Medallion Musings

You were so curious about my sneak peek last week…this sweet little pink Kaffe birdie:

(a sure sign of the Spring I am dreaming of…some people dream of a White Christmas, I dream of an early Spring!) I didn’t mean to keep you waiting so long for the reveal–so, without further adieu… she belongs to this 12.5″ block, a medallion for a new quilt:

These eight little birdies represent me and my seven small group friends. I designed this “Birds of a Feather” medallion for a Round Robin exchange we are doing over the next six months or so. Each month, the medallion moves on to another member of the group, who will add a border onto it, then pass it along to the next quilter in the line. I won’t get to see this sweet little quilt again until late June or so. I added a few fabrics to the box to inspire the other “birds” in adding their borders:

Passing along my creation, knowing I have NO control over what it becomes was tough for a minor control freak, slightly anal-retentive person such as myself. This should be a good growing experience for me! Learn to let go, Doris, just let go… Here are the center medallions made by the other members of Seam Sew Easy:


Emma also chose a bird theme,
Beth and her husband admire the architecture of old barns, so she created a red barn medallion using Printed Treasures…

Our soldier, Sergeant Dawn made a paper-pieced star in patriotic colors…

Lisa recreated the facade of her home in fabric…

Teresa designed her own applique. Love the brights in combination with the black and white!

And Veronica made a maverick star in all her favorite colors.

Tricia couldn’t make it, for some reason, I just cannot fathom, she decided to flee ice covered Iowa to visit her parents in Phoenix. I’ll show her medallion another time. Some of these girls are very new quilters, but they have all produced great work and I know our quilts will all be wonderful!

Have you ever participated in a round robin project? I’d love to hear about it!

Jack Frost Stopped By

I complain about Winter weather (often)…but I openly admit that I missed the four seasons when I lived in South Carolina. Three years without all four seasons was enough for me. And for all the complaints I utter, I have to admit, Winter does have its charms, and certainly, a beauty beyond anything else. I snapped these photos on Tuesday morning, following a visit from Jack Frost the night before…
It was like Des Moines was covered in crystals…
These berries took my breath away…
Unfortunately, this is what they look like today, most of Iowa is covered in 1/2 inch or more of ice… It is still beautiful, but many trees don’t survive the weight of the ice, and many people go without power because the ice takes down the utility/power lines. Safety is a major concern following an ice storm, in more ways than one.

I am always humbled by the beauty of what Nature can create.

Just a sneak peek at what I’m creating this week (notice the Spring colors and theme?!?)…
May you be safe and warm in your corner of the world, and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of Nature around you.