Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What Makes Your Day?

I know a finish of the current quilt would make my day, but that won't happen for a while.  I did find a wonderful "Make" for this day...

Okay, you aren't impressed, but this little plant - a silk oak - was started from seed last August or earlier. I almost gave up hope. (I got to the local momma tree quite late in it's seed making season and all the seeds had been dispersed already, so I sifted through the dirt on the street looking - brought home some dirt, and "planted" it. All this time I have been hoping for the little miracle.  Makes me so happy. (Patience pays off.)

I went out to photograph these little wonders...

The first Cosmos of the year... they seed themselves in this pot of the first silk oak I grew. (There have been a few others - given away at Halloween.) Every year the Cosmos grow about 3 feet tall. Don't know why, but this strain is strong... and cheery, don't you think so?

When I came inside I found this bloomer. It wasn't there on Sunday when I watered last.

Now for a before and after shot of my latest home improvements:

New kitchen lights... not for me, but to sell my house.  Why do we do this?  (They make the ceiling look higher.)

So even though the car died yesterday, and the hubby had to get AAA to tow her to the car hospital, it's still a wonderful day. (That is because we do have enough moola to fix it... otherwise the sweetness of the other events would have been overshadowed. You know the feeling.)

So what makes your day - today?


Saturday, April 26, 2014

New purple blocks and Lupine

We've been gone for a while... to Boise Idaho, of all places. We looked for a new home, but didn't find one. Scary business.

And while we were gone I changed my mind \again/ about the quilt I'm making for my granddaughter's wedding present. The one I'd worked on was too dark. Here's the dark one.

This one will have more colors, already there are red, orange, blue and green blocks made, but since it is still April I'm only showing the purple ones for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
Now the pictures of Lupine growing wild in Folsom CA.
 in an open space in the (light) Industrial Park.

Isn't it gorgeous.
Happy Weekend!

Friday, April 11, 2014

More Purple Blocks

Here are some of the purple blocks I made this week.
These first six are leftovers, except for the one on the top right... I found a place for that one.

The pink blue yellow and teal print has to go in the quilt - and her cousin's quilt as well - because of the top I made for each of them when they were about 2.  There are other memory pieces in the quilt.
On Saturday, go to the RSC14 (3rd button on the side panel) to see others' purple blocks for April.
Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lumber Jacks - Me and Him

Lumber jacks have nothing on us oldies. He is 71 and I'll be 66 in a few weeks and we sawed down our dead avocados yesterday.  It's kind of heart breaking. I started those two from pits. One was 16 and the other probably 12 or 13. Just had to do it though. They froze badly early this winter.  Here are the pictures of the poor things.


He pulled with a rope, and I cut with our little electric chain saw.  (All those brown leaves are from being frozen. There were some green leaves, but trying to sell the house, these brown trees wouldn't be helping.) Did you notice that we missed the little rose and a new oak growing next to the trunk. We got the avocados to go right where we wanted them to go. No broken fence, no destruction of their house or ours. We figure we saved a thousand or so.
Afterwards I went back to this:
Sew and cut - not in that order.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Purple Blocks

In honor of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I'm sharing some of my Grandgirl's Wedding Quilt blocks.
Purple is the color for April, and there are purple blocks in her quilt. She likes purple and green... well, she did at one time - that may have changed.
So here are some of the purple blocks on the design wall along with blocks of other colors.

To see what others have made go to so scrappy. There is a linky party going on there.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

As promised...

My fabric winnings from Fabrics N Quilts, for the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge sign-up contest came today!!!!!!!!!

 The other win last week was a free pattern from Quilt Art Designs for Janeen's birthday celebration.
I didn't know how to show you a picture of the little sweetie, so I showed a picture of the e-mailed pattern. Janeen has a fun blog today. You might enjoy the cute post she did with her some of her patterns featured.
Sew, I'm off to.... (as Yoda would say).