P.S. Gail just called while I was posting. She said another 8-10" of snow fell in the night. Time to break into those K-rations.
Friday, January 29, 2021
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
We had a hard freeze last night, and the garage where my long arm is located, was a balmy 37 degrees. The garage reached heat wave status this afternoon at 42 degrees when the heater had been on for five hours. In reality, I'm pretty warm. I'm just like a little kid that needs to pee after I put on my snow bib, boots, and jacket. I wear my fingerless mittens, and I'm good to go for a couple of hours at a time.
The morning was absolutely beautiful! Crystal blue sky, and crisp mountain air.
When Mr. Joe heads out for firewood, I'm going to tie a rope around his waist just like Laura Ingalls Wilder did for her Pa. We have a ton of fire wood on the front porch, so we should be good to go for a few days.
If you don't hear from me for a couple of days, I'm by the fire with my hot toddy and a good book. We will have to dig our way out, and get to our vaccine appointment late Friday afternoon. I pray the snow plows will be swarming the neighborhood.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
This is the area that worried me the most, and had me completely stymied or flummoxed. I love the word flummoxed! Now, I'm really happy with what I decided to quilt in this spot. It's a very odd shape to fill with machine quilting. I think this is really going to enhance the old-fashioned look of the quilt. I had to draw this design until I was blue in the face, so I could cement the pattern and movement into my brain. Everything you see is free motion, not computerized at all.
The snow is supposed to start in earnest this afternoon and throughout the night. If I drop off the planet, it's because we've lost our power and Internet connection.
Our power supplier, PG&E has set up camp in our one and only shopping area in town. They are preparing for the worst, as we are also supposed to have 25 mile an hour winds along with 18" of snow on Wednesday. Yikes!
Keep sending your good vibes my way as I tipple while I stipple!
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
You have to make a lot of strip sets, and half-square triangles for this little block.
Friday, January 8, 2021
There will be more pictures of the quilt in the magazine, a story about the guild, and the directions for the pattern. This will be coming to a newsstand within the next couple of weeks.
The quilt was made with scraps from my stash by this group of women in the classroom at Independence Hall.
A lot of hands, and sewing machines made quick work of this beauty.
Friday, January 1, 2021
I love these little blocks! I'm only using my stash of Betsy Chutchian fabrics, since they all work so well together. I put a little tutorial together which you can locate by clicking HERE.
So, dear readers, 2020 is now in our rear view mirror, and it's time for a reboot. What lessons did we learn from last year? I learned many things about myself, and I'll bet you did too. I learned just how dear friends are, and I'll never take their hugs and smiles for granted ever again. We've all had to learn to smile with our eyes, now that half of our faces are covered up.
I always knew how dear my family is, but now I profoundly realize just how loved they are. I miss giving and receiving their hugs. I miss seeing the interaction between all of them during family gatherings. I miss it all. When our son was dealing with Covid, there were many days filled with worry for his return to good health. He is doing fine now, and so far, no other family members have contracted the virus.
I learned not to schedule every day with workshops, lectures, classes, and vending at quilt shows. In 2019, I was always packing, and preparing to leave for an event. I think I was gone more than I was home. I have enjoyed being home for the past 9 months. Yes, my income has taken a huge hit, but my piece of mind and happiness is priceless. My Etsy shop has really kicked into high gear, and it has filled the financial void.
Next year I'm planning on hosting four Sew'n Wild Oaks quilt retreats. I just have to walk down the street to Snowflake Lodge and I'm there! Yes, there is a lot of planning involved to make it successful, but once that is done, I'm good to go. I've missed the retreats soooooo much. They are the happiest of times for all of us with so much laughter, sharing, eating, and yes, a lot of quilting!
Today, the first day of 2021 begins a new journey. It's up to us to make it the best journey yet. It's up to us to see the best in everyone, be more tolerant, give more, and expect less. We need to practice patience and civility. Enjoy simplicity, and create harmony and peace in our homes. We can do this! Our story begins at home.
Happy New Year!