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.
Vicki from Field Trips in Fiber wants to know what tools do we use that are not bought in a quilt shop – so what unusual things do you have? I use rubber gripping shelve coverings for various things in the sewing room – the one place you might have seen it is on the handle of my paddle thimble. I find that especially in the winter when my hands are dry the metal tends to slip out of my hands. I cut a piece big enough to wrap around it and then tape it in place – I have to replace it every now and then. Another piece of this rubber is underneath my cutting mat as it tends to slip on the table now and then.
It isn’t fancy but it works. I also have some little pencil ends that are colorful and rubber that can go on this also but after awhile they tend to start to tear and I haven’t been able to find the first size I had that lasted a long time.
And of course who can go without using masking tape!!
So go over to Vicki’s blog – link at the top of the page and let us see what you have in your studio
My internet is back but still without power – generator still working – hope electricity is back tonight.
Well moisture came down more in the middle of the night. We lost power around 1 AM and still have no power. Generator is running, fireplace going – couple lights on and space heaters. So far so good. A couple tall thin pine trees are leaning too much to my likening– it makes me nervous – they could fall – we will find out I guess and if they don’t I think one thing we need to do soon is hire a tree service to cut down the pine trees close to the house – they are always the bad ones to have in ice storms. We had talked about it this past summer when Mike cut down the ones he was able to – the others were too close to the house for him to feel he could do them. Time got away from us and we never did it. Wish we had now.
Looking out the window from the sewing table – workshop and bird feeders
The trees over the workshop area
This tree is far from the house and huge but you can see how covered in ice and snow it is.
Looking out the front door – little branches down but nothing major – we have talked of having this tree right next to the porch cut down also.
Using the Iphone for a hotspot for internet – well update when I can. So far the electric company says some outages could last 5 to 7 days – hope it isn’t for us but who can tell.
Yesterday brought us a very chilly day! Rain off and on all day and into the night. Around 4 PM we started to get a little ice, then a little sleet, off and on very light. I am writing this on Thursday night and have it scheduled to post early Friday morning (the 6th) I don’t know what it will be like by morning, they (the weathermen) are still very excited and saying we are getting a lot of ice and snow – they kind of change back and forth on this hourly it seems. I guess we will just have to see what it is like in the morning – I’ll let you all know if I have power if I can that is!
We decided to put up our Christmas tree last night – we have a pre-lite skinny tree – and this is the third year we have had it – of course leave it to a bad weather event to find out that some of the lights are not working! When we can we will go get a small string of lights to fill in the blank area at the top LOL – looks kind of weird doesn’t it – I doubt we will be able to figure out which little light isn’t working and replace it – we figure it will be easier to put a small strand of lights on it. So have a laugh this is our tree part way decorated LOL – right around the top about 8 inches or so down is where there are no lights – believe me it is more noticeable when you are in the same room with it. I’m not sure I even like this tree anymore – it might be time to get a new one next year and put the lights on it ourselves once again!
Yesterday morning before the rain started we decided to run into town and get a new printer – I had just gotten one about six months ago for me to use with Inklingo as my previous cheap HP had died and the “new” one quit working already (also cheap). We had another one (that was old and cost a fortune at the time we got it) that was a printer/scanner/copier/fax but Mike had been having trouble with it too and I couldn’t use it from my computer at all and it was laser and didn’t work on fabric. So we decided to get a new one and take the other two out – we are now sharing this one and so far it seems to be working ok. I printed out fabric labels for some quilts earlier and it worked well. I am very behind on labels for my quilts. Two ink cartridges were included and if you look to see the price on the replacement ink you are barely even paying for the printer anymore – it is the ink.
I did get more quilting done on Wednesday night –
And on Thursday in the daytime for a change
More on this one too
Temporarily I put the nativity scene under the tv for now – normally I put it on top of the fireplace – but as I don’t know how much we will be using the fireplace this week I thought I would move it later or maybe leave it here – we will see.
I have my dried fruit soaking in some brandy this year for my fruitcake that I make – no candied fruit in my cake – dried fruit and nuts – some years I soak it in spirits and some years in orange juice – it depends on if I have any spirits in the house – this year I did. I will make the cake in about 10 to 15 days and it should be good and tasty by then!
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!
First off thank you to Audrey at Quilty Folk for mentioning her new ironing board cover a couple weeks ago – I went on over to Crate and Barrel and was surprised by the reasonable prices for these as they ran about the same as Wal-Mart does! I don’t think Crate and Barrel is known for inexpensive prices. I had made a very bright flashy cover for my small board last year but that was a mistake as it occasionally ran if I got the fabric a little too wet with spray water on it. Bleed! So here are my new covers – it was time to get one for the big board too – it is hard to find one to fit it sometimes as it is a little wider than most and my local store also rarely has a cover for the mini board – I was really glad to see I could get both at one stop.
The big board:
The little board that fits so well on top of the cutting table although it is just on the big ironing board for this photo
My purchase arrived very quickly from Crafsty! I just ordered this on the sale they ran over Thanksgiving weekend and here it was in the mail today! I love Fossil Fern and I think I have the perfect project for it. Fancy pieced Dresden Plates from Linda’s Inklingo collection. I bought the collection last year and had not got around to using it – I think this will be another hand piecing project I got several packages of these 100 piece 5 inch charms – now I need to look the instructions and pattern pieces – the pieces are large enough and they will be scrappy rainbow type of blocks. If it works out it will still need to wait just a little bit as I need to finish Carousel and the Red and Green – I really want to finish both of those before I start something new so I better get at it I guess!
More on the Red and Green – the final border is completely in sight now!! You can hear me clapping my hands and dancing around the room with joy– the end is very much in sight after almost 6 months I wasn’t sure if I could do it by the end of the year – of course I still might not finish by the end of the year, one can never tell but it is looking more possible.