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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Damp and drizzly - Hurrah!

I am normally the first to grumble when the weather is grey, overcast, damp and mizzly but not yesterday.

It meant it was much warmer outside and the 4-plus inches of ice on the Big Pond has started to melt. Happy Day.






Also happy is completion of the binding on my Homespun strippy quilt. I am really pleased with how it has come out, feels like one of those "the sum is more than the total of its parts" things. The main fabrics all came from scrap bags and the blue is so old I cannot remember where I bought it, which is most unusual because I tend to have pretty good recall for when, where, how material came into my stash.









32 comments:

  1. Definitely warmer here too yesterday, we didn't put the central heating on until late afternoon. The blue binding on your quilt is perfect, your quilt looks lovely.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, still chilly here, another frost last night but the sun is shining :)

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  2. We woke to a wet morning, 1st rain in over a week and no snow or too much ice, it does feel warmer, but it's just so dark, almost every light in the house on. Love your quilting, you are a very talented lady.

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    1. Thank you Marlene, not hugely talented just many, many years of practise! But compliments much appreciated regardless ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  3. Your quilt is beautiful Jayne. Lovely sunny day here in SW Scotland which I'm pleased about as my husband has our front door off it's hinges (something wrong with the lock). Hope it will be back on soon before all the heat escapes.

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  4. Dear Jayne
    It is a lovely sunny day here and I have been enjoying it. Sunny days in winter have been few and far between, so we need to make the most of them! Your quilt looks fantastic!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Cheers Ellie, I like sunshine as much as the next gardener, but not this much cold (although I suppose it might have killed off some slug eggs before the new season starts?)

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  5. We've been under a veil of Gloom for what seems like weeks now...with no sunshine in the forecast. BUT - that does mean it tends to be warmer so there's that.

    I do so love that blue...xo

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    1. Hi Mel, we've got your gloom now and yes, it is marginally warmer.
      The blue of this quilt is odd - in some light it is almost grey and I think that's why it works so well.

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  6. Drizzly rain all day here yesterday then much heavier after about 4.30pm. At least it's got rid of the remaining ice from the street - it sticks here long after it's gone from everywhere else. Glorious blue sky and sunshine today :) The quilt looks lovely, and reading your words maybe you should rename it the Pythagoras quilt :) :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, maybe Archimedes instead, because it was a definite 'eureka' moment when I finally worked out a setting for those strips :-)

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  7. We are also celebrating post rain sunshine, all our snow and ice has vanished, Hurrah indeed๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. You are very welcome to our remaining ice, if you would like! Surprising how quickly the snow has gone from the fells, even the high ones.

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  8. I have to agree that the total is more than the sum of the parts. I admit I wasn't thrilled at the beginning but it now is a snuggly, comforting quilt. Good job. Oh, I didn't realize you had been cold enough for that much ice to form on the pond. Brrrrrrr...maybe it'll melt now.

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    1. Cheers m'dear. I am glad you liked how it all turned out ๐Ÿค—

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  9. The quilt looks lovely, what a good way to use up lots of little bits and pieces.

    I must say I would rather have the frost than the rain. But today we had blue sky and a bit of sunshine so even though it was muddy underfoot I didn't mind too much!!

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    1. Cheers Sue, it is very satisfying to turn these scraps into something 'real'.

      Rain here today, but I've been to the dustbin and it is very slippery outside. Grrr.

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  10. Beautiful and a great way to use up scraps. I love the one peeking out underneath too. I am itching to get back to some sewing but now we are doing the childcare time is shorter than ever. The pond looks lovely is it in your garden?

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    1. Thank you Viv, yes that pond is one of three in the garden {gulp!} and is the biggest. There is a "ponds/water" label at the very bottom of the page if you want to see them all.

      The 'underneath' you are so kind about is the backing for this quilt.

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    2. I can see it now - I thought you had laid the top one out on a bed that had another quilt on it.

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  11. Love your Homespun quilt & just the thing to keep you warm on those cold frosty days. That is a lot of ice on the pond. Puts ours to shame when we get a mild frost. Take care, stay warm and safe.

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  12. Hooray for no ice and having to put on about a billion layers just to empty the bin!
    Your quilt is fabulous. When life feels like it's hurtling out of control isn't it wonderfully therapeutic to empty your mind and concentrate on creating something beautiful? xxx

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    1. Thanks Vix.
      Yes, that is exactly what I am doing ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And if I get to use up some fabric scraps in the process that is a bonus.

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  13. Such beautiful work! I like how you used your scraps of fabric to make this quilt. Stunning. My maternal grandmother was a quilter. She made a quilt for all her grandchildren on their wedding day. I still cherish mine.

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    1. Hi Pattie, how lovely that you still cherish your wedding quilt - that's the sort of thing that makes quilters go all "awww, bless" inside!

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  14. I think my pond is frozen when it has a millimetre of ice on it.

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    1. I hesitate to say it, Graham, given that your part of the world can experience extremes, but that's barely chilled, not even proper frozen. The ice on the Big Pond got to at least 4:" thick last week, and you've made me realise I have not shared the photos of walking across it.

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    2. We don't have extremes of heat and cold though. 20ยบC is a very warm summer day. -5ยบC is the lowest temperature recorded. On the other hand hurricanes are fairly frequent.

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    3. Now it is YOUR turn to have made me laugh out loud at a blog comment, thank you!

      BTW, saw some amazing photos from Aberdeen area of Northern Lights this week. Were they visible on Lewis?

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    4. Unfortunately the evenings when I'm aware of them being visible elsewhere we were (or at least where I live was) covered by cloud.

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