Monday, March 29, 2010

God's Blessing of Spring

Spring is truly magical to me. Can you believe the beautiful things God provides us? The azaleas are just about in full bloom. The pictures can't do justice to the impact of masses of blooms.










As I walk from the garage into the backyard, I pass the stained glass stepping stone that Bill's mom made. She is so talented. It warms my heart to walk past something she made with love for her son.

I planted some honeysuckle in a pot for the table in the backyard. The smell is delicious and intense. It's intoxicating! Perhaps that's the Shiner Bock also, but it's a lovely way to spend time.




Hope spring is happening soon in your life. Best to all.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

All Girls Look Pretty with Flowers

The azaleas are about to bloom. Each day the buds open a little more. It's a lesson in patience. I walk out each day and beg them to bloom today.








Muttilda is being a little dramatic. She's quite shy. I told her she looked very pretty. What girl wouldn't look pretty with a hibiscus or geranium in her hair/fur?



Iris is full of confidence and knows she looks pretty in front of the petunias.



Petunias on steroids! This began as a hanging basket. It made it through last summer's heat and the winter's freeze. Perseverance!

We begin a great week. My goal is to sew 1 hour each day. Please don't scroll down and see that I've never accomplished any of the goals I've set. This week will be the first in which I meet my goal!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Edyta Sitar Workshop....My Dream Come True!

Edyta Sitar came to our quilt guild. I have coveted her work for a long time...imagined my house decorated in the quilts I saw in her books...etc. I saw her on the schedule for March for a daytime workshop. I never can do them because of that having to work for a living thing. But...this was during spring break.



She was so much fun. A very good teacher who took time to gently show me how to do the most basic things. A true teacher. Below are some of the quilts she showed us. I'll post the block I made in a few days.



The star blocks are made from strips rather than triangles. Too complicated to explain, but she found a way to make a difficult block easy.





This is Aloha. I have seen it on her web site.....and salivated. The applique is from one piece of material which is gradiated. (is that the word?) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one!!!!


Elegant Garden...she told how easy it is. She did it on a camping trip. I want to be her.



I LOVE this one too. Hop to It. Just beautiful.




At the risk of repeating myself...LOVE this too. The picture doesn't do it justice.

It was a wonderful day. I felt so blessed to be able to spend time with someone so talented and willing to share her gift.






Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jelly Roll Sampler Block 1 and 2

Jelly Roll Sampler Blocks 1 and 2:

I'm joining virtual quilting bees and loving it. It's like going to a quilt class each week. There is always someone to learn from. It's so much fun to watch everyone upload their blocks on Flickr. I'm learning a lot about color and pattern. For example, Block 2, which is the first one below, is too busy. If the green print was less busy you could actually pay attention to the fabric. The one I built is a mush of busy. I like it, but will learn from this.


I'm using the Eden line. I like pink, golden yellow, and birds. Nothing but fun in that!



I have to wait 2 weeks to get the new pattern....also learning patience. Happy quilting!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Spring!



Spring is here. We had a hard winter. A freeze they say we will only have every 20 years or so. Everything died. We grieved, but now it's time to renew.



Geraniums in my new hanging basket. I waited for them to go on sale. Only 1 was left by the time I could affort it. Wish I had 2 of these baskets.






The climbing rose on the garage. I love to come home to this.
























And it wouldn't be complete without a hibiscus.







Happy Spring to Everyone!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pinwheel Block 2

I love making pinwheels. I'm not so good with the points but I vowed to let it go after a couple of rips. The green and pink is a little bold.
I started with Moda White as the neutral. Who doesn't have Moda? Who doesn't have white? Well, no quilt shop around me. I bought the last of the bolt and they don't seem to be getting any in anytime soon. I'll have to buy it online. What a boring thing to pay shipping for!

This week's goal: Sew a little each night even if I'm dog tired from work. Post something each night. So, see you tomorrow.


Do you think the same people who have interesting things to blog about are the same people who have status updates on Facebook? Just a thought.