Our snow is starting to melt already – we got up to 35 degrees today and the rest of the week should be in the 40’s – this snow will not last long!! Because I spent just about 3 whole days in the house and barely got outside I did get some sewing done, and a bit of tv watched! Too much, I don’t like to sit still for so long and can only wander back and forth in the house so much. I spent a lot of time on my applique square for the Red & Green Traditional quilt. Even though I washed my reds and greens 3 times I can now see I will have to pre-treat as well. I finished the block and washed it this evening as I had glue basted and I like to wash the glue out. I had a little bit of bleeding!!! Not a lot and it isn’t real noticeable. I have some Retayne and I will try treating it tomorrow and see if that little bit will come out. I am also going to order a new bottle as I am almost out – I might just order two while I am at it as I can see that even though I washed all of these reds and greens numerous times I might just as well pre-treat them all as well.
Tomorrow I am getting out of the house for sure – I can’t stand being in the house all the time I go crazy.
The storm passed during the night and although it certainly took it’s time going through Oklahoma and Arkansas we saw on the news this morning that it certainly rushed it’s way to the east coast during the night! amazing how fast it moved once it left our state. We in the south get pretty excited about our winter storms, I think it is because we don’t have very many of them and all of you in the north are tired of them by December! I remember – I’ve been there and done that!! I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and had long hard winters, then we lived for a time in Connecticut and Idaho when Mike was in the military so had plenty of snow then too. Here though we are lucky to get a winter storm once a year, there have been times when children in this area of Arkansas didn’t see snow for several years at a time. I’m sure there are plenty of snowmen being made today. I bundled up earlier this morning (high of 25 right now) and took photo’s before the snow lost it’s pretty untouched look.
Well thank goodness so far we have not had the massive ice storm that was predicted. We have ice but it is not too bad out there right now. We probably got about a 1/4 inch of ice and now it is snowing, the weatherman says it will snow all day. So far it has gone from big pretty snowflakes to light snow. We have taken photos of course and maybe tomorrow morning it will be even prettier than it is now. I hope the snow does not add to the weight on the power lines though and that we continue to be lucky with no outages.
My bird feeder is a little way from the house – I filled it up yesterday and it is empty already. I don’t want to walk over the feeder to fill it so I threw seed out around the yard from the safety of the porch
No quilting photos today. I finished a book this morning that I wanted to get done with and then sat at the quilting frame for awhile working on the Christmas Quilt. Now I have a long afternoon and evening to fill up so I will get busy on my applique and see if there is a movie on tv. Hopefully the roads will be sanded and cleared a little tomorrow and we might get out at least to exercise. I hope everyone else has been lucky with this storm system and have not lost power, right now they said there are only a limited few power losses.
I know I already did one post today, but I thought I would do another. I think we are going to be home bound for several days to come with the ice storm fast approaching our area of Arkansas. I thought I would get an applique project ready to work on. I have the Christmas Quilt on the frame but if we loose power the room that the quilt frame is in is far from the fireplace so most likely I would not be back here working on it all that much. I will have to put one of the space heaters back here if I do quilt.
I posted of the Red and Green Traditional Applique by Jeana Kimball at this post I had not gotten started on it although I did get the background fabric last month. I thought it was time. I think what I will do is alternate between the Little Brown Bird Quilt and the Red and Green. I won’t get bored that way I hope.
With the cold weather approaching I thought it was a good day to bake some bread. I love the smell of bread baking don’t you all? I made some modifications to a recipe I had – yes I know I do that a lot —
Mixed Grain Bread
1 package active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups of warm water (110 degrees about)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
4 cups white flour +?
2 tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and wheat flour, oats, 1 cup of flour and the egg. Beat until smooth. Add as much of the flour you can with the mixer you use and beat until smooth. Turn onto a floured surface and knead in a little more flour until the dough is smooth and elastic. You might need more than the 4 cups of white flour total. If you are a bread baker you will be able to judge this ok.
Cover and let rise in a warm area until the bread is double in bulk. About 1 1/2 hours. Punch the dough down and divide the dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place into 2 greased bread pans and let rise again until double in bulk.
Bake at 375 for 40 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool.
Stay tuned – I’m sure I will have photo’s of our winter storm over the next couple of days — thank goodness for our generator! I don’t know how we would survive our winter storms without it. Maybe we won’t loose our power – one can hope!
Lately I have read on quite a few quilting blogs quilters saying that they are terrified or scared of using the blue pen on their quilts. In fact one person stated that the blue pen “scared the crap out of her and was terrified to use it”. I am talking about a pen called “Mark B Gone”. This product goes by other names as it is produced by many companies. I have been using this marking pen on fabric for marking quilting lines for I don’t know how many years. I have never, ever, had a problem getting the lines out. The one rule the product comes with though is that you have to wet it completely to get the lines out and not to use any heat on it until it is out. I set up a series of photos to show you how you use it.
This is just a little sample of course. It works for me. If you are unsure of a product however you should always test it on a square of the fabric though to make sure it is ok.
(I am in no way affiliated with the company that makes these pens, just a satisfied customer )
Some people have commented that part of this quilt looks familiar but not quite like one they saw someplace. I posted a post last month that I got a pattern from Bunny Tales, the pattern is called Yo-Yo’ville but I kind of changed it up and wonder why I bought the pattern to begin with! As you can see at the link I kept the body of the quilt kind of the same. The change I made in it is that they have all the color squares on a diagonal setting where as I kind of zig-zagged them around a bit. After I got the pattern I decided that the house border was not “me” that is why I am thinking of appliqueing circles on the border. The house border is cute, don’t take me wrong it is just not the type of applique I do – I don’t do “cute” very well no insult to the designer intended as we all have our own taste of course.
I have the border sewed on to the body of the quilt. Now I will take a break from it and then decide if I am going to applique circles on it – just plain scattered. Here is what it looks like now. It is 100 x 100 inches and I have no space to lay it out completely on the floor without moving furniture even more than I did! So just use your imagination to picture it completely flat!
We are still being warned of a possible ice storm for Thursday late in the day and snow on Friday. Each day they change the outlook a little bit. Yesterday’s report sounded bad so this morning we moved the motorhome to in between the house and the work shop where it is protected from trees. Where it is normally parked is by some pine trees – if we get ice we could have broken branches and do not want to chance it. Luckily the area Mike had to drive through was dry enough and he didn’t sink in to any mud — we have had a lot of rain in recent weeks and it is very muddy in places. We are ready with firewood and a generator in case we loose power – the refrigerator is full (well be plugged into the generator if needed) so I am ready – now lets keep our fingers crossed that it passes us by!!