Thursday, July 26, 2012

An Excuse to Sew

I have had a perfect excuse to spend a few days with my sewing machine.  I have a shadow that will not leave my side and makes cleaning the house impossible. 


I can't imagine why he thinks the world revolves around him.  He is incredibly curious and has his nose in everything.  Cleaning the windows on the glass doors is also senseless so I might as well sit and sew.  I just have to be careful when I move from the sewing machine to the ironing board as there is a GREAT BIG detour.   His family returns home tonight.


The Great Granny blocks have peaked my interest and I joined in on them.  I had a jelly roll of Nature's Notebook and this project is perfect for the 2 1/2 inch strips.  They go up so quickly and are really fun to make.  I think I will probably make mine 4 X 5 blocks which will make it about 63x76" when it is finished with borders.  Only eight more blocks to go. 


I also caught up on the last couple of blocks for the Temecula Summer Star QAL.  These are such cute little stars and I am using some of my Civil War fabric scraps. 


Sharon at Vrooman's Quilts recently had a giveaway that I was lucky to win.  There are so many wonderful prints and colors in this  Petite Odile jelly roll and I am excited to make something with them.  Thank you so much, Sharon.  I love it.


The hummers still continue to flock to the feeders.  It seems like there are more than ever this year, but it won't be long before they head off for the winter. 


One last picture that I thought was cute.  Can you tell that this little guy's sister wants to take care of him and share her dolls?  He looks a little distressed and is wondering where his baseball is instead.  ;-)


I think my shadow and I will work on my Just Takes 2 blocks today so I can get caught up before the next blocks come out on the first of the month.

31 comments:

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Love your shadow! And your blocks are great! I have never seen so many hummers in one spot! I would probably watch the feeders all day and get nothing else done. ;-) LOL~ my DD did the same thing to her brother. :-) He does look like he needs rescuing. *giggle* Have a wonderful day!

Jodi said...

Very beautiful shadow you've got there - he must be worried you may leave him, too. Little bro is adorable. And your blocks are great, too!

Patchmaker said...

Love your shadow (and your blocks too).

Kay Lynne said...

Your quilt blocks look great! It's nice to have company when you're sewing--he id adorable. We only get one or two hummers at a time--they are so fun to watch.

Barb said...

Funny....

what a cutie you have there....

love your granny squares!

Snoodles said...

Your shadow is curiously a different size and shape than I envisioned for you. Heehee! He's a beautiful dog!
Love your blocks, and I've never seen more than one hummer at a time, so that is amazing to me!

Quilt Hollow said...

I wouldn't let the shadow go home...just look at all your accomplishing with the help! Oh man, love those grannies! I have one going too.

Wendy said...

What fun!! Your shadow is gorgeous! Love that sister is trying to take care of baby brother ... his eyes match the dolls almost :) Now, I have to say I've never seen so many hummingbirds in one place! I've been lucky to have two at one time, but that picture is wonderful :) Thank you so much for sharing!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

How lucky you are to have all those hummingbirds! I wish we could have some here. Your assistant is such a cutie!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Pretty Grannies and I love your Civil War fabric for your Summer Stars. I am also amazing as "Snoodles"; if ever I second hummer comes to the feeder here, the first one chases it away! There are four places to feed and only one ever eats at a time. Our hummers are not social like yours!!

Maria said...

It seems a perfect reason to sit and sew. I can relate to the nose on the glass doors...
Love the colours in your Granny Squares and stars look good too.
Lovely jelly roll you won..
I thought you were looking after triples for a minute... Poor little guy but his sister does love him. LOL

sunny said...

What a handsome shadow! I love the fabric you're using for the grannies - I haven't jumped on that bandwagon yet. Enjoy your sewing time, cleaning can be done some other time.

wackywoman said...

Great blocks. But, seriously, do you need an excuse to sew? ;-)

Tangos Treasures said...

Love your shadow!!! Great blocks & Congratulations on the win!! Tee hee baby brothers face is priceless!!! Love it!!

Talin's Corner said...

Your Great Granny blocks look terrific. I love the color combinations.

Aww that is so sweet. A big sister is such a treat. And you are right, he looks a bit bewildered.

Carole said...

Cute Shadow you have! Your Great Granny block quilt is looking sweet! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Fiesta said...

So nice to have a shadow. As usual your projects are outstanding!

Terry said...

Your granny square blocks look wonderful! I love that fabric! :0)

Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs said...

Love the Great Granny blocks, especially in those colors!

Stephanie said...

What a handsome excuse to sew. Gorgeous grannies. LOVE the expression on the baby's face. Makes me giggle. Have a terrific weekend.

Bonnie said...

What beautiful pictures! It's so nice to visit again!

Connie said...

What a beautiful shadow! He looks very happy with you too! Beautiful granny squares and what a great win from Sharon!

Lynne said...

Love the baby sharing the dolls - how sweet!

Is your shadow a weimaraner? We had a cross weimaraner / Labrador once, lovely temperament!

nancygrayce said...

At least your shadow looks pretty calm! And he's beautiful!

Love as always, your quilting!

I don't think I've ever seen that many hummingbirds at one time and how great is that!!!

Yes, I think that little guy is scared of all the dolls! How cute!

Wendy said...

You will get lots of sewing done with your shadow around.

Ivory Spring said...

Your granny blocks look so sweet and soothing.

That picture of your grandson and the dolls - simply priceless.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

You are going to have a couple of beautiful quilts when you get your blocks completed. I'm sure having your companion was all the motivation you needed to get to your sewing machine. I can't believe the number of hummers you get at your feeders. We are lucky to see 2 feeding at the same time and rarely have a treat of seeing 3 at the feeder together.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

What a beautiful dog. And look at those hummingbirds! Your granny squares are going together so nicely...you will probably have the other 8 blocks finished tonight at the rate you are going. I just got a honey bun of Fairy Tale friends....the first "roll" type precut I've ever worked with and I'm looking forward to the ease of doing something with it. you will have even more fun with that photo when that young man grows up!

Michele said...

I had a shadow just like that for 14 years :-) He was a sweet boy and I do know what you mean by shadow! They are loving dogs. Your friend looks like a sweetie :-) I also really enjoyed the picture of the crowded bouncy seat LOL!! He looks a little overwhelmed by his friends. Too cute :-) Thanks for sharing! My youngest is off to junior high orentation today and it seems like just yesterday that he was in his bouncy seat! "sigh"

palmtreefanatic said...

awww Shadow is so cute and funny how he hangs around you:) Though I am sure its not funny when you are trying to get things done, but yes better to sew;) Nice granny squares:)

Barbara said...

So cute.