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.
Yesterday was one of those days when I worked on one project for about 30 minutes then switched off to another off and on all morning – then took an exercise break, got involved in a book and then back to the sewing for a little bit.
I did have a question on how does this “leaders and enders” thing work different for all of us I’m sure. Here is how I go about it. The other day when I quit I wasn’t thinking and pulled the block out without putting a patch under the foot – so yesterday when I sewed a sashing to a Granny Block I started with sliding a patch under the foot.
From there leave the foot down – just start to sew you next block – when you come to the end of it slide another 2 patch under the foot and you keep going. I keep a small pair of scissors handy and just clip off that 2 patch and set it aside and then clip off the granny block when it comes through
As you see in this photo
I am not always the best of cutters and right now I grab a stack of 2 inch squares and before I begin the days sewing I quickly go through them checking the measurement – I would not need to do this if I was accurate – but there you go – not perfect by any means. At the end of row of Granny Squares attaching to the sashing I had 9 – 2 patches done.
At the end of 2 rows of Granny Blocks I had a bunch to toss in the box with the others – I’m not sure what the next project will be that I will use them for, but sometime down the road another baby quilt most likely will be made from them. By not cutting your thread after each block you are saving thread and less thread on the floor or wherever you tend to toss it.
4 rows of Granny Blocks now attached to sashing.
Mainly working on the border on this end of the baby quilt that the hoop is on – at the top of the photo of the quilt I have some more patches to put the quilting in – but one end at a time.
Almost done with the first row of Crosses on the Patchwork of the Crosses and I hope I finished it last night – but as I am writing this at 7:30 and haven’t gotten around to quilting yet last night I assume I got busy after I got off the computer.
Another ice storm possibly heading our way on Sunday during the day or evening – all depends on how fast the rain passes by us and what time of day the temperature starts dropping – all the way down to 20 they say – so much for spring huh – well so is life in Arkansas – never know what winter will bring – but I keep in mind that it really is almost out of here! Here’s hoping we do not loose our power for the 4th or would it be the 5th time this winter – I have actually lost track!! At least this cold spell is to be short lived – I think by Tuesday it should be back in the mid-40’s and then climbing up for the rest of the week. Seems strange though to be in pollen alerts and a winter storm watch at the same time LOL
In the end I decided to go with the Granny Blocks as they were and not take the time to do any trimming down. I even got to work with sashing – the same as the background – white. First I stood back to look at the color arrangement on the wall and really because it is so scrappy to begin with I didn’t really change things up that much from when they were just slapped up on the wall the last time. This is the final arrangement. Plus the first two rows have the sashing on them already –first I will do all the work of joining all the blocks across. I think I will do cornerstones instead of long width with no break up– but not positive – if so they would be scrappy – different color for each one.
The baby quilt progresses – this photo is slightly out of focus I just noticed – sorry.
Depending on your computer screen you will either be able to see the back stitching or not on mine it doesn’t show up really well.
I need to do some lines in this big empty space – that will come last I think as I go around the whole quilt working on the flower design and the border.
Now I am being laughed at for my statement yesterday of intending to try very hard to not buy more fabric now really I did state that I would buy fabric for backings and background – even that I would buy fabric in order to finish a project if needed. I didn’t say I would buy no fabric!
I challenge all of you to look at your shelves, your baskets, boxes or whatever you have fabric stored in and tell me you can not make a dozen quilts out of what you have if you could only buy to finish a quilt, for backing or background!! Come on now be truthful I bet most of us quilters could really and truly do this if we wanted to or needed to due to finances or whatever.
Of course if I see some really good quality fabric on sale for less than $5 a yard it will be hard to pass it up – but I really and truly will try to be good this year – I have won so much from giveaways in the past several years and Mike has gotten me so much for presents (and what I got for Black Friday sales) that I have enough on my shelves with only purchasing background or backings to make over a dozen quilts. When I made the baby quilt with the tiny patches I thought I would use more than I did – I have enough left to make 10 more!! just of that one size. The 2.5 inch strips – the canvas box is still full even after making the granny quilt! So when you count in scraps I have enough to most likely make 2 to 3 dozen depending on size!! LOL – just thinking about it I have dozens of ideas of patterns to use – I’m in heaven!
As quilters I am sure we all noticed the big Russian Map
in patchwork featured in the Olympics — around the ice rink, the banners and the clothing and in advertisements – well now Hoffman Fabrics are offering a free pattern inspired by the Olympics called “When Bali Met Sochi” at this link. Just wanted to share the information if you haven’t seen if for yourself. I’m always ready for a free pattern and I bet you are too! Thank you Hoffman