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!