Thursday, March 24, 2016

Daffodil Days

Before I show any more stitching progress, I need to take a day and admire the beautiful work of my husband. He loves to garden, and has created a beautiful landscape for us to enjoy. 

Every fall he plants different varieties of daffodils. He orders them online, and we get large bags and flats of daffodil bulbs. This year our garden was exceptionally lovely. No spring snows to flatten the yellow blossoms, and believe me that has happened more than not. 

Our entire property is circled in yellow and orange bursts of color right now. My favorites are the ones in the above photo with the bright orange centers. I think I'll take my stitching out to the garden today and listen to the birds.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Now What's This ?

There are times that hand piecing gets to be too much for my fingers to handle. Meaning, when thinking of fitting these hand pieced-pieces together. The ones with the curved edges that are meant to be the very center of my Sarah Morrell quilt. I need something to rest my little brain while stitching. A little project that I don't have to stress about. How about a Feather and Flower quilt?

I found an old pattern that I'm stitching in some very bright colors. Just to take it up a notch. A pattern that needs to be done on something other that an off white background. That's been done before. Over and over. So. I spent yesterday tracing cutting lines on freezer paper. I cut them like complicated paper dolls. I ironed them onto a bright piece of burnt orange fabric. Finally I did some pinning onto that beautiful raspberry background. Now it's time for some relaxing needle-turn applique.

Today I think I might do a little applique, after I spend some time on the center block of my Sarah Morrell . Of course I'm still hand quilting Gypsy Kisses. I just love having more than one project in the works.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Second Sarah Morrell Block

This is my second completed block for the Sarah Morrell quilt. Please excuse the tile from the bathroom floor, which is showing through the background fabric. It's my first attempt at broderie perse. I used four different fabrics. 

Right now I'm working on the large central block, and having a few issues. We will see if I can stitch it smoothly. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sugar Kisses The Second

I don't think that I have posted the finished photos of "Sugar Kisses" The Second. Strange name for a quilt isn't it? The Second sounds much better than junior, right?

Anyway, the reason it's the second is because it's the second one that I sewed. When I was stitching the applique on the first one, my oldest Granddaughter, Madison, told me that she would like to have it. No one has ever asked me for a specific quilt before, and she is my Granddaughter after all, so I made it for her. I hope she loves it.

I really wanted one of the "Sugar Kisses" quilts as well. 

I belong to a weekly quilt group, and we have dessert every time we meet at exactly 2:30. It's a rule or something... The quilt pattern, Sugar Kisses, is filled with candy and ice cream and other sweet treats. Just like my quilt group, which we call "Bee". I've been a member for about eleven years. It's a special time every week with special friends. I wish a few more of them worked on quilts, but they knit instead.

I tried to finish the stitching on this quilt quickly, because I really don't like making the same thing more than once. I was a little nervous that I would put it away and move on to my next project without finishing this one. I do not like making the same thing over and over. I think that's probably why I love scrap quilting and "sampler" style. Every block is a bit different. 

It's finished, and hanging in my living room. I have a lot of time now to move on to my bucket list quilt. "Sarah Morrell". Oh, wait, I'm still hand quilting "Gypsy Kisses".

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Magical Days

No quilts will appear in this post today. Sorry everyone. While I have spent a few hours everyday on the hand quilting of my Gypsy Kisses quilt, there really isn't anything new to report.

I spent four days with some of my Grandchildren in Disneyland. It's a magical place. Even for Nanas. We ate Mickey Ice Cream Bars- yes, in capital letters... We rode all the fun rides, and I only chickened out on two of them. Roller coasters that spin upside down are just never going to happen with me riding. We had a lot of yummy food. The kids met a lot of their favorite characters. The flowers were blooming and we could see the fireworks from our perfect room in the Disneyland hotel. 

We will be back to quilts in a day or two.