Oh Deer! Just Takes 2 Comes Back to Life!

This beautiful deer was out in the woods a few days ago.  She looks surprised!deer-in-woodsMaybe she’s surprised that I’ve once again started work on my Just Takes 2 quilt.  Here is my latest – block 59:

JT2-block-59You can see why I put it off – this Lone Star not an easy block!  And only 40 more to go!  Some easy, some not so easy.  But I really think this purple and white Just Takes 2 quilt will be wonderful when it’s finished.

Have a great week, y’all!

May Bee Day – A Day at the Lake House

Bee Day in May was at Karen’s lake house! Thank you Karen and hubby Jim!  It was a wonderful, beautiful day after many stormy, rainy days and nights.

When I arrived everyone was gathered around the table chowing down Cinnamon Cream Cheese Squares for breakfast. What would bee day be without cream cheese for breakfast!

gathering-around-the-tableKaren, Sue and Peggy were chatting in the kitchen.

Karen,-Sue-and-PeggyAnd the lake was perfect!

Lake-before-risingAfter breakfast … boat ride!  Here are some of us on the boat

On-the-boatAnd here are some not on the boat:

Not-on-the-boatNotice the dry dock they are standing on.  As we cruised around Lake Kiowa, the water started rising from the heavy rains the night before.  Notice the crane and the furniture are in the water at a nearby dock.

craneWhen we got back to the Thompson’s dock the water was noticeably higher.  The dock was eventually underwater:

Lake-risingWhile we were boating, the land lovers started eating lunch!  We were famished by the time we got back.  We had a bunch of scrumptious foods – there were lots and lots of desserts!

desertA little time for stitching and chatting and laughing and maybe a tear or two.  Then Show and Tell!

I started it off with this quilt top made from four patches exchanged with friends – lets call it “With a Little Help from My Friends:”

My-show-and-tellPeggy showed us this simply gorgeous applique:

Peggy's-beautiful-applique Karen used her block exchange blocks to create this wonderful quilt:

Karen's-show-and-tellJudy brought this lovely log cabin:

Judy's-log-cabinMadelyn had lots and lots of fun blocks to show:

Madelyn's-blocksAnd more…

More-of-Madelyn's-blocksBarb had her finished (yes – finished, completely finished) handkerchief quilt:

Barb's-finished-handkerchieAlso, Barb and Sally showed their simply stunning Inklingo projects:

Barb-and-Sally-with-InklingJim had a show and tell of his own – here he is attempting to hide it behind his back:

Jim-tries-to-hide-his-show-Here it is!  Yard Art!

Jim's-yard-art-show-and-telAnd here is the Yard Art out in the yard – pretty cool, huh?

yard-art-in-the-yardSo a lovely day at the lake, the most awesome boat ride, lots of delicious food, love, laughter and some pretty amazing quilting going on!  That’s a Bee Day for the memory books!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

BOMs, BOWs and Blooms

While I was on our wonderful bee retreat this week, I worked on several projects including the Carol Doak Scrap Scamble Block of the Month (BOM), a new Barbara Brackman Block of the Week (BOW) called Austen Family Album and a very bright flowery churn dash quilt.

First – the Scrap Scramble BOM.  Actually, it is once again more than one block – but very cute and scrappy:

AprilThe Barbara Brachman Austen Family Album just started this past Sunday with the first block called Bright Star for Jane Austen.  I decided to use Barbara Brachman’s  Modernism line of fabric.  It is simply gorgeous and I love that she has brought us so many BOMs and BOWs with thoughtful related historical context.  Here is block 1:

Block-1---Bright-Star-for-JAnd, now for something completely different – this churn dash quilt made with a Kanvas New Bloom layer cake:

cookie-bloomsThe pattern came from a Better Homes and Gardens publication called Perfect for Precuts.  It was such fun to work on each of these blocks during the retreat and put them up on the design wall for all to see.

I also worked on some hand applique and a new quilt using my hand dyed fabric, however, neither of those are ready for any kind of sharing – yet.  Stay tuned!

On the way home, I had to stop and get a picture of this hillside covered with bluebonnets – spectacular!

bluebonnet-hillHave a great weekend, y’all!

Has Spring Sprung?

It seems that maybe Spring is finally beginning to appear here in North Texas.  Out in the woods behind our house I found these tiny little flowers a few days ago:

crocusAnd now our daffodils are really blooming:

daffodilsSo nice to see these bright signs of Spring!  Everything else is still brown and gray but these are sure indications that Spring is on its way!

Another sign of Spring is the hand applique block I just finished up:

Block-1This is part of an Album Quilt pattern called Honoring Emma (by Lori Smith).  I’m using hand dyed fabrics, mostly Cherrywoods but also some of my own hand dyes.  The purple flowers remind me of the crocus out in the woods!

I’m still experimenting with my hand applique.  On this block I used the starch method to turn the edges.  The best online explanation I could find for this method is on Snippets of a Quilter’s blog.  I liked getting all the edges turned crisply and for the most part am happy with the curves and points (that may get better with practice).  However the fabric isn’t as soft when you stitch.  I guess I’m sort of a tactile person and want to feel soft supple fabric when I’m hand stitching.

So, after a rather rough Winter Spring has Sprung – here in the sewing room and out in the woods!  Hoping the same for you!

Winterizing In and Out!

Here in North Texas we have been hit by a huge ice storm!  This is what it looks like outside the house:

ice-stormThe white stuff looks pretty but it is solid ice!  There was no snowman building with this stuff!  But inside the house we have snowmen!!

Postcard-Cuties-CompleteI finally finished Postcard Cuties for Winter (by Bunny Hill Designs).  I think it turned out pretty darn cute!

This is the third day we’ve been iced in!  I’ve got the Christmas tree up, the house looks very festive, I finished a book and started another one and I’ve been binding a quilt which needs to be mailed this week! The only thing I haven’t been able to do is bake Christmas cookies – I do not have a speck of white sugar in the house – not even a tablespoon!  It seems tragic to be iced in without the smell of freshly baked cookies, don’t you think?

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