been so nice!

Mdm Samm said...

wellll I adore your mini and your yellow flower...whenever I think of yellow, I always think of YOU.
we finally have snow...now I am content....it can go now...very cold at this end of the country...happy days ahead with spring around the corner Mary....May CA. have a better year..

Teresa in Music City said...

It's sometimes hard to find time to do our own thing the first of the year, isn't it? I'm really just now getting back into a rhythm after all the travel and holidays etc. It looks like you are settled in for some fun bees - love those word blocks! So glad for the rain - the earth cries out for it, doesn't it?

Scrapatches said...

You are a busy bee this year! Very pretty blocks and mini.

We will not be seeing any iris for many months. No doubt that it is winter here, although we have had a good amount of rain instead of snow so far this year.

Thanks, Mary, for taking time from you busy day to stop by my blog and leave a kind word ... :) Pat

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Glad to have you as part of the MCM Bee. Now I better get my block for Elizabeth done.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

You do so much sewing!!! The letter blocks are something I'd like to learn how to do.