Wednesday, April 27, 2022

April

 I'm not quite sure where April has gone, but guess an update is appropriate.  

While looking through a bin for something completely unrelated, I came across my pile of selvage blocks.  How easy it is to get distracted!!!  I decided it was time to get them together into a quilt.  I was really quite ready to be finished with all of the selvages by the time I came to the borders.  I knew it really needed mitered borders so ended up making even more blocks to complete it properly.  




This was my bucket of selvage strips.  They had settled nicely and really exploded when I started pulling them out.  I was nearly swallowed up in selvage strips.  


I realized just how bad it was when I stepped outside and saw one of the dogs wearing a selvage strip.


Several months ago a blogging friend, Soma, had contacted me to ask if I would make an artist apron for her.  I was truly flattered.  She offered to pay me to create it, but I suggested we barter.  She is an exquisite knitter and I have always wanted a pair of fingerless gloves.  Well.....she made me TWO pair of gloves AND knitted hats to match.  I LOVE the colors and the yarns feel heavenly.  Soma works in many mediums and does a beautiful job in each one.  She's also an excellent photographer.  



The Sewing With Friends group that I have been a member for a number of years is doing a row by row this year.  I sent off my first row and will let my friends add to my dachshund body.  The head and tail pattern are from Sew Fresh Quilts.


Jeanette at Inchworm Fabrics had a giveaway on her blog and I was chosen as the winner.  There was such a nice collection of fabrics, pinks and neutrals.  As well, design board fabric was included.  I am excited to upgrade from my design floor! Thanks, Jeanette.



We had attended one of the grandson's volleyball games the other night.  On the way home, we decided to stop and grab a bite to eat.  Coming out of the restaurant, we saw black smoke rising behind the building across the street.  We jumped on the freeway to head home and the fire was right on the side of the freeway - a hotel under construction.  The heat coming from the fire could be felt inside the car.  I don't know how the firemen could stand being so close.  We were fortunate to get past the fire right before they closed the entire freeway.  



The epiphyllums are the garden bloomers right now.  So far the pinks and oranges have displayed their beauty.  I still have the red, yellow and white to appear.  




My April block count for the 350 Block Challenge is 84.  


Monday, March 28, 2022

Spring Blooms

 Flowers, flowers...everywhere.  In spite of our most welcomed rains today, spring is all around us.  I've finished all of my little tulip blocks and am now assembling them into the larger blocks to create my Tulip Time quilt.  This is a Bonnie Hunter quilt pattern.  I may not have it finished for this spring, but I'm really liking the secondary pattern that the green stems and leaves are creating.



The outdoor flowers are even more prolific.  The roses are coming into full bloom.  I always love the first flush of flowers.  





The clivias have also shown their blooms this week. 






My Dragon Dreams came together and is ready for gifting.  I loved making this pattern. 






The hummingbird nest in the plant on my mom's front porch is supporting it's second set of babies this spring.  Since escrow closes this week on her home, I won't be able to get updated pictures as they grow.  It has been so much fun to watch these little ones grow and fly off over the years.  I hope the new owners will keep the plant and enjoy them as much as we have.  



As March comes to a close, I can say that it has been a good month for my block count.  With the additional tulip blocks and now making them into bigger blocks, I have added an additional 22 blocks this month.  This gives me a total of 93 for the month of March.  I'll be linking them up with the 350 Block Challenge.  



Saturday, March 19, 2022

National Quilting Day

 Happy National Quilting Day.  I hope everyone has had a chance to get a few minutes of stitching in some time today.  I was lucky enough to spend several hours at the sewing machine today.  I'm working on a slow going project right now.  I'll share it momentarily.  

Project Quilting, Season 13 was all about Flying Geese this week.  I love Flying Geese blocks and I enjoy making them too.  The Bloc Loc rulers make it so easy to trim them.  I've needed a mini quilt to use for this time of the year  - spring green or St. Patrick's Day.  Whichever, it works great as a mini or a mug rug at just six inches square.  





I'm a bit behind on baby quilts for the new grandbaby and two new great grandbabies born in the last few months.  I finished one last week and am currently working on the second one.  Any ideas of where I am going with this one? 



One thing for sure is that I am adding up blocks in a hurry for my monthly total for the 350 Block Challenge by Prairie Moon. My total this month is already at 61.  



I am enjoying the springlike days with everything starting to bloom here.  It sounds like our temperatures will be more summer-ish next week....my favorite.  I know snow is still in the forecast for many places, but I know spring is just around the corner for you.  



Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Spring in the Air

 I know that a lot of people do not care for Daylight Savings Time, but I am so excited for this weekend and "springing ahead" an hour.  I love the longer hours of daylight.  

With several new babies in the family, I needed to get started on some baby quilts - my favorite kind of quilts to make.  I dug through some of my red fabrics to create hearts.  The pattern is With Love from Gigis Thimble.  It is currently in the process of being quilted, but I grabbed a few shots of it on the line before I started the quilting.  I am terrible at following directions these days.  Instead of sixteen hearts, I made twenty five.  I may just have to make a second quilt. 



Lots of time has been spent in the garden lately.  Plants have been divided and transplanted with the arrival of spring.  Meanwhile, the cymbidiums are all starting to bloom.  Many of these are plants were my dads at one time.  It's always nice to see them continuing to bloom.  He had quite the green thumb.  






The roses are also ready to burst open.  These little Angel Face roses were eager to be among the first blooms.


The Gerbera daisies are also prolific right now.  I love this wall hanging vase that was a gift from a dear friend.  


I saw this on the internet the other day and thought it sadly humorous.  While out today the cheapest gas I saw was $6/gallon.  Ouch!  




Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Block Check-In


 It's hard to believe that it is time to do a block check-in for February already.  I know it was a short month, but........

It was a rather crazy month around here, so my sewing really came in spurts.  Most of it was mindless piecing - just to be sitting at the machine with no thinking required.  I have a lot of flower bits all ready cut for that reason.  I tend to use them for leader/enders, but that was my sewing this month.  Surprisingly, I managed to get 48 flowers finished this month.  I'm linking these up with Prairie Moon Quilts.




We had family from Iowa in town last week to celebrate the life of my mother.  While here we visited the Reagan Library and spent some time at the beach.  To us it was chilly as the coldest storm to hit this season was upon us, but they thought it was warm.  Guess it is all relative!  The surf was good so we enjoyed watching the surfers catch their waves.  



In a recent giveaway at Crayon Box Quilt Studio, I was the winner of a delightful book of quilts that use 10" layer cake squares.  Michele Kuhns has a quilt in it called Jeweled Diamonds.  I have followed Michele for a number of years so was thrilled to see her published.  There are a lot of fun looking quilts in the book.  So many decisions!!!


Spring is right around the corner and I am enjoying the longer days.  I'm hoping to see a bit more sewing this month.  We shall see.  



Thursday, February 3, 2022

Hello February

 Welcome February!  How did we get here already?

In my attempt to do a better job of blogging this year, I have several new projects to share.  The first is a small quilt for Project Quilting hosted by Persimon Dreams.  Each season I think that I will participate and end up getting sidetracked.  This week's challenge is Kitchen Influence.  I come from a long line of fabulous cooks.  I remember many days of helping my grandmother cook as well as my mom.  I fondly remember those warm cinnamon rolls coming out of the oven as we arrived home from school.  As a tribute to all of their wonderful recipes and fond memories, I created a small wallhanging for the kitchen.  In the center is a four generation photo of my grandmother, my mom, myself and my daughter.  Surrounding the photo are recipes passed down through the years.  



To create it I made a collage of photo and treasured recipes.  I then copied it onto a piece of treated fabric backed with butcher paper.  Cut to legal size measurements, it easily ran through my printer.  After heat setting it, I used it as my center block and framed it with simple borders.  They look wonky in the photo, but they really aren't. 

Even with all the technology of digital recipes, there is nothing quite like the old recipe box filled with the handwritten recipes.  The additional stains from the years of using them add to the charm and the memories.  I could never move these to the digital format.  

A wee bit more sewing happened as well.  My eldest granddaughter is moving to Kansas City with her husband and grandbaby.  She had started to make burp cloths several months ago and came over to sew a few of them to completion.  I will really miss my sewing companion.  We have spent so many hours over the years stitching together, but I know it is a good move for them.  



While cleaning things out at my mom's house, we noticed her hummingbird nest in the potted plant on her front porch had two eggs in it.  Watching it each day, we were rewarded with the hatchling.  I cannot begin to tell you just how tiny this little nest (and the baby) is.  I am always amazed at the shape of the beak when newly hatched.  It's fun to watch it grow into the sword shape as the baby bird grows.  I guess it would be really hard to feed the bird if it also had the long skinny beak.  ;-)  I wonder if it is the same mother coming to the nest year after year.  Life goes on...........