Sunday was just as they said it was going to be, rain, sleet, freezing rain – I had yet to see any snow as I was writing this last night at about 6:30 and it was dark – I guess I find out in the morning an hour or so after this post pops up.
So first some icy photos – this one was from about 2 in the afternoon – some ice beginning to build up. Looking out the sewing room window towards the bird feeder and the workshop. I guess it was in the 50’s after midnight but Mike got up around 6:30 and it was 42 and I got up a little after 7 and it had already dropped to 34 needless to say it continued to slowly drop in temp all day and all night!
Cardinals loving the feed out in the front yard
More birds on the ground – cardinals and I’m not sure what else. They really went through the seed yesterday I will need to fill both of the feeders back up today.
I finished the sashing in between the blocks on the Granny Squares now to join those long rows together with more sashing and cornerstones.
I finished the 3rd corner of the Floral Fantasy quilt and now working on the 4th corner – moving really slow on this quilt – I have barely touched it in days.
Saturday night I quilted this area of Patchwork of the Crosses
and this area where I picked back up on it last night.
On Sunday we didn’t loose power due to the storm but there are small outages all over the state right now as I write this – I do hope we will be some of the lucky ones and have power in the morning – otherwise the generator will be started and the fireplace going. Keep your fingers crossed! Hope all of my readers are lucky to with this storm and are safe tucked away in their homes and not out on the road anywhere!
I will be linking up to Judy at Patchwork Times in the morning if I am able to.
I got a lot of white hexies printed out on fabric today and ready to use for Diamonds are Forever while watching the Olympics. I had another row barely started and I have been working on them the last night or two and last night have another row just about finished and ready to attach. Just a few more white ones on the end and then the long row to attach.
One more Granny Square completed today also – the outer ring is a batik that was kind of a tie dyed looking thing! Not sure if it looks right – but will try it out on the wall for awhile and see how it goes with the others. At least 10 more to make.
More of the leaders and enders little 4 patches done while I was doing the Granny Block – this is working out pretty good working on two projects at once. I’m not sure what I will use them for – but might use them in long rows in length with applique between – I have a pattern like that somewhere – I will look.
This little woodpecker is pretty darn smart – I didn’t realize what he was doing at first – the wood pole that he is on is treated lumber – there are no bugs in it – I wondered what he was pecking at – then saw he kept going back to the feeder, then back to the pole and pecking – he has holes pecked in the wood – gets a seed brings it back to the pole – sticks it in the hole and pecks at it to break the seed shell open!! What a thought process for a bird – I didn’t know they did that.
We have lost our power again – late afternoon about 5PM the power went out (Sunday) – the electric company said it would be back around 7:30 – by 7:30 we got a text saying by midnight – Mike had a message from someone he knows that said ( he thought ) there had been a fire on a power pole that caused it – I write this the night before so right now — Sunday night at 7:50 PM we (along with 1,900 others in our area) are still without power but today it warmed up – all the way to 34 degrees! it is still 32 right now and with the fireplace going the house is staying a comfortable 68 (thank goodness for a small house huh) – we well leave the generator run until we are ready for bed and then shut it off and with quilts on the bed will be warm and the heat will come back on around midnight I presume - one can hope – it won’t get that cold in the house – crazy huh – 4 times since early December!! Glad it is not supposed to get really cold tonight although Monday night it will and Tuesday. (edited 10 PM Sunday – the power came back on by 9PM – hope it doesn’t do it again this week!)
Another winter storm is coming though and we will get snow it sounds like starting sometime tomorrow – 2-4 inches is possible – glad that the warmer temps today has melted a lot of the ice out of the tall pine trees although there is still some up there.
What a crazy winter – we need to double the amount of firewood we normally prepare for the winter at this rate! We are running low – thank goodness spring is almost here. Everyone I have talked to says they are running low on firewood, – some use it as their only heat source others like us use it as back up to help keep the heat bill down or when they loose power.
Thanks for all the compliments on the finished quilt! and for the compliments on my un-dyed hair LOL
Well after 100 hours of quilting give or take an hour this quilt that was started in August of 2012 – I didn’t keep track of the amount of time the top took but estimate of around 100 hours for that too is probably on track. Hand piecing, machine piecing, needle turn applique and hand quilted.
Washed and dried finishing at about 70 x 73 inches. I used the Select Quilters Dream Batting which is the medium weight. The center of the quilt pattern is from the pattern called “Common Bride” by Edyta Starr. Fairly soon after I started the top I knew I had changed my mind and didn’t want to make all of it – I didn’t want another small quilt so changed it up a bit and ended up with this.
I do not care for the backing fabric at all – but there you go – the quilting doesn’t show up on it at all and it is much darker than I had planned. But then as I say the back will not be shown all that much will it.
Glad it is done! and now on to Patchwork of the Crosses this much done so far.
The birds looking pretty in the snow
Maybe a warm up finally today before another cold front/snow storm hits us on Monday afternoon – evening? It didn’t happen yesterday – 30 for a high out at our place, Melanie and I did make it in for Greta’s book signing (link to her book on previous post) though so that was great to get out and visit for awhile – even got the grocery shopping done – I need to run back in to the store today though as I forgot printer ink and I have more Inklingo hexies to print out on white – have to make sure I have enough to work with – I will be doing a lot of these I hope while the Olympics are playing.
Greta signing one of two books for me – presents for my girls! I don’t know if I had mentioned on my blog that I was growing my hair dye out – here it is – this is what it looks like now – no more dark brown hair – it just gets too hard to cover up when it has this much white and gray.
You are going to be seeing a lot of this quilt in the next half year or so – I hope you won’t get sick of it I love it, I think this is one of my favorite quilts. I don’t know if it is the design, the summery colors or what.
Patchwork of the Crosses getting on the frame yesterday!
Here is a link from several years ago that shows my whole process of getting a quilt on the frame if you want to look.
Of course yesterday afternoon I had to sit down and start to quilt – Melanie was sick yesterday and couldn’t come help but we have all been taking turns of not quite feeling quite up to par since we moved her back to this area last weekend and we found out later that their friend that helped in the move was sick that evening and for a good part of the week – we are all lucky that we seem to have been just “not quite 100%” but not really sick,sick if you know what I mean.
This is the thread I will use – it is King Tut variegated #917 I used this for my Going In Circles quilt a couple years ago and have more than enough left over almost 2 whole spools – the quilts are similar in color and I really like it.
Here is the section on the first border that I started on – I am marking with the blue pen and will spray it off as I go – I know I won’t have bleeding problems with this quilt.
I went out to collect the mail today and just had to go back to take a photo of the pine trees – icicles hanging on the tree – the sun came out on Thursday and started to melt things but the temps never got above 23 or so and therefor a complete melt didn’t happen! It was supposed to get to 32 but never happened. It was odd to see them and I have not seen them on trees often like this.
Friday it actually got up to 23 by 5 PM! and snow is expected tonight – enough already – What will Saturday be like, if Melanie is feeling well we plan on going to a book signing that my sister in law is having at the Vintage Book store in Russellville for her book that came out several months ago – His Promise True – lets hope for nice weather – it is supposed to finally get in the high 30’s at least maybe even 40+!!! I of course wonder if it will even get in the 30′s! I need to get the groceries while we are in town – a busy afternoon.
I am working on the binding for the Bride quilt and hope to have it done soon – I am writing this on Friday and will be working on the binding while watching the opening ceremony’s for the Olympics which start soon – it is long so I just might get done – who knows.
The Fat Quarter Shop has all of their Bella Solids on sale right now – 20% off – that makes yardage $5.59 a yard.
I couldn’t believe it when we lost our power yesterday morning from the ice – Mike says it was 3 times this winter – I thought it was 4 – any count was too much in my opinion. We have not had a winter like this in a long time and I know all across the US it is the same – whether it be snow, cold temps or ice like we have – it is too much isn’t it – but nothing we can do but wait for spring to come and it will come eventually. So here are some pretty photos of the ice – because even if we hate it – it is pretty.
The Dogwood tree covered
Ice hanging off a plant hook
Ice covered branches once again – I haven’t heard any snap this time so maybe we have been spared – well find out today when the weatherman say the wind might pick up a little.
Just as I was spotting this cardinal and snapped the photo it was taking off so it is just a blur in the middle of the photo.
So well the weather was nasty outside I was inside sewing – got one more granny block done and a lot more scrap cutting – the stack of scraps on top the quilting frame is getting smaller. (edited last night) I had already written this post yesterday and had it scheduled when I was asked a question about how do I decide how to cut into the scraps – I press each piece before I cut into it, after I press it I lay it on the cutting mat and take a look – is is long and skinny? it gets cut into 2.5 inch strips and put in the canvas box – what is left over – if it is about 1 inch wide it gets put into the string boxes – if it is 2.0 inch wide I cut it into 2 inch pieces. When I take a scrap and it is smaller than a fat quarter but not really long I start by cutting 5 inch squares out of it or whatever the biggest square can be like 4 inches for instance, then I see what is left and start cutting say for instance 3 inch squares or 2.5 or 3.5 ect. when I get down to the smallest pieces anything smaller than 1.5 gets tossed and on to the next piece. That is just my way of doing it – I see so many suggestions out in blogland and we all have our own way.
4 complete rows now.
This much quilting left to do on Uncommon Common Bride.
So much for the big winter weather storm warning – we had less than an inch of snow yesterday, mixed with ice and rain and sleet! this is what we ended up with. Not much – although there is some ice on the trees it is a thin layer and traffic is still moving on the highway out front of us. Not that we ever have much traffic but it is moving
The birds feasting
It was time to move the quilt blocks on the wall to have more room – the plan was to move the cutting table out of the way when I needed to but having it right up next to the wall wasn’t working out well – as normally only two sides of the table is available and it is difficult to cut long pieces on the right side as my arm kept knocking the wall and I don’t want to keep moving the table constantly. I had to pull it out to get moving on redoing the blocks on the wall and it got me to thinking -
Why not move the table in the middle – the two lights combined (one under each of those lower shelves) give me enough light to work and the small table with the ironing board is much easier to move out of the way when needed and gives me three sides of the table with easier access. I’m going to try it this way for awhile.
these are the two blocks I did today – arrangement on the wall is changed from what you last saw – still in no particular order – just stuck up there to see what I have. I do have room for one more going down but the quilt frame will block most of them so that area will be filled in last.
Yesterday while I was making the two granny blocks I kept on with the leaders and enders and started to put them into four patches and pressed and trimmed the blocks also – I have a lot of “2 inch” blocks in that box but a lot of them were cut rather messy and I am trimming all the blocks to 3 inches square unfinished to get them all the same – I am not the best “cutter” around but they always work in the end! Maybe that is why I don’t worry about entering shows – I don’t want the stress of perfection! I find I like working on two sewing machine projects at once – it is such a nice feeling to be using up these scraps!!
This is going to be a scrappy year! Well I have a birthday cake to get made this morning – happy 62 to Mike – Melanie will be over later today to help eat it! Nice to have her closer now.