Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Quilting Beginnings

I thought I would tell you how my quilting journey began. I had known my good friend Vicki (no blog) for a long time before I knew she was a quilter! One day in 1998 she had me over to her house and showed me her studio which was perched on the edge of Elliott Bay in Seattle. They lived right on the water’s edge - she had a bird’s eye view of the water, Olympic mountains, sunsets - it was fantastic. As soon as I saw her work I was instantly hooked! Not long after that I decided to attend my first Sew Expo at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. I thought it would be a good way to soak up everything that was new about sewing/quilting before I jumped into quilting myself. I had sewn since I was a child, but according to Vicki, quilting required an entire new skillset and new tools! I came home from that show armed with all the tools I needed to get started and this pattern:

Now the funny thing is --- I have yet to make this!! Every year I look at it in my pattern stash and tell myself this will be the year! Well, 2008 is quickly drawing to a close, so perhaps it will get made for winter of 2009!

Our contractor sent me these picture of the Squash House this morning. He took them a couple of days ago. Mr. Squash remarked after he saw them, “Remind me why we’re moving there again?”!! Actually this is unusual for that area of Eastern Washington. They don’t normally get much more snow than we do here in the Pacific Northwest! According to my friend, Carol, who lives there, it was 8 degrees below zero last night! Yikes - I’d best get that jacket made!

I'm always struck by how small the Squash House looks from the front! We actually have about 2400 sq. ft! We also think the "real" front of the house is in the backyard. Next time we're over there I'll try to get some pictures from that angle.

Here is Ted's dog posing in the snow!

8 comments:

PamKittyMorning said...

It looks so pretty there. I have no experience with snow living, so of course it scares the heck out of me. But still, so lovely.

PamKittyMorning said...

p.s. I'm taking your advice, I'm following up that coffee with the pot right now.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a Christmas Card! Lovely!

Carrie P. said...

Thanks for sharing your beginnings. You definitely need to make that jacket. Love the last snow picture.

Anonymous said...

Your little Squash House looks so sweet in the winter white setting. We are having quite the snowglobe moments up here above Bellingham this morning. Had to cancel this afternoon's plans..More time to stitch. Stay warm! Louise

Red Geranium Cottage said...

How pretty your photos are. Our house looks so small too from the front. But it's 3,000 sq ft inside.

Anne said...

That's the kind of weather we're having here. Big storm a coming tonight. Gotta hunker down and get some wrapping and card writing done. Love to be in my sewing room when it's snowing. Squash House looks so peaceful.

Gran said...

What a treat to start tuning in to your blog tonight and read your quilt beginnings and see your beautiful pictures. Both a a treat. Thank you.