I imagine you’ve all heard that the South is getting very unusual weather. Yes, we are. People who have lived here for 30 years or more are saying they’ve never seen anything like this winter. Weather forecasters are saying it’s a 100-year winter season, meaning there won’t be another like it for 100 more years. Thank goodness! This is just like being in Maine!
I took this photo yesterday afternoon, standing in the doorway of our RV. Yes, that’s frozen ice and sleet on the ground. If you do a close-up of the picnic table, I believe you can see icicles hanging from the table top! DH came to pick me up at the Clubhouse yesterday about 1 p.m. when the freezing rain began. I was hoping he would as I really didn’t want to walk home in it, even though it’s only a 5-minute (or less) walk. It was just plain nasty!
I was at the Clubhouse cutting out some blocks for a new wool project that I’m eager to start. I saw this tutorial over at Moda Bake Shop and followed a link back to the designer’s blog, Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals Blog. I loved this piece immediately and decided right away that I would make it, only in wool, so I was up at the Clubhouse cutting and selecting the wool I want to use. I left Karen a comment on her blog, telling her how much I love it and that I’m planning to make it in wool. Karen came over to my blog and left a comment that she’s made a mini version in wool — and wants to see mine when I make it in wool. Definitely!! Here’s the project and HERE is where you’ll find out more about it. Thank you, Karen!
I’m going to do the outside borders a bit differently since I’m going to be using wool and I did get them all cut and ready to go. I did forget to take a photo of them though, so that will have to wait!
That was yesterday, along with some TV watching and game playing. I found this great new solitaire game which I can’t seem to resist. Maybe that’s because it’s called Quilt Solitaire! The cards are all stacked like a quilt, woven in and out over the whole “quilt”. You have to use or move one care before you are able to free up the card that is woven under it. It’s HARD!!!! I haven’t won yet, but I am enjoying the fun of the challenge.
Today, I decided to use my time to catch up on one of the BOMs that I decided, last month, that I was going to do in 2014. I really don’t want to get too far behind right from the start! In The Garden by Quilt Art Designs is a foundation paper-pieced BOM that just started this month and I hadn’t even started the first block! It’s January 29th!! Eek!!!! So, today I got the first of the two Tree Blocks that are this month’s “assignment”. Six individual trees, paper pieced, then the six threes sewn together. Here’s where I got the information about the Paper Pieced BOM and here’s my first block:
I hadn’t seen her blocks until today so I didn’t realize she was doing her trees in various colors. The printout we got showed green trees so I did them all green. It’s a garden; they’ll be fine. I think I’ll do the other block with a bit more color, though.
There is one more block to do for January and I’ve started it but it might be February before I actually get it finished. I’m going off on a Girls’ Weekend which should involve some quilting and some eating and some sight-seeing and some eating and some fun so no promises on getting that second one finished before February 1st unless it goes smoothly and quickly this afternoon and evening.
Next month’s blocks have been shown, and they are so pretty! There will be a gorgeous hummingbird (now you KNOW I love hummingbirds) and the other is a flower, a hibiscus, I believe.
It’s not too late to join in if you have decided you have to be a part of this great BOM.
Well, I’m not getting any stitching done sitting here typing so I’m off to sew some more.
Happy Stitching, my friends.