Inside and Outside on a Frosty Day

Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt Blocksvia Cottage Magpie

Frosty Garden via Cottage Magpie

All I ever feel like doing this time of year is sewing and sewing and sewing. Quilting, specifically. It’s too cold and wet outside to garden, the garage is too cold for home improvement projects, and it’s too cold to open the windows and paint. So while I will certainly work on those things a little, for now, my heart is captivated by the color and fun of the fabric.

Yesterday our whole town was frosty all day long, and today a few stray snowflakes have been drifting down. But the steam of the iron keeps me warm, and the color of the fabric cheers my heart. Yesterday and today I spent the morning working on a Scrappy Trip Around the World lap quilt with colors inspired from this vintage Ocean Waves block. I couldn’t help but notice the contrast of the bright, cheery inside and the cold, frosty outside.

Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt Blocks via Cottage Magpie

Frosty Day Cottage Magpie

Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt in Progress via Cottage Magpie

Frosty Day Cottage Magpie

Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt in Progress Cottage Magpie

Frosty Day via Cottage Magpie

Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt in Progress via Cottage Magpie

Frosty Day via Cottage Magpie

Being the Pacific Northwest, it’s grey and dark and will probably be that way until March. But inside? Inside is a riot of color and fun. It’s colorful fabric, funky music, yummy treats, homeschooling science experiments, impromptu preschool fashion shows, lego robotics, impromptu preschool zoos including both live and stuffed animals, merit badge activities, impromptu preschool singing shows, soup potlucks, sewing friends and British TV. I love it.

This time of year used to make me sad. Or, not so much sad as restless. But I’m not restless this year. I’m just where I want to be.

What about you? What do you find yourself craving this time of year?

~Angela :-)

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  1. Lovely! I really need to get my sewing machine serviced and get to work on some quilts. This is just what I needed to see.

    • Hee hee!! I’m so glad! Quilt away! What does your sewing machine need? I just cleaned mine out the other day and how it just purrs. I love it. ~Angela~

  2. Ms. Miramar says:

    I usually quench my thirst for gardening during the winter by growing some ferns and java mosses. But mostly though out the winter i miss spending the time in my garden.

    • Me too! I really miss gardening. I think we’re going to start working out there soon, even though it’s still cold and wet. ~A

  3. Oh, girl, I can so identify!! The only difference is that I now live in Arizona, where it IS cold right now, but not like the little town in Northern CA where I came from! But quilting and winter just naturally go together. I’m working on 2 baby quilts right now, finishing the edges. I sew the edges by hand, so there’s nothing better than a warm cuppa coffee beside me, kicked back in the recliner, the quilt spread over my legs, while I stitch! (sigh) Life is good, isn’t it?

    • I agree, Dona! Life is very good. I enjoy hand stitching bindings, too, although I almost never do anymore — too many things to do! Maybe I’ll hand-stitch the next one. ~Angela~

  4. Oh how I envy your ability to sew – my abilities don’t combine well with the need to be measured precisely! Take care, Laura

    • Thank you, Laura! I have to tell you, I’m not that great of a seamstress. I don’t make clothes or anything, just curtains and pillows and quilts. Straight lines only!! It’s a good thing those projects are forgiving or I’d be in trouble! Ha! Thanks for stopping by. ~Angela~

  5. Those pictures are really pretty: both inside and out! I always feel blue in January… But this time, I’ve excepted it and rather than trying to fight it… And it’s funny, but I don’t feel so blue!

    • Magali, I agree completely! Once I finally accepted my winter blues, I stopped feeling them so strongly. I used to want to run away, far away, every year about this time. This year, I’m really happy here and I can’t imagine running away! Not that I don’t have my down days — we all do of course — but it’s much better. My original plan was to always renovate something this time of year, but it’s a hard time of year to do a lot of renovations, so I picked up the sewing and that really help lift my spirits! Way more fun and cheaper than therapy! πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting. ~Angela~

  6. The triangle patterned quilt looks like the end of neck ties. That is so neat and I love that you didn’t use a square pattern. Its the different things that make things special.

    • Thanks, Bob! I’ve been loving working on this quilt. I hope it looks good when it’s done! πŸ™‚ ~Angela~

  7. It is always nice to have a contrast of “colors” and I probably would also want to sew or quilt if I knew how to. At that kind of weather, I would probably love a good book or series to get me by.

    • I definitely love a good book this time of year! It’s so nice to hunker down and read under a duvet. Cozy! ~Angela~

  8. Thank you for sharing the idea of the placemate. I have been thinking of making some with the leftovers from my Trip around the World. This quilt are comming on well, and I’m working on the backside. From scraps I did some paperpieceing, and made 3 blocks whitch will be in the middle on the back, to make it more interesting. Thanks for the nice pictures.
    Regards from Ingrid, norweigan living in SkΓ₯ne, Sweden.

    • Ingrid, that sounds really lovely! Do you have pictures in the scrapalong Flickr group so I can see them? I haven’t posted mine yet, I need to do that! Thank you so much for stopping by all the way from Sweden. I don’t know my ancestry, but there is some suspicion that I might be at least part Norweigan! πŸ™‚ ~Angela~

  9. Thanks for e-mail. I just posted my pictures on my blog, so far.
    As you might have seen, I’m born in Norway, but living in Sweden since 14 years..
    Have a nice day. πŸ™‚

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