White Christmas

Well, a white Christmas was never in doubt this year. Here in southern Wisconsin, this is what it looks like at about 7:45 a.m.:
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Yep, that’s Mom running the snowblower (I TOLD her to get me up to help, but she doesn’t listen). Fortunately, my brother showed up with his truck a minute later:

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It’s still coming down, I have to be at work in an hour (with a hill to go down and a hill to go back up – and a city parking lot to contend with), and this is our official measure:

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I like snow – I like the way it looks, how it makes the world all clean again, for a few minutes anyway. I HATE driving in it, though.


Good thoughts

I’ve been absent from posting for a little while, but I needed to break ‘radio silence’ to pass on a request. Remember Winda, the woman who suggested that the dimensional flying geese be turned into a cathedral “winda” block? Well, she just gave birth to a tiny baby boy who is in need of all of the good thoughts, prayers, love and anything else you can send his way. Please keep Winda, her beautiful baby, and the rest of her family in your thoughts. If you’d like to wish her well, check out her post here.

Moda Fabricmatcher


A couple of months ago, I posted about Moda’s wonderful feature that allows you to download fabric swatches for import into your favorite quilting design software (like EQ6). What I didn’t talk about was the other part of it – their Fabricmatcher service. See, you don’t have to have quilt design software to play with Moda’s fabric! Their website has a cool tool for “coloring” a quilt using actual fabrics. You can choose one of their patterns, add fabrics to your virtual stash, then color in the pieces. You can save your virtual stash and projects for future reference. It’s free to play, so check it out!