I’ve been getting a lot of messages asking if we are okay here in Austin, Texas.
Thank you, thank you to everyone who has reached out to check on me and my family. We are okay and to be honest, we are some of the lucky ones. We kept power and water at our house during the entire winter event. I have no idea what else to call 50 degrees F below our average temp plus snow and ice which we do not get under ordinary circumstances.
We’ve gone through cycles of conserving as much power as possible while the local power grid was overburdened (it’s back up now), and now we’re conserving as much water as we can as the reservoirs are refilled and the multitude of breaks in water lines are tracked down. We are still under a boil water notice, but I won’t complain because we have water and don’t have to go find it like many of our neighbors do. We shared our water with our neighbors until they were able to get a water line fixed.
My daughter and her boyfriend (and Marie cat!!) were with us most of the week because they lost power in their all-electric apartment and it was ridiculously cold there. They lost most of the contents of their fridge, which is the biggest loss for our entire group. All things considered, it is really nothing to complain about.
Our local HEB is open again, though supplies of many things, mostly fresh, have been limited to nonexistent. We are absolutely okay, though. Living out of the pantry is not a burden and we can wait for the supply chains to catch up.
If you also lived through this crazy week here in the south, please let me know how you’re doing. ♥
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I thought this would be a great time to revisit my FREE winter and Christmas themed patterns, too. My freebies can be mixed and matched freely with the paid pattern sets.
This is a round of up patterns I’ve shared over the years, all paper pieced, all free plus one brand new pattern to share with all of my Sewhooked friends!
If you enjoy my free patterns, I encourage you to purchase a pattern from my Etsy or Craftsy shop. Please do the same for any maker you enjoy who shares free content. It’s how we are able to keep sharing. ♥
First up, we have a brand new pattern from the Sewhooked Suggestion Box! I’ve had multiple requests for a snowflake pattern. This was the result of a lot of sketching and tweaking and I do hope you like it!
Two Little Hooters is one of Those Quilts. I woke up with a complete vision of it in my mind, started working and realized how cute and fun it was. And really, it was all about cute and fun while choosing fabrics and piecing it together!
Another fun thing? It’s my twentieth quilt in the Sewhooked Shop! *throws confetti*
Tree Trimming is my newest project pattern, hot off the presses earlier this week (and I do mean hot…our a/c has been out for over two weeks!).
With just 1/2 a yard background fabric and scraps of greens, reds, blues, yellows, pinks and purples or a charm pack or even fat eighths in the colors of your choice, you can put together this sweet wall hanging that combines tradition with whimsy.
Perfect flying geese are easy peasy with pre-cutting instructions and paper piecing. The tree itself can be evocative of winter, Christmas, or any other time of year depending on your fabric choices. How about a version all in batiks? Primary colors? So many options!
Tree Trimming is now available in the Sewhooked Shop for just $8 as an instant PDF download with PayPal payment – completely secure shopping through E-junkie!
I will be teaching a class using Tree Trimming in November at the Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas. Click here to register online.