Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Some more oldies, but goodies.

The sun is shining brightly. We only have a couple of inches of snow, but it is enough to almost blind you when you look out. Sure hope everyone in the path of the ice storm south of us are doing ok and staying safe and warm. Snow can be rough to deal with, but doesn't hold a candle to ice. I will share a few pictures of our ice storm from December 2007. Now remember, these are old pictures. Thankfully we did not get any ice from this storm.
The trees were just about topped. We had a major cleanup, that our kids helped with. I believe we had about 1 1/4 inches of ice. I remember laying in bed and hearing the trees snap and fall with the weight of the ice. Our power lines were down across the driveway, but we didn't have power anyway for 6 days and 6 nights. It was a rough time for me, but at least we had wood for heat. Many families had no heat. I soon ran out of handwork. I ended up playing lots of solitaire. LOL Our Coleman lantern and my oil lamp became my best friends. (Also my flashlight and transistor radio. ) I got lots of rest, because I usually went to bed at about 7 p.m. and got up when it got daylight, around 7 a.m., I believe. LOL While looking at the pictures of our ice storm of 2007, I found some pictures of things I made for Christmas gifts for that year, so I figured I might as well share some with you. I made quillows for each of the kids and their spouses. These are the sons-in-law quillows. These were made for our 3 girls. All of them were made with flannel and a thin batting in the middle. I ended up tying all of them. Actually I was running short on time. I hadn't planned for almost a full week to be lost due to no power, I had to make all of these in a week's time.
These were our 2 boys' quillows. I had hit the JoAnn's black friday sales that year. They had flannel for $1 a yard. I have never been in such a crowded mess before. I did not go back for their BF sales this past year. Anyway, the flannel shrunk quite a bit when washed and oh goodness, that red. I washed and soaked and washed again. Its color bled so bad. So I decided to use colors with the boys' quillows that wouldn't matter if the color ran again when washed. I also warned them to only wash them separately. LOL
For my mom that year, I drug my scrap bin out and made her a pair of matching place mats. She loved them, and still has them on the table every time I visit. She says she just washes them and puts them right back on the table. It makes me feel good to make something that mom really loves. I made this table runner for the gift exchange at mom's. This was fun and I am working on another one like it, only with an applique in the center block. I found the pattern for this on the net. It only takes 3 fat quarters to make the top. Lots of fun. Here is a picture of the back. Well, I had better stop there on pictures. I made pj's for all the grandkids that year. I am hoping my camera comes in the mail today. We don't get ours till noon or after. I thought I would also tell you about a cute giveaway that Joy is having. She created the cutest baby quilt with panda bears on it. She is going to have a drawing soon to give away a few of the patterns for this quilt. So stop in and sign up for it.
Did any of you watch the Biggest Loser last night? I hated to see Daniel sent home, but was so impressed with how great he is doing. The month he had on the ranch must have really helped him. I believe it said he has lost 101 lbs so far. Wow! Also he is off of his diabetes meds. How great is that! I know this is just a show, but I love seeing all the weight these people lose. I could do without the game play, but then there wouldn't be a show. Right? LOL My dh has to work late tonight, so I have a long day ahead of me. I finished the quilting on the rooster quilt last night. I am going to work on binding in a bit. Well, I had better get this posted and get with it. Everyone have a wonderful day. Thanks for visiting.


Janice said...

You have such a great talent. Luckily, we don't get ice storms in Utah. At least I don't remember ever having one. It sounds brutal. You have a great day as well.

Milah said...

I don't think the Biggest Loser is "just a show" It's honestly one of the best programs on television today! This program is changing people's lives and saving lives. Mine included! I wish we had more like it on TV. Honestly, tuesday nights from 8-10 is the only time I watch TV and guess what I'm tuned in to. I'm not that overweight, but I'm learning from shows like this, how to make healthier choices and I'm learning to love exercising and sweating....something I never liked before. Kudos to The Biggest Loser! Shew....I'm stepping off my soapbox now! LOL!

~Bren~ said...

It was sad to see Daniel go, but his buddy did not want to stay. Plus their game play from the week before sealed their fate. I was glad to see how well he is doing to. He is a good looking kid! I am glad Joelle's partner is back...can't remember her name...she will liven things up quite a bit!
That poor tree. Ice storms are the worst! I bet you never get caught with no hand work again though!!
Share what a "quillow" is...I think it is a quilt that becomes a pillow? Sue made some before but I can't remember what they are exactly. Love your mom's placemats.

a corgi said...

that was a good idea to make pillows for Christmas gifts; I bet they were comfy too to lie your head on

I can't imagine not having power for 6 days/6 nights! I have to agree that I'd be the same, go to bed early, nothing else to do

I'm with you; I rather have snow over ice

enjoy tomorrow


Linda said...

Beautiful!! Great job! Wish I was a part of your family! lol
Love the quilts from previous post as well & Aeris is gorgeous as well!!

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