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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Singin' the Winter Blues...

We are battening down the hatches as we head into yet another nasty winter storm. Apparently Mother Nature never received the "It's Spring" memo... Our forecast has actually been downgraded slightly from the 50 cm. they were predicting a few days ago, but we're still going to get a wallop! Nova Scotia is feeling the brunt of it, Laura told me this morning they are to get 60 cm. - that's two feet for those of you not on the metric system! A blizzard with the strength of a  category 3 hurricane. Lovely. It has just begun here.. it's gone from nothing happening to nasty in about half an hour. The winds have picked up and the fine snow that's coming down right now is blowing about.... I'm sure the snowfall will get heavier before long. Soooo... I'm retiring to my studio to sew the day away. Or maybe I should say Sew the Snow away. If only I could. This storm brings a whole new meaning to "March Madness"....
I am making good progress on my bed quilt which will be given to our Guild's Community Projects team for a bed at the Veteran's Unit. I need 35 blocks and have 29 done. Only 6 more to go, they'll be done today for sure (unless we lose power.) I got my sashing fabric yesterday so will get that washed and cut today too, hopefully.
The blocks are string-pieced, a la Bonnie Hunter, using old phone book pages as the foundation, as Bonnie suggests. So quick and easy. And it's great for "using up leftovers"- scraps and bits. Mind you, my studio looks like a bomb went off as I've emptied some containers of scrap bits.... Oh well... I guess you could say I'm "sewing up a storm".. haha
I'm using all blues- true blues, purple-y blues, teal blues, turquoises, greyed blues, they all work together. For those of you who don't know what string piecing is, it's just using strips of all widths - "strings" - and sewing them randomly to a foundation. (The blocks still need their final trimming to size.) I'm not really planning each block, other than making sure I have a good variety of prints and lights/darks. My only other rule is not to put two that are very alike side by side. Pretty simple. Mindless almost. (Some would say I am mindless.. haha)  Anyway, I'm havin' fun. What else can a gal do on a stormy day? I'm singin' the Winter Blues....

Peace,
Linda

"What a severe yet master artist old Winter is... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel." ~ John Burroughs, The Snow Walkers, 1866


11 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

That's turned into a wicked day Linda. The wind and snow are blowing into whiteouts up here on the ridge. Glad we're both home. Your quilts colours are beautiful together. A good way to spend a stormy day - creating something beautiful. Enjoy.

averyclaire.org said...

Love all the different "blues" you have used on this quilt. Very nice work! Sorry about that storm...I live in Chicago
(Chi-beria we call it this winter) and we had snow the other day and more expected later this week! Oh well...Happy spring!

Dasha said...

I love the colours of those string blocks Linda. I don't generally piece onto foundations - I can't be bothered removing the paper once I am done. I find it works just as well simply sewing the strips together, and why make more work for yourself.
Hope the storm wasn't too hard on you. It is raining here this morning, and has been all night. Nice steady rain, good for the garden which is a bit parched at the moment. But the cloud cover means it was dark when I got up. That completely throws me.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope it wasn't too bad. We watched the weather channel at noon and the guys out in the field were really getting the wind. It makes it so much colder. Hope you got to sew! Sweet hugs!

Sheila said...

Your string blocks are wonderful . I have a box of strips and a pile of telephone pages that have collected dust waiting for me to start a string quilt but it is still on my list ;-) we are getting blasted here !

Lorraine said...

I suppose one could say "winter blues"! I do hope winter ends for you SOON!

Jeanna said...

NO more winter blues... Focus on warm ocean blues and melt the snow away. The wind is fierce! Hope this ends for you soon and you do not lose power.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Linda,

I was so happy to hear the storm was going to miss us and go east, but I feel so bad for you. At least you have some gorgeous fabric to keep you company ... LOL. Your quilt is going to be gorgeous. Praying you don't lose power.

Kim Stevens said...

No way, two feet...!! I do love your singing blues you have there though. Stay warm my friend!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You may as well quilt as opposed to braving the storm outside. I think we're all getting nervous about spring - did it get lost? :-)
The colours are going to make a pretty quilt.
Stay warm, and I see we're getting snow again now.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

A beautiful looking bed quilt and the colours are lovely. Will certainly be appreciated!! Hope the storm hasn't hit you too hard and that you didn't lose any power.

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