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.


English Paper Piecing : Starflowers

I have made some English Paper Pieced Starflowers before, but I appliqued the stars onto a background for my Stars & Spools quilt.

This time I decided to make the stars and link them together in the traditional manner. I used the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month  ( blue )  for my first one. It seemed to take forever, since I was adding the linking diamonds on all sides.

Here it is from the back ; so many tiny little whipstitches in there  :)

I know that there are a variety of methods out there for EPP. Some order papers from suppliers, some use cardstock, some thread baste or glue baste the pieces.

What I do :

  • Since I am used to this method for applique, I iron two sheets of freezer paper, shiny sides down together and trace my shapes on to them. With a double thickness, my papers will last for awhile before I have to make new ones.
  • I use a little Crayola paintbrush to paint starch around the edges and then use the iron to adhere the fabric.
  • When this is done, prior to sewing these Starflower pieces together, while I know that some people keep their papers in, I take them out and it is easier to manipulate the pieces without the papers in them.

KANGA came over to assist ( OR SHED ) !

Here is the second Starflower…I’ll not add linking diamonds all the way around on this one but only where needed.

We have some bitter cold weather here this weekend.  Well, we’ve had it for a week, but it got worse :)

Schools were closed on Friday due to below zero wind chills and it will be colder on Friday night and Saturday. Perfect weather for staying indoors and working on Slow Stitching projects.

I have another Starflower prepped and ready to go and a few Little Baskets to prep and applique.

Linking up on Saturday to So Scrappy for RSC and to Kathy’s Quilts on Sunday for Slow Stitching.

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