Waking up on Sunday to a winter wonderland, the entire scene had a blue cast to it with heavy overcast skies in the weak dawn light. The snow was still falling as I took some photos, and it continued falling on and off all day. Big fat flakes alternated with tiny ones. It was freezing cold, and we hunkered down with the fireplace going and watched football games all day. Juncos were on the ground looking for anything falling out of the bird feeder, so My Sweet Babboo scattered some seed on the snow for them. They devoured the offering in short order.
My Sweet Babboo had filled the bird feeder just the day before to make sure the local avian population was well fed during the snowy day. They came in droves, with a dozen on the feeder at once. Titmouses (titmouses? yes, I looked it up), goldfinches, nuthatches and chickadees chowed down.
They congregated at the bottom where the seeds cover the pan. More would fly in and boot out the ones already there. Then the ones booted out would come back and kick out someone else. This went on all day.
The next day was clear with just a few clouds in an azure sky. Snow was piled up on the brick planter and every horizontal spot like the top of the bird feeder and stair railing. There wasn’t any ice, which was a bit of a surprise, so the trees cleared off quickly.
The little birds were back, but much more relaxed in their approach to the seed.
On the veranda, the wind made a little hill of snow. It was high enough to almost cover the pots on stands in the corner.
Inside where it was warm, I designed the pattern for the chicken fabric. I wrote out some yardage requirements and cutting instructions on Saturday. Then I got busy during the snow days on construction to test the pattern and verify my fabric needs. The middle of the oversize table topper is a variable star with a four patch center. These prints are all directional, so I made the star with roosters oriented to all four sides.
I added a border, then the next section will be a border of squares of four of the prints.
After those squares were done, I spent the time and effort to do the final border in the border stripe, and miter the corners. It ended up around 42 inches square, a good size for our pub table, and could also be a little kid quilt. I’ll be writing this up in pattern form for you soon. I hope to get it on the longarm tomorrow while we are still waiting for the snow to melt enough for us to get down the mountain. I don’t really need to be anywhere until Thursday, so I’m not in a hurry.
While I sewed, a pot of Ham and White Bean Soup simmered on the stove. Yum! Hot and filling for a cold day.
More sewing tomorrow, and maybe a rock or two will get painted. We’ll see! Did you get snow this weekend? What do you do on snow days (if you get snow days!)?