Yesterday I worked more on the baby quilt and made progress but it goes slow so I didn’t take a photo – I will tomorrow most likely. I did get a little more done on the Granny Squares – it is getting heavier though and my flimsy design wall is beginning to sag a little LOL – I think when I get done with this quilt and get all off the wall once again I will get a couple insulation boards (the thick blue kind) and wrap them in the flannel and gently nail the boards into the wall so hopefully it will stay put better. Right now the flannel is just stapled to the wall with carpenter staples, but they didn’t go in well.
I really didn’t get much else done though as the dentist usually takes a bit out of me. I have a jaw problem and dental work always makes it quite sore for the next 24 to 48 hours so by mid day as the Novocain was wearing off my jaw begin to throb.
Hopefully I will get more done today – the weather is finally clearing up and it was above freezing most of the day yesterday but I still had a hard time getting the car out of the driveway to go to my dental appointment – it was middle of the morning and still only 24 degrees at that time. Mike had to finally get in behind the wheel and maneuver it to the top of the driveway so I could drive away! I say the “top of the driveway” our driveway really isn’t that steep – it is a slight incline to the highway but the ice was so thick on it – as the sleet melts in the rain gauge so far I see 1.5 inches of water in it! That is a lot of sleet that we had. Next winter I think a couple bags of salt for driveway will be kept on hand – we could have used it 4 times now this year.
Interesting note on this product that I found yesterday:
Steam a Seam 2 and Lite Steam a Seam 2– I do not use this product very much as I don’t do fusible often but when I read Debbie’s post yesterday about needing to order more soon and wanted a certain size and wasn’t sure where she could get it – just out of curiosity I did a search – if you have been having a problem finding it here is why.
Craftsy has 3 quilting classes on sale right now if you want to check them out:
1 – The Classic Double Wedding Ring with Gail Kessler
2 – Traditional Blocks Made Simple with Anita Grossman Solomon
3 – Free Motion Quilting A Sampler with Leah Day
I mainly just worked on two quilts yesterday The Granny Squares and the Patchwork of the Crosses. I very much am tired of icy weather and we managed to get the truck out of the icy driveway to the cleared off road and went and exercised – it was nice to get out of the house!
Two rows of sashing and blocks put together – might get around to more today – dentist this morning though – time to get a crown on a tooth and the temporary gets put on today – oh joy
The POTC from Monday night quilting
A Flicker came to the feeding area yesterday morning – I normally only see these on the trees instead he perched prettily
What else is there to do when it is cold outside, ice on the ground – for me it is reading, sewing, quilting, sometimes baking – clean the house – yes that had to be done too and toss in some laundry as well. Now maybe it will be warm enough to get out of the house today – hope so!
Yesterday I got busy with the sashing on the Granny Squares. The long strips are just pinned up on the design wall right now – I need to make 4 more strips – 2 for the sides and one each for top and bottom and then maybe I will get started sewing those strips on. After I get done with the sashing strips I will decide on the border – I think I know what I want to do but not positive – I want it to be queen size at least.
More quilting on Patchwork of the Crosses – these areas done on Sunday night while listening to the sleet hit the window of the sewing room
I have been getting quite a few questions again from people seeing this metal “stick” on the quilt and asking what is that sitting on the quilt – it is my hand held thimble also known as a “paddle thimble” link here. Yes it does take some getting used to – when you get used to it you do not want to use another when sitting at a frame – my opinion – you can quilt in any direction you want to go without twisting your body like a pretzel. I have 2 of them – I had three but I traded one to another quilter. I have been using this thimble for years – I really do not remember how long – ages! It is perfect for anyone with joint problems, sores on their knuckles from numerous medical conditions and cannot wear a regular thimble because it rubs your knuckle– or because you just want to use it in any direction you want to go. I wrap the handle with numerous things because in the winter when my hands are cold they feel dry and it tends to slip out of my grip – blame it on arthritis and cold hands. It doesn’t need a “gripper” unless you want to put one on it.
Little further with the baby quilt but I am just picking it up now and then and not working steady on it – that big needle kind of bugs me – big stitch quilting takes some getting used to I think. I am getting close to half way done with the border then I need to go back and fill in the big blanks in the half square setting triangles.
Have a great day everyone.
I was outside by 9 AM taking photos of the winter storm that we had. It was nice and brisk – only 13 degrees but so sunny and fresh. Of course I didn’t stay out for long – I’m not crazy! Luckily we didn’t loose our power and the worst of the storm went by us – I don’t think we have more than a 1/2 inch to 1 inch of a mixture of rain/ice/sleet and then a little snow on top of that.
Cardinal perched on lawn ornament – a dragonfly on a flower
icicles hanging on the patio table.
ice on the branches
Bird seed scattered on the ground as the feeders are froze shut once again – when the birds come back (in 5 minutes) it looks like the ground is moving there are so many of them.
Hopefully this is our last winter storm of the season and now it is time for me to get some baking starting and then some sewing/quilting as what else is there to do on a cold day when the roads are a sheet of ice then make some bread or something and sew? I might need to get into a good book as well. Stay warm everyone!
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.
On Friday I started to read a book by Lisa Gardner and it really held my interest from the very beginning. On Saturday I kept at it – other than a break to run to the grocery store and doing laundry — and didn’t even pick up a needle until evening – after I finished the book. The book is Touch and Go – published last year and right now Amazon for Kindle has it for $2.99 . I have read other books by her but never has one of her books kept my interest where I didn’t want to put the book down. Here is a little synopsis from Amazon “Ten minutes after walking the elite Back Bay townhouse and investigator Tessa Leoni already doesn’t like what she sees. Signs of an abduction. Clearly the work of professionals. At best, the entire family has been kidnapped. At worst…”
I took a few stitches on the baby quilt and got done with the corner I showed yesterday, didn’t work on the Granny Squares but I did work on the Patchwork of the Crosses Friday night after I got off the computer. I finished the row I was working on and now have the first of seven rows of the Crosses finished!! I guess I need to really try to get in time almost every day on this quilt if I am going to finish it by fall which I would love to do.
I can tell already that I will only be doing about a 1/3 of a block at a time now as the little blue squares rest just above the roller so I have to have room to move and couldn’t roll it down as far as I would like to – which means I will get across the width faster but will be rolling it down more often. This is the block I started on last night.
Isn’t this tea cozy just so cute – I have a a page on Pinterest with some really pretty hand work ideas . This cozy is designed by Yoko Sato the link goes to a book of hers—I look at all this really delicate handwork and just want to make it all!! Some of the designs are so complicated looking. She is such a great well known quilter. On my blog sidebar I have a link to Patchwork Pink Caramel– the name of this blogger is Sakae Yoshihara – she does a lot of work that might be designs of the designer above – I’m not sure if the translation is right. Sakae’s work is so pretty and delicate also – her blog is in Japanese but using google translator you can sometimes figure out some of what she writes – but she has such beautiful photos of her work and work of her students (I believe if I understood right) even if I can’t understand all that she writes I love looking at the photos – such beautiful hand stitching. (In My Opinion – Google translator does a really poor job of translating at times!)
We are prepared for the winter storm once again and hope other than being cold it will not be too bad and that we won’t get a lot of ice – but I’m pretty sure we will get at least some ice and then snow – we are all ready for some warmth aren’t we!! At least it won’t last more than a day or so.