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:
And now our daffodils are really blooming:
So 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:
This 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!
Here in North Texas we have been hit by a huge ice storm! This is what it looks like outside the house:
The white stuff looks pretty but it is solid ice! There was no snowman building with this stuff! But inside the house we have snowmen!!
I 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?
Woohoo!!! I’m all caught up with the Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week (it’s about the only thing I’m caught up on ).
Last week was an Ocean Waves block. The bit of history that Barbara Brackman touched on in her blog was regarding her friend Erma Hughes Kirkpatrick and the other women in the military. Erma had joined the WAVES. Here is my Ocean Waves block – I thought the aqua blue was appropriate…
This week’s block was Seven Pointed Star for Australia. Barbara tells us about the very successful Australian suffragettes. Be sure to read her blog for some interesting history. This block is a challenge – a geometric challenge. I had a couple of starts and stops and restarts before this end result:
It turned out bright and springy. The Flickr web site has a lot of amazing quilters making up their versions of these same blocks. Be sure to check them out!
Also turning bright and springy are the woods behind my house. They are changing every day from that drab winter gray brown palette to the brightest green you ever saw:
Have a bright and springy day, y’all!
Today was the last day of our wonderful retreat. We are full of food, our bags are full of finished (or at least started) projects and we are full of plans for the next retreat!
Thanks to Lani’s dad, Jerry, we had an excellent photographer for a group photo shoot:
Considering the fact that we’ve had 2 hours of sleep in the last four days, I think we look fabulous!
The design walls were busy today! Barb finished her hand pieced baby quilt:
How cute is that?!
Newbie Vicky finished her very first quilt ever – a large T-Shirt quilt:
Cindy’s beautiful finished quilt top appeared on the wall briefly:
And Suz worked on an Art Quilt! Now that is a phenomenon!
I finished up the labels and binding for my two Faith quilts:At one point this afternoon I caught a glimpse of these beautiful horses running out in the field next to Compass Centre. By the time I got my camera and ran outside they had found their destination – dinner!
Now we just need to pack up and catch some sleep before we ride off into the sunrise tomorrow morning (ok, not that early, but it sounded good).
Have a great day, y’all!
Spring has sprung and the vegetable garden is looking GREAT! My fabulous farmer hubby has all kinds of goodies growing – tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, squash, radishes, lettuce, peppers, asparagus, onions, garlic and lots of different herbs.
Since it looks like a real “farm” I decided this farmer’s wife needs to get back to the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt. The challenge is to make two blocks a week from The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book (by Laurie Aaron Hird). There is a wonderful Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along Group on Flickr with lots of support, encouragement and pictures.
I picked back up with Block 44 – Gentleman’s Fancy – here pictured among the tomato plants (yes, it is April and we already have good sized tomatoes – amazing!).
Next is Block 45 – Grape Basket. It is photographed in the potato plants (no, we don’t usually have a tomato cage in the potato plants ).
And then I had to get both blocks in the strawberries:
The fabric I chose for this project is primarily Aunt Grace and is so bright and cheery that it feels like the perfect project to celebrate a beautiful and bountiful Spring.