Sewing, Shoveling, Shivering : the weekend forecast :)

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 :

color red and green block

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.

red and green in kitchen collage

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.

working on snowball quilt

Kate made a little rag wreath when she was over here on a snow-day…

kate wreath and color

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.

BB in hoop

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 ! :)

spools in sewing basket

And if you are in the Snow Belt..happy shoveling as well :)

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37 Responses to Sewing, Shoveling, Shivering : the weekend forecast :)

  1. Nana Diana says:

    You have done some beautiful work there! My goodness-that is a lot of stitching and I agree-curves are awful to do-even in just sewing.

    You little girl with her wreath is just darling! xo Diana

  2. Brenda Kula says:

    I use to do applique. Those corners are hard. Seems like I use to turn a bit of the corner under on the side opposite, and then when you reached the corner it would have that bit of bulk and no frayed ends. Love what you’re working on!

  3. Poppy says:

    Hi Debra,

    Your sewing projects are coming along very nicely, and it must be so satisfying sitting in a warm and cozy home, creating, while it’s snowing outside. I get very nostalgic for North America at this time of year, but I know that parts of the continent are experiencing record breaking temps with this polar vortex, along with lots of snow in many areas. If one is lucky enough to have their grand next to them, making pretty wreaths and spending quality time, then that’s a warm and sunny day right there!

    Have a lovely weekend!


  4. Peggy Thal says:

    Just beautiful!

  5. Margie says:

    You are so talented and clever!

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Margie, I am just learning … there are so many truly talented seamstresses and quilters it is amazing but I am having fun learning ( my most often used tool is and always has been my seam ripper :)

  6. Jane says:

    Your sewing and embroidery is really beautiful, Deb. The first picture with the flower in the pot, what is that going to be in your kitchen?

    The weather is very odd but actually, I’m a little happy that is it somewhat “normal” again. The last few years here in the Midwest have been too warm and it showed by stunting the growth of a lot of my plants and well, it was just weird!

    Take care and stay warm. Your menu sounds delicious!!


  7. Your work is just beautiful. Applique is on my bucket list. I love it but don’t know if I’ll be any good at it because of the precision stitching required. Love your red and green kitchen. And, we’re not in the snow belt but are definitely in the freezer belt.

  8. Mary Feguson says:

    I love to quilt and for some reason I haven’t done anything for a long time. I am in a rut and need to get cracking. Your work is beautiful.
    So sorry that your weather is so cold and so much snow. We sure could use some rain.
    Stay warm.

  9. Sharon says:

    I laughed at your statement that ‘flowers should be squares and leaves rectangles’ – I don’t do a lot of applique for many of the reasons you are currently struggling with. We are cold and snowy too – good little projects weather.

  10. Angela says:

    The outlining on your blocks is a nice touch. Sorry to hear that you are out of RSC already, but it is good not to take on too many projects in the new year.

  11. Debra says:

    Your granddaughter is darling! Keep up the good work – you’ll get there. Slow progress is better than no progress!

  12. kaholly says:

    I applaud your hand applique! I try and try and just can’t get the hang of it. It’s the prep work that boggles my mind. I remember wearing leggings to school, when skirts were mandatory, and winters were more wintery than they’ve been, when we had neighborhood schools and everyone walked to school, then home again for lunch. Makes me feel ancient!

  13. Carla says:

    I love your red and green block, add the cheddar and it’s my favorite color combo.

  14. Judy says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You have given me encouragement on working on the Benjamin Biggs block, I am a beginner and learning.

    The weather in Michigan is about like yours. Snow blowing and shoveling has been so time consuming I have little time to quilt.

    Yes, I remember wearing leggings to school and having pool as my last class and walking home with icicles in my hair. Such great memories from a simpler time!

  15. genie says:

    It is 10 degrees here this morning…I am so tired with winter’s frigid temps this year. What a cute Valentine’s wreath. I make rag wreaths like this out of vintage prints for Christmas gifts. Kate reminds me of my granddaughter. Your appliqué is beautiful. I love the embroidery quilting. It is really pretty and set everything off so nicely. Your kitchen makes me think of mine…very small, black and white Armstrong tiles on the floor, but all of my cabinets are lavender. Happy Quilting and I hope it warms up a bit though the forecast for this week is pretty grim. genie

  16. Such beautiful photos! Especially love the kitchen collage! Enjoy your slow stitching today and thanks for linking up!

  17. Missy says:

    I love your hand embroidery, it’s beautiful. I also love the colors of your kitchen!

  18. Sherry says:

    Love your projects, it has inspired me to dig out a Baltimore Album block that has been tucked away for quite some time. Think it’s time to bring it back to the top of the pile.

  19. Deb says:

    The good news is you can join the RSC anytime through the year you want! Your projects are lovely.

  20. Gail says:

    It is cold and snowy here too! The soup sounds delicious and your projects look great. I think perfect curves are over-rated. Yours have personality!

  21. audrey says:

    Your applique vase & flowers is just beautiful! Love all your gorgeous pictures. Your blog is always so inviting.:)

  22. Grandma Kc says:

    Southern California really could use some of your rain and I do wish I could trade a little rain (NOT SNOW!) for some of our sunshine. It was just gorgeous this weekend.

  23. Hello!
    I live at the edge of the Ozarks in southern Missouri. We get a bit of snow here and there. This morning we awoke to bitterly cold temperatures. My arms are stinging with cold IN the house. ~smile~
    We have no snow. Could you send a little, please?
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Laura I would not mind sending you some snow and I believe that your cold is headed our way…they said wind chill temps of 30 below tonight and tomorrow.

  24. Joyce says:

    Wow… beautiful fabrics and colors and photos of your work in progress. I’d have trouble with that applique too, but at least you’re taking the first step. A year from now you’ll be flawlessly turning those curved edges without a second thought!

  25. I love all things involving hand stitching … so why haven’t I learned to applique? Yours is certainly inspiring me!

  26. Nancy says:

    That’s a lot of snow…your BB block is looking good.

  27. Cold here too! Cute wreath! I have a heck of a time with applique so keep it very simple in that department. I admire your courage.

  28. Please tell Kate I think her rag wreath is adorable, and I just LOVE her Hello Kitty dress. (My daughter is a huge Hello Kitty fan!)

  29. Sara says:

    Enjoy that ham and bean soup yummy:) Stay inside and stay warm you got it!

    Love the flower in the pot you are working on as it is very pretty!

    Love all your photos too:)

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