Friday, April 22, 2016

I is for Snowflake

The month of April is soaring by pretty quick for me and not leaving much time for stitching and making a general lack of show on the sewing front.  Lots of goings-on just not much that was sewing related! 

I managed to finish the "I" block and the bonus snowflake block in Buttermilk Basin's free Wool applique BOM Let It Snow...

 I am now at Let I....in the Let it Snow...YAY!

 Our pear trees in the garden are happy no real snow is in sight...check out those blooms!!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt - Tiger Lily

I am sewing along with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt project - the pattern is provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum and all pattern sales benefit the museum. Dawn, from Collector with a Needle, and Doreen, from Aunt Reen’s Place, are hosting a quiltalong for this quilt, here.

The pattern size as provided by the museum easily makes 9 inch blocks. I am doing mine in wool so that I can make that size, many are enlarging the pattern and all the participant's resulting blocks are worth a look...so pretty!

This is my version of the block labelled Tiger Lily...

I'm afraid that I have taken as much artistic license with this flower in color as the designer did with shape and it is a bit unrecognizable as a tiger lily but I adore it :)   In krislovesfabric world this is an ideal flower - I want this in my flowerbed please!

 I really wanted to take a group photo outdoors but unfortunately the wind won't abate and I got tired of chasing them about the yard so I went with another kitchen shot.  The colors are much better than this photo indicate-promise!  Hopefully I will have better luck next month as I should have a pretty set of nine then!!

Linking to  SVBotanicalAlbumQuiltof1858.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

In the Garden - Month 3

In the Garden BOM - Month 3, Doris of Quilting Queen Online 

The next two limited time free blocks in the In the Garden Block of the Month hosted by Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy have been released!  They are designed by Doris  of Quilting Queen Online and you can find the patterns here.
 
 
I am using fabrics provided by Riley Blake for this QAL supplemented by some older Riley Blake fabrics from my stash.  The main fabric line I am using is Bee in My Bonnet's Calico Days.
 
These are my versions of this month's cute blocks:

 As usual, I veered from the pattern a bit but tried to stay true to Doris' design.


As for my actual garden...Spring is still trying to emerge but a few plants are starting to grow and bloom...
 Pie is in the future from this rhubarb.
 The daffodils are trying to weather the snow and hail spurts we have experienced.
 Our little orchard is beginning to bloom.
 You can see my weeding has not reached the back beds yet...why do those weeds always grow so fast, no matter the weather??!!

Here are my prior blocks from this QAL and the links to find them:
 

Month 1 February
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy
Block #1 and Block #2 from Amy's design, you can find the patterns by visiting her blog.
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 
Blocks 3 & 4 are designed by Carol and you can find the patterns here.
 
April 
May
June
Sue – Super Mom No Cape
July
Joan – Moosestash Quilting
September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
October
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
December
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

You can also join the Facebook group if you like and share your blocks and/or see what everyone else is making.
 
 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wandering Camera - Month 3

I can't believe it's already that time!  Time to link up again with my friend Soma's  series Wandering Camera.   Be sure to follow the link and check out all her wonderful tips, this month she shares some on taking pictures of wildflowers, something I look forward to in a few months??!!  Right now we are still dodging snow and hail a bit...it's in the forecast again for tomorrow!
  A few of these pictures were taken on my walk this morning, and a few were taken throughout the last month...
 Blooming is starting in our small orchard...hope these delicate flowers will be ok tomorrow in the snow forecasted!
 My sweet mom-in-law gave me these little grape hyacinths a few years ago...they are looking a bit bedraggled due to the nasty weather we have been having but they are a nice burst of color to remind us Spring is coming!
 The rhubarb is coming along nicely...I see a pie in our future :)

And here are my lions and tigers and bears  wolves...we went to my son's favorite animal santuary last month.  It is always amazing to see what animals people think they should own as pets...some of these stories are sad but they all seem so happy now.
 This guy is Mufasa.
 They do have bears but my son's favorites are the wolves.
 Such a beautiful animal!
 

 Thanks for wandering along with me today and make sure to wander with all the others linking up at:
Soma's April Wandering Camera Post

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

T is for Cardinal

The month of March has slipped away from me on the sewing front.  Lots of goings-on just not much that was sewing related! 

I did manage to finish the "T" block in Buttermilk Basin's free Wool applique BOM Let It Snow...

 I like how she chose to feature the girlie cardinal though I am not sure my wool choices are quite spot on.  I am trying to work from my wool stash and not buy specifically for this project leaving her a bit more orange than I might prefer.
 Here are the three blocks together...the LET in LET IT SNOW!

We are far from a snowy day today as it is sunny and to be 60 degrees F or so this afternoon.  I am not so far removed from that type of weather though as we drove through 1/2" to 3/4" hail on the way home from a family Easter gathering Sunday.

The trees and their buds continue to tell me to take heart, Spring is coming.

Have a happy day my friends!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

March Progress on QALs

I am playing along with several Quilt Along opportunities right now and thought I would share where I am with each one so far...
 This is month 2 of Buttermilk Basin's free 2016 wool applique BOM called Let it Snow.
 This is my month 1 and month 2 blocks together.  I am using a woven Japanese fabric for the background and used wools mostly from my stash.  I did have to purchase some red wool for the letters as I didn't have big enough red pieces in my stash to spell Let it Snow.  Buying online - I didn't guess correctly on which red to go with. Since my backgrounds will be scrappy I think I will go for the dark red as the letter S to match the letter L and use the brighter one for the other letters...I bought the bright red wool through Primitive Gatherings.
 This is my current progress on my Sarah Fielke BOM, I need to applique several more wreath blocks, the arcs are appliqued down already but I need to add leaves.  I like the stripey wreath arc a lot and am adding in warm color print leaves to coordinate with the rest of the blocks.
Lastly, I am joining in with my friend Patty's Elm Street Quilts Bargello QAL and thought I would use a bit of my hoarded Chicopee stash to make a mini which Patty calls a Baby B.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Wandering Camera - Month 2

It is time to link up again with my friend Soma's  series Wandering Camera.   Be sure to follow the link and check out all her wonderful tips, this month she shares some great ones on ISO settings.

Many of these pictures were taken on my walk this morning, though a few were taken throughout the last month...


This was the scene last weekend...Spring is coming, yay!! So I painted my toenails all ready for some flip flop weather...but I got a flip to the weather instead...
And winter came back...
 It's pretty but I had to put my freshly painted toes back into my boots to trek the morning walk again.
 The sky has been overcast but I can see the sun trying to bring back our warmth.
 Grapes seem to be soldiering on despite the white blanket.
 My walking buddy Sam likes to kick up the snow and you can see a bit of snow on that nose of his :)
 This tree has a story, I think it must have supported another for many years.
 
 My favorite bench is covered.
 Kitty Kitty in her natural habitat, a warm quilt formed into a careful nest.
 You can see the buds are ready for Spring even through the snow.
 The squirrels are tucked up tight in their nests.
Thanks for wandering along with me today and make sure to wander with all the others linking up at:

Soma's March Wandering Camera Post