I did some “power sewing” yesterday ahead of the snow – or as the Weather Channel calls it the Winter Storm Grayson to Undergo Bombogenesis
I was not sure what was going to happen overnight, as they have been hyping the storm all day on Wednesday. Honestly, the effort to “scare you to death” is something. Anything to make noise….I mean news. I just know I am glad I am retired, and not making the 40+ mile commute to work! Not to bore you with snow photo’s but thought you might appreciate a bit of my morning.
It snowed all night, and the cats were not sure about what was happening as they looked out their window perch. It was pretty early and so I had to use a flash….and got the eerie photo of Smokey with the glowing eyes…..Mittens is busy looking at the birds that are hanging out under the house eaves. (This is the 1st time I have seen him up that high on the climber!!)
While the were peering out the window, I had to see what was up, and caught site of the oil tank which is only 1/4 full. (I have “auto-delivery”, and did not like to see it that low with the days of extreme cold that are forecast between now and next week! Our low today is 12, and for Friday it will be 7 with a high of 17 both Friday and Saturday!) A quick call to the oil company and they put me on the schedule for tomorrow! (Keeping my fingers crossed….at least they “JUST” filled the propane for the heater in the garage……)
There didn’t seem to be much snow piling up out front, and I noticed the winds were whipping from North to South…so I went out to the laundry room for a peak out back.
I think that is about 6″ of snow in the foreground on top of the hot tub. The roof of the porch along the garage has some interesting swirling snow. Note….my sewing room is “out there” on the 2nd floor of the detached garage….I think I am staying in today!
Needless to say, I am VERY glad I power sewed last night! Since I had ALL the fabric out in stacks on the work table for Grandma’s Kitchen (pattern by Pat Sloan), I dug in and worked on blocks 18 – 22. Hubby went to the train club yesterday afternoon and I sewed from 4 pm until after 11pm when he got back home! It was funny when he came upstairs in the garage all covered with snow, and asked me if I realized how much had already fallen. I didn’t have a clue. I couldn’t really “see out” the window with all the sewing room lights on, but we had already gotten about 3 “. I’d skipped supper and was oblivious to the weather. (At least until one daughter decided to send me severe weather warnings!)
I set aside the fabric for Block 18 the last time I was out working in my sewing room. I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this block with 4.5” corner squares.
I had fun with block 18, fussy cutting the yellow fabric. I have used the pink and the yellow in other blocks previously.
I knew I wanted a stripe with block 19 –
Block 20 just had to be made with reds!
For Block 21, I dug in to a bag of scraps for the gray fabric, and actually in the leftovers from Addison’s quilt for the biggest part of the phone. (Ok, so they are not 30’s reproduction fabrics, but I needed gray!) The dial circles were cut from a piece of “very modern” dot fabric. Those dots were hard to applique stitch down.
Block 22 wasn’t one that I felt excited about until I pulled the fabric. Now I am rather pleased.
Just 3 more “feature blocks” and TONS of filler blocks to make. A fun project. I feel like I am catching up a little! More color balancing to do as I proceed.
Are you on the East Coast of the USA getting hit with the storm? Don’t you think these silly names they give the storms “over hype” what is just a snow storm???
Working on anything fun today?
edit – note – pattern for Grandma’s Kitchen is by Pat Sloan, and can be found at Grandma’s Kitchen Sew Along