Friday, May 20, 2011

The sun made me do it!

But I am not complaining! I have been wanting to get out and get some yard work done but it is hard to get motivated when it is cold and rainy! The sun finally decided to hang around this month though until this week it has only been a day or two here or there. This week I have been working on eradicating some of the weeds from my life. I think I am about 3/4 of the way around the berry garden perimeter and I have done some in the rhody/lilac/hydrangea bed. I have also used about 3 pints of white vinegar on some weeds popping up around and in the barked area. A cheap and fairly effective, non-toxic method of killing weeds. Smells a little but seems to be working. This afternoon I am enjoying having the windows open and loving the scent of the 'Mexican Orange' bush that is blooming outside the living room window! I checked my veggie beds today and my carrots, kohl rabi and chives are all up. I think I might plant my pumpkins and squash soon. I am not going to try for much more since we have had another cold spring.

On Tuesday at craft night I was able to get this picture of the purple quilt on the design wall. It is very cool and I am not a huge lover of purple!

I also took pictures of these two baby quilts that I am working on. A friend has commissioned a baby quilt for a friend who has a new baby girl and I often make two at once so I have a spare.
I have added a 1" green border and will a 4" print border also to finish them off. I ended up with 120 HSTs from the corners of the blocks so I might add some squares and make another baby quilt from the leftovers.

I hope to get some quilting done over the next few days as we are supposed to be getting some rain again, but maybe the weathermen are wrong about that?

Better late than never?

Here is my tally for April. It is pretty bleak! I thought I did better but as I looked back through posts and pictures I realized I was a bit of a slacker. I did get my stash restocked so I can get lots of sewing done now and I got a new serger but this is all the creativity I managed:


Quilt tops - 1 - the beach quilt
Finished quilts - 1 - the spider web
Blocks for exchanges - 15 (I think)
Mittens - 5 pairs
Hats - 2 Owl hats for 2 of my nieces

See! That is pretty bleak!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Yard work and a finished top

I have been working on the quilt that I was commissioned to make but we got two days with sunshine so I had to take advantage and get outside for a while. With the help of my friend's 19 year old son I got one row of my strawberries dug up, thinned and replanted. I also got some mowing done and some other weeding. Late yesterday afternoon the rain came back with a vengeance so I am glad I got done what I did.

This week I have worked to get more of the 'blocks' for the quilt finished and by Wednesday I had them done. So Thursday and Friday I worked to turn this:
and this:
into 35 rows and Friday, Saturday and today I put those together into this!
I am going to set this aside to get a couple of other projects finished but I hope to have this one done by the end of the month.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Keeping busy

just not blogging about it!

I finished the beach quilt. I am pretty happy about it and am excited about making at least one wall hanging using the same fabrics.
I also finished up two more owl hats that will be available for sale or gifts as needed!
My big project right now is another quilt like this one. It is going to be in purples, lavenders and cream. First there was a lot of cutting and then I got started on the sewing and this is where I am so far.
I am hoping to have all the 'blocks' done today and maybe tomorrow morning I can get the top together. Probably not but I can hope!