Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday's Thoughts and Schnibbles Completed

It seems impossible that January is rapidly coming to a close.  It is, however, fun to know that the Parade of Schnibbles will be taking place in just six more days and then we will be introduced to our February pattern.  My Schnibble is finished and ready for the show.  I managed to quilt it and put the binding on this week.

Since we had a week of rainy weather I was taking advantage of staying home and sewing.  I always love it when I can string a few days together with no commitments and no reason to leave the house. 

I completed my 101 Modern Siggy Exchange blocks, except for signing all of them.

In the process I managed to accumulate 202 HSTs and now need to figure out what I will do with them.  I am sure they will make a great wall hanging or table topper of some sort.

I have finished my first four Pineapple Blocks using all 1 1/2 inch scraps.  I am liking the look that is forming from the design.  Some of the blocks that I have seen have been stunning.  There are so many color variations that you can do with this block and each one is striking.

The embroidery machine has also been busy while I have been sewing away.  I had a large order of shirts to do and it is always nice to finish them and get them back to where they belong.  Sorry, but I forgot to take pictures of them.  They were for our local pony club so they had horses on them.  Sorry Midlife Mom.  You would have like to see them, I'm sure.

One last project I finished was for a BFF block swap with Em.  This is an interesting project as we each do four blocks per month - two of the same design.  Then we swap the two with our partner and at the end of the year we will have twenty four matching blocks each.  Our color theme is blue and yellow.  I will post a picture of my blocks after Em receives hers. 

We have more rain forecast for today so I am looking forward to spending more time sewing.  The rains that we had last week made for some beautiful sights around our part of the world.  DH and I took a drive on Saturday to check out our local streams and mountains.

I love the look of the raindrops through the morning light in the garden.


The surf has been absolutely huge which has been a dream for our family of surfers.   It doesn't look too big in these pictures, but it was running at about 15 feet.

Since the storm was also cold, the mountains received snow at the lower elevations.

Of course we had to try this road, but it was closed a little further up the road from here and I can understand why.  The snow was about 8" deep when we turnded around.  We had 4WD and we would not attempt it beoyond a certain point.  This road actually goes past the Mich*ael Jackson Ranch. 

The streams were so full that they were running over the road.

These falls will normally have just a trickle coming over them and they were the prettiest that we have ever seen.  It was definitely worth the hike in to see them. 

Someone offered to take a picture of the two of us....wasn't that nice of them?  I don't know why the picture has little polka dots all over it.

Finally....since you have all heard of California Happy Cows I thought you would enjoy a picture of them.  What do you think?  Do they live up to your expectation? 


Tonya's Sewing Room said...

Oh, I love the happy cows from California. I like the picture of you two much better. I made my "Hello Betty Mini" out of HST. I love that first picture of the quilt, so pretty.

Thearica said...

Your Schnibbles quilt is gorgeous! Love your modern siggie blocks!

Pat said...

Love your quilt and also the other photos you showed. I have friends who swear that the little white spots in some photos are called "orbs" and that it means there were "spirits" hovering around when that photo was taken. If you look up "orbs in photos" online, you can find a lot of info (theory??) on this.

Anonymous said...

I just love to see all your beautiful projects and things that can be done with quilting. I have started one, but between blogging and paint classes I have never gotten anything finished. I have all the time so I will get there one day. Nice pictures too. Blessings

Barb said...

What wonderful pictures...loved every one of them.

You have been one busy girl....bring some of that motivation and energy over here will you?

Sharon said...

Love the quilt it is so pretty.
I like the photo of you and hubby.
thanks for sharing all of them.
We are still in the deep freeze and snow.

NanaKaren said...

Gorgeous quilting! I also enjoy having a few days in a row to work on projects. Seems like I get so much more done that way!

The photos are gorgeous and I do love the California cows.

Valerie said...

Your picture of you two is wonderful. I still need to figure our that schnibble thing. I need to go read about it again. Thank you for your friendship. It means the world to me.

Dawn said...

What beauty the rain and snow have caused! And what an amazing amount of work you've accomplished while it's been raining. Beautiful things!

Maria said...

What a wonderful post. Love your quilt and the pinapple blocks are gorgeous. I am sure you will find something to make out of the little blocks too.Good girl getting all your siggy blocks done too.
All your scenery photo are lovely especially the one of you and your DH.

palmtreefanatic said...

nice pic of the happy cows!
You and your hubby look GREAT!
Love the blue skies and the water! beautiful! And the falls!
The quilt and pineapple blocks are amazing! love it!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

OK after reading your post with all the lovely pictures and projects that you got done, the thing that made me laugh was the "cows"!!!

Annelies vdB said...

Your quilt is beautiful. You have been very busy !

andsewon said...

What a lovely quilt! Love those colors.
All your projects are super!
You have been a busy gal for sure.
Great pics I enjoyed seeing your part of the world and you and DH too...looks like droplets of water maybe on the lens.
Nice to be able to stay busy inside when weather outside is not good!

Bridget B said...

Nice pictures. Your pineapple quilt is beautiful-also the Schnibbles.

G'G'ma said...

Beautiful quilt and blocks. Did you take time to eat and sleep to get so much done?

Enjoyed the scenery photos and the great one of you and your husband.

About the Happy Cows...have you heard from anyone from another state who thinks their cows are happier? ha

We're in AZ now and the sun isn't shining. BooHoo. But it at least isn't snowing with a 20's temperature like at home today!!

Alice Grace said...

First, I want to say I love love love the pineapple blocks!
Everything you do is so beautiful! And of course the snow is gorgeous, but I like the ocean best, always!

Bev C said...

Beautiful sewing and what lovely pictures of the snow etc. Thank you for the lovely post.

Midlife Mom said...

Oh my, I love the pineapple blocks! I don't know how you get so much done, you put me to shame! Great picture of you and E, that was nice of them to take it for you. The waterfall is beautiful as is the beach and waves!

I am down with a nasty cold! It is now 3 A.M. and I am up as I can't sleep. Tried to get in with my doc yesterday but they were full. Please pray that I get over this before next week!!!! I'm in no shape to go to OR and I will be terribly disappointed if I miss seeing you!!!! Waaaaaaaaa!

tango's trash & treasures said...

Your Schnibbles quilt is beautiful! Love your modern siggie blocks too! Great pictures!!

Zlaty said...

Your Scnibble quilt is very pretty! Great pictures you share with us! Thanks!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your photos and projects are stunning. Of course I love the Schnibbles!

Micki said...

Your projects are just wonderful and boy have you been busy!

Barbara said...

Beautiful photographs. Lovely picture of you both. Full screen for all - wonderful.

It is great to have some days to stay home and get on with things but you know in our awful weather I have been restless rather than settled into stuff.

Great sewing.

carmel said...

i love your quilts! they look great like always!

Sandi said...

I love the happy cows pic!!! And also all the pics that show better weather than we have here!! Your Schnibble quilt is really pretty!! I have a siggie project waiting to be stitched....along with a whole pile of other projects! LOL! Thanks for stopping by my blog so often. I always love to see you post and think of Iowa everytime I see your name! Someday maybe we will actually meet in person....but I bet it will be on California soil not in the midwest!

Terry said...

Love the pineapple blocks! And those pictures of the waterfalls were lovely! :0)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love our little quilts! I saw a picture of someone's home the other day and they had a pile of little quilts in a basket - what a great way to decorate and a great way to try out quilt blocks. blessings, marlene

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Your schibbles quilt is gorgeous!Enjoyed your pictures !
Have a great week

Tania said...

I'm sitting in shorts and t shirt desperate for your kind of weather! Enough of this summer malarkey - I like the hibernation crafting notion a whole lot more...

Mel said...

Beautiful pics!!!
Wonderful quilts and scenery!

Kerri said...

I'm so glad you've had some good rain. That's a beautiful photo of you and your hubby.
Even though I can't see smiles on the cows' faces I'm sure they're happy with all that green grass :)
It's wonderful to have a few uninterrupted days at home for doing things you enjoy, isn't it? Your sewing projects are gorgeous...as always!
Love the pics of the little fellow enjoying the rain :)

em's scrapbag said...

The hst will make something fabulouse! Great fabrics! Love your pineapple blocks.

PEA said...

Schnibbles...HST...BFF block...all foreign words to me! lol Goes to show you that I know absolutely nothing about quilting..except that I love being wrapped up in a quilt:-)

I so loved seeing your pictures and it must have seemed so strange seeing snow in your part of the world! Mother Nature sure has been playing tricks on many of us this Winter. We haven't got any more snow since before Christmas so the snow we have on the ground was from before that. It's just been really frigid, though, only 18F today as the "high".

Have you ever gone surfing? I think I'd be too chicken to try it out, even when I was younger! lol Water skiing is the "in" thing around here with so many lakes around us but again, that's something I've never tried although both my boys love it.

I didn't realize you lived so near Michael Jackson's ranch, how cool is that:-) Just so hard to believe that he's gone.

Love the picture of you and your hubby near the falls...I love any type of falls and that one is really gorgeous. The spots in the picture could be drops from the spray of the falls. Some people say it's "orbs" meaning "spirits" but most often than not, it's not that! lol

I've never heard of California Happy Cows so what's that all about?? Now I'm curious as to what I've been missing? lol

Must go read your other posts I've missed. Wish I could meet up with you and Midlife Mom when you get together!!!! xoxo

call me crazy said...

My you've been busy! I love all the photo's! Your little pineapple is something I want to make someday! :-) Very cute!

Hand knitted Things said...

This is a lovely post. I don't really know what a Schnibble is... but it is a lovely project, I do like the first picture of the quilt. I would love to make this design in those pretty pink/burgundy colours scaled up to a full size double quilt for my bedroom. Regards Julia

Notjustnat said...

I love your Schnibbles quilt. It leads me to see the parade of all the other Schnibbles at Sinta's. Great post - Hugs Nat

Pauline Perh said...

It's lovely to see the place you live in, it's so beautiful. It's very different from where I live.

Carole said...

Wow, haven't you been busy! Lovely projects you have going! I haven't tried a schmibble pattern yet, but will soon enough. Oh, and those little dots, they're angels looking over you! ;o) Cheers!

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Love the picture of the two of you polka dots and all!!
Love all your quilts, they are wonderful !!
Wish I was that talented !

Kerrie said...

Your pictures are wonderful. I love your quilt blocks and the cows DO look happy LOL! Nice pic of you and hubby, fun! Kerrie