Monthly Archives: January 2016

BOM participants…What are you doing?

BOM aka Block of the month….block of the week….Here is

What I want in a BOM

The first word that comes to mind is….wait for it….ummmmm…..FREE!  I mean truly FREE, not FREE like I have to buy your book, your special rulers, your templates.  I will participate if I have those but I will not, just on the principal of the thing, go out and buy them.  I have enough projects half started that I don’t need to pay more for that priviledge.  There are several “free” BOM’s out there that say they’re free, but not really.  Cute, too, but count me out.

Sample pictures appear above the related text.  (I am tired of messing with formatting and just want to publish this post!)

Here are a couple that fit into the category of what I want:

6 twinkler blocks

RSC twinkler block 2016

twinkler sample block

twinkler sample block

twinkler with scrappy center

twinkler with scrappy center

twinkler with calico star points

twinkler with calico points

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 I usually make it through the first 3 colors and then I fizzle.  So I have three years worth of those.  I am getting very close to a quilt with those blocks.  I do think I will go back and work on the 2015 version with the stars.  All of these blue fabrics came from my 4 1/2 inch bin of scraps.  (I seem to gravitate towards blues and cool colors in my scrap bins.)

 

 

BOM at Craftsy.com

Craftsy BOM 2016

Craftsy 2016 BOM  I have already completed the January center block for this quilt.  I noticed when I went back to look at the site that I had added the 2015 summer BOM to my classes list.  Hmmmm.  I don’t remember doing that.  I will have to go review that.  This site has freebies and ones that you can purchase.  It doesn’t cost anything to sign up.  The classes that are for sale are clearly marked.  Eventually, I will probably buy a class from them.  They have an excellent variety of crafts, cooking, etc.  They do understand free.

100_6308Pat Sloan BOM This year her theme is “Secret Garden”.  I do love her blocks.  These blocks finish at 16 1/2 inches.  They are very graphic and in beautiful colors.  Her patterns are truly free.  She is a fantastic designer of patterns and fabrics.  I wish the pattern had a coloring page.  There are MANY pictures posted on her site by people who have made the first block.  What great eye candy and inspiration. These fabrics also came from my 4 1/2 inch bin.  I had to piece some of the pieces.  (That is what my Grandma would have done to make due.)

The Splendid Sampler  I found this one in a link from another blog.  It starts on February 14th.  There are 100 free blocks in this mystery sampler.  I think I will join in just to practice machine applique.  I hope they do a good job with the e-mail notifications.  Two blocks a week are to be posted…one on Saturday and one on Thursday, I think it said.  February 14th is not that far away!  This is sponsored by Pat Sloan and a bunch of her designer friends.

EQ mystery series  I regularly receive e-mail from the “Do You EQ?” blog.  As I was glancing through their free items, I came across their two mystery quilt series….not just one , but TWO!  These can be found under the lesson tab.  There is a mystery story and quilt patterns.  If I need more trouble to get into this will be where I find it. (I noticed that these mysteries are set up for EQ 5 and EQ6…most of the features are similar.  I will have to do some further exploring before I commit to much emotional energy to these.)

Not for me…

Ages ago I participated in a row by row done by Lori Holt.  Her designs are cute and country.  That  was free.  It took me 2 1/2 years to finish, but I did it!  Now to participate in her BOM you have to have her book or templates, or….or…or.  I don’t have those things.  I am snowed in and haven’t had mail for six days, so I am not going to order anything at the moment either.  USPS might just throw my package into the snowdrift closest to the main road!  The flowers in Lori’s Bloom Along are adorable, but not truly free…not for me.  (Not this week anyway!)

On someone else’s blog I ran across the Fat Quarter Shop’s Crossroads Quilt Along.  It took me a while to find it on their site.  It was easily able to find the kits for sale to make it, but the free pattern was a bit more elusive. It is a beautiful “free” pattern.  If you look it up, you will see why “free” is in quotation marks.

What BOM’s are you participating in?

I hope you enjoy looking at some of the BOM’s I listed above.  I would love to know what you are up to also.  What projects are you finding out there?  Please share!  I am always looking for more trouble to get into with my quilty friends!

Have a great sewing day!

Later,

Lorrie

Snow storm Jonas…a Leviathan of a storm

SNOW!  Finally the it has stopped.  The sun is out.  Jonas was a monster of a snow storm.  Holy crap!

Like everyone else on the east coast, I took photos…before, during, and after.

The calm before the storm

My dad has been saying for years that you can tell the temperature based on the leaves of the rhododendron, so I did a little research.  Google makes research almost too easy!  It is very cold here…just right for snow to lay on the ground.

rhododendron says it is cold

rhododendron says it is cold

tight and drooping equals COLD

tight and drooping equals COLD

OMG...it is cold!

OMG…it is cold!

Did you notice that these pictures are sunny?  These pictures were taken around 10 ish on Friday, January 22, 2016.  The smell of snow was in the air.  The air pressure had been dropping slowly for the last 2 days.  I knew this because of my sinus pressure headache and arthritis.

During the storm

It started to snow at 12:50 PM on Friday.  It actually started a little before that.  I was out talking to the neighbor…assuring them it would be okay here on the mountain.  This is their first winter “out of town”. (They used to live in Harper’s Ferry, WV.)  I could hear it hitting the tops of the trees.  If you are not used to tree sounds this will not make any sense to you.  The sound is like a low electric sizzle on the few dead leaves that are left on the trees.

When we went to bed at 9 PM, we had approximately 6 inches of snow.  When we got up at 6:30 AM on Saturday, this is what we saw…18+ inches of snow!

closed front door

closed front door

6:30 AM...18+ inches of snow

6:30 AM…18+ inches of snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was round one!  Dan headed out the door to dig us out. He spent lots of quality time with the snow blower yesterday….more than 3 hours total.

Round two

14 more inches of snow outside the door.  Bandit looks out the door in disbelief, too.  Dan starts shoveling the snow while he stands inside.

Bandit says no to snow

Bandit says “What the heck? No way!”

Dan starts shoveling while standing inside

Dan starts shoveling while standing inside

The snow is so deep that it is up to the front picture window in the dining room.  After the snow blowing of the driveway, the heap of snow in the front yard is actually higher than the window.  Simba sat and watched it snow.  She also watched everything that was going on inside.

up to the front window sill

up to the front window sill

from Simba's eye view...a heap of snow

from Simba’s eye view

Simba

Simba

 

beautiful, but evil

beautiful, but evil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truck with cap

Truck with cap

car in the yard

car in the yard

snow is laying on the branches

snow is laying on the branches

back deck with picnic table

back deck with picnic table (That brown thing is the table umbrella!)

buried deck

buried deck

After the storm

I am sitting watching the weather channel.  They are talking about snow totals.  We have 40 inches!  (We are 2 miles from “down town” Glengary, WV…according to the weather channel and CBS, we had 42 inches.  I have never seen so much snow from one storm in my life time…holy crap!  I am glad that it finally stopped.  I think we will be digging out for a while.  At 10 AM my sister called to tell me that school has already been cancelled for Monday.  My friend sent me a link to a teacher snow song and video that made me laugh…I am still glad that the snow finally stopped!

Bandit stands next to snow bank in front yard

Bandit stands next to snow bank in front yard

snow on the roof

snow on the roof

somewhere there is a shed

somewhere there is a shed

truck in front of house

truck in front of house

The picture of the road doesn’t look special, but it is.  Thank goodness for great neighbors!  There is one lane of drive-able road in our neighborhood.  Two of our neighbors plowed throughout the storm to keep our road open.  Normally, this is a dirt road.  We are last on the list of WVDOT plowing.  The nearest paved road has 12 inches of snow that has not been plowed yet!  Thank you, Dale Ziegler, etc.

This is the road.

This is the road.

icicle on the house

icicle on the house

Stay safe and warm!  We are so fortunate that the electricity has stayed on.  At least we are warm and have cable to watch while we recover from shoveling!

Later,

Lorrie

 

 

New Year…time to soul search

I try not to be into New Year’s resolutions….or do to much soul searching at this particular time of the year.  I usually put it off until mid-March, when everyone else is done with their “becoming a better and healthier” human being.  (That way I can buy my new gym equipment at a sale price….suckers!)

This year my soul keeps nagging at my conscience to be searched.  I hate when that happens.

While trying to avoid a soul search, I have been doing some reading.  After reading comes the thinking, then some sort of trouble I dream up.  Usually the thinking involves starting another new project that I will half finish.  If I lived until I finished all of my projects AND I really put forth an earnest effort to do just that in a timely manner, I would live to be just under a million years old….if I started today.  Nah!

I am going to insert a calming picture here…maybe that will focus my attention away from soul searching.

palm tree to keep the soul search at bay

Calming palm tree

While trying to avoid a pesky soul search today, I decided to clean out my e-mails from this weekend.  We have had company from out of town, so I decided to do this while everyone else was watching NFL football.  I don’t mind football, but my mind tends to wander…thinking again…back to my e-mails…

Everyday I get an e-mail to spark my creativity from CraftGossip.  Some days are more inspiring than others…meh.  I have found many interesting things to read starting from this newsletter.  Today’s reading was about education in our country and what is missing.  It is titled 15 Life Skills They Don’t Teach Our Kids in School. (As a teacher and a parent, I have to agree with most of his points.  Sad, but true!)

That article lead me to another article: 7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life’s Purpose. (I clicked on a link in the article that took me to the author’s blog.  He has many interesting things to say.  Some I agree with, some I do not.)

And then I found an article called

Try Something New Every Month 2016…

How can I pass this up?  Maybe I will live to be 1,000,002 if I live to finish all of the unfinished projects that I have hidden all over the sewing room, shed, closets, etc. (and the new ones that I will be inspired to start….)

Have an inspired day!  Hope your soul search is a successful one!

Later,

Lorrie

Happy New Year 2016 from the Florida Keys

Ah…The Florida Keys!  I wish everyone had the opportunity to travel with me to the beautiful Florida Keys for some much needed rest and relaxation.  Next year when Christmas vacation is shorter, hopefully, I will be satisfied by looking back at these images.  I doubt it, but it could happen…humph!

Merry belated Christmas and Happy New Year!  This year I have many, many ideas to share with you!  I have been cleaning and sorting, cutting and sewing, planning and organizing, traveling and dreaming…Here we go 2016!

I leave you with a picture from out travels to Islamorada, Florida, at Christmas time.  What a beautiful place.  I understand why people are inspired when they visit or live here!  We have stayed at the Harbor Lights resort for the past 3 years.  The mom and pop hotels in the Keys are part of the charm.

Palm tree at sunset, Florida Keys

Palm tree at sunset, Florida Keys

We treated ourselves to a glass bottom boat cruise out of Key Largo.  It was windy with waves.  There was a 2-3 foot chop inside the reef and a 5-7 foot chop outside the reef.  Lots of the other passengers were green.  Thank goodness we had an uneventful trip.  Molasses Reef was beautiful!  Tropical creatures and corals amaze me!

glass bottom boat tour in the Florida Keys

glass bottom boat tour in the Keys

This is the third year that we have gone to The Keys for Christmas…but the first year that we saw iguanas.  This large fellow was sunning himself on the boat dock that was about 10 feet away from our hotel room door.

iguana on the dock, Florida Keys, 2016

iguana on the dock, Florida Keys, 2016

I love watching the clouds…stormy or sunny.  The ocean looks beautiful with the clouds gathering for a quick storm.  Sigh!  This tranquility has to last for the entire winter.  Glad I took pictures!

storm clouds in the Florida Keys

storm clouds in the Keys

Here’s to a great New Year!  May we all be healthy and happy!

Later,

Lorrie