I signed up for another block of the month. I didn't do the two I signed up for last year. And this is my second for 2015. It is only $15 a month, though. And it is Minick and Simpson. And it is based on a Texas estate quilt.
This is Austin Bluebird Sampler available from Homestead Hearth for a very reasonable price. They have the best BOMs and are so easy to work with and friendly on the phone.
And on that note, what should my word for 2015 be? Pat Sloan has picked Finish. I thought I was going to steal that one. Then I came to Do It Now. I plan and then whittle the time away. So, I just need to do it. Do It Now is my nice way of telling myself to get off my butt and just do it. So, my words are Do It Now. With that in mind and the BOMs I have signed up for, this blog will be smokin'. I will be finishing so much...just you wait!
This orchid cactus bloom has been promising to arrive for quite a while. This picture isn't good. It is actually a large almost bloom. I was hoping it would emerge on New Year's day because it reminds me of the promise of new things. New year, new experiences, new hopes/wishes.
I succumbed to a sew along. Aiming for Accuracy is having a sew along. I was wondering what to do with a couple of Fig Tree jellyrolls so I jumped in last night. Lots of four patches. They seem to be my thing lately. Nice, easy, peaceful sewing.
It is rough out in the garden. The two begonias below were almost identical. I thought my husband trimmed one. He sometimes trims things that I would have left alone. (Usually he is right about the needed trim.) Come to find out, he didn't trim the begonia on the right.
The culprits. Emily and our new puppy, Maggie Magpie. They eat plants and apparently like the one of the right more than the one on the left.
She seems so sweet. Until she eats all my plants.
Emily is struggling with the concept of abundance and sharing. She manages to stuff her mouth with the bones so no one else can have them.
Maggie is precious. She was dumped on our street. My husband was a softy and went to get her. She was malnourished and dirty but has grown like a weed.
I'm looking forward to 2015. There is a lot of fun ahead.
I'm changing my blog design so this is really just a test post but I do have a picture of what I'm working on. It started as a churndash of Midwinter Reds. Then I needed a few more blocks but the fabric is gone so now it is a churndash of Midwinter Reds and Crazy for Reds. I want it to drop of the side of the bed so I have some more sewing to do.
A few of my plumeria are blooming. They are beautiful and fragrant. It's funny that you don't see visitors on the blooms until you look at the photo.
I just love the pine cone gingers. Last year they were eaten by critters. This year they are popping up throughout the yard. We might be overcome with them one day. This one is showing some red on it. They have a distinctive but mild scent.
Emily has joined the crew. She is absolutely adorable. An organization, Pup Squad, rescues mama dogs with puppies and small orphaned puppies who would succumb to viruses in the kill shelters. Rescues are the best dogs. We have fallen in love with Emily.
I bought some precuts of Jellybean by Edyta Sitar for some mindless sewing. When I need to zone out I make 9 patches, 4 patches, etc. Sometimes I just need to sew without real purpose. It's meditative.
I'm putting the 9 patch and some rails together to make a throw. Not a work of art but fun to do.
Hope you are having a restful Sunday and headed into a great week.
The Key to Happiness is the Decision to be Happy. Marianne Williamson
After a 2 week rest from life/staycation, I am centered again. But just like dieting, it's not that I can't get there...it is the struggle to stay there.
I'm starting my day reading Grace for the Moment: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of Year by Max Lucado. Grace for the Moment
I believe that the attitude we choose determines how our day will go. He starts with choices; " I choose love...I choose joy...I choose peace...I choose patience...I choose kindness...I choose goodness...I choose faithfulness...I choose gentleness...I choose self-control...Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest." Max Lucado.
The sewing room is getting more organized, slowly. During my two weeks off from work, I played, cleaned, and organized.
On the design wall:
I'm taking a borders class. The teacher, Winnie Fleming, will soon be on Craftsy. She is a fabulous teacher. I don't love my fabric combinations. It's a long story. I love what I'm learning, though.
The Barbara Brackman Threads of Memory BOM. I"m behind but having fun. I'm using her Ladies Album fabric. They are gorgeous. Barbara Brackman is such a generous person. A free BOM with a history lesson attached- nice lady.
Fat Quarter Shop BOM using Edyta Sitar's Snowdays fabric. I LOVE this fabric. I also like this block pattern. I'll be using it again.
Pictures for the Garden:
Bunny Ears Cactus
Begonia (I think) climbing the orchid.
Vines taking over the fence. I love them. My husband hates them.
Invasive ruella, mexican petunia, which I think is so pretty when it blooms. And I get to spend the rest of my life pulling it out of other areas of the yard.
I'm loving making these blocks. They go together so quickly and I get to see how the fabrics play together very quickly. I've ordered a square ruler large enough to cut a 13 1/2 inch square. Rulers/squares are pricey when they get that large!
I love, love, love the blue print in this block.
And the blues in this block. This may be too matchy-matchy but I like it.
Teal and gold. Yum!
This blue print is gorgeous in "real life." It has birds too!
Burgundy, gold, and green. This is a bold one.
Hot pink. Bright.
Hot pink in our new redbud tree. I love spring.
Bunny eared cactus. Whimsical.
Desert rose. My husband tried to water it to death but it lived despite him.
Azaleas. Gorgeous and the announcement of spring.
Hope spring has sprung in your world or will soon. Life renewed.
I enjoy making Schnibbles. The patterns, from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co., are designed for charm packs and layer cakes. They are easy, quick, and pretty. Sinta from Pink Pincushion and Sherri from A Quilting Life select a Schnibble each month. Folks make them and then put them on parade on Sinta's and Sherri's blogs. It's just the right commitment for a month.
This is Lincoln made out of Grant's Park.
The stars were fun to make. They are so cute. I want to make them for other things....what those things are ....I don't know. But I want more stars.
Today I am grateful for some kind words from coworkers. There are far more kind people in the world than not.