Weather Mystery & Some Blues

After an extended stretch of bitter cold temperatures, we went to 55 degrees on Wednesday and an amazing 66 degrees on Thursday here in southwestern PA.

This means enjoying the weather break but also dealing with snow and ice melting and a major muddy mess in the backyard for the dogs to track in…

On Thursday morning I checked the weather and saw a Winter Storm Warning. What?  We were going to 60 or above today…was this a glitch?

It was not. It was issued for FRIDAY at 1:00 p.m. for my county, lasting through Saturday.  Yet the local weather said 55 degrees and rain for Friday and no ice / sleet / snow until Friday evening.

Well there is a weather mystery going on here and I suppose I’ll discover what really happens in the next few days :)

Koopa says ” I am not worried. She’s stocked up on our dog food and there’s still a half box of treats for us on top of the fridge.”

Yes I am stocked up on food and essentials just in case we really do get the ice and snow. I’ll never forget a few years ago when the forecast was for 6 inches and we ended up with over 20…

As to sewing, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for the month of January is blue and here are some more blues that I have worked on.  ( And Koopa is a Bluenose Pit so he fits in here as well :)

An appliqued Airship Propeller block :

Another Starflower and Little Basket :

And two more Little Baskets :

I am quite happy to be done with the blues for the month. Going forward I’ll be happy to work on any color but blue :)  A collage from earlier posts :

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I’ll be linking up to the RSC18 Scrap Challenge at SoScrappy on Saturday.

 

Finish-a-Long 2018

Because I hand quilt and most of my projects are hand work I don’t anticipate many quick finishes but I know that I’ll at least finish one thing this quarter so …….

The Basics of the FAL

“The FAL is a low pressure community event that allows you to make a list of projects that have already been started but not finished and thus are hanging about in your sewing room as UFOs. The list is linked up at the beginning of a quarter and then at the end of the quarter you link up a link for each item on your list that you finished. Each link is an entry into the random draw for great prizes sponsored by our generous sponsors.”

I am going to enter this Botanical Quilt Top.  This couch sized top, hand appliqued, was finished in February of last year.   These are a few blocks from a larger project.  ( see my post The Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt : A Beautiful History )

I am currently in the process of hand quilting it.

It went into the hoop towards the end of August or beginning of September. A few progress shots along the way :

I am now working on quilting the last block.

After that, the border needs quilting and then I will bind it.

We have some dear friends that just got engaged and plan to marry this summer and I gave them the choice of this quilt, yet to be finished, or the Scrappy Granny that I’d finished prior to this. They chose this one.

I am pretty sure that I can finish this up by the end of the quarter and enter it in to the FAL to have a chance at the prizes :)

Linking up to She Can Quilt Finish-a-Long

Also joining Esther’s Quilt Blog