Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Mona and the Snow Event!

If you’re going to face being snowed in -

You may as well be snowed in with a friend!

Mona arrived yesterday morning bringing with her a couple of tops for the long arm machine.  Both of them Diamond Tile quilts, made with the block from my Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker Magazine

This block has been SO FUN to play with – she has chosen to fussy cut many of her center squares, using novelty fabrics and big bright florals.  One quilt will be going to her cousin’s granddaughter who is turning 4, and the second to her own granddaughter, also turning four.  These two sweeties are very close in age, and full of sugar, spice and everything nice!

At this point it was close to 50 degrees and sunny - the snow wasn’t falling yet, but wait for it – wait for it!

Bright sunshine beyond that big picture window -

Snow in the forecast? Are you kidding me?

Quilt number one is done -

Can you see that it is dusk beyond the windows?


Cute doggie!

And this one! 

We trimmed the quilt to prepare it for binding, and headed back to the cabin.  It was then that The Hubster said  “you know snow is forecast for tonight, right? 1 to 3 inches.  It’s likely you won’t get down the drive in the morning due to the slick conditions.”

I quickly called Martha as the three of us had planned to jot down to Galax for some antique/junk store rummaging and lunch out.  She agreed.  “We don’t know how much coming, but it is supposed to be slick.  Better to take a rain-check (or a snow-check?!) and stay safe.”

Which meant – there was quilty type stuff at the QPO that Mona and I were going to need if we were to spend a day (Or maybe more?!) sewing away in the basement studio at the cabin.

We doubled round, got what we needed (including Mona’s quilt so we can bind it!) and headed back to the cabin for the evening to wait for snow.

Last night’s Amazon Prime watching adventure.

If you want to watch something that will keep you on the edge of your seat -  The Aeronauts follows the adventures of James Glaisher, a scientist, and Amelia Wren, a flamboyant aeronaut who lost her husband in a balloon accident. The pair, fighting against thunderstorms, wind, hailstones and rain as they ascend higher and higher, achieve something phenomenal: they travel to heights no man or woman has ever reached before.

We LOVED it.  So well done.  So pop yourself a big bowl of popcorn and settle in.  Unless, of course, you are hand stitching a binding and don’t want buttery fingers against your needle.  But watch it!

And as to that snow?  It’s falling now.  It started about 5:00 a.m., just about an hour ago as I type this.  I woke to the gentle ping ping of ice crystals hitting my window.

It’s still dark out – I stepped outside with the porch light on to check it out.  It’s definitely falling!

Will it accumulate?

It really doesn’t matter one way or the other.  It’s a Snow day Sew Day and we are going to make the best of it.

I am about to begin a big crock pot full of Taco Soup made with the last of our Thanksgiving turkey from the freezer.

Life is GOOD!

Did you grab your copy yet?

Sew SO Scrappy, Sew Much Fun! You’ll find the pattern for Irish Courthouse at 50% off for the entire month of January in the Digital Pattern category of the Quiltville Store.  You can begin sewing it today! No coupon required.

This Irish Chain variation starts with a simple 9 patch and grows from there! Easy strip piecing and full color photos. Fat Quarter Friendly as well! Quilt size: 93’’ X 93’’.

You’ll love making this quilt block-by-block easily from strips.  It’s fast, it’s satisfying, and destined to chase away those winter blahs that tend to follow when the holidays are behind us but spring is still far off into the future.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Vintage double four patch quilt top found in Arizona.

Be yourself. Accept yourself. Value yourself. Forgive yourself.
Bless yourself. Express yourself. Trust yourself. Love yourself!

Have a Terrific Tuesday, everyone – Snow Day or Not!


  1. Mona's quilt is gorgeous!!

  2. amazing how quick weather changes....this AM woke to winter weather advisory for DC, a mere 40 min SE of me when yesterday was sitting outside soaking up sun with just a light jacket...but with a quilt in the hoop, who cares???

  3. I was just thinking,while looking through your blog this morning, when the dog got me awake at 2:30 this morning I hadn’t seen Mona in your blog lately. Great to see her smiling face and quilts again. You can keep your snow Bonnie, I will wait for mine to come later on.

  4. Snuggle in, laugh a lot and enjoy! Marilyn Marks

  5. I love the tile block I did some and gave as a baby gift. want to make more great scrap quilt. love the pattern Mona quilted it with. love snow sew days

  6. There is only one thing better than a snow day, and that's a snow day spent quilting with a friend!
    Weeeeeeeee.... so much fun!

  7. Enjoy your snow sew day.

  8. Love it when Snow Day = Sew Day, and shared with a dear friend makes it all the better. Hope there's hot chocolate on the menu today. Have fun

  9. Hoping you and Mona have SEW much fun!!!

  10. Hoping for a bit of snow over here in lower, rural VA. Just rain right now. Wish I could send it to Australia. Enjoying the mystery (my 2nd one) Loved your tip about evening up the end, that is the game you play in your head not to waste fabric. So fun to here what others think about while cutting.

  11. Y’all party on a snow day like I do on a rainy day!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    Just hoping for a little bit of rain here in South Texas sometime soon. The tile quilt looks great, and I may have to do a few. Glad to see that Mona has been busy! Happy Quilting! ๐Ÿงต

  12. Mona has become a fussy-cutting Queen of Quilting. How fun to have 2 of her 4 year old relatives getting matching quilts. Sew-on, snow day/sew days ahead

  13. What a great way to spend your day...with a good friend and quilting!
    Dh and I watched The Aeronauts the other night - great movie!

  14. Does anyone know which issue Mona's quilt was in? I would love to purchase it. Thanks

    1. If you click the Addicted to Scraps tab at the top of the blog you can scroll through and find it and the issue it was in.

    2. May/June 2018 issue- Quiltmakers Magizine

  15. I've seen other references to the Aeronauts--it's on my list of "wanna watch that's"--after I finish season 2 of "You" and at least give "Castle Rock" a whirl. So much good interesting programming on streaming!!


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