Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back from a trip to DC

I can't believe how few pictures we brought back from our trip to Washington D.C....

 My hubs teaching the boy all there is to know about Cessna controls in the Udvar-Hazy museum
 Cheesing in front of the shuttle...over to the side is my husband's Uncle Chuck...greatest host(along with his wife Mary) ever!
 Ben is very accommodating to all us fans who want our picture taken with him...
Standing at the Washington monument.

When we got back we "harvested" all the garden weeds along with a nice variety of veggies for a salad...

 Along with some green beans, yum!!
My new favorite veggie is golden beets, who knew?!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summertime

Haven't gotten much sewing done but I am ready to start block 4 of the SBOW14, here are my blocks so far...
 It is turning out even more beautiful than I thought, yay!!  It is a Primitive Gatherings pattern here.

A couple shots from our garden...
 Cucumbers...
 Corn...
 Lettuce and cilantro...
 Green beans and squash...
 Almost time to pick tomatoes...
A few peppers...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Busy,busy...

I am finding myself with so many excuses...so much is clamoring for my attention this summer.  Do you all feel the same?!

So what better than to tell you of the many fun distractions I find myself with!!

First off, I was so lucky to be able to participate in this hop, so much fun to show my picnic and even more fun to see everyone else's...and guess what, I got frosting with my cake...I won a gift certificate to the lovely shop of Shannon, Fabrics N Quilts  from the blog of generous Pat of Life in the Scrapatch  Thank you both so much!!

 I chose some patterns that have been on my want list as well as a template and a square of wool...why wool?...well, I have been playing with a lot of wool lately   :)  Thank you so much for these wonderful gifts!  It was a pleasure to shop, with such friendly personal customer service and I couldn't believe how quickly I received my wonderful package!  I will definitely be purchasing from this shop in the future!!
 This doll I mentioned before in a post is getting closer to finished...
 And my adopted aunt Sharon has told me I can share her gorgeous doll above...she's actually my Hubs' aunt but she is kindred spirit to me and we often egg each other on...she should have a blog as many of her projects are just so much fun! 
 My doll still needs her dress finished but she doesn't chastise me as loudly now that her legs are attached!
 This is Primitive Gatherings wool SBOW that I am starting on...
 And this was a birthday present...Sue Spargo's Bird Dance book, I am using my own wools, threads and material to make a version of this and the light blue wool was dyed by my friend Marie during a recent field trip to her house...it is the prettiest wool I own, she is a natural!
These books I am finding very valuable as I start learning to applique and embellish my new wool projects!!

I am also following along with the organizational posts here from Sherri at A Quilting Life as I try to bring my sewing room to order.

Hope you all are enjoying the season and finding time to stitch!!

And be sure to check this out from Madame Samm...Sew we quilt

Friday, June 6, 2014

My Day for A Picnic!!

Today we are going on a picnic...thanks to Mary and Mdm Samm...

I chose to make my picnic blanket using one of my all-time favorite blocks...churndash!  And, as this last winter has been very long and snowy, I thought I needed to work in a bright color for this project.  This is made using Kona School Bus and Kona White.  The mini blocks finish at 6 inches and the big ones are 24 inches.

I may have made a slight error though as our bees seem to enjoy it as much as I do...hmmm...no stings yet, lol!!
I chose to minimally quilt with straight lines using an Aurifil white 50 thread.

I decided to have our picnic at our place as we have acreage and plenty of space to spread out! My favorite peonies are in full bloom along with some beautiful poppies...








I put Hubs in charge of the grilled salmon and he performed perfectly.   We grill a large portion in order to enjoy leftovers on salad the next day...yum!

I hate to share our recipe because our Costco has stopped selling the dressing we use for marinade and I have come up empty handed so far at sourcing it elsewhere but if you all are lucky enough to find it(and let me know if you do!!)...this is what the bottle looks like and it is wonderful as a marinade for the salmon or just as a dressing on a simple green salad...
We also had some yummy fruit to go with our meal along with the simple green salad mentioned above...
I do not have the good fortune of owning one of the sweet Peterboro baskets from our Hop sponsor (oh my, this is my favorite of theirs) but I do have this green handwoven one I purchased many years ago which has provided many years of faithful service.
We had peach pie for dessert...my favorite!!  I am not a pretty pie baker...no pinterest shots here... but oh, I promise, it's yummy...so good!


Or maybe you prefer strawberry rhubarb?


Please be sure to stop by and visit the others who share this day with me!!
Friday June 6

Friday, May 30, 2014

Star Blocks Done

So this project has been good to get back into more sewing without any stress...
I think these are destined to become a baby quilt...I used up a lot of my orange scraps on these along with the tri recs rulers see this post for more details...

My peonies and poppies are BEAutiful this week :) 



I am also playing around with a free Mimi Kirchner pattern for a wool felt doll generously provided by her and hosted by Purl Bee.  Here is my current progress...
You can find the pattern here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2009/4/8/mimi-kirchners-hand-sewn-felt-doll.htmlhttp//www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2009/4/8/mimi-kirchners-hand-sewn-felt-doll.html
Mimi has a blog and this doll in a kilt just blew me away, so well done...I just love him.  It helps that my guy does Scottish Highland Games...I think her doll really  needs a caber!  Since she doesn't sell the pattern for that guy I guess I will satisfy this itch with the girlie pattern :)
I am doing this doll sew along with an aunt who doesn't blog unfortunately or I could show her finished doll...very sweet :)

If you need the supplies for this Purl Bee has them for sale or another option would be these wool bundles from Michelle at Raspberry Rabbits which is where much of my felt came from.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Time for a Teddy Bear

I have had this guy done for awhile but waited for Wendi from Shiny Happy World to release the pattern as it was part of the Cuddle Club series.

Here he is in my sewing room mess...

And here he is sunning himself on the patio...

This is a pattern from the Cuddle Club at Shiny Happy World.  It was a pretty easy sew and I really like the warm brown color of the fur.  The muzzle was fun to stitch and embroider and he's very soft and cuddly :)  She has added lots of touchably soft features like suede on the footpads and hands that make this a really fun guy to hold.

I have good news from my gardens as things are finally starting to bloom around here, feels a bit late this year but we will take it:
 and the poppy plants and peonies are not far behind, yay!!




Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Playing with Stars

 I have been playing the last week or so with Kona School Bus orange fabric and some old BOM patterns that I got from a clearance bin for a dollar at a shop hop a few years ago...
The block with the blue in it came from using the shop fabric with the pattern...I will probably remake it to match the others but I was still trying to decide if I wanted to work with something other than orange...ummm...no, I don't, lol! 
I only have a few of the patterns so I think we'll have to mostly make it up as we go along...
These use the Tri Recs rulers and go together fast and easy...I am playing with a friend on this one, hers are pretty batiks.