Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Snowman Post

Last year I threatened to do a snowman post one day, and it looks like this is it. The weather is appropriate (several days of snow in our forecast). All but one of the chilly guys are wool.


Four years ago this month I took my first wool class. Lisa Bongean taught wool applique at the little shop over the mountain. We used one of the snowman blocks from her Warm Winter Blessings pattern. Not only was this my first wool experience, it was my first snowman as well. I was hooked (but I still haven't done anything with this particular block--I can't even find it).


 





Using the same snowman pattern, and a table runner pattern from Primitive Gatherings, I cobbled together this little snowman wall hanging.




Eventually I did make the whole Warm Winter Blessings, in the mini size, of course.
I had made one other block in the full size before switching to the mini. As you can see here, I turned that one into a pillow.


Other Primitive Gatherings snowman projects include this little candle mat, from an issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects a few years ago, which  can now be found on the Primitive Gatherings website as  Snowy Gathering.













And there is this larger candle mat, Winter Cabin, that I made in a class with Lisa at our state guild Quiltfest in 2015.




















With Karen's help, I began making the 2015 Attic Heirloom ornaments of the month a couple of years ago. The first one was a snowman. I loved the little designs, but didn't like making them into the ornaments after stitching the design. So I gifted this one, and then started over again.







I made them into little quilt blocks, and after making 9 of them (3 snowmen) I decided I liked it as it was.


 Snowball, from HeartToHand was finished up last year at this time.
Looks about the same outside right now as it did then, but I think we have more snow this year.


This jolly fellow was an adaptation of a  patterned offered by Stacy at Buttermilk Basin a year or two ago. I used him to replace her last block in her free BOM last year. All of the blocks are finished, but I haven't decided if I will set them all together, or make small holiday banners with the holiday themed ones and put the others together into a smaller wall hanging.











The only snowman left is NOT wool. He is paper pieced from a free Carol Doak pattern. I reduced it a little (of course).
I made the nose on this little guy a bit too big. Maybe I should name him Jimmy Durante. : )


 





Have you built any snowmen lately? If you'd like to make these snowmen, say so in a comment and I will choose a name by my next post.
Until next time,
Janet O.

 

46 comments:

  1. I love all your snowmen designs, and I would love to build a snowman too. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Oh, my, I have that pattern and the fabric! Guess I should find time to make it. Thanks for sharing your snowmen, they are inspiring!

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  3. Fun post today :-) The snowmen are all wonderful and look lovely in their quilts. I have two quilts I'm working on with snowmen.

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  4. Love all your snowmen. Jimmy Durante gives me a chuckle. Living in sunny SoCal, we get only occasional snow on our local mountain range so I've never built a snowman :)

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  5. I love all your snowmen Janet! Wish I had more of an excuse to make snowmen but here we never get snow..... even decorating with them in winter seems odd! However they do capture my imagination so they do make an appearance in my crafty life - I have a few unfinished projects with them in :-) Stay warm!

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  6. Who doesn't love snowmen? They are all adorable. My favorite is the Winter Cabin table mat. But they are all superb. Did you get to visit Attic Heirlooms when you were in Maine? It isn't far from Cyndi's. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Your snowmen are all so cute! They make great winter decorations. I love snowmen and would love to win in your giveaway! Thanks! ! !

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  8. Your snowmen are adorable! I would love to build a snowman runner. Thanks for your generosity.

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  9. Super adorable! Your work is just wonderful! Always love seeing your projects!

    Blessings and hugs!

    P.S. the Winter Cabin candle mat is wonderful!!

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  10. Our smow is covered by Ice now. Nice to see you're having fun in your sewing room.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your sweet snowmen. Unfortunately not much call for snowmen to decorate the house here. I can dream of a white winter one day!

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  12. SEW many sweet snowmen!!! The PERFECT decor for January. Enjoy!!

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  13. I'm not planning to make any snowmen soon, but I do love the way you've incorporated the snowball blocks as background for your snow fellows! Snowmen are such a perfect theme for this time of year, since they can be displayed longer than just the Christmas/New Years season.

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  14. Some folks think it's odd to decorate with snowmen when you don't actually have snow..........but hey a girl can dream and hope right? Loving your cute 'melt your heart snowmen.......and women?' I watched the movie "Frozen" with one of my granddaughters a couple of months ago and fell in love with Olaf..........so cute! Wishing you many more happy snowman building days!

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  15. All your little snowmen are so charming! I even like "Jimmy". Such a great idea turning the ornament patterns into a quilt. My favorite is the snowman with the Charlie Brown tree! I think the table runner would make a good project for our guild's auction.

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  16. I don't have much inside my house that is very snowmanish. Plenty of the white stuff outside still, but our snow is so dry you usually can't make a snowball, much less a snowman!
    I loved seeing all of yours!

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  17. I'm not sure that I've ever made anything with a snowman on it. I best get on the (snow?) ball cuz I think all of your snowman decorations are adorable and would be great decorations for several months of "winter" instead of just the Christmas decorating season of my Santa Collection.

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  18. I would love to make a snowman runner! Love all your snowmen!

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  19. I did finish a snowman quilt recently, such an old project I won't even admit how old. I could make an entire city of the real thing with all the snow we have this year. I'd much rather do the adorable runner though.

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  20. I make ornaments for my two daughters each year. This year it was a Let it Snow heart from Cath's Pennies Designs. One daughter is totally in love with snowmen and doesn't use Santa at all to decorate. I need to check out your pattern sources, especially the Snowball Runner. Thanks for the ideas and NOW is a good time for me to start. Christmas is only eleven months away!!!! I so appreciate your quilt "shows".....thanks.

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  21. Janet, all your snowmen are wonderful and so cute. I too love decorating with snowmen starting at Christmas and leaving them out until February. Mine are mostly in a different form than yours. I do have a snowman quilt that is waiting patiently to be finished (started in 2015). Can't decide on the hats and other embellishments needed on them. I particularly love little Jimmy D. Such an appropriate name. Thanks for sharing so many different snowmen.

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  22. Cute, cute, cute!! I was trying to pick a favorite, but just can't do it!! Love them all!! And yes, it has been snowing all day!!

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  23. love them all!! seems like you have plenty of snow to make a LOT more...lol! i am making a snowman candlemat....

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  24. What a beautiful collection of snowmen! I love everything in miniature too. I would love to win the snowman runner pattern. Thanks.

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  25. Are snowmen supposed to look so cozy? You have a lovely collection of snowman projects.

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  26. You have a sweet collection of snowmen, Janet. I especially like the little candle mat with snowmen, cabins, and candles, but all are gorgeous! Well done!

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  27. What a charming post full of these fun snowmen! I've seen most but not all of them. My all time favorite is the windblown piece from last year. Just makes me smile everytime I see it. What a charming fellow!
    Your candle mats are absolutely beautiful I always like something under a candle.

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  28. Love your projects! I'm working on the Warm Winter Blessings now! Thanks for your blog, I really enjoy catching up!

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  29. Such a fun post Janet!!! You know I love snowmen too, and it was delightful to see the ones you have made through the years once again. I have two snowman projects in progress that I hope to finish up this year. And I just couldn't bear to put away my Snowman Runner when Christmas was over - it is still hanging on my door!

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  30. I love snowmen! I enjoyed seeing your wonderful collection of projects. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  31. I especially like the snowman quilt displayed on the bank of snow. Great snowman post today.

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  32. Very cute Mom! I like your Jimmy Durante snowman :)

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  33. So many cute snowmen! We are having a major meltdown right now and our snow is disappearing quickly. I'm sure we'll be replenished soon--lol! I'd rather make indoor snowmen that the outdoor ones though.

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  34. Someone might say that you have a THING for snowmen!! VBG VERY very cute; loved the themed blog post!! And of course your little minis. Just adorable.
    I'd love to take a class with Lisa someday. I'm sure she has lots to share!

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  35. I love making snowmen! Love all of yours!! I'm working on a free pattern from Quilts by Cheri's Friendship Group on Facebook. It has the word SNOW paper pieced with the O being a snowman head. The pattern is called "Snow Village". My friend Gail gave me the kit "Warm Winter Blessings" a couple of years ago. I'm hoping to get it made this year.

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  36. PERFECTLY appropriate subject matter for this weather! LOL I'm glad that you mostly use blue with your snowman theme - red is a warm color and just doesn't 'go' with the snow. They're all so cute!

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  37. Oooh! Enjoy your snow!! I love seeing your snowmen. I only have two snowman ⛄️ quilty projects...looks like I had better get busy!!

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  38. You have an adorable collection of snowmen. Each one is unique and so cute even Jimmy with his special carrot nose!

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  39. I love your snowman post. I like snowman quilts and blocks a lot. About 15 years ago I ran a snowman block swap. It yielded the cutest little blocks. One time, though, when I was writing about it, I made a typo and didn't catch it. So I ended up with snotmen instead of snowmen.

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  40. Such wonderful snowman goodness--each one better than the last. You are motivating me to work on my snowman appliqué. (Not sure I could cope with all the real snow--I'm a wimp)

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  41. So many nice snowmen! I especially like the little paper-pieced Jimmy :)
    We've had little snow so far here in central Ohio where it's supposed to snow, so I put out my snowmen collection and a couple of wall hangings to make it feel a little more wintery. Thanks for the chance!

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  42. I love snowmen. I have a few of the patterns you used. Now maybe I will get into gear and make one of them done. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs

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  43. I have been on a Snowman run lately myself...almost feeling crazy like with all that I have been doing! I have that snowman pattern myself from PG, just not enough time to do everything I like...

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  44. love your snowmen! I have some wool to play with but haven't plucked up the courage to cut into it yet :)

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  45. Thanks,for,themgenerous give away, but you can remove my name. Just saying how cute your snowmen are. My second wool,appliqué project was a snowman. I love a real snow person in my yard too.
    All great projects!

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