Some days you just want to piece…..

My UFO list is long.  I looked it over this morning and was dismayed that each project needs some thinking or calculating in order to move forward.  All I wanted to do was sew – put fabric together and sew.  Let the pieces roll through the machine.  Listen to the needle go up and down.  Mindless piecing.  That’s all I wanted to do.  I grabbed my little container of 4-1/2 inch scraps and started putting them in pairs and moving them through the machine.  Sooooooooo relaxing ! ! !

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In no time at all, I had a little charm square quilt top.

fourhalftop It’s full of fabrics that bring back memories.  Unfortunately it hardly put a dent in my bin of 4-1/2 inch scraps.

And speaking of scraps, last week I decided that my 5″ scrap bin was overflowing and I needed to do something about it.  So I made this little quilt – Schnibble’s Full House – and used up maybe 1/2 of 1% of my 5″ scraps.

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Now that I have had a piecing break, I better get back to working on those old UFO’s.  I think I’ll have lunch first.  Can’t think on an empty stomach!

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Nice to have company

My friend Kathy has been at my house for the last two days using my long-arm to quilt her fabulous queen-size quilt.  We had some great discussions, ate some yummy salads, and shared ideas.  She finished quilting this afternoon.  Doesn’t it look great?

kathy31314While Kathy was here I worked on various projects and spent quite a bit of time organizing and cutting scraps into usable squares and strips.  And today I made block #10 of the 2013 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Quilt.

FQS#10Today the sun was pouring through my kitchen window highlighting my Christmas cactus that was in full bloom.  You can barely see a snow covered shrub outside.  Not the best pictures, but you can get the idea.

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Thaw brings damage

After two months of snow and bitter cold weather, it is starting to thaw a little, and that is bringing another problem – water damage.  This is the ceiling in my kitchen, dripping water.

waterceilingdripUnder this I am attempting to collect the drips.

watercatchingdripsBut then it started coming in above the window also.

waterwindowdripI called for help and my wonderful contractor showed up within the hour to see what he could do to eliminate the ice and snow from my roof.

waterrooficeHe shoveled off this pile of snow and ice, but most of the ice is so thick he cannot budge it.

watersnowremovedHe put nylon sacks of salt on the ice to help speed up the melting so that the rest of the ice will hopefully slide off the roof.  Unfortunately the water has gotten in the walls and is also dripping downstairs over my washer and dryer, which I covered in plastic.

I know that there are a lot of people with the same or worse problems because of the weather this year.  Between the cost of snow plowing and now the cost of repairing this water damage, this has been a very expensive winter.  So glad I have a nice stash of fabric!!

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