Archive for February 2010

Still Digging Out

February 19, 2010

Since my last post, almost 2 weeks, it seems, not a lot has been going on.  As you may know (or have heard) we got a second blizzard right after that first blizzard.  I ended up with a week and a day off of work!  Now, at first glance, this seems like an amazing opportunity, right?  Who can complain about a paid week off? 

Well, I can.  See, one or two snow days are cute.  And the snow days where there’s just enough snow to close work, but not enough to trap you inside for days?  Those are nice too.  Mostly, I was trapped.  Alone.  My husband had to go to work most of the days, for at least part of the day.  He has a Wrangler.  He could (sort of) get around.  My poor little rabbit was not going anywhere.  And so, you’d think that having all this free time you would get SO MUCH done.  Well.  All I got done was a lot of eating (junk), and a lot of lying around.  I was in this weird hibernation mode, and from what I’ve heard, I’m not the only one.  I got just a teensy bit of sewing done in the grand scheme of things.  I did clean the bathroom and the kitchen.  But that’s about it, aside from the shoveling and the shoveling and the shoveling.

My dear sweet husband told me that I shouldn’t have to shovel, that it wasn’t my job.  And you know, I’m not going to argue with that!  But this was too much snow to allow him to shovel all on his own, and he still had to go to work, too!

Ok.  I’m sorry for complaining.  But for all the people who are jealous that I got all that time off, well, please know that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

(after the second snow, and that area by my car is only clear cause we dug out the day before.  and it was windy so the snow was blowing instead of landing in that little area)

I did finish piecing that baby quilt I mentioned.  And I even got a back made using the leftover pieces.  I had some batting on hand, too.  So I tried to baste it all up and quilt it.  I hate straight line quilting.  I can’t seem to get it right.  I don’t know if it’s my machine/foot combo, or my impatience, or the cheap batting, though I’m sure it has at least a little to with my poor idea of basting.  So, I’m ripping it all out, and getting better batting, and starting the quilting over again after a more thorough round of basting.

In other news, we’re on a major money-saving, debt-paying-off cycle, so I’m really intent to use what I have fabric wise.  I’m not saying no new fabric, but I need to make a major effort at using what I have before purchasing anything else.  I think it’s kind of fun actually!

Snow & Shoveling, Squares & Sewing

February 6, 2010

Well, if you have heard, we’ve had a blizzard here in Maryland.  It started snowing mid day yesterday, and finally stopped earlier this evening.  They even closed the University yesterday, so I got a snow day!  It seemed silly at first, but things really started to get bad around 4 or 5, so it was probably best, and I’m certainly not complaining.

These are various pictures of our snow day.  Including a picture of the path Murphy made for himself, and a gigantic snowman my neighbors erected while drinking their beers.

My husband managed to do some shoveling throughout the storm in an attempt to keep up with it, but the snow was coming down so quickly that it was a lost cause.  He tries to spare me the shoveling, which I really appreciate, but this was just too ridiculous to manage on his own.  We went out to try and dig out the cars after it finally stopped.  We at least got his jeep mostly free (not counting the 4 foot snow pile at the base of our driveway.  My car was not so lucky.

Anyway.  We’re snowed in.  But we still have power.  The winds were mighty gusty last night and this morning.  Many of the surrounding neighborhoods are spending their days and nights without electricity.  And lucky for us too, Murphy loves the snow!  It’s too deep for him to manage now–I haven’t measured but I’m sure it’s more than 20 inches, and probably over 30 in some places where it’s drifted.  I uploaded my first youtube video today of Murphy running through the snow before it got too deep.

Being snowed in gave me the luxury of some sewing time.  I think I mentioned the Anna Maria Horner fabric project I was working on?

Here is the progress on my crappy (yet functional) design wall. This isn’t necessarily the final layout in progress, but I’m trying to figure out placement, etc.  You know.  I am really liking it!  It will be small, 36×36 finished.  And I don’t know if it’s for a girl or a boy yet, but I think it can go either way.  Of course there are several floral prints, but the colors are masculine enough that I don’t think it will mater.  And I think that the mother will like the fabrics regardless.  What do babies care anyway, right?

I’m getting more in the swing of sewing again, but it’s hard to find time, especially on the weeknights.  With Murphy being around, I hate to have him locked up in the crate after he’s been cooped up all day, and we can’t leave him unattended for more than a few moments.  We’ve given him a rawhide bone for the first time, and it’s a huge hit.  And it gives us a few extra moments peace!  I’m not really thrilled about the rawhide, but we’re keeping a close eye, and he just makes it all gross and gummy, and then we take it away.  Yuck!

So, that’s my weekend so far.  I think that the majority of the day tomorrow will be spent shoveling this god awful snow.  Send a little wish that Monday is a snow day!  And speaking of snow days, I heard we might get another 5 inches on Tuesday…what is going on, Maryland?

Have you seen them?

February 1, 2010

Check out the blocks I’ll be getting back!  I can’t wait to see them in person.  I’m really loving this project.  Aside from my mismeasuring/lazy cutting/inaccurate trimming issues, I am finding these blocks to be super simple.  I like that they can be improvised a bit, that the plan doesn’t need to be so perfect from the start.  I’ve made several blocks so far, as they really are pretty simple to make–especially the smallest ones.  I’m thinking that I’m going to make this quilt as big as I can with the fabric I have, or something that can be used on our bed.  Whichever comes first.  I don’t really plan to make this a proper queen sized quilt, but maybe something that can be used to at least cover on especially chilly nights.

Because these blocks are so addictive, I’ve been working on them with another fabric as well.  I have some Anna Maria Horner fat quarters from her Good Folks line (I’m dying to get my hands on some of that new voile, but I’m on a fabric freeze currently).  It’s been sitting in my drawer for months, and I didn’t have a plan for it.  But I’ve started with this, and I think the set should make enough jewel squares to make a small baby quilt.  I’m going for about 36″x36″ this time around.    I’ve made 3 12.5″ squares which I think will be enough or they will overwhelm the quilt, and now I’m working on the smaller ones.  I’m not exactly sure how to piece it all together, but I’ve got it up on my design wall and am going to fill in the holes as I go, to at least get an idea. 

 The plan for this quilt is to go to an impending arrival.  I don’t know if it is a boy or girl yet, but I think the fabrics will work ok either way, and I think they will definitely appeal to the mama.  It’s kind of a weird situation, but I want to do it anyway, so I will.  I can’t just keep making baby quilts and stashing them away, right?  Some of them will need to go!

My sister picked up a new charger for my camera, so we’ll be able to exit the pictureless post phase soon.  Now if only spring would come along with it’s longer days filled with sunlight…