Friday, March 15, 2019

Can it be Spring?







We've enjoyed a wee warm up for the last few days and I am actually believing that spring may finally be just around the corner for us.

As well as warmer weather, the Peeps are in the stores.  I don't know what happened to the rest of them.  lol



Spring, as usual, means the grandkid's school auction.  That means it was time to make a new 18" doll uniform.  This year I did the skort version instead of the jumper.  Most of the girls now wear the skorts.



We had four little ones while their parents were out of town so there was lots of creative time going on around here.  This little guy was fascinated with counted cross stitch.  He made a lovely tree ornament which I forgot to photograph before he took it home. 




There was make believe time too.  The sweet face of a princess....




I was hoping to get two flowers done this week for the Bloom SAL, but that did not happen.  One will have to do.  Five down and fifteen to go by September.  You can see more at Cheryll's blog HERE.




These fun bee blocks for our Gridster Bee are flying off to Marsha  (IG quilterinmotion).  I'm looking forward to seeing these come together in a quilt. 



These hanging kitchen towels are off to Arizona for Sara as a part of our Sewing with Friends group.  We are doing the hanging towels for each other this year. 



 I had to capture this picture of Rudy on this cushion as it reminded me of Toby doing the same thing when he was just a pup. 





Friday, March 1, 2019

Is it Spring Yet?

Well ..... it's hardly spring in our area yet.  I hope it is doing better in your areas.  More rain is expected this weekend and an even stronger storm is rolling in next week.  I'm so ready for warm temperatures and sunshine.  Will March be "in like a lion and out like a lamb?"

The first of the month means it is time for the Minis and More Parade.  Michele and Sherri come up with great ideas each month and February was all about pincushions.  I decided to make some patriotic pincushions. I have been wanting to have a little bowl of pincushions on the sofa table for some time now.  I thought it would be fun to change them out for the seasons.  The bowl is made by Char at Cloth Stitched.  I'm sure these will probably be used as bean bags when the kids are here.







It's also time for the next block in the Bloom SAL.  You can read all about it HERE.  I was hoping to get two blocks done this time, but maybe it will happen next time.




We celebrated my mom's 96th birthday this week.



The days have been a bit busy as we added to our household.  This sweet little guy has come to stay and we are back into puppy training again.  Toby has made quick friends with Rudy.


They play hard and then they sleep just as hard.






Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sister Quilting Time

My sister has been down visiting family this week from Alaska.  We always manage to spend a couple of days quilting and visiting fabric stores.  This time she brought along two quilts to quilt.  The first one was a quilt top she made to place over her couch for the dog.  I just loved her colors she used - so calming.   It's a gorgeous "dog quilt". 




The next one was a quilt top that her sister in law made.  She is a new quilter - taught by my sister - and I think she had a great teacher.  The quilt seams matched perfectly and quilted up beautifully.






The Bloom SAL continues and this is the newest block.  I think I need to start doing them at the rate of once a week instead of once every two weeks.  You can see others HERE.






The weather has been so chilly and we've have so many frosty nights this year.  So many plants are showing signs of frostbite.  Fortunately, it has not affected the citrus.  The trees are all packed with fruits and it would be such a shame to loose it.  We have three more cold nights forecast for this week.


Tangerines

Naval oranges

Tangelos


We have grandchildren and a grand dog staying with us for a few days.  We've had so little sunshine lately, but the dog has managed to find the little sunshine that there is.

Amazing how well he matches the color of the carpet. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Good Fortune Finish

Today starts the final link up party for our Good Fortune mystery quilt.  You can see all the wonderful finishes at the Quiltville blog HERE.

I managed to finish mine up over the weekend and took a couple of photos of it today.  It has been such a rainy season here so I haven't had a chance to get an outdoor shot until today.





After adding an additional 6 inch strip border, the quilt finished at 84" square.  The quilting is fairly dense since that last border has a lot of bias edged strips when sewn together.




I love seeing all the texture after quilting.



 
The backing had the perfect colors.



Blue seemed like the best option when it came to binding.

It was a great pattern this year.  I can hardly wait for the next clue in about nine months.

It has been really cold here lately.  We've had very rare freeze warnings.  I'm finding myself covering my tender plants each night.  Where is spring?   This morning we awoke to another day of frosty lawns and ice in the rain puddles from yesterday.  Those poinsettias are frost damaged today and will be gone tomorrow.







Sunday, February 3, 2019

Hello February



Hello February.  Seriously?  I'm sure there are more than a few of you eager to get this winter behind us.  It has been chilly (for us) and rainy this year. I know that I am ready for some sunshine myself.  Everything is beyond saturated - including myself!

Rainy outside means more sewing time inside.  The Scrappy Mountain Majesties blocks have gone from a UFO to a completion.  I ended up finding the perfect border fabric in my stash.  I loved all the colors that were brought out in the quilt when I added the borders.  Final size of the quilt is 72" x 82" and it will go to a grandson who requested a quilt for his college apartment.





Today is the day to share our second block of the Bloom SAL, hosted by Cheryll.  I have so many vintage 30s fabrics as well as some of the reproductions so thought this would be a good time to use them. I am mixing older and newer together and hoping to make a dent in that bin.


 
Our Queen Bee in our Gridster Bee for February is Elizabeth.  She is doing such sweet little houses.  I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished.



We finally had a sunny day last week and I was able to get out in the garden and finish pruning my roses.  These poor little buds were still barely hanging on, but it was nice to have a small bouquet to bring in the house in February.




One advantage of all the rain is the lush green that is now our world.  The hills have gone from the dead brown to the living green again.


One of our granddaughters is studying abroad in Florence.  She texted me a picture of this wine bottle that she said reminded her of me.  I wonder why.   I think I need one to use as a vase in my sewing room.




I loved this cute cartoon that was on our guild's FB page.  I have no idea who the author is, but it spoke to me when I saw it.  lol


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Monday, January 28, 2019

In With the Old

January is suppose to be out with the old and in with the new....right?  I am so tempted by "new" projects being shown on IG and blogs, but I am determined to finish some of my older UFOs.  I have told myself that I can start something new AFTER I finish two old ones.  I don't even want to count how many UFOs are hiding here.

That being said, I did participate in the yearly Mystery Quilt at Quiltville.com.  I changed mine up color wise.



Once I finished it, I decided to make it a bit bigger by adding a paper pieced strip border to it.  What's fifty two more paper pieced strip blocks anyway?  It now measures 84" square which will make a nice sized quilt.



I can honestly say that not one new fabric was purchased for this quilt.  YEAH.  I just don't understand why the stash does not appear to have gone down any.  

Now for the "old" project.  I have had a stack of Scrappy Mountain blocks sitting on my ironing area F-O-R-E-V-E-R!  I refused to remove them for fear they would end up in the dark spot.  I played around with a few layouts and decided on the second, but the first one intrigued me too.




Several years ago Lori Holt had a Bloom Sewalong.  I had all of my templates and a stash of old and new retro fabrics, but never managed to get my blocks sewn.  This year Cheryll is using the same pattern for another SAL.  I dug out my fabrics and templates and then  managed to get the first block sewn.



On the gardening side of life, January means rose pruning here.  Although it cuts into sewing time, it is a great feeling to get them finished.  It won't be long before they are blooming again.   Inside, the amaryllis sent up a second bloom of four more flowers.



To close I will leave a picture of what happens around here when one leaves a quilt on the floor while auditioning borders.  I think I need a design wall!