We were preparing to Maryland we were told to expect MAYBE ten inches of snow over the course of the winter. We were excited. I grew up in northern Ohio (just south of the snow belt) and so I like my seasons. We were told there would be a couple of snow falls that were about two or three inches and maybe one "big" snow of four or five inches.
So, in December when we got 20 inches that was crazy fun, minus the fact that we had to drive out of the snow to get to Christmas...that was much much much less fun, like not fun at all.... And so now, it's February and we have about 30 inches of snow outside. Wowza.
As soon as I realized we were actually going to get a ferocious amount of snow I tried to get to the fabric store. Not possisble. People were freaking out and places were closed before a single snowflake had fallen. I tried the PX (think Walmart meets Department Store), but they only had uniform colored thread: green, navy, white, brown. Not helpful. I needed yellow.
Do you know how many Ethiopian flags you can make without yellow thread?
So, I used up what I had and then spent the time I should have been sewing on this long indoor weekend banging my head into the wall.
I usually buy yellow thread in bulk because I use so much of it. My last trip to the fabric store I was rushing and I forgot to restock, but then as I remembered on the way out I didn't think it would matter because I go to the fabric store frequently...except when buried under 30 inches of snow...
So, this is what I made instead:
I don't know why it's sidewise...blogger did that when it uploaded...
This is the Ethiopian "Spirit" Blanket.
It has yellow "doo-dads" sewn between the layers and yellow minky on the back. It has contrasting blue thread (not yellow on the star) and the rays were made with crazy shiny metallic gold thread.
This blanket is temporarily available off Etsy so if you're interested in purchasing it let me know. First come first serve.