Friday, May 16, 2014

The More You Know: Weather Edition

Spring in the high desert is interesting to say the least.  It may change quicker than Michigan weather.

On Tuesday (May 13th) we had snow flurries all day.  Yep. After weather in the 60s and 70s then it snowed all day.  The snow didn't stick to the ground and it really wasn't that cold, but is sure was entertaining.  The snow then changed to this weird bean-bag-fill shaped frozen precipitation.  It has done this before while I've lived here but I didn't know what it was.  Like a small hail but not icy.  After some research on the Internets, I found out it is called graupel.  From Wikipedia:  Graupel (also called soft hail) is formed in high altitude climates and forms when supercooled water droplets collect and freeze on snowflakes.   The more you know.
Graupel on my Adirondack chair
After working all morning, I watched the grauple from  my sewing room and happily sewed away.

In case you are wondering the current temperature is 68F and is headed up to the 80sF this weekend.  YAY! Crazy weather.

My sewing mojo is running at a high level this week.  I have a million projects I want to work on.   Right now.

I started out with this month's Another Year of Schnibbles project.  The quilt is from Carrie's book Schnibbles Times Two and the quilt is called X Rated.  I picked out some French General charm packs that I had and Moda Bella Solid in Stone.

(I write my own selvedges on solids so I don't forget what color I bought...)

As you can see, Stella decided to "help" with the layout of the rows.  Such a big help.  Remy ran away with a couple of the little pieces and Edgar Poe came in and rolled all over the squares getting cat hair on the light pieces.   We had BIG FUN sewing this quilt together.

 I had the day off yesterday and whipped up this oh-so-cutemous bag.  I was (unsuccessfully) looking for some  French General fabric to use as borders for the Schibbles project and found a small fat quarter pack of the Outfoxed line by Lizzie House.  I have no idea what I had planned for this fabric.  It may have been a have-to-have-because-purple-hedgehogs-y'all purchase.

I found purples for the straps and the lining in my stash.  The pattern is Winslow Market Tote by Pink Chalk Studio (I've had it printed out for ages so I don't know where I originally got it.) and was fun and easy to make. It's the perfect size for a farmer's market bag.  I will definitely make more.
Lastly--a Remy photo for all his fans.  Remy was doing some major lounging on the bed yesterday.


Sinta Renee said...

Oh no! What unexpected weather... and unexpected helpfulness too!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Hi Gretchen! Great picture of Remy!!! I've missed all of you, but especially the pictures of that handsome furry face! Big Hugs coming to you and lots and lots of scratches and rubs to the furry kids...(throw in and extra few for 'you know who') I'll try to email you soon. Hope your loving your new home and married life. More hugs....

Bridget said...

Thanks for researching that type of snow. I've been calling it Dippin' Dots, like that odd ice cream.

Remy is a handsome kitty!

Gari in AL said...

What a lot of help you have in your sewing room. And how nice that your mojo is back, probably a flood after having most of your stuff packed up.

Linda said...

I like X Rated very much, even more so with cat hair! Thought of you while watching CBS Sunday Morning yesterday....was filmed in Santa Fe and included lots of info on the sights there.

Michele said...

Cute bag! You can't go wrong with purple hedgehogs :-) I'm working on x rated today. Copper tried to help me earlier so mine is in the same shape as yours, just scattered about!