February 20, 2021

Winter at a Snail’s Pace!

Winter at a Snail's Pace!
Winter at a Snail's Pace!
I spent my Friday at THIS for most of the day –
This isn’t all of the blocks that were completed, but it really wasn’t much more than this.  In true Quiltville fashion, I love big quilts made with small pieces that take a lot of time to complete..
Temps never got out of the 30s – but at least there was blue sky and sunshine for most of the day, and having the window shades up for all of the windows at the Quiltville Post Office brought on a bit of “greenhouse” effect and the light was just wonderful.
Lola spent much of her time being as close to me as she could.
Winter at a Snail's Pace!

Holding down the pile of scraps as I worked!
When she wasn’t as close to me as she could get (sometimes wedging herself along side of me in my chair) she was on top of her cat tree snoozing in the sun coming in through the big picture window at the front of the QPO studio.
Are the scraps going down in volume?  Not really.  LOL!  But I keep sewing anyway!
I’m shooting for king size on this one, remember? It will be a while.
Audio books and sewing time – it was bliss.
Winter at a Snail's Pace!
Binding went on the denim quilt!
This was actually done in a hurry on Wednesday knowing that Thursday would be an ice day at home – I wanted something to stitch in the evenings! Something that would keep my lap ultra warm in the cold cold evenings ahead.
I’ve had the wavy stripe fabric in my stash for quite a while – every time I tried to use it for something, it was just never the right choice so it has sat.
This time – it’s perfect!  It looks as good against the back of the quilt, as it does the front.
Winter at a Snail's Pace!
Ready to flip to the back and stitch down.
Winter at a Snail's Pace!

I love how it is turning out!
I have been asked about what to do with seams.  Well, folks – seams happen.  And yes, denim is bulky.
I just did the best I could with it.  I’m not a fan of pressing all seams open – especially when that means that 2 strands of thread are the only thing found in between the patches.
I pressed the seams to nest.  I just did the best I could.  You can always use a mallet if you want things to lay flatter.  It’s a couch quilt.  The quilting makes it a bit puffy anyway, it’s not a problem.
Your jeans have seams – do you worry about how flat they lay?
In my book, there is a time to worry about it, and a time to not.  This is definitely a not. It’s going to a 5 year old boy.
I’m going to have a hard time holding off until his birthday – I want to give this to him so bad!
We finished Everwood last night. I’m still so sad it’s over! I was told that One Tree Hill is another good one, and would be a great one to move on to.
Miracle of Miracles – I have gotten Dear Hubster to watch the first few episodes of Gilmore Girls as I need something that is less heart wrenching and more humorous!  I think he’s liking it more than he thought he would (I knew he would if he gave it a chance!) and it makes a nice mix with other more serious shows like CSI Miami (Still finishing that) or Blue Bloods (catching up on this year’s episodes.)
Today I hope to be back to the Snail’s Trail blocks – alternating those at the QPO with the blue triangles at home. 
More denim quilt binding to happen tonight.
I really AM cherishing this slower pace of life we’ve been dished out.  It’s been crazy going through my Facebook memories over the past many years and seeing just how go go go go everything was for so long.
It’s time to draw for our winner!
And a Colorcopia fabric roll and Neutral String Time string pack from Irene at  Cotton to Quilts?
Irene also has other fabric offerings perfect for our Quiltville Quilts in the Cotton to Quilts online shop, so check it out!
Winter at a Snail's Pace!
Who is entry 4239 out of 7325 entries?
Winter at a Snail's Pace!
MaryAnne Hinz!  CONGRATS!
MaryAnne, please reply to the email I sent to the address you provided with your entry.  I will get you your Shattered! PDF pattern to you, and your fabric bundle will be coming from Irene at Cotton to Quilts!
Thanks for participating, everyone – there will be more fun gift-away opportunities in the future!
Good through February 28th – ALL digital patterns in the Quiltville Store are 25% off  using coupon code DIGITAL25 at checkout!
Coupon code must be used at purchase for discount to take effect – be sure you click REDEEM YOUR COUPON, place the code in the coupon box and hit apply before checking out.  No refunds if you forget, okay?
I hope that things are starting to look up for our frozen friends in Texas/Oklahoma, and elsewhere where winter has taken out power and left people in apocalyptical conditions.
If there is anything that this year has taught us – is that NOTHING is predictable.  My heart is with you.  Please check in at the comments section below and let us know how you are doing.
We are still running on propane fumes here at the cabin – but we have somewhere to go (Quiltville Inn) if we do run out. It was 17 degrees this morning – so we wouldn’t be out of the woods with freezing pipes if we do lose our heat (Which is all propane, no wood, no electric) so we have our fingers crossed and are trying to use as little propane as possible until they can fill us up on Monday.
The truck should be able to make it up the drive now that the ice is gone and the drive is clear.
Winter at a Snail's Pace!

Quiltville Quote of the Day –
Vintage four patch quilt found in North Carolina.
This was a hard concept for me to grasp.
But we have to slow down long enough from time to time so inspiration can come in.
Be sure to leave yourself some margins in your daily life.
This past year has taught me the value of margins in mine!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone – I’ll catch you back here on Monday!
Winter at a Snail's Pace!