Fairy Gardens

OK, now it’s time for something completely different… no quilts in this blog!  One of my dearest friends had a birthday recently and I decided to make her a Fairy Garden.  I had won a little Christmas Fairy Garden at the Cactus Society Christmas party (yes, y’all, I am a card carrying member of the Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society – who would have guessed?!).  Anyways, it was so cute, I had to make one for my friend.


The Christmas Fairy Garden was in a plastic container and had a Santa Claus along with stars and ornaments.  I found some adorable fairies, bridges and other cute fairy garden decorations (including the rocks and mosses) at Hobby Lobby.  I get a catalog from Plow and Hearth and it is full of fairy garden supplies as well.  Apparently this is a big thing right now!

The tub also came from Hobby Lobby.  I watched a few YouTube videos on Fairy Gardens and found that you could fill the bottom half of a deep container with kitty litter.  Cheap, light weight and will absorb excess moisture.  On top of the kitty litter you add a good layer of potting soil, then start planting and decorating.

Most of these plants are cacti and succulents, although I do have one teeny tiny iris.  These won’t require much water.  Keep in mind that you can use other plants as well.  If you want to keep your fairy garden out on the patio, some annuals like marigolds would be super cute.


The blue rocks for the creek were salvaged from the Christmas Fairy Garden but you can find these rocks at most aquarium stores (also saw some at Hobby Lobby).

I love the fairy, the chickens, mushrooms and other decorations.  Once I started I could have filled up a container twice this size!


I would say the most difficult part was trying to wrap this gift without messing it up!


These are so cute and fun to make – wouldn’t a fairy garden with bunnies and tiny eggs be a cute Easter decoration?  Uh oh! Somebody stop me!  I need to get back to quilting!!!

Have a great week, y’all!

Back to the Farm

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.

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along – Blocks Among the Tomatoes

The Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along is up to week 19. This project is inspired by the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along Group on Flickr.  The challenge is to make 2 blocks a week from The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book (by Laurie Aaron Hird).  Over the last couple of weeks I’ve made 4 blocks but haven’t had time to share pictures.

As a good farmer’s wife (well, gardener’s wife), I had to also share pictures of our fall tomato plants:

Here are blocks 35 and 37:

And blocks 36 and 38:

It won’t be long and we will have some fresh garden tomatoes!

Here are some closer views of each block:

FW 35 - Flower Basket

All four of these blocks today are paper pieced using the foundation patterns that can be found on the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt Yahoo Group site.  The Flower Basket has a machine appliqued handle.

FW 36 - Flower Path

Flower Path was a real bear!  It doesn’t meet in the center as well as I’d like.  But I do like the brown and white print and the green “path”.

FW 37 - Flower Pot

Flower Pot is another challenging block with some set-in seams.  I used some new Aunt Grace fabric I picked up at the quilt show last week.

FW 38 - Four Winds

Four Winds is my favorite this week.  I love all the pinwheels within pinwheels and used some pretty blue fabrics to represent the sky.  Perhaps some clouds in the sky might look like white dogs? 🙂

Despite some challenges this week, the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along is zipping along.  I can’t believe I have 38 cute little blocks completed already!

Monday on the Farm

OK, we have a garden, not a farm, but after spending part of the morning in the garden pulling Tomato Horn Worms off the tomato and the pepper plants (including the jalapeno plants – ¡Ay Caramba!) it feels a bit like a farm.  So, as a good farmer’s wife 🙂 I have 5 new quilt blocks to share!

Farmer's Wife Blocks 27 Through 31

This project is inspired by the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along Group on Flickr.  The challenge is to make 2 blocks a week from The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book (by Laurie Aaron Hird).  Since this is my week 7 and their week 16, I have been attempting to catch up.  I’m almost there!  I think I only have 3 blocks next week!

Here is a closer look at each one:

FW 27 - Darting Birds

Lots of teeny tiny pieces in this block.  I have to grin over my fabric choice for Darting Birds – each bird has flying hearts pierced by an arrow… or is that a dart? Get it? 🙂

FW 28 - Duck and Ducklings

I like Duck and Ducklings a lot – no ducky fabric so I chose something calm and serene.

FW 29 - Economy

Well this block is certainly an Economy of time – it was very easy.  The Aunt Grace fabric I’m using doesn’t have any large print that would lend itself to a nice fussy cut in the center.  This would be a nice block for that type of treatment.

FW 30 - End of Day

I haven’t used this blue fabric much and I thought it would lend itself to the pinwheel effect of the End of Day block.  It came out alright, not my favorite.

FW 31 - Evening Star

Evening Star is probably my favorite block this week.  I love the Aunt Grace black and white fabric and the striking contrast of the star in yellow.

Now that I’m almost caught up with the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along Group, I have my eye on another interesting project.  It’s a Mystery!  I tell you about it later this week!

ps – after dinner we discovered more Tomato Horn Worms.  This guy has been chowing down:

Yuck!  These guys are nasty!


Civil War BOW – Ohio Star

This is week 38 of Barbara Brackman’s Civil War block of the week.  Each week we get a new block pattern and an interesting history lesson.  This week is the Ohio Star.

I continue to use the Neesha by Sentimental Studio fabric line.  I’m afraid some of my blocks are starting to look alike with the same fussy cut flowers offset by the same paisley fabrics.  But when the year is complete, I am hoping all the quilt blocks will all go together well.

It is always fun to see what all my fellow Civil War quilt groupies on the Flickr site do with the same block but completely different fabric choices.

Yesterday was a fabulously fun football Saturday!  I had a great time and the TCU Horned Frogs won the game!

And, we’ve been blessed with rain two days in a row and a chance this afternoon! The garden which had been so scorch by the heat and drought is starting to perk back up – we have tomatoes and peppers for our salad tonight!

Have a great day, y’all!

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