Cold Outside!

quilts, Red & Green Traditional Applique

It is just too cold isn’t it?  And would you believe our power went out for 4 hours from 2 yesterday afternoon to 6 PM – it was only 24 degrees outside at the time – I haven’t a clue why but we found out that it wasn’t just us but about 1200 customers – thank goodness for a fireplace and a generator – the house stayed toasty warm–almost too warm in the living room.  Good thing I wasn’t baking!! I plan on doing that this afternoon Smile

I did get 3 sides of the Red and Green bound though – 2 1/2 of those were yesterday – I’m not sure if I will work on it today or not – maybe.  when I bind I fold my quilt nice and long and have it neatly over my legs kind of folding it as I go – do you do that or just draped all over you – I get too warm if it is all over me.


This much of the border done with the diagonal lines on it.    I like the way it looks and won’t put more on it.


I got a photo of a nice big “pileated woodpecker” yesterday from the window – he sure is busy on that dead tree – which needs to come down this spring – if it doesn’t fall down before then – thank goodness it will hurt nothing in it’s path if it falls before it is cut – I won’t be out there cutting grass that is for sure.


the birds are busy – it is cold out there.  Finches


A cardinal up in the tree


and I saw him fly down here and caught him with the light dusting of snow that we got yesterday.


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14 comments… add one
  • Melanie Jan 6, 2014

    Love the birds… Nature’s Artwork — No Charge.
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  • Katy S Jan 6, 2014

    Your quilt in the frame looks fantastic! I have my hubby’s grandma’s frame and used it for years for handquilting. Now I machine quilt because my hands can’t take it anymore. It is freezing and snowy here too. Stay warm!
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  • Teri Dingler Jan 6, 2014

    Always love the bird shots! We love watching ours! And I may be calling you when i put my first quilt on my quilting frame (big civil war quilt!) If I can’t get it on right! HA It will be my first one to put on a quilting frame (which doesn’t have instructions with it) as I have always lap quilted. But this one I want on the frame – one that looks similar to yours that I lucked up and purchased from a dear friend who doesn’t quilt any longer (for $100! a steal!) Stay warm – its cold in the Montgomery, AL area, too! High, 27 – wind chill in the low to mid teens today, and lower in the morning!

  • Jeanne in Ohio Jan 6, 2014

    Your red and green quilt looks fantastic! I don’t do much hand binding any more, but when I do, I put the bulk of the quilt on a table to keep it off my lap. I seem to live in another climate from my family and friends, so I get hot much quicker than everyone else. I only hand stitch the binding if it’s a very special quilt, and I don’t make many of those, unlike you. I really admire your lovely work!
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  • Stephanie Jan 6, 2014

    I love the quilts your doing! I just drap my quilt all over me while binding. In the summer not as much, but it was 6 degrees this morning so tonight when I get home and start back to binding I may have a couple draped over me lol! Did yall get any snow? They really missed the mark for us saying 2-4 in and we barely got a dusting.

  • Nedran Jan 6, 2014

    So sorry to hear you’ve had another loss of power. I know many parts of the United States are really getting socked right now.
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  • Sue Daurio Jan 6, 2014

    Love the hand quilting, just amazing.
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  • Lindsey Jan 6, 2014

    Karen, your quilting is absolutely lovely! I hope it starts to warm up in your neck of the woods! We had a chilly night last night we were at a chilly 0* in my area! Looking forward to seeing your finished quilt! 🙂

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  • Patricia Jan 6, 2014

    I love the hand quilting it looks beautiful.
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  • Carla Jan 6, 2014

    Love that diagonal border with the twisted celtic cable in it! Stunning!

  • Mary Ann Jan 6, 2014

    Thanks for the photos of the birds. Hope it warms up for you. Here in ND we are suppose to get out of the deep freeze with above temps starting on Thursday. Just part of life living in ND with the cold temps but we usually don’t start until January/Feb. with all the below zero weather. Started way early with almost the whole month of December.

    The hand quilting on your latest project is just beautiful. Can’t wait to see it all completed.

  • audrey Jan 6, 2014

    Your Uncommon Bride is looking amazing! So exciting to see the texture! And unless it’s Summertime, I just let my quilt drape wherever while I’m doing binding.:)

  • Swooze Jan 6, 2014

    Looking good. I’ll have to go back and see how much of the center is done versus what you are calling the border? Is it easier on the frame?

  • Loretta Jan 7, 2014

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE looking at pictures of your handquilting! 🙂
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