Winter Blues Remedy Needed…

Y’all I am suffering from a terrible case of the winter blues mixed with the remainder of the flu bug I had last week.  Antibiotics are finished… steroids are done … but I have no get up and go!!  I am a glass half full girl though… so I pulled this from the archives and it is my motto today… gray skies and all!

So as I battle the January blah’s (I lived in Florida for the last 5 winters!  I don’t remember this being an issue there!)  I am trying to stay busy each day.  I spent some time with Gloria this past week sewing on Appalachian Delight!

 Last Sunday I got it to this point!

And over the week I sewed together all those half square triangles I had made as I made the Bear in the Cabin blocks…


I was giddy when the sides measured out exactly right !

I pinned them in place and sewed them on … adding top and bottoms in place too…

Tah Dah!!!!

Now don’t look at the mess underneath this quilt top in the making… that is part of my issue with winter time blues! But isn’t this looking spectacular so far!  Just like my pattern I had drawn out that I shared last week.  These Bear in the Cabin blocks look so nice framed by the burgandy with the blue diamonds at each intersection… My honey is not a lover of scrappiness like I am but he is liking this too… thank goodness since this is for our bed! lol  With all this progress on this quilt I want to link to my friend Wendy’s Peacock Party HERE!  Come take a look at her post… she did her own thing putting together the blocks of Bonnie Hunter’s latest mystery quilt… I LOVE her original take on this!
The pages I shared last week for you to print off I filled out while I have been trying to get my get up and go to get up and go…
Julie did a great job designing this list… as you can see I used mine for crafts AND quilting… I can list out what needs to happen and am already dating things as done on the borders of Bear in the Cabin… aka Appalachian Delight!  Wonder how I will get things marked off when this winter blah leaves!!!
I did do a bit of organizing amidst the knee pain I am dealing with and low energy issues…
This organizer I found very affordably ($20) from Target.com… ordered it one morning and it was delivered the NEXT DAY to my home via UPS.  We live very rural and no big stores like Target are near us… I have ordered from them before but never have I had such wonderful and fast service!  I look forward to buying another one of these organizers … they are made my closetmaid… and while not top quality for the price the organization and adding a few screws to their product adds the stability needed… I love it … all my bag making supplies are now organized on the back of my closet door where I keep my fabric stash in the sewing room!  SCORE!!!
I pulled this off facebook.  A girl made this sweet iPad cover from a pattern…. isn’t it precious!!!  Inspires me to want to do some applique and some embroidery too!!!

 That make by her encouraged me to finally make a cover for my honey’s spool table he designed….

My honey’s first initial is in the center… he didn’t want it puffy or pieced… he wanted a plain wholecloth design and he loves the finish… it is civil war fabrics left over from the quilt I am making now 🙂  He chose the fabrics that went into this make.  I made it washed it and dried it … no ironing needed even!!!!
Finally I want to share where I have spend some of EVERY long winters day this week… slow stitching on this never ending quilting project! lol

 Above is the start of the bottom of the 5th row of stars… and below is the middle of that row.

 You can see that wooden holder on my quilt… that holds my cell phone so I can watch youtube and Bluprint videos as I stitch… sometimes I listen to Pandora music instead… but this is a contraption I wanted and my honey made for me last year that I love!

 Here was my view this morning as I close in on the end of the bottom of the 5th row on my quilting frame!!!  Progress is real here y’all!

 So I continue marking some and stitching those chalk markings… then marking some more!  I am linking the slow and steady progress to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday post where other like minded stitchers gather… come see what everyone is linking today HERE 🙂

Here was a fun item we got in this week and sold and mailed to it’s new owner…

 This little sewing machine was a child’s hand crank from the 1950’s… this one is an oddball as it has blackside parts all over it .. not only is it painted black which is a common color for these machines… but uncommon is the black metal it is made of.  This was common in the 1940’s due to war time efforts needing the silver so they made the metal black where possible.   Rarely do you see this carried into the 50’s.. wartime was over and remaining blackside parts got used here and there… so we were able to sell this to a collector of items like this… nice to see it go to a home it will be appreciated for it’s unusualness though!

Early last week when it was raining non-stop we noticed in the warmer wet weather we had some buds coming up next to the front door….

 Well they went back down into the freshly laid mulch now as the winter cold and wet has hovered so long they decided to wait to be identified but a friend of mine thinks this could be the beginnings of hyacinth blooms… we sure hope that is what they are!  This flower bed held hostas and they had overtaken the bed.. so we may find surprises in beds like this one around this property we now call ours… will keep you posted!

Please keep me and this winter blues issue in your thoughts and prayers… just by identifying it finally I am feeling better already.  If you are suffering a similar issue… talk to others about it like I have or call your doctor … get out and seek sunlight and healthy foods… I am doing all of this already.  But talking about it here is surely helping and your thoughts and prayers will help me have a better week I just know!

So make sure you make time to take care of yourself and to…

12 thoughts on “Winter Blues Remedy Needed…

  1. Little Penpen

    You need some vitamin D! Either sunshine or supplements! There's not a lot of sunshine in those hills during the winter and having winter blues is a real thing. Oh I remember so well! It'll pass soon and spring time will come, but it takes a little longer there.You have been staying busy and Appalachian Delight is beautiful!!!! I think those are hyacinths too. They are usually the first bloomers, then daffodils. A sure sign that Spring is coming!Hang in there girl!!! ☀️

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  2. Gretchen Weaver

    AP is so lovely! You've done an excellent job. This pattern is on my bucket list but not this winter. You are making great progress with the hand quilting. If I understood right, you're in the middle of the quilt, you're halfway finished!!!! Happy stitching!

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  3. Karen - Quilts...etc.

    you were so used to the sun in Florida in the winter and now it is probably a lot of cloudy days – we have a lot of cloudy days here in Arkansas in the winter too – cloudy and chilly, fog, rain, you name it – it can be depressing – take your vitamins try to stay active – I know that is hard to do with your bad knees but sit by a sunny window and soak up some sun when you can. I've been wondering how you are doing. It takes awhile to get your energy back when you have been sick. I need to make Melanie an Ipad cover for hers seeing the one you show made me realize that – take care!!

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  4. Quilter Kathy

    Winter can be hard and long here, and it's not unusual to have low energy in January and February. We schedule a quilt retreat mid February to have something to look forward to and to lift our spirits. You're making great progress on the hand quilting!

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  5. Karla (ThreadBndr)

    Sorry you are dealing with the winter blahs. Along with the advice about sunshine and Vit D, full spectrum lights might help.Your quilts are lovely. And YEAH for the border length to come out just right!!

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  6. Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore

    You've been busy!! I know winter can be depressing, but look at all the things you've achieved. I love your Bears Paw quilt. Thank you for mentioning my Good Fortune mystery quilt. I'm happy with how it turned out, but waiting for some more border fabric now. Thank you for linking up with the Peacock Party.

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  7. StitchThrifty

    Winter can be depressing, but it also gives us lots of time to enjoy our indoors hobbies. Your quilts a beautiful!! I like the simplicity of the table cover and the initial makes it very classy. I have added your blog to my reader, I found you via Slow Sunday stitching. Have a terrific Slow Sunday Stitching.

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  8. CathieJ

    Winter can really bring you down. Try to get outside whenever it is sunny. Your crafting is wonderful. I love both of those quilts. Your newest top looks just like you drew it.

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