Baby it’s cold outside

So what better to do than make a heating pad? For years I’ve had one made out of a old dish towel & some rice. Now I have my fox wrap and isn’t she’s a cutie!

20140307_fox_heatingpad20-87KShe’s 28″ from nose to the tip of the tail and keeps me warm. I don’t like the smell of heated rice so this time I mixed in barley and it smells much better. Thinking of rye seeds also?

If you’ve used other types of grain or seeds, let me know.

I wasn’t sure about heating fleece in a microwave, so there’s a 5″ opening underneath that allows me to remove a 15″ x 3″ grain bag. The bag is made of muslin and divided into 3 sections so the barley doesn’t all fall to the head & tail areas.

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A quilt for Kelley

Back in 2002, when I found out a server at our local pub was pregnant, I already had an idea for a baby quilt.

I love paper piecing. It’s easier than applique and gives great accuracy to a design.  The paper piece pattern comes from Margaret Rolfe’s Animal Kingdom.  The quilt is approx. 50″ x 45″.

Here’s the layout on the design wall20021207_Kelleys_baby_550and the finished quilt two months laterKelleys_baby-2_550