I am a fan of Cheri Saffiote's very, very prim designs. I recently purchased this book after ogling it many times. Last year I decked out a white feather tree with pears and birds and other Christmas-y bling for my dining room (very Martha, if I did say so myself!!!). It was done in colors to compliment the dining room--lots of teal-y jade-y greens, soft blues, soft yellowy corals, etc. and often thought that I needed a 12 Days of Christmas wallhanging to go in that room too. Never could find a pattern I liked however. Well, when I saw these sweet blocks in this book, a lightbulb came on (dim, but nevertheless, a light bulb). I could use these blocks but done in my dining room colors. I have decided to do my own "block of the month" thing, only it will be a "page of the month" as the designs fall on five different pages. That would mean by September the blocks would be done and I'd still have a couple of months to assemble and quilt--just in time for Christmas. I know, I know, "best laid plans..." Pictured above are the first three blocks I did this weekend. Saffiote uses cottons, wools, wool felt, stitchery, piecing and applique! I won't get bored. I really enjoy the freedom of her designs.
I have a split personality where home decorating is concerned LOL! I have lots of primitives and prim-colored accents, but I also love the cottage-y farmhouse style so my home is a mix of the two--some would just call it hodge-podge. I prefer to think of it as "cottage prim"!!! But it suits me. Some days I just have to step away from the dark colors of many of my quilts and accents and jump into the softer, shabby-chic yumminess. It's fun.