Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lotsa Wood and RSVP Quilt Done

Political news is mostly depressing and if you quickly clicked away from my previous post, I don't blame you a bit -- I couldn't stand it myself!

It is cold in western Nebraska, and we've had several days of snow, fortunately, without wind! Still, nights are hovering near/below zero. Thank goodness we have a fireplace.
MY rule for DH was, "OK, wood in the house was OK, just not any higher than the cabinet that was holding the stack up." You see, it IS higher, and later after I took this photo, the stack was even higher! (Hey, it kinda looks like a quilting pattern?) The kindling stack is on the other side of the fireplace, also, IMHO, is also out of control. It's kinda hard to promote any aura of gentility when the wood is stacked like lumber in the family room. Now, get this - the majority of the originating wood pile is about 25 steps outside in the garage - it's not like, like, like out in the woods! Well, the room IS warm and cozy, and yes, the wood IS handy but, the stack is now so high I dare not disturb it for fear of it collapsing on my feet.

Below is the finished quilt our local quiltmakers have made for a local raffle. I bought quite a few tickets for this treasure. And look how simple those 4-patches are, although that lovely applique is strictly a "Jody-Goddess" contribution. When we chose the colors for the 4-patches, we just wanted those with a grayed tone to them. Other than that, most all colors are represented. This is from a book by Mimi Dietrich, Bed and Breakfast Quilts. Funny thing, I had picked up that book from one stack and was moving it to the "I'll never use this book any more" stack. Our local quilt group had just discussed making a quilt to be raffled, and I opened the book for one last glimpse, and this perfect pattern jumped out at me. It's queen size.

12 comments:

Sharon said...

Looks like no one at your house has to endure the cold to keep the fire going! That's a lot of wood. "aura of gentility"...I like that! *grin* It wouldn't fly at my house either, probably!

That simple 4-patch is gorgeous! Beautiful applique...and it just makes that quilt sing!

Nancy said...

Are you selling tickets for the raffle quilt? I certainly would purchase some from you.

Continue to feed the fire, and the pile will diminish. Keep snug and warm because a big storm is headed your way.

dot said...

Lovely quilt. It is just stunning. I am in continual prayer for this nation. I am at wits end and feel as though no one cares. I am happy to read that you do. Let us keep our hopes up and prayers going out for this mess to be solved and not loose our country as we know it in the process.

Exuberant Color said...

One good thing about the wood pile, it is going to get smaller as you burn in your fireplace. Subzero here tonight too.

Purple Pam said...

Beautiful quilt. Yes, are you selling tickets? I'm in if you are. Yes, that wood pile does inspire a quilt design.

meggie said...

I remember wood fires. I remember cooking in an old coal range. It cooked beautiful roast lamb! We owned a country Hotel, & believe me the coal range was so welcome in the bitter winter!!
I love your quilt. I hope you win it!!

Joyce said...

If we had a wood stove I'd definitely have a big pile like that! Who cares how it looks.
Love the quilt. I have her book Happy Endings and refer to it often when doing borders and bindings.

Marilyn said...

We can't use our fireplace right now because of broken glass doors. But when we do the wood pile is right outside the door about ten feet under a big porch. Do you have to worry about insects with your wood stored in your garage like termites? Or does it get too cold? I know we have fire ants and other insects - spiders.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

The quilt is gorgeous! I love basic patchwork and I'm making a bunch of 4 patches as my leaders and enders out of scraps. Hope they turn into a great quilt some day too. I doubt I'll do any applique, though I'm starting to think more about starting to attempt it more.

FLO_rancher said...

Don't you love that wood heat>>? Stay warm..the snow up north is getting deep. I suppose we have around 10 inches. Hopefully the wind will stay calm and we will get a thaw soon to let that moisture in the ground.
SEw Peacefully DEB};o

Bethany said...

WOW. Love the quilt! It's beautiful

Lori in South Dakota said...

the quilt is lovely, how can I get a ticket?? Oh, and to go with your wood, take a look at this

http://dakotacityquilter.blogspot.com/2008/12/monday-goals_22.html

You're not alone by what men drag in the house!