Friday, April 30, 2010

Eric Carle has written numerous children's books; "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "The Very Busy Spider", The Very Quiet Cricket", "The Very Lonely Firefly", and "The Very clumsy Click Beetle". Andover Fabrics has printed some of the illustrations from these books on a new fabric line, The Very Series. You can see the fabric and get a free pattern download at The piece I photographed is 33" x 44" and would make a great baby quilt. But there are several borders to add making the finished size 57" x 67". Fabric and kits can be purchased at TN Quilts.

Friday, April 23, 2010

My husband photographed this area barn with implanted airplane. We will take you to see the real thing when you visit.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Not often, but sometimes we run out of things to do at work. That's when temptation is oh so strong. All that beautiful fabric just waiting to be enjoyed. So, I decided over a month ago to have a project I could think on and then work on in those down times. It was a good plan. My project bag came home with me last week and I put the pieces I had cut on my design wall just to look at for a while to see if I still liked it.
I couldn't sleep last night. It was so nice to have something I could sit and sew without much thinking. Now I have to decide if I want the one inch wide inner border of dark green and then a wider border of another fabric yet to be selected.

Friday, April 16, 2010

In January 1922, the editors of "The Farmer's Wife" magazine asked their readers the following question: "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?" Some of the resulting letters have been published in "The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt" by Laurie Aaron Hird. I am really enjoying reading these letters. I must admit I was surprised at how many mentioned the importance of good books and magazines in the home. The quilt blocks are different than many I have seen and I will be hand piecing a few of them.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I have finally finished my grandaughter's Spring dress. But I am still trying to decide what to sew for my grandson. Any suggestions? Out of the scraps from her garments I have been sewing a quilt block. At last count, there are 20 six-inch blocks in the box. It will soon be time to sew them into a quilt. Maybe twin sized? I found the pattern for the quilt block in "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". She has three such books and they are great references. Each block has measurements for 6 different sizes.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

We just finished a meal that had some fresh produce from the garden! We had roasted asparagus, teeny, tiny radishes in our salad and rhubarb crunch for desert.

I planted 10 more pounds of potatoes this afternoon. Peas and parsley were put in the ground last Thursday. Started tomatoe plants in the house today. I know, I'm late.
The jacket pictured above, is a sample from a class I taught three weeks ago. The pattern is "Five Easy Pieces" by Sharon L. Baker. The student has to draft the actual pattern pieces making for a more personalized fit. I really like mine and I didn't expect it to look good on me, but it does!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The first quilt is off the long arm machine!!! There is a whole lot of learning in that little piece. I have the next experiment ready to load ( before I forget how to).

Monday, April 5, 2010

My husband is becoming a bee keeper. This should be great for the garden and the kitchen. We do like honey. His first bees are to arrive today.

We planted potatoes and a garden path Saturday afternoon. Radishes will soon be ready to eat. Five rhubard plants have wintered over and the dill has reseeded itself. Green is popping up all over!! And wouldn't you know it, I have become sensitive to some of the flowering plants . . . itchy, watery eyes. Yuck!

Sunday, April 4, 2010