Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February - Snowed in at the Cabin!

I've lived in Virginia for the past ten years, and have missed the beautiful snow of my childhood in the Michigan winters.  Now that we are back in the snow, I realize just how much I love it.

I love being snowed in, with a beautiful blanket of snow all around.  Here are some pictures taken this week at the cabin...

First, the woods from the road.....wait - you mean there is a cabin back in these woods?

Thank goodness our neighbor plows our driveway for us, or we would never be able to get out.  Picture taken of long driveway to the cabin:

And the cabin, as seen from the driveway - the lake is behind it. 

Pictures were taken right after the "whiteout" when swirling wind and a snowstorm packed snow on every trunk and branch in the yard.

Here's a picture taken from the lake, showing the lake side of the cabin, and the fire pit where we have s'mores at the bonfire in the summer evenings.  The round log seats look like giant marshmallows, all puffy with snow.

My sewing room has the lower windows on the right side, and I look out onto the lake and the fishermen in their little ice shanties.

What have I been quilting on lately?  Well, I managed to start more projects and work on a few that were in the works.  Not much to show you, but one little project is going to be a small doll quilt from scraps that my friend Mary Jane Gantzler gave me.  She had leftover cut off triangles from one of her quilt projects, and gave a tin full of them to me.  I have started putting them into "broken dishes" format and making little blocks.

The unfinished size of a half-square triangle is 1.25 inches, so the triangles finish at 3/4 inch.  I'm making them into blocks of 16 half-square triangles @block, and the block will finish at 3 inches square.  I have enough scraps from Mary Jane to make 16 blocks......and for you math people who are multiplying it - that's 256 itsy bitsy hsts!

Doll quilt in progress:

Notice the seams are normal sized, but pressed open.  Here's the first block made:

In my defense, I am not insane, but have just been diagnosed with pneumonia this week, so my head is like a block of wood sitting on my neck.  This small project is perfect for a winter respite while I heal.  Hopefully, I will feel less conjested soon, and will feel better next week.

I hope you are healthy and that you are enjoying the scenery out your window, wherever you are!


  1. I enjoy seeing all the quilts you are working on. I hope you are feeling much better soon. Snow seems to be around a lot this year. Take care.

  2. WOW! Wonderful post and pictures of your lovely cabin, Judy! Love the snow too! We enjoy the four seasons here in "IOWA" as you also have.

    Hope you feel better soon!

    Hugs, Carolyn

  3. Hope you feel better soon Judy. It's so miserable to be sick as an adult isn't it? Love your mini broken dishes blocks. Your dollies will love a new quilt.
    Your cabin looks fabulous and the land is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.

    From one of the Janes.......

  4. Love scrappie minis and love the colors!

  5. It's so nice to read about someone enjoying the snowfall instead of complaining about it! Your cabin is so beautiful! Hope you feel better soon.

  6. The cabin is gorgeous! Especially in the snow. What fun projects you are working on.
    I hope you are getting stronger every day after your bout with pneumonia. XOXO


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