Sunday, August 23, 2020


December block from Piecemaker's 2002 Calendar quilt.  I had the background fabric left over from another project and thought, how perfect for a snowy winter scene.  The pine cones , raccoon, and cardinals make this a charming block.

The hardest part of making this block was finding frosted fabric in spring as this fabric is used primarily for Christmas quilts and hard to find other times of the year.

The pattern called for cardinals made from ribbon embroidery.  That was beyond my skill level-no matter how much I practiced making ribbon cardinals, they all ended up looking like red blobs.  So back to my default skill-applique.

Pretty cute raccoon, yes?  I had to practice the pine cones also until I came up with this stitch which is kind of like a herringbone stitch which turned out very effective.

I have ordered the thread to begin quilting these blocks.  100 wt invisafil in antique white for top thread and wonderfil 80 wt deco-bob for the bottom.  We will see.  Next week I will show you the last block February, also a frosty winter scene, and my last remaining problem child.

AND NOW.....

A beautiful building which is the proposed Wetlands (what? wetland in the desert?) Visitors Center in Abu Dhabi.  

Photos from Davis Edwards Design

There is a lot of new cool architecture these days.  All structure-bending and looking unbelievably impossible that it does not collapse.  New materials and methods I suppose but what a feast for those who dislike predictability.
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Keep creating, stay well, stay cheerful


  1. Gorgeous details on your Piecemakers block. I have that one to do too, one of these days!

  2. So much wonderful details I your block and your cardinal and Raccoon look awesome appliqued

  3. Do you know, I prefer the cardinals in appliqued fabric. They are such a pretty bird, aren't they. To see them in nature, against the backdrop of a wintry and snowy backdrop must take one's breath away. Those pine cones are cool, as is your sweet racoon.

  4. I love the block that you appliqued. That sky fabric is just perfect and the birds and raccoon are adorable.

  5. Each block is prettier than the last one, such a lovely winter scene! That visitor center is really neat, I've love to see it in person. Happy stitching!

  6. Lovely applique! I certainly could use some snow right now.


  7. What a beautiful and cute quiltblock! Love it! Happy PPF!

  8. Another lovely block. I love your little birds and the racoon looks very cheeky! Great cones - they have worked really well. Unusual architecture which looks amazing. xx

  9. Another amazing block. I love it all, but your pine cones are especially impressive. Our quilt stores always seem to have at least 2 shelves of Christmas/winter fabric all year. If I am lucky, maybe a half shelf of leftover Halloween, all of which I would already have. :(

  10. Another gorgeous block! I love the moment of Zen, also. Thanks for sharing.