It’s been pretty cold here lately. Early morning temperatures of around 3 degrees and the wind chill makes it -15 or so. Having said that, do you remember wearing leggings to school, or it being so cold that the hair in your nostrils sort of curled up when you went outside, or do you remember plastic / leather car seats, versus fabric, that were basically freezing when you got into the car. Do you remember when cars just would not start in the cold? I do, and I know that the last decade has had its cold spells here in Western PA., but for the most part, we have had milder winters than usual…to the point where I stopped taking the cushions off of the front porch furniture because at any given time we could have a warm spell. Only a few Christmas seasons ago it was close to 60 degrees right before Christmas.
Our weather pattern here for years has been to go into drought mid to late summer and have crispy brown ugly dried grass….this summer we had more rain than usual so I am not surprised that that weather pattern has carried into the fall and winter with our rain and snowfalls…I wish that I could send some of this precipitation out to California and other areas suffering from drought.
We are to get more snow this weekend and the temperatures are to drop to even lower levels, as in bitterly cold. I babysat the grands today and then went to the grocery store for a few things, ( along with everyone else / such long lines! :) then filled all of the bird feeders to the brim, and hope to do nothing more over the weekend than to stay warm inside after some shoveling, and make ham, bean & vegetable soup, bake some cornbread or biscuits, and sew. I had frozen my Christmas ham bone for just such an occasion :) Maybe I’ll see if some of the family wants to come over on Sunday and enjoy…:)
This week I worked a little bit on this :
I like red and green. I have a tiny galley kitchen that is white with white / black flooring and valances and the accent pieces are red and green.
I got back to the snowball quilt. It is pieced in the middle, then there is applique in all four corners. I gave needle-turn a try on the leaves on the one corner but I just have too much trouble with the fabric unraveling when I get to the point so it is back to glue-basting for me.
Kate made a little rag wreath when she was over here on a snow-day…
Finishing up the Benjamin Biggs block took far longer than I thought…the little buds that go into each corner are a bit tedious and then in the end I decided that I wanted to outline the center with embroidery thread, so that is what I’ll be working on for Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts. Just a simple backstitch…relaxing as can be.
These gently rounded corners on the leaves on this quilt…are hard for me. Too many curves. I had a hard time. I am supposed to do gently rounded flowers in the red and green quilt block as well. I practiced on one…back basting and needle turn, and it was awful. Why couldn’t God have just made square flowers in this world, and rectangle leaves. Life would be easier! :)
I think that the embroidery outlining will look attractive and help the center to pop a bit and that it will also help any areas with slight fraying that have been Fray Checked to death already.
I had the best of intentions in regards to joining the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. I did applique a little sewing machine block and started on to the tea cup and then stopped. It dawned on me that all of this sewing is wonderful in the winter but if I want anything to actually have something to quilt down the line before gardening season, that I should just stick with what I have going on right now., because it is all slow-going for me :)
Happy Stitching ! :)
And if you are in the Snow Belt..happy shoveling as well :)
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