Friday, March 25, 2011

Wanted to share one of the quilts I have been sewing. This is a Turning Twenty (fat quarters) quilt from a new book. Just need to decide I like this arrangement, sew the blocks together and add the borders.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

This bag is "Cosmo Bag" from Amy Butler's book, "amy butler's style stitches, 12 easy ways to 26 wonderful bags!". It is 21 inches across the widest point and 14 inches across the bottom, it is 4 inches deep. It is large enough to hold a quilt! Some customers have remarked that it would make a great diaper bag or a weekend bag or gym bag, etc. My next project from this book will be the "Origami Bag Set". These are six little zippered bags that can be used to organize items in the large Cosmo Bag. Now where did I put that container of zippers?

Monday, March 14, 2011

We went to the Boone Lake Association's March meeting last night. People were asked to dress in green with a theme. So, Dennis and I painted our thumbs green (something we learned from our grandaughter) and put on our straw garden hats decorated with a nosegay of celery, cilantro, grape hyacinths and clover. We won First Prize! Mainly because we were the only ones that went to much trouble.

The other pictures are of samples finished or in process for upcoming classes.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

What a beautiful Saturday we had, the sky was blue, a soft wind was blowing , and the temperature was 60. I went to the farm store and bought seed potatoes, Youkon Gold and Red Pontiacs, red onion sets and one pot of pansies. I sat in the sun and cut the seed potatoes. I remembered my Dad and Grandpa sitting on the backporch cutting up seed potatoes from large gunnie sacks. I called Dad to ask how many pounds they used to cut up and he said at least 100 pounds. I remember finally being allowed to help. We had a very large garden with at least a third of it in potatoes. Dad used the walk behind, one bottom plow pulled by a team of horses to do the final harvest in the fall. I remember riding on the back of one of the horses as Dad drove them back to the barn. It was a beautiful day.

Friday, March 4, 2011

I had fun working in the yard yesterday. I "planted" one of the pieces of driftwood D fished out of Boone Lake. As I was setting it in the ground I noticed the skeleton head of a crawfish! So, I positioned it looking out of one of the small holes. I have been told that Plow and Hearth sells little doors to fit holes in stumps of fairy houses. I will have to look into that.

The peas are peeking through and D is hauling fertilizer.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

We launched the kyak for the first time this season. The reason was to pick up some of the trash floating by from the rain storm on Monday. D got some great pieces of driftwood for our garden scapes. While he was floating about, I cleaned the asparagus bed. It won't be long until we will have fresh asparagus. Yeah!

I came home from work Wednesday with a sack of green and aqua fabrics to cut a Turning Twenty quilt from their new book. It will be a shop sample and a class in May. I have spent two hours cutting and I am not done. . .

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Teasers of Spring are showing around our yard. There are purple buds on the crocus and the jonquils and iris are sending up green shoots. Planted kale, lettuce, and mustard.

Saturday I taught a scarf class made in the Pojagi style. Basically, pieced with flat felled seams and requiring no batting, backing or quilting. It was a fun class that inspired other applications. I am working on a pattern with the details of design and construction.

I know I am rushing the season, but I had the Easter decoration box out and just had to look through it. Many nice memories in there. I set everything up on the bar. I looks like a ghrotto!