Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Quilts, Two!

...and finally I'm back. I've been so busy. Like a bee.
I've planted my vegetable garden. Tomatoes, Strawberries, Zucchini, Garlic (with Scapes), Peppers and Green Beans. Actually, the garlic went in last Autumn. Today the Pumpkins will begin. I need a pumpkin patch for my kids to come and have a fun day with Nana. We will make a day of it. Caramel apples and popcorn. I'm dreaming of Autumn already, and we haven't even had one hot day yet. The air conditioner hasn't been on. In fact we have had lovely rain this week, but I know it's the last for months. I enjoyed it totally while it was here though.

I've finished, completed, sewn the last stitch... I think you get the idea. Two, TWO quilts this week. A baby quilt for our new addition that will be here in a few weeks and a quilt that I've been slaving stitching away on for years. Now there were huge gaps in time when I didn't work on it, because of my stupid neck. BUT, I did it! (and remind me that I'm never meander quilting again on a quilt with wool batting). Way too heavy to turn and turn a quilt when I use a hoop. I learned my lesson. I think that the meandering decision made this project take way longer than it should have, because I just couldn't make myself work on it. Next time I will mark and quilt a different pattern.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mothers Day

This is a very bad photo of a very cute cabin. The green is actually pea green, and the purple is just so cute! I took this photo from the car, and I should have gotten out and done a better job... One of those adirondack chairs on the deck and a glass of lemonade would be a relaxing way to spend the day.

Happy Mothers Day to one and all. We are going to be with family today, and I just can't wait to see everyone. I spent all day yesterday baking two desserts and making deviled eggs. I love deviled eggs. What are you doing to celebrate your Mom?

 I wish that my Mom were still with me. I think of her every day of my life. I miss her every single day. She was so fun and so giving. She loved my Dad. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. When she died, she only had three great-grandchildren. Now there are eight, and soon to be nine. She was an artist, and a wonderful cook. She loved her friends, and they loved her. They talk to me about her all of the time, and say that I am just like her. So do my children! Now, that is the best compliment I've ever had. I love you Mom!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Birdsong Quilt Blocks

Good morning everyone! It looks like our beautiful rain is over. So, we are back on track for warm sunny weather. I'm thinking of planting the rest of my vegetable garden this weekend. If I get tomatoes in the ground soon, I may get to eat one before the end of September. But...

Back on track. I promised an update on the Birdsong blocks. I've been spending most of my stitching time working on the hand quilting on the baby quilt that I'm almost done with, but I have been able to finish two Birdsong blocks. As usual, it's a very colorful and scrappy quilt. I decided not to use blues or greens in this one, so get used to orange, gold and purple leaves. Throw in some coral, red and pink! Sounds good to me!

I think I'm going to go make some chai current oatmeal for breakfast to go with some strawberries. Then, off to walk a Golden Retriever best friend or two... Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Rain Rain Rain

 I was going to take photos of some finished Birdsong blocks, but the light isn't good for photography indoors and with my camera abilities, I think I better wait. BUT, I have been stitching away.

Good happy lovely rainy day everyone! Can you tell that I love this weather? I do! A lot! I should live in the Pacific northwest. I'd move there in a blink, if my family would all move with me. And my friends. I love the sound of rain. I love the smell of rain. I love the beautiful color of everything in the rain. The leaves, and flowers, and I think you get the idea... Tea drinking, dog snuggling, reading, and stitching.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fun Saturday with The Queen For The Day

This last Saturday I met my Daughter-In-Law and my Grandchildren in a historic gold country town, Sutter Creek, about two hours from where I live. My Daughter-In-Laws Mother was the featured artist at the Sutter Creek Gallery on Saturday. We went to look at her beautiful watercolor paintings and cheer her talent. Her name is Wendy Rogers. She has a blog, and a wonderful website . I told her that she should be wearing a crown and embracing her monarchy. After all she was Queen For The Day! 

The ride was beautiful. The rolling hills are starting to turn gold. The oak trees are majestic, and the small towns are just so fun to look at. It was as perfect as a day could be. We window shopped, and went to lunch. Nothing could have been more fun!

Tomorrow an update on my Birdsong quilt. I have two more block to show.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Gingerbread Pine Trees

Another lovely older cabin... It appears that there is a new deck on the back, but I like the front deck so much more. Don't you? Those green pine trees are just so perfect! I just love the cabins with character. It's one of my favorite things about Twain Harte, but my list of favorites is pretty long.

Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bubble Gum Pink

Our weather is spectacular right now. If only it could stay like this. We have crisp, clear blue sky days . Warm afternoons and perfect cool mornings. I have been sitting outside on the deck every morning for breakfast. Just me and lots of singing birds. I've downloaded Pandora onto my Kindle, so I have "mood music", as my Dad used to say. I've been listening to Celtic music while I eat my Cheerios.

Aren't those Clematis just the most beautiful flowers? I wait for them to bloom every spring. This year they are just spectacular. They are named "Nellie Moser".  I don't think I've ever seen any other flowers that are striped the length of the petals. The flowers are the size of dessert plates. Big dessert plates! The vines are just loaded with blooms. More than we've ever had. I think they must like dry weather, because we haven't had any rain. We are in a drought. I hope we are able to water our garden this summer, because I have to keep these beauties happy!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sewing Lessons

I know that most of my friends that quilt or sew clothing learned from their Moms. I did too, in a different fashion. My Mom didn't sew at all. When I was still living at home, and my sister was very little, I tried to teach Mom to sew. We bought a pattern and fabric for a very tiny, very simple dress. I gave her my best advice and help. However... She pinned the pattern and fabric to the carpet, and couldn't cut it out. She got her finger stuck in the bobbin case, and the armholes of the very cute green and white gingam dress came out square. I could never talk her into trying again. She wanted nothing to do with it. She even used to sew buttons on in the wrong places. Sewing was definitely not her muse.

My first fuzzy memory of sewing at all was when I was about five years old, and I had another ear infection. Back in the old days, when you were sick, you stayed in bed. No televisions in bedrooms in those days.No computer, I-Pad, or Smart phone.  My Mom would bring the radio into my room and I would listen to Patty Page, and Perry Como. She spent many, many treasured hours reading to me. She inspired me to have many adventures in the pages of books. One of those books, was published in 1918. It belonged to my Aunt and then my Mom, and then me. It's one of my most treasured possessions. It's Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle. It really doesn't have very many references to sewing. Only one in fact, but it made me want to sew in a major way. I made doll clothes out of old clothing. 

When I was old enough I took lessons in summer school, and always in regular school. My Mom bought me fabric, drove me to the fabric store, and always, always cheered me on. Thanks Mom!