Sunday, May 1, 2016

"In My Garden Quilt" and My "real" Garden

Here are the next blocks for my "In My Garden" quilt.
Block number three is my favorite so far. I love the colors in it. I'm just using scraps to throw this quilt together with but if I had thought about it in the beginning I would have used these colors throughout the whole thing. Oh well, maybe next time.
Block 4 seemed to take me forever to get all the stitching done but it's finished and looks cute in all the spring-y colors.
I already have block 5 done but I'll wait until I get the bonus block as well as 6 done before I show it.
Speaking of gardens, I finally got mine tilled up yesterday. Well actually I just watched as my husband and son tilled it up. First tilling - not planting for another week or two. It was a busy day! 
Friday we hauled in 3 loads of firewood to burn throughout the summer and fall in our little firepit. It all needed split so again hubby and sons worked their tails off to get it all split and stacked. ( I did help them stack it and no that's not all of it. It extends farther to the left than what my picture shows.) Needless to say we have plenty of wood. Probably enough to last us a couple summers. 
Well I'm off to spend the rest of my afternoon working on more quilt blocks.
Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

In Our Garden - Just getting started!

As usual I am behind on yet another sewing adventure. I have been working for the last five months and that has left me with little time for sewing or blogging. Not complaining though, I really love my new job. I just have to learn to make the most of my time.
I have been following along with several, well maybe a few more than several (5 to be exact) free Block of the Month quilt and stitchery events. Each month I grab the pattern with hopes of starting on each one of them.
Sadly, I just don't have the time to work on them all....but maybe one day I'll get to all of them. 
For now, I'm trying to catch up with the "In Our Garden" BOM from Sew Incredibly Crazy.
It's so fun to work on and since Spring is in the air it is the perfect project.
I machine stitched my first block in blue and white.

The second block I have hand stitched. This little frog and flower was so fun to put together. 

I'm ready to begin on the next two blocks. I just need to pick my fabrics out and get started. I'm digging into my fabric stash as well as scraps for this one. It's hard to decide whether to coordinate all my fabrics or mix it all up with the many scraps that I have.

To be continued...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Granny Ripple

Finally, after a few years of working on this it is finished. Well maybe I shouldn't say I was working on it because most of that time it just sat in my sewing basket. Anyways it was such an easy pattern to work on while sitting in front of the TV in the evenings. I prefer the easy patterns that I can work on night after night without having to have the pattern right in front of me to refer to with each stitch that I make.
I took a picture of it draped over Katie's headboard but I'm not so sure that I'm actually giving it to her. I don't really think that she will take care of it. We'll see. The bright colors in it just scream Katie. 
Oh, and speaking of Katie and her love of bright colors...I took her yesterday to get her eyes checked and of course she too needed glasses so she picked a pair of bright purple glasses. I'll have to sneak a picture of her wearing them once she gets them.
I'm off to enjoy the rest of our SNOW DAY.
Stay warm and safe!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Block 1 - Quilt Doodles 2016 BOM

I finally finished the first blocks of Cindy's 2016 Quilt BOM. It takes me a little while because I do it by hand rather than machine stitch. 
I love how they turned out. I used scraps from my scrap basket and bought the white sparkly antler fabric at JoAnn's. (You can't see the sparkles in this photo but trust me they are there.) It makes them look snowy.
I also finished another BOM project but I'm gonna sew a border around it before I show it.
Last weeks 5 inch snowfall melted quickly as the temperatures warmed up these past few days however the cold air is returning today and the snow flakes are back again. No major amount predicted just bitterly cold.

Well I'm off to spend some "ME" time doing absolutely NOTHING other than maybe some TV time. Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ThunderSnow = SnowDay

Early morning snow flurries caused schools in the area to start on a two hour delay only to be completely cancelled another hour later. This is actually our first snow day for this season which is strange compared to last few years where we had quite a few by this time. 
The kids were obviously thrilled to be off!
By noon, most of the snow had slowed to just a few flurries so Kate and I thought we'd take off to Walmart. 
Bad idea!!
We were only in there for about 15 minutes and when we came out it was like a blizzard. Everything was snow covered all over again and the roads were HORRIBLE.
We took the long way home because I was afraid the hill would be snow covered and hard to climb. Lucky thing I did because as we drove past that hill I could see the lights of a fire truck parked there.
It snowed most of the afternoon. The winds picked up and we even heard thunder a few times. In all we measured 5 inches in our back yard and have had to go out twice to shovel. Now the temperatures are dropping into the teens and everything is refreezing.
Just glad everyone is home from work safe and sound. 
I think I've had enough of winter already!