Rainy Sunday of Sixteen-Patches

It rained all day today. A constant soaking rain. So I was in the house all day.

I didn’t feel well last night and decided I needed some extra hours of sleep. I’ve developed some really bad habits during the pandemic and working from home. I’ve always been a night owl, but it’s gotten worse over the last few months. I’ve been staying up until 2:00 am every night. My body said “enough!” last night. So I took some Advil PM at around 8:00, fell asleep on the couch before 10 pm, and woke up around 1:00. I put myself to bed and set my alarm for 8 am. I didn’t hear the alarm at all and woke up at 10 am.

And I feel much better today. I needed those extra hours of sleep.

After breakfast I put on a big pot of chili. I’ve only got one container of chili left in my freezer and have been wanting to make a big batch.

It was wonderful to smell it simmering away on the stove for a few hours.

Knowing it was going to be rainy I planned to get a lot of sewing done today. I finished the remaining 34 scrappy batik 16-patch blocks. This photo shows half of the 72 blocks for this top. The duplicates of these are sitting on my cutting table.

Then I finished a small project I’ve been intending to do for a few weeks. A couple of years ago I made a bunch of “corn bags” for holiday gifts. These are flannel bags filled with feed corn that you heat in the microwave and use as a heating pad. The one that I use the most got a small tear in it a few weeks ago and has been leaking corn. So I have been wanting to make a new bag and reuse the corn from the torn one.

This is basically the width of a piece of flannel and is about 7.5 inches wide. I’ve sewn five sections and each is filled with corn. This is great to heat and drape over a shoulder or around an ankle. They’re also really nice to warm your hands or feet when you’re cold.

I filled each of the five sections with corn and then put in pins to hold the corn away from the top opening. Then I stitched the opening closed.

A lot of these bags are made with rice, but I prefer whole feed corn. It holds the heat longer than rice does. I buy 50 lb bags of it at the farm store.

After dinner the rain finally let up so I took the boys out for a three mile walk. The first two miles were really nice, but we got a little wet on the last mile. It was really nice to get out and move around a little after being house bound all day.

When we got back I dug in and sewed three rows of blocks on the KFC blue 16-patch quilt together, and sewed them into a section. So I have two sections complete — one with four rows and one with three rows. I have two more rows of blocks to sew together and then will have three horizontal seams to sew and this top will be done.

I got a lot done today!

10 Replies to “Rainy Sunday of Sixteen-Patches”

    1. I’m glad you like my quilts! I sure to have fun making them.

      My chili is kind of made up as I go along. But here’s an idea of what’s in it:
      2 lbs hamburger browned.
      2 large onions chopped
      6 cloves of garlic minced
      1 large can of green chilis (I think it’s 26 oz)
      4 cans diced tomatoes
      six cans kidney beans
      lots of chili powder
      lots of cumin
      salt and pepper to taste.
      Simmer it all for several hours.

      Sort of vague, but that’s how I cook!


  1. I remember heated corn bags from when I was a small child. We didn’t have any heat in the upstairs bedrooms and northern IL winters could get pretty cold. Frost on the covers near our noses. Eventually we got rubber hot water bottles instead.

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      1. I remember a wood stove in the kitchen. I think the night I remember so vividly was one that my grandparents were there and my grandma had a fit that we had to sleep in those cold bedrooms. She was the one that gave us the hot water bottles later.

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  2. A very comforting post. It is cold and rainy now in Charlotte, NC. Those lovely quilts and the big pot of chili. hmmmm It seems like a HUGE amount of chili?? You live with 600 people…? Just checkiing….Thank you for the post.

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    1. It is a HUUUUUGE pot of chili! I gave some to a friend and then froze a bunch. I have a stand up freezer and love having different soups in there during the winter. Right now there’s this chili, some chicken noodle, some split pea, some beef stew, and pinto beans and ham. Oh, and about 10 containers of chili verde. I’m quite stingy with my chili verde!


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