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Stitching & Snow

Heading into the weekend, we had warnings of a snow storm coming to the Pacific Northwest. It seems that most years we see snow in February. Knowing snow was coming, I headed to the store Friday afternoon and stocked up a bit for our weekend meals not knowing how icy and slick the roads would be getting. Often we will have snow flurries that turn to rain that turn to ice overnight. We woke up Saturday morning to a lightly dusted, sunny winter scene. Fresh snow is always so beautiful!

The kitties were out exploring in the snow this morning!

The morning sunlight lit up the fern fronds under the snow. 

Our Korean Silver Fir looked just as beautiful covered in snow. I love how the snow left little mounds on the stems of last year's cones.

Even the hens enjoyed the snow! Butters is always up for a pose. She never minds being picked up or pet...or having her photo taken. The downside to the snowfall was that our temporary roof over the chicken's run fell a bit. So, my husband and one of our boys spent a couple of hours Saturday morning repairing that. We have plans this spring to construct a true roof for them that will keep the chickens shaded in the summer and dry during our wet seasons.

The snowy weather meant we had an excuse to stay home and relax. I spent a couple of nights working on my hand pieced block while watching movies with my guys. This week's block for the Hand Pieced Quilt Along with Elm Street Quilts and Simple. Handmade. Everyday. was the Flying Geese block. Each of the big triangles in this square is a goose, and the smaller triangles are the sky. All of your 'geese' can be arranged different ways to make different blocks or patterns.

Our family had not had a 'free' weekend in quite a few weeks. It was so pleasant to have nowhere to go and no obligations to fulfill. We read books, watched movies, walked the pup, baked, and took naps. It was wonderful.

I really enjoyed this particular block. I probably enjoyed it simply because it came together nicely. I didn't stitch over any of the triangle's points, and it finished at exactly 6 1/2". While stitching this block, I began to wonder how or when it originated. It is a very traditional block that I have seen used in many quilt designs, but I had never known much about it. I decided to do a little reading and found that the "Flying Geese" block has been used by American quilt makers since the 1700s. It has also been identified as one of the quilt blocks used as part of the quilted code of the Underground Railroad. This block has a fascinating and long history.

By the end of the weekend, our snow had melted, and I had my third block pieced. Looking forward to this week's new block pattern. I hope you had a relaxing weekend as well!


  1. Blocks look wonderful.Thanks for linking up to the Hand Pieced QAL.

  2. I thought I posted a comment last night, but I'm not sure it went through, so if this is a duplicate - sorry! I love your block colors and really enjoyed the snow photos and commentary. What is the brand of your little roller?

    1. Thanks Linda! I found this roller on Amazon. It is a Clover "Roll & Press."