Wednesday, February 26, 2014

One Name on My List - Exciting News, and an H2H flimsy, I'm cheating

So last post I suggested a swap.... Valerie Reynolds commented that she'd like to participate.  Well, Val, I guess you and I will swap springy colors. I'll send you  3 - 10" squares, and  you do the same. We'll have a bit of stash exchange; something to take the edge off of winter, some happy snail mail. Thanks for joining in. I really appreciate it.

In other news, our company has moved on to Las Vegas, NV. We had a great time with them! (Bill's brother and his life partner)  Love you guys! We took them up to Lake Tahoe and had a bit of a snowball fight along the way. Snow at 6500 ft. - about 50 degrees.

 In the biggest news.... My Oldest Grandgirl is Engaged!  They haven't worked out a date yet, but they are thinking June - OMG!  How's a granny supposed to get a special quilt together that fast?  I made this sketch - I'm thinking low density colors except for the center. What do you think? It might be too incongruous for the center to be red and everything else low impact.  Any  ideas?  I want it to be special, but easy.  She's the first grand to marry.

And now some floral views

Seems awfully early for my pear to be blooming... daffodils in the background haven't a single bud, strange.

Somehow, I've got this out of sequence... Talking again about the Grandgirl's wedding quilt: I have some UFO's, but those are earmarked for Hands to Help Charity Challenge... (See the button in the side bar.)  I finished this flimsy last night. It was already cut and partly assembled. (It had to come off of the design wall for the grandson's quilt... the one currently on the top of the blog.)  I inserted some paper pieced lady bugs  and a saw tooth piece or two. (The pink behind is a piece of thank you fabric from Val. I need to get that washed up. It isn't part of this quilt.)

So to summarize:  Help! and sending you some Springtime, Val.

Hubby's birthday tomorrow... off to Red Robin for his free burger.
Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pig Faced Orange, Gift and Spring Coming

Now don't let yourself be scared by this picture... It isn't evil. It's just the Pig Faced Orange - famous throughout our house. Lol  I'd guess a branch gouged into the outer parts of this orange right where eyes would be.  (We leave our oranges to store on the tree - and ripen as long as they can. Once picked they start to rot. They are amazingly sweet! So we pick some for a week or so, and when we run out, pick another batch.)

 Above is the lovely gift I got from Val  in the mail this week. Thanks Val. It lead me to an idea for a swap. Anyone interested in swapping bright or springy fabrics in a kind of chain letter sort of way?  I'll accumulate names (links) if you leave a comment  saying you want to join in on the fun. We'll each send  3 - 10" blocks (from stash) to one name on the list that I'll make up and show on Wednesday next week. (I'm having company from England on Monday and Tuesday.)  Val's gift lifted my spirits, and we all need a bit of that now that winter is old.  What do you say? Are you in?
Here I'm going on about winter being old, and we have hardly had one here.  My flowers are starting to come out...
I have no idea what these are called, but they are reliable bloomers twice a year! (Don't you love reliable bloomers? Lol)  I call them Pig Ears, a gift from my neighbor to help with the Halloween plant give away. I've given 4 or 5 plants every year since, and the plant just keeps on giving.

Buds on the apricots!

Buds on the oranges!
So I hope this bit of California Sunshine lifted you out of the white stuff for a while. Remember to leave a comment to get in on the swap.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Folsom Quilt Show, Puddles and Found Rainbow Blocks

I went Saturday last to see the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild Show... took some pictures of the entries that impressed me...Like these:

I'm always impressed by the applique. Sew pretty, sew difficult.

This picture and the one below are for Melanie, and those of you who embroider on your quilts. I liked the simplicity of the whole quilt.

Imagine making all those Yoyo pieces! Colors look like the 30s. Huge "quilt".

I liked this for a QoV. Sometimes it's the idea I like.
 This one (above and below) was really different. Even looking closely, I couldn't tell if the red doodles were quilting or just "written" on there.

 These two are on my quilt bucket list.
Isn't the border treatment interesting?
And a fish. I have a book with the directions, just never tried it yet.
(Too many quilts, not enough time.)
 Here is Johnson Lake - puddles in our front yard. It didn't rain that much, but the ground was dry, and it takes a while for it to absorb. This was the first time (in 14 years that we have lived here) we had puddles this big on the lawn.


 Look what I found while digging in my fabric boxes to find the 9.5" rotary cutter ruler. (Still haven't found it.)  Blocks made several years ago during the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I've got some other blocks started, too, so I think this one might work for an H2H quilt donation...
 It's coming soon. Sarah is getting ready.
That's all for now!
See you in the funny papers.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Grandgirl ! finally rain and a look at the Christmas Cactus gone wild, and the glimps at the next project

I'd love to show you a picture of my new grandgirl, just born on Feb. 3, but I can't figure out how to get the picture off of the e-mail. Anyway we are very excited and we will be seeing her soon. (And taking photos.)

Maybe you can tell that we are finally getting some rain - Thanks Melanie! I was bemoaning our dry winter - quite dangerous here because no rain in the winter, no water for the rest of the year. The reservoirs were quite depleted already. We don't get rain the rest of the year.... Anywho, it is raining now, and just after I asked Melanie from the UK to send us all their extra. She said she would, and so she did!

Here's the Christmas Cactus going crazy. (Here's how to get them to produce... put them out into the garage for a couple of weeks trying to sell them at rummage sales, and they will get the idea.) This one has never been so prolific.

and a close up.

To see a quilt like I'm planning next go to Seaside Stitches. I'm making my blocks 10 inches, so it should be a good size for H2H starting soon. (You know I love red... I just can't resist.)

Have a lovely weekend! (I'm off to the eye doctor.)