This week was one of those kinds of weeks, where it seemed like I should have gotten more done with the time I had. I did have a couple of meetings, but those were short. The zoom class on Wednesday was fun, and I think all the participants enjoyed it. I did manage to get one small project pieced and quilted, and I’ll be working on the binding today while watching the playoff games. Outside, cold weather this week brought the birds to the feeder in large numbers, and I got a few good pictures of them, like this bluebird taking advantage of the homemade suet cake.
This red bellied woodpecker found the suet cake to his liking, too.
The smaller downy woodpecker got his share of the newer cake a few days later.
The cardinal pair stay through winter, and the male’s red feathers are vibrant against a winter drab background. It was a drizzly day, and water droplets are all over the feeder cage that keeps the doves out.
This past week I spent my gift certificate at my favorite local quilt shop, Beginnings. This absolutely adorable chicken print collection had to come home with me. I’ll have to report this as in on our Stashbusters Challenge, six yards total. Yes, I did have to have it, and yes I did have to have four prints plus the border stripe. It is called Home to Roost designed by Susan Winget for Wilmington Prints, available at Fat Quarter Shop.
I refolded it for washing, in the Brilliant Tip method. See that post for details on folding and pinning.
Through the washer and then the dryer, take out the pins and no ironing needed. There is very little raveling as well.
All folded and ready to use. I noodled around with paper and pencil to get a basic design, then went to EQ8 for design and fabric yardage. Unfortunately, this fabric line isn’t available in EQ8 files, so I just had to wing it with similar prints in the program. My plan is to work this up into a pattern and have it for you soon. I did get a little sewing on it done yesterday, and tomorrow will tackle the mitered borders I planned.
I finished another book this week, the prize winning novel Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) – Not a book for everyone, this story is very different. The protagonist lives in a world comprised of an immense labyrinth of large vestibules to massive halls kilometers long filled with thousands of Greek style statues. There are three levels of halls with oceans in the lower levels. Their tides blast through the halls periodically and then recede. As Piranesi describes his life, his days and his journals, the reader gets an idea that something else is going on. For example, how does he know what ‘petrol’ is in a world with no cars? It takes the first 100 pages for Piranesi to realize it, but stick with it. Reading this book is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the picture looks like, and the secrets reveal themselves in this way. Don’t read any spoiler reviews, as the enjoyment of this book is in the solving of the puzzle. I get the feeling that there is much more to this story in references to other classic fantasy novels, but I am not well read enough in that genre to catch most of this. Recommend for those willing to stick with it.
On the cabinet in the kitchen, the orchid has begun growing again. It stayed with the one little flower spike going nowhere for four or five months. Now, it is putting a second spike coming off the first one. Crazy thing, but I am excited that it might actually bloom again.
In the meadow, a small flock of bachelor turkeys came by.
Oliver has stopped by a few times, but lately he’ll grab his sandwich and take off where I cannot get a photo of him enjoying his treat. On this day, I got him as he was rooting around for seeds near the base of the feeder.
Then, this morning, a winter wonderland! Whoopee, more sewing time this week! Since we are on the side of a mountain, and our driveway is long and steep with no county services to plow it, we are stuck at home until it melts off enough to get out safely. It was still too dark to get a picture of the snowy landscape early this morning, as the overcast skies are heavy with more snow yet to come later today, but I’ll take some later today. So, there are football games to watch today, with some handwork to do, and a bit more time in the sewing room this coming week.
What are your plans for this week?
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