Quilting and a Storm

Murrieta Stars – Flannel, weather

We had a storm come through on Saturday night – actually very early Sunday morning and lost our power around 2 AM — the power finally came back on at 6:15 in the evening – a long day without power – thank goodness for generators!  Melanie and Ric were just getting ready to leave their house and come up here to charge things up and get something hot to drink when the power came back on for the whole road of houses on both sides.

I forgot to shut off the overhead light before I took this photo to show what I finished on Saturday night – but I finished the first row and the corner and then I was ready to roll the quilt down Sunday afternoon and continue on with the next section.


The next design is a little different.  I have half of the design drawn and then started to quilt some of it to see how I like it – I love it and the quilting flows from one line to the next really well without a lot of stops and starts.


I plan to do the flower in the corners of this border too.  Linking to Em’s Scrapbag this morning and MCM#93 and  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts: Design Wall Monday and Love, Laugh, Quilt .


We had a couple more dead branches fall out of the trees and I picked some of them up before it started to rain lightly again


Still some more scattered around that I will pick up over the next day or two.  Not an excessive amount.  There was a little damage in the near by town but I don’t think it was a lot.  There was a tree down between where we live and Melanie 2 1/2 miles down the road from us – we believe it was this that  caused the power outages in the area.


And one branch that wasn’t dead.


Being without power just one day makes me wonder just how the people of Puerto Rico are managing – it was kind of driving me nuts just having one day without power.  We didn’t turn the generator on right away but waited until mid-morning when it was finally – “I got to have a cup of coffee”!   I could have went out and found the propane campstove and the old fashioned coffee pot but it was easier to just get the generator going!  We did go out for an early supper as the generator doesn’t supply enough power to the stove, or the hot water heater, AC or heat – we do have the microwave, small appliances and lights in every room and the fan to blow heat out of the fireplace if needed.  We can survive but so nice to not have to!!  I could have cooked something in the electric skillet or whatever but I needed to get out anyhow.










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21 comments… add one
  • Deb Oct 23, 2017

    We are all so dependent on electricity it is scary ( if our grid was attacked or something )
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      I know I think of that often especially when you loose it for more than a couple of hours you really think

  • Preeti Oct 23, 2017

    Glad that you got the power back on. It is amazing the things we take for granted.
    The hand quilting is beautiful – such a labor of love.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      yes we take our electricity for granted don’t we, the quilting is going smoothly

  • Diann Bottrell Oct 23, 2017

    Beautiful handquilting! I like that new design, too. We have a niece and her husband who moved to Puerto Rico about 4 years ago, thinking it would be paradise, and I’m pretty sure they’ve changed their minds. They can’t even get to their money (which is in banks here in CO) because there’s no electricity or internet. My sister-in-law is buying plane tickets to get them back here. It’s all a very sad situation.

    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      glad your sister in law is able to get them tickets so they can come back – I do feel for all that can’t leave and are so poor

  • Thimbleanna Oct 23, 2017

    You’re hiking right along on your quilt — you’re already a fast quilter, but this will seem like lightning (to keep with your stormy theme LOL)speed with the big stitches. Glad your power wasn’t off for too long!

    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      this one does feel like it is moving fast – I guess it is the bigger stitches and bigger needle – had thought I would be using it for next years winter – maybe I can surprise myself and use it for this winter

  • Bonnie in Va Oct 23, 2017

    Nice job of quilting. You must spend hours a day on it to move it along so quickly. (Ok maybe just quickly to me…but it does seem to go fast!) I agree with your thoughts about no electricity. It’s sad it is taking so long to get the power up but considering how badly they were hit it is understandable.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      actually no I don’t spend hours a day quilting – I guess I am fast or maybe it is because it is big stitch? the first border only took me 4 hours of work and I did it over 3 evenings – with what I have of last night the second border at 1/3 done gives me a total of 5.5 hours of work. Most evenings I work for 1 to 2 hours on at the frame. Occasionally I will sit down for 20 minutes or so in the daytime drawing designs down

  • Dottie bishaw Oct 23, 2017

    I’m glad you didn’t have much damage and your power is back on. My son and his family in Florida had to camp out for eight days without power. They used their camping stove to cook and ran the generator at night for the air conditioner because it was so hot there after the hurricane. It took waiting in long lines to get gas for it too. Your quilting is going so fast and looks so good. It’s so nice that your daughter can live so close to you. A beautiful fall day here.

    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      Yes I really feel bad for all those in the hurricane area – it makes you feel better when you know it will just be part of a day or little more than a day when you compare. One year in the winter we had a massive ice storm in the NW part of the state and one of my brothers lost his power for about 3 weeks before they finally had all the trees cleared and the lines back up – he had to have a generator going off and on for hours on end and kerosene type of heaters to heat the house – I’m not sure how he did that as I know you have to have windows cracked open or something for that for ventilation.

  • Vicki V Oct 23, 2017

    I’m glad to hear that you didn’t have much damage. The quilting is looking great! I can’t figure out how you travel with this new motif.

    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      I start from a straight line at the bottom or top and follow it zig-zagging in the opposite direction, I do have to go back here and there to fill in a spot or two

    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      I drew the stencil on a piece of paper and then drew color coded lines with arrows – I will show it in tomorrow’s post so you can see how easy it can be

  • Ramona Oct 23, 2017

    Your new design is beautiful. It shows up so nicely on the gold cloth. Being without power for any longer than a few hours is a struggle, especially since we lose water. But you are right, it’s nothing compared to what the people hit by the hurricanes are dealing with.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      I was so glad so long ago when the county put in a water system and we no longer had to have well water – that is one of the worse things I think is loosing your water plus electricity

  • Emily Oct 23, 2017

    Happy you are safe and your power is back on. Love the design you are quilting in you quilt.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2017

      thanks – I love this design too

  • Beth Oct 25, 2017

    Love that interlocking border design! It would be a good one for free motion quilting too. A few years ago we had a summer storm that knocked out electricity all over the county. We were w/o power for almost a week. We have a generator, but it’s just not the same! 🙂 Glad things are back up and running for you!
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    • Karen Oct 25, 2017

      if my power was out for a week I’d be going crazy even with a generator – like you say it just isn’t the same!

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