Thursday, January 19, 2012

Interesting Weather Day

This is the view outside my studio.  Most of the morning, I watched freezing rain falling and coating everything it touched. Before it turned to snow,  the blueberry bushes in back ended up with branches about 3/4" around with ice.  At one point, I heard a loud crack and crash like a tree coming down, but I didn't see anything when I looked.  We have woods behind us, so maybe it was there.

The arrow is pointed at a robin who is very confused by all this.  We usually don't see him until later when spring begins to roll around.  Fortunately, the woman across the street has is out restocking her bird feeders a couple of times a day since this strange weather started.

This is the icicle that has been growing by our front door.  It started out wider than it was long.  Today's ice storm seems to have changed its shape quite a bit.  It looks pretty heavy and lethal right now.

The rest of the icicles are pretty small in comparison.  If you look, you can see the ice on the branch hanging under the eaves.  This is my first ice/freezing rain storm.  I much prefer snow.  So many of our friends are without power, and there are trees and branches down all over the place.  Hopefully, we don't get any more ice tonight.  The weather guesser says it is going to warm up and start raining by tomorrow morning.  Let's see if he gets it right this time.

When I wasn't watching the ice and then the snow, I built this square.  I had to audition a number of fabrics for the middle where I ended up using the gold.  I would like to make a quilt eventually with blocks of all the color combinations I come up with.  Since I seem to stick in the same palette most of the time, I think this will work fine.  This one is very different from the first one I made, but I like it just as much.  I think Tom likes the first one better.  I am still having trouble with puckering in the center.  I really have to get that straight line 1/4" seam down better.  It will happen with practice.
Joyful quilting, everyone.


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Looks nasty outside! Love that ice blue Batik though - wonderful block.

Impera_Magna said...

Hope you still have power... nasty looking ice storm.

Great star block... you're tempting me to try making one... *lol*

Rebecka said...

Your photos are beautiful. You really got some snow. Hope everyone is getting around without accidents.
I like the colors in your block!
Stay warm!

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

You really do have snow, poor Robin! I like your block; the gold in the middle gives it a depth, as if you're looking down into the center of it.

Mego said...

Love the block. The gold makes it POP! I just went outside (N. Seattle) and knocked down icicles...then shoveled out the tracks that the car made. It is total slush underneath. Easy but heavy work. The snow plow has cleared the street but left huge berms where the cars are parked. It's warming up now!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Miki. Your star block is gorgeous--great choice of fabrics. The play of light is very interesting. Stay warm!
best, nadia

Snoodles said...

LOL I absolutely love your term "weather guesser"....Heehee! So true. Hope you are doing well, and that the ice is melting. Nothing but more rain here - I'd swear we lived in the Northwest, it's been raining so much!

Pattilou said...

Oh my! Love that rust and turquoise!