A while ago, I told Randy (Barrister’s Block) that I love to collect wool fabric, but I rarely use it. Randy’s wool creations are wonderful and we decided it was high time I made something too!
She found a wonderful Kim Diehl pattern which was offered as a free pattern by Martingale Press and said “hey, let’s make this together!”. The only rule was to have it finished by the end of the year. So, this is the one I made
and this is Randy’s fabulous quilt.
We both learned a lot in this little challenge. We both admitted it was a lot more wool work than we had anticipated. We both tweaked the pattern, but Randy's tweaking came out way better than mine. I LOVE the sunflower!
I definitely got better as I went along, but I quickly realized that I really prefer needle turn cotton applique and I think I need to stop collecting wool! Thanks Randy for the nudge! I had a ball!
We like to begin and end the year with a hike. The end of year hike was relatively short. We lost all our Thanksgiving snow due to rain and temps well above normal. However on Saturday the temps dropped to below 20 degrees and we were really feeling the cold. We hiked up to a ridge over the Kennebec River and listened to the ice coming down and crashing against the rocks. It sounded like a twenty car pile up! We thought about going down the hill to get a closer look, but were afraid we might not get back up the icy trail!
Our New Year’s Day hike was warmer but super windy. We walked to the end of our road with my daughter and her family and watched the surf. The swells were magnificent, but since the tide was out, it was hard to get a picture of just how high the waves were.
Happy New Year!!