First the quilting – more progress on the Red and Green on Monday night – none done last night as I was in the living room watching NCIS so I worked on other things. I can’t see the tv properly when I am at the big quilting frame – the one above the quilting frame isn’t working properly-I can get Netflix and Hulu but not the dish network.
Tuesday morning and afternoon was spent working more on Carousel – a lot of progress made and this much of the white area left to do.
Now on to the weather – it is still cold as heck out there – about 20 degrees lower than our average December temperature – it got up to 33 briefly out here again so still some melting going on but not enough to suit me
I did wander around outside to take a few photos. It was already late afternoon so the lighting wasn’t as well as it should have been. Some ice and hard snow still on top of the car, that should come off today I’m sure.
Still a rather thick coating of ice on the trees.
icicles hanging on the rose bushes.
The small dogwood tree covered in iced.
A pipe hanging by the workshop covered in ice and icicles.
A tall slender nut tree of some sort (a filbert?) bent totally over – the leaves on these trees turn brown in the fall but do not fall off until spring for some reason. (we were given some nut trees years ago to plant they were barely more than twigs – the person who gave them to us thought they were walnut trees – they weren’t and I have never been able to exactly determine what they are but they have a nut that is a filbert of some kind – kind of like a hazelnut) the squirrels love the trees we have about 8 of them that grew and they are a distance from the house.
The same kind of tree here but much larger in fact this is the largest of the nut trees and as you can see – a lot of branches broke on this one, I’m not sure if we will try to save it with pruning or just cut it down.
And the sunset – I completely forgot to put the umbrella on the patio table away for the winter I see – I guess I will do that when it thaws out – maybe next month! These trees are still completely covered in ice. I made sure to not be under the trees in case any branches would fall just in case you all thought I was kind of stupid we have a lot of big open areas and I was using the zoom lens.
Roads are clear – off to Little Rock today and visit our daughter for lunch and do some Christmas shopping. It will be cold – but sunny or so the weatherman says.
The Red and Green is coming along nicely even though I mainly just work on it in the evenings – I don’t know why that is just my routine and I am a routine type of person. Lately I haven’t been working on much of any kind of quilting in the daytime – half the time I don’t even know what I do in the daytime that passes my time other than routine housework and reading and some times quilting/sewing!
Next time I roll the quilt down (end of the week?) I will be able to finish these blocks and then work on the border.
And because around here the ice storm is still interesting here are two cardinals in the tree yesterday. We did get the car out of the driveway and got to my appointment and then we went to the fitness center and got in a work out after being at home for 3 days it felt good to be out. Glenda at Patchwork Dreams – Australia here is a photo for you of two cardinals!
The roads were all clear but there is plenty of snow and ice – all the trees are still covered in ice the temperature only got up to 33 for a short while but the ground believe it or not was still warm I guess as we have some melting going on in the yard even with such cold temps.
Yesterday I showed that I would use the mini packs of fabric with Inklingo and the tumbler pattern – had some questions – yes they should iron down to the freezer paper and stick – occasionally I have had a run in with some fabric that doesn’t want to stick but if that happens I will just make a sheet of freezer paper templates without seam allowance – iron the paper to the fabric and draw the seam around in pencil by drawing around the template and also draw a quarter inch seam around the piece. I use pre-cut freezer paper that I order from a company called C. Jenkins comes in packages of 50 sheets and 100 sheets. You can find this same freezer paper from some on line quilt shops and maybe your local quilt shop? I have always order from this company – I don’t’ remember how I found them – just did and have good service – sometimes though if I am ordering from a quilt shop I will check and see if they carry freezer paper and if they do and the price is right I will order a package of it. It is a little thicker than the rolls of freezer paper and I find it works easier for Inklingo but some use the rolls and say they do not have a problem. If you go to Linda Franz’s site there are tutorials and explanations about almost every question you can think of to ask her. I love using it for hand piecing but you can use if machine sewing too – some people combine the two – hand and machine. I will begin to print out the mini squares soon as I would like to have some ready to start working on at the beginning of the year – I will show progress on that then.
In the beginning of the year I really want to get back to work on Love Entwined also – there will be a lot of hand work going on in 2014!! Diamonds are Forever will continue, The Mini Tumblers, Floral Fantasy – some Fancy Dresden Plates also from Inklingo – I’m sure I will be making small tops on the machine at the same time my hand quilting will be on Patchwork of the Crosses and the 2nd of my Dear Jane quilts – I hope to quilt them both next year on the big frame. I will keep cranking out more and more quilts because that is what I do – I have basically no other hobbies – this keeps me happy.
Wow, we are still not above freezing temperature! I didn’t even go outside yesterday. I will today – I have an appointment (yearly mammogram) and the plows were out scraping the roads clean – Mike tried to see if he could get the vehicles out of the driveway and he could – so today to town I go! I have gotten done with a bit though and that is good – progress on quilts is always a good thing. Today maybe we will get up to or above 32 degrees I sure hope so – by the weekend we might be up to 50! major melting all week long although nights are to still be in the 20’s for most of the week so well freeze again at night – yuck!!
More work was done on Carousel – still taking it slow with it – haven’t really been able to get into it for hours and hours – but slowly it is getting there and only 5 hours of work on it actually! I have trimmed the sides away from the areas that are finished – you can see I have three whole white block to do and then 1 corner and 4 sides – those areas go faster than the blocks on the inside. (and still need to do the prints of course)
Do not have a photo but I have gotten done with 3 of the borders of applique on Uncommon, Common Bride – just the stitching around the applique pieces – next I will do the corner blocks on that border of the stars and then grid .
What have I been reading the last couple of days – Executive Orders by Tom Clancy – Mike had gotten his newest book on kindle and said something about it which made me realize I hadn’t read one of his in years so I picked this one off the shelf as it was the last in the Jack Ryan series that I never got to – it has been out for years – I had just stopped reading his books for some reason.
Yes that is right 874 pages and the print is not super huge although in this photo it looks big enough it actually is smaller than it looks. After trying to hold this book in bed the first night I was reading it I said to heck with it and ordered it for my kindle LOL – it was so heavy I couldn’t hold it comfortably – what a wimp I have become I am plodding through it, skipping a little here and there as I always do in the technical parts (they bore me) and then on to the more interesting parts! The kindle will be so much easier to bring to the fitness center to read this week – I have to get back to exercise after being home 3 days in a row and I don’t remember why but I didn’t exercise on Thursday last week either – lazy! I don’t care for audio books – I am the type that likes to go back a couple pages every now and then to re-read something and I find it hard to find the right spot in audio.
The rose bush covered in ice with a cardinal on it to brighten it up
I decided with my mini packs that I have been collecting for a good part of the year I will be making a tumbler quilt with 2 inch tumblers – charm quilt. This will be hand pieced just for fun (yes I know some think I am nuts but those of you that like hand piecing totally get me) – I might sew the long rows together by machine but haven’t decided on that part. These three pieces are laying right side down as they would on freezer paper – this is Inklingo – I printed out the 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece on regular paper to see if I would be able to easily iron the mini’s on to it and I will be able to get 12 on a sheet – print then cut the rows with rotary cutter and they will be ready for hand stitching in between other projects like I am doing with the hexies. I think for arrangement I will do light tumbler/dark tumbler. This quilt will have about 2,500 pieces in it I think and hopefully they will all be a different fabric! (the lines you see on the paper is what prints on the fabric – seam line and cutting line makes hand piecing so easy)
Birds continue to flock to the feeders – I will need to see if I can get the feeders loose today and refill them although they have been happy getting the seed off the ground anyhow. – that is a woodpecker on the wood pole – he is pecking around at it I have a pair of them hanging around this one has the red crown – Downy (?) male the little hanging water dish is completely covered I will need to clear that off
I should have taken a photo of the car before we started to clean it off yesterday – totally didn’t think of it. We do not have a garage. The car was completely encased in ice! I mean really the door handles were completely covered in ice we had to use warm water and keep pouring it over the handles and then down the sides of the doors to melt the ice in order to open the car doors – it was actually kind of funny when we were going back and forth to the house to get hot water, tracking snow throughout – although it wouldn’t have been if it was needed in an emergency!!
Finally we got the doors open – it sure gave us some much needed exercise – then we had to start on the windshield and the rear window – again more warm water (not boiling don’t know if it would have caused the glass to crack!) Mike broke two ice scrappers while trying to get ice off so now I need to remember to pick up more!! We have some spray stuff but there was so much ice on the car that it would have taken several bottles – warm water worked faster. The car had at least 1/2 inch in some areas and closer to an inch in others. The roads are still a mess outside and we didn’t go anyplace after all that work – but it is nice knowing that we can use it if we have to. The truck was better but it blew a fuse and there is no heat or air working on it – don’t know how that happened Mike noticed it when he moved the truck to make sure a tree wouldn’t fall on it. It had taken him awhile to get that one open also the day before. Good news is that most people now have their power back on although some still do not but expected to tomorrow I think.
So no photos of the car but here are some icicles which we normally do not have.
The cold spell is not going to last as long as originally predicated and it sounds like by Monday it will be above freezing and in the 40’s by mid week that will feel like a heat wave after this LOL. It will be a wet mess out here for sure by the end of the week.
I still can not put bird feed in the feeder – encased in ice also
They seem to be happy with what I throw on the snow for them. The ground is covered with birds at time and then I go to the window to take a photo and they fly away – they spook fairly easy.
More quilting done – this on Friday night
And this Saturday afternoon after I rolled it down some more.
Moving right along!
Well our power came back on at 3:30 yesterday afternoon after being out for 14 hours at least. But – we have trees thickly coated with ice and I wonder if they will fall down over the power lines before the ice melts – which might not happen for about 3 or 4 days – we are in a very frigid spell right now! If I don’t get back on here that is why – we didn’t have internet for awhile yesterday, do not have tv – the satellite dish is on top of the roof and the dish is covered in ice! I expect not to have tv for several days as well. Nothing we can do about the trees right now but wait and see what happens and get them cut when we can.
So seeing as I was trapped in the house with little to do - I got my Floral Fantasy block completed! I didn’t work on any other quilting – I read some also and finished putting ornaments up on the tree. Kept feeding the fireplace. I got all my mother’s xmas cards address and stuffed in envelopes – I take care of them for her now as her hands are too bad with arthritis and her vision is poor. Like I told her I put everything in an address bank on the computer, print labels out (return also) and I’m done in about 40 minutes or so. It would take her 3 or 4 days to do it.
Two more blocks and then on the border I believe.
I worked on the Red and Green Thursday night and got this far.
Someone mentioned tape some time ago and again yesterday for the fingertips with hand quilting. I have not used tape but some time ago I bought these stick on needle grippers and then realized that if I put them on the fingertips that get stabbed the most double layer that it helps protect the fingers and grips. Needle Grip-It here they are at Amazon but I know I got them someplace else for a lot less but I do not remember where I got them at – purchased last year and I got three packages. Someone must have had a sale – maybe Connecting Threads, will need to check. I just started to use them a lot last month when my fingertips started to get really sore.
they are very thin so I double them sometimes – well that got a little out of focus but you can see what I mean.
Now a photo from the storm – thickly covered in ice, taken through the window in the sewing room with zoom lens
the wire at the top of the birdfeeder is incased with ice and I ventured outside to fill the feeder up in the afternoon yesterday and I couldn’t break it loose – I was afraid if I tried harder I would break the feeder and it is new – so bird seed was sprinkled on the ground and will be until the thaw comes in a couple days. Needless to say the birds were at both feeders all day long and eating off the snow too!
Stay safe and warm everyone that is affected with the horrible weather we are having here in the states.
Colors of Christmas and of the quilt of course! And this is not a Christmas quilt but I bet every year I will have it out some place at this time of year.
I love this flower! It is so big though that I had to do quilting in it and it makes it look puffy – like trapunto – nice
Almost as big as my hand
I got four more Diamonds done for Diamonds are Forever – I haven’t worked a lot on this bunch in awhile but I’m sure I will do more soon
Stitching done around the applique on this border for the Uncommon Common Bride with the pink flowers but it didn’t show up in the photo – on to the second border. I will quilt around each shape and then put a grid on and get to that step – this one is taking awhile isn’t it. You can tell I haven’t been working a lot on it.
The light Blue-Green skinny part is appliqued in place and beginning on the print/leaves – area for this Floral Fantasy block.
And finally I got back to work on Carousel yesterday – still plugging around on the white square areas – more than half way done on those and the print areas still to go.
So the last couple of days work has been done on all the projects except Love Entwined which I believe I mentioned I will pick back up on in the New Year. Hopefully by then I will be done with Carousel and the Red and Green Applique.
We are in store for an ice storm according to the weatherman as all in the states have most likely heard by now – starts late afternoon through Friday morning for us here in Arkansas and then again maybe on Saturday night. We are as prepared as we can be. We have fuel for the generator, cat litter to put on ice, firewood, groceries, bottled water in case something happens to the water company (has happened a time or two in the past) – I won’t be surprised if we loose our power for at least a day or so although I hope like crazy that we get snow and not ice or if we get ice it is just a little bit and won’t do damage – and that we keep our power! For 5 days at least starting on Friday we are below normal temperatures for our area and will barely be in the low 30’s some days and teens to single digits at night – very odd for us in this part of the country (and we are not built in this part of the country for temperatures like that – water faucets will be dripping at night to make sure they do not freeze) – if you do not hear from me Friday through whenever – it will be because we have lost our internet service – I will be in touch when I can and most likely will get a post in on Friday by writing one tonight and let you all know what is going on in my neck of the woods stay safe everyone!