Monday, April 22, 2013

H2H quilting and antisnow pictures!

Now quilting on the H2H. It's going along so nicely since I have the new walking foot! Just wavy lines down through the middle squares. I like the way it looks.

 Anti Snow pictures for all the Spring Challenged:

This is a lavender rose! (Also shown: the dripper hose = not a snake.)

Seeds on my Japanese Maple... it was only a couple of inches tall when we bought it for $1.49! - 13 years ago. (Now about 10 foot tall.)

Day Lily from a free root.

 Pink Geranium
 Vinca Minor, a ground cover... blue flower in the lover middle.
 Orange rose I started from a stem of a dozen purchased from Costco. I noticed that there was a sprout on one of the stems, so I experimented. It's been a little bush in a larger pot (that's the key, I think) for 3 or 4 years now. Blooms spring and fall.

Little pink on the side of the house.

Bush roses that came into my yard via #1 son. He took them (brown) out of a dumpster where he was working as a roofing supervisor. (He figured I could bring them back to life... You have to love it when your grown child still has some confidence in your knowledge.) He dug the holes. I applied rooting compound - the secret to my success.

Lavender - food throughout the year for my bees.

Princess Diana roses.

Don't remember the name of this beauty, but it starts out yellow and turns gradually pinker.

Yellow roses with chives blooming at its base.

and some of the reds - see the bloomin' CA type dandelions at their bases? Our d's have a much smaller leaf, stem and flower... meant to conserve water, I'd guess. I do love the extra color... been thinking about collecting the seeds and offering them as a devilish Halloween seed packet. See, I am a witch.
Hope all my peeps in the Midwest are getting Spring soon!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Still no quilting....

I thought some Springy pictures might give you white blanketed folks some HOPE.

Joseph Coat roses in our front garden.

 CA poppies in a neighbor's side yard.
Above and below - Lupine in a vacant lot in the "Industrial Park" in Folsom, CA.

I call this one "Green Grass with a Goose".

Some pink flowering bushes near the highway. 

And this is a tulip tree... See if you can find the tulips. Hint: they are yellow and light green with orange centers.
So again, no sew. I just hope these Spring flowers will give you some color in your all white environs.

Bet you thought I was quilting...

Had  to get the hubs to add to my design wall today, so maybe I could get the latest quilt up there and baste it. Fuddled all week trying to get it up right. (Some of the blame goes to time spent on Facebook and blog reading.)

Here's a photo of the addition... gotta get it up higher.

Here's a current picture of my magnolia (from seed) started last year. And below is a close up of the new leaves this year.... They are an evergreen so only drop a leaf or two once in a while. (That's the best kind of tree to offer to the Trick or Treaters or else I offer sticks... some trees drop their leaves just before Halloween, so there are only sticks to show for all my hard work.)

Isn't that a beautiful thing? Some day it may have those lovely (huge) white yummy scented flowers.

Here's the ones I planted early in winter... just after Christmas, I think. One on the right has been up for a week or so... the other two are a surprise today. Go babies! Mama wants to offer you for Halloween this year.

And this fine youngster is the last of the cork oaks that I planted just after Halloween last year. Usually I don't do so good on the percentages. Planted 11 Elm and I have one, only ONE! and I feel  lucky to have that one. The cork oaks are at a whopping 100%... all the seeds I planted germinated! It's an evergreen, too. So there will be 7 of 7 to offer up this year, complete with leaves.
So no sew, but grow baby, grow!

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Latest...

A flimsy done (actually a UFO) for the H2H challenge:

 And below is the cheater quilt I made for the Project Linus Open House. The front looks like quilt squares, but is solid fabric, and the backing is a wild kitty print. I used my new walking foot and quilted it with wavy lines within an hour!!!!! (I love that thing.) The binding is all set to put on in time to do the hand work while watching TV tonight. (It's that roll of turquoise on the right.) 
See you in the funny papers!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Cutie Visits and Hedwig is finished

Easter cutie with his Daddy, our #1 son with our #8 grand. (Shirt says "Chicks Dig Me")

Again with Dad. Cutie is 7 months old now. (Hugs and Kisses quilt is Hubby's 70th birthday gift.)

 Now with his favorite "chick", Mom.
 With Daddy again. Cutie weighs 22 pounds so he gets passed around alot. I held him as long as I could.
And Hedwig is done, ready to go to the Fandom in Stitches Project of Doom Block Drive.
Hope you had as wonderful an Easter - did I mention it was sunny, too.
(Rained last night, and after our company left!)
Sew I'm off - but you knew that.