Slice of Life November 17

Slice of Life around here :

Our initial Sunday night-Monday morning forecast was for snow, but it stayed just warm enough…39 degrees or so, for rain to fall instead.

I’ve not seen these little guys come around too much lately…there are several walnut trees in the neighborhood and they have been busy collecting walnuts, though this one stopped by for a peanut when I was feeding the bluejay.  The fact that we are mostly indoors now does not faze the bluejay…he knows what time we’ll be out on the porch in the morning for school : )  I always take a few peanuts out in my coat pocket.

little squirrel with peanut

Foggy, dreary, rainy…muted colors and birds flocking overhead. That’s November. There are still spots of color…some red bushes and berries, a few varieties of trees that are just changing color now, but basically, November is generally a bleak month.

tall grass with raindrops

We do get snow in November on occasion. I checked this blog and last year, mid-November, I’d done a post about having 3 inches of snow and yet my Sweet Alyssum survived that.  Later towards the end of November we had a major snowfall. But deep, bone-chilling cold ….not generally this early in the year. Yet for Tuesday morning, that’s what we’ll have. Wind-chills of around zero.

I have two little grandsons that morning and I anticipate a school delay, which we don’t usually have until ‘real’ winter sets in.

Before they mess everything up….on Friday those two and Kate cleaned up the toy room and taped this little sign to the train table. ( used for crafting , coloring and drawing now versus Thomas the Train play )  Sorry, grainy phone pic.  Still, feed ’em sausage and pancakes for breakfast and reap the rewards :)

drawing on train table

Notice the pointy head on the one? While he does not have a mohawk now, that’s how he likes his hair cut, so whether or not he is currently sporting one, he draws that point on his head…this just cracks me up.

Meanwhile ALL is not bleak…check out my windowsill! Yes, those are tomatoes brought up from the basement that have been slowly ripening in newspaper. They are on the sill for a day of sunshine before being used. Each week I discover a few more ready to bring up. Well, those are raindrops and bleak skies outside but it’s the thought of sunshine that counts : )

tomatoes on sill

If you too are participating in the Polar Plunge Party that Mother Nature is throwing…stay warm as best you can. It’s big fuzzy bathrobe weather :)

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Hexies are like potato chips : sewing mid-November

I have finished tying the Eagle Sampler. It requires binding but I will put that off for a week or so.

Last week I showed some spool blocks that I’d made. I had been thinking for some time about making an old-fashioned, antique-looking, dark sort of quilt but when I took the plunge,  I wasn’t sure if I’d make all spools or what.

I began to think about an applique center block, with spools and other blocks surrounding it, but a person can only have so much applique going on at a time. So I made another one of those star blocks and appliqued it to a large center. It’s 26 inches now and will go down to 24 inches.  An English paper pieced starflower will go into each corner. I have one ready to applique now…just three more to go :) Yes, it is a bit of applique but not as much as a floral block would be. With the sun shining so brightly the background on the star block is much lighter than it really is…it’s a beige.

star starflower and finished tying quilt collage

Meanwhile there is what I am going to name ‘My Whimsy Quilt’.  Starting on a whim a week or so ago…influenced and inspired by several quilts that I was seeing around Blog Land at the same time : the Stonefields quilt, the Briar Hill quilt, and both Audrey’s basket quilt ( HERE at Quilty Folk ) and Ruth’s basket quilt ( HERE at Country Log Cabin. )

So while I have no plan whatsoever at the moment, I decided to just start making some hexagon flowers, baskets, and other little blocks as the whim strikes. One of the definitions of whimsical is ‘playful’ & I view this as quiet play :)

It’s getting a little cold to traipse out to the clothesline to show blocks,  so for anything small, I thought that laying a quilt on the table, using the white backing, should work…while I stand on a chair to take the picture.

So here are the latest 3 ‘whimsy’ blocks:

Me : “HEYmove…I am trying to get a picture here!”.  Kanga ” No, pet me first.”

kanga photobombing

She’s so bossy!

3 more blocks

I am cutting out 7 inch squares, marking them at 6, then trimming to 6  1/2.

Another little hexie in progress. These hexies are like potato chips. You can’t eat / make just one! :)

hexie flower almost done

Then,  I wonder…have you ever been on a blog where quilts or knitted &  crocheted items are artfully displayed? The blogger may not have made them…she might have picked them up at an estate sale or antique store and then spent hours or even days artfully styling and editing shots worthy of a magazine layout?

Even if she didn’t make them herself, and the post was about home decor,  she appreciated their beauty and showed them so artistically that you just loved that post?

I thought that we’d do that here. 

NOT! :)  This is how my quilts and quilted pillows are treated here! :)  When cold weather hits and these munchkins can’t be outside, it’s pillow fight, fort-building, cuddling, warming-up, and what-have-you time with my stuff. Notice the red noses on the apple-eaters after coming in from the cold / baby it was cold outside that morning! Winter, back off! It’s not your time yet! :)

quilt display ha ha

kids in morning nov 14

AS TO MY STUFF… now that the basting pins from the eagle-sampler are freed, I am going to work on getting the Crosses and Losses top sandwiched and basted and ready for hand-quilting.  When my local JoAnn Fabrics was moving to a new location, I bought some white fabric dirt-cheap and I just need to sew two sections together and iron it for the backing and go from there.  Hoping to be hand-quilting the first block later on Sunday :)

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