A while back our Border's went out of business. I assume yours did too?! As I was in there on one of it's final days, I found a sewing book on super clearance that I had been wanting. I didn't pass that chance up, and Scandinavian Stitches has been on my bookshelf ever since.
It's divided into seasonal projects, based on the four seasons. During November I started looking at the winter projects and started dreaming about making every single one!
My mother's ancestors are Scandinavian. When I was drawing a blank as to what to get her for Christmas this year, I decided it should be something from this book. Enter, The January Quilt:
The pattern was straight forward, and I was able to pull from my stash all those different shades of blue! I had everything on hand that I needed to make this project!
Other than the fox, my next favorite part of the project was how you were supposed to quilt the snow with starts. I did free motion stars there in the snow! I thought it was a brilliant idea. The sky was supposed to have cloud shapes. I managed to do it a few times, but it proved to be super tricky to get my hands and brain to do that cloud shape. Go figure!
It was a very satisfying project, and I was happy to send it off to my mom, where she's going to use it as a seasonal wall hanging.
Of course, once you start looking through Scandinavian Stitches, it's really hard to not want to make one of everything. I love the idea of seasonal decorating. Which is why I'm dreaming of finding the time to make this sweet spring inspired scene. Don't you want one too?!