Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend project and Storm warnings

I've been fooling around with the Shop Hop leaf blocks.  I never had enough fabric to make the whole quilt, so I thought I would go with a different approach.  I made the two blocks and used some of the fabric from the other blocks to make up a table runner.

My first thought was to square up the block, but in the end decided that it made it too large, and I just didn't like where this was going.

The leaf blocks are large (12 1/2" square) so I cut 2 1/2" strips and made this block for the center.

And YAY it all fit!

I added a small border but it just was not working, so I ripped it out.

So the next step is the quilting.  Hopefully I can get it ready to use over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Storm warnings -
Because we live in the Central Florida area, I am on the email list from a friend who works for the NOAA.  Here is what Stanley sent out this morning -
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I am not going to cover all of the details here since media has
covered a lot. (Not always accurate, but much of the coverage is

Here are some of the basics --
1) We do not have very many of these "hybrid" systems -- a hurricane
merging with mid-latitude fronts, etc.
2) It is VERY strong for this type of system. No we are not talking
about Cat 5 winds (max sustained for Sandy is now about 85 mph vs.
over 160 mph for Andrew), but the wind energy is spread out over a
VERY large area. This means that a LOT of people are going to get
strong TS-sustained winds (50-70 mph but with gusts to hurricane
force). The storm is not moving fast so they will get those winds
for a LONG time. This means lots of trees down, some structural
damage, disruption of normal activities, lots of power outages, etc.,
3) This is the highest concentration of people in the US. There are
a LOT of people that will be affected.
4) Because the wind is spread over such a large area and the storm
has been out over the ocean for several days, it has been generating
lots of swells/waves/etc. These will all combine with the coastal
storm surge (which could be present during HIGH TIDE since since the
impact will last for a number of hours). The actual storm surge is
estimated to be at least about 11 ft in some areas, but the other
water action, coastal topography (i.e., inlets, areas that will focus
the flood waters, etc.) There are MANY areas that will be flooded and
there is a chance that the New York subway system will even be
5) It is hard to predict how much rain (and some areas might get
snow) this will produce, but unlike S FL, that area has lots of hills
that can produce dangerous flooding with moderately heavy rains. The
slower the system moves the worse the flooding will be.
6) Although I do not put too much stock in the accuracy measurements
of historical landfalls, this pressure for this storm is certainly
one of the lowest for a landfall in that area. Note that the
"Perfect Storm" (1991 -- see was only about 972
mb and did not actually make landfall. For Hurricane Sandy the
current pressure is 946 mb -- though fluctuations (up or down) could
happen prior to landfall. This storm is MUCH strong than the 1991
7) The NYC/Long Island area is almost certain to receive a very major
impact. The shape of the coast and location of the storm can funnel
a lot of surge. By the way, some of the areas are already
experiencing TS-force sustained winds.
8) TIMING -- things are starting now, landfall is expected by tonight
or early Tues. morning, and then depending on how slowly storm moves,
some coastal impacts could continue through Wednesday. Inland impacts
for the track) will evolve over the next several days.

So -- wind, rain flooding, coastal surge flooding, etc. affecting
10's of millions of people and numerous business, cities, and states.

Please excuse any typos or other errors. I am just trying to get
this out quickly.

Hope for the best; prepare for the worst!
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Praying everyone will be safe.  These storms are not something to fool around with.  Take care.


busyascanbe said...

Your leaves look beautiful. I hope the storms aren't to bad and you stay in and dry!

Anonymous said...

I like the pieced center to your runner.
Hoping the storm dies down quickly and we don't have damaging winds here in southwast PA.

Anonymous said...

Oh! Jocelyn! What a weather report. Funny - I feel such a peace and calm through it all. I'm going to re-post a link to my Hurricane Hugo experience of 23 years ago. There will be a link on the Cassandra story if you want to read it. God is there IN the storm - and He will hold us safe.

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

I love these colors you've chosen for your runner ~ so pretty!

Psst ~ when you have a moment, please come on over to my blog . . . GOOD NEWS!! You've won one of our drawings!

Stay safe and snug, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~mari :)

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

I couldn't believe it when I saw your runner! You did EXACTLY what I thought of when you posted about it earlier. Great minds--!! Stay safe and warm!

Susan said...

So colorful...just like Fall in all its beauty. I'm glued to the t.v. keeping tabs, as best I can, on family and friends in the midst of this storm. Stay safe, XOXO

Denise :) said...

Ah, your runner is perfect for a Thanksgiving table! So very pretty! Sandy really has done a number already. Gracious. How have y'all fared through it?