Monday, September 11, 2017

Quick Irma Update


The very tail end of Irma is just passing over us this evening, and all is well here. Thank you to everyone who expressed concern. Irma was only tropical storm force here in Charleston, and dumped a lot of rain and some storm surge. We saw winds of about 35 to 40mph for many hours, and gusts to 60mph. Our boat is very sturdy, though, and hardly moved. 

In between battening down the hatches, I was able to stitch up 48 kaleidoscope blocks using some Regent Street lawn fabrics and Kona Snow. The stack above still needs to be trimmed. That's the half with the background corners adjacent to the background blades.


This batch is trimmed and ready to go on the design wall (on the bed, actually, since I don't have any big walls to design on.) These are the opposite blocks, with the background corners adjacent to the patterned blades. 

I had a charm pack of the Regent Street, plus a bit of yardage. The charm pack had two of each design. I wanted to get two kaleidoscope blades out of each charm, so that dictated a smallish 7.5" block, but gave me a nice variety of fabrics, one per block. The rest of the blocks are from the yardage, but the effect should still be pretty scrappy.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to finish trimming the blocks and maybe get a start on sewing the flimsy. After that, I'll be away from my quilting for a week or so. I'm flying to California to visit my Mom and DH Sean will stay with the boat and the cat. I won't have much to post here, but I'll be visiting blogs and enjoying your work, hopefully!

(I just said to Sean, "I have 800 quilts in my head," and he immediately started singing, "You take one down, pass it around, 799 quilts in your head!" It cracked me up...)

13 comments:

  1. So good to see that you came through the storm fine and were even able to sew!! That pattern will look great in the small size. I hope all goes well with your travels. Have fun visiting with your mom!

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  2. Glad it's past and you are safe! I can't wait to see that kaleidoscope quilt cone together.

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  3. Oh very good news Louise. Did you leave the boat or have you stayed put since Irma turned more west than east? But here comes Jose ready to bring grief to more areas. Where is home in California? I lived there (heck, I was born there) but haven't been back for many years.

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  4. very glad to hear you are fine and the home is too! Well done with all that block making - they look fantastic....
    Hugz

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  5. So pleased to read that you're all safe!! Enjoy your time with your Mom and look forward to posts again when you're back on board.

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  6. Very glad you remained snug as a bug in a rug during the storm! I sure love your stormy weather blocks and look forward to seeing them all together. Have a wonderful trip to California! Enjoy your visit with your mom.

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  7. Very happy you made it through Irma without too much trauma. Looking forward to seeing your quilt all done, do you know where this one is going? Have a safe fun trip!

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  8. I too am happy you made it through Irma.....can't wait to see your finished kaleidoscope quilt. That is one that is on my bucket list
    to do. Safe travels !

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  9. Glad all went well with the storm. Here in the upcountry we had lots of wind and a power outage. Was off about 15 hours. Amazed that you could sew during the storm! I understand having 800 quilts in your head. Me too. Love Sean's new version of the song. So many quilts so little time. Thoughts and prayers for your Mom.

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  10. Glad you came through safely. Keep calm and quilt on!

    Waiting to hear from my brother in law in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

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  11. So glad for you that the storm calmed down. That was a lot of stitching going on! Have a great trip to CA.

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