Monday, December 7, 2015

Blitzen Snowman

Don't faint... I've been sewing again.
And now I am enjoying this wonderful Winter guy this year.  



I found him at the Madison, WI Quilt Expo this last September.  I NEVER buy quilt kits.  NEVER.  But I loved the fabrics he was made up with.  I immediately asked if they had him in a kit.  YES!  And of course it was the last one.  They didn't need that sales pitch because I was going to buy it no matter what.  LoL

I thought he was wearing a ball cap until I gave the pattern a good look.  This is when I discovered he is a basket.  




I don't much care for the basket idea so I changed him up giving him his top hat.  I adore him!  I love that he's festive enough for Christmas and not-so-much Christmasy that he can remain hanging all through Winter.

The fabric collection is blitzen by basicgrey for Moda
The pattern is Sue's Snowman Basket by Jan Patek Quilts Inc.

He's out of storage now and all made up.  That fits right into my plan to get stuff out of storage and all made up.  

Happy Winter!
xxx
Annie

18 comments:

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

I agree Annie, I like him much better with a top hat. So cute.

Judy D in WA said...

OMGoodness!! He is adorable. Good call on changing the hat. ;)
I love snowmen decorations because they can stay out all winter. Sometimes my big snowman needs a reindeer laying beside him. :)

tubakk said...

I really love your snowman, and you can have him up the whole winter through. If you have weather like here, the only snowman possible is on the wall. I fear we will get some snow after Christmas.

sheila 77 said...

Oh yes, he much prefers wearing a top hat to being a basket (who wouldn't), and it's a very fine top hat.
Your choice of fabrics and your design looks way better than the pattern picture, and your snowman looks strong and masculine, like he is not going to put up with any nonsense (like melting), but he looks friendly too.
I like the fabric with all the little snowmen.
The straightforward quilting is just right.
Nice work, Annie.

Ramona said...

I have some of that fabric that i need to use up too. Thanks for listing the fabric and pattern. I think that is a great idea. And we could all use your little snowman's starry eyed outlook!

Ruth said...

I like your idea better than the basket. I made my first " Annie inspired" tree skirt using Blitzen and bought 4 more charm packs of the same and jelly roll for our Basement Diva's annual Jelly roll race. I guess you know I love the fabric.

Inky and Quirky said...

Well isn't he a handsome fella, I can see why you love him so much Annie....luckily they had one left...dread to think what would've happened if they'd all sold out lol!
Hugs
Donna xxx

tink's mom said...

The hat was a much better idea. Love the end result. Great fabrics. Wonderful finish. Happy Holidays

Createology said...

Tophat Snowman is adorable and sew much better than the original basket design. I do believe he will be very happy to stay through Winter. Snowman Bliss...

Sandy said...

Hey Annie - your really did change him for the better - I do love what you did and found I did not care for the basket one. Your quilt is far better!!
sandy xx

Tera Callihan said...

This is the absolute cutest!!! I love it! I agree he's much better with a top hat too. :) stay warm!

Lin said...

He is lovely and I do prefer your top hat! xx

Jacque said...

He's adorable! Love his new look, too! Great job!

Renee said...

Ahhh! He is adorable and deserves to be out of storage for the winter. Love the hat.

Carol said...

I tried really hard not to faint when I saw you had sewn something and I managed to stay standing. :O) That snowman is adorable and I like the hat on him!

Katherine said...

Such a handsome Frosty fellow, Annie! The top hat is the perfect finishing touch. He's certain to add a smile and festive cheer (and it seems we both have snowman making on the brain... ;o).

West Michigan Quilter said...

So glad to see you are sewing. You always make the cutest things. Love your snowman. Yes, the top hat is perfect. Every snowman needs a top hat! I bet a snowman can get you in the spirit in your hot weather, he is adorable.

Lesley said...

Gorgeous little quilt! I love the changes you made!