Monday, December 25, 2017

A Lime Butterfly

Started a while before Christmas, but only just finished.

I like the color - very Christmassy.

Happy Holidays.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Want to see my cookies?

Oh I guess I should take to covering off first...

These are the spumoni cookies  I made from the recipe here
They tasted good, but were not as pretty as the ones on the Spiral blog.

and a veggie plate to bring with the cookies to our niece's house for Christmas Eve dinner.
We had a wonderful time - Thank you, Mary and Mark.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Made for Christmas Gift

I started this last year for my Sister-in-Law as a hostess gift for inviting us to Thanksgiving... It didn't get done. I made the 5 paper pieced Mimbulus Mimbletonias, but after that I was stumped as to what to do with them.  What colors to use, what quilting to add, and quite afraid my skills wouldn't make a good enough product. I gathered up the blocks and fabrics and set it all aside.  Tuesday I decided to finish it after remembering something my drawing teacher taught us... photographic renderings were for cameras. Art work is made by humans and while not perfect, brings more insight to the piece.

Here's the piece, a table runner.

These close-ups show the real colors. (The pattern comes from Fandom in Stitches the Harry Potter section. I've made many of them.  It's a great houseplant - no watering, no sunshine required.)

The binding is red roses, and brings out the MM flowers.  Hope she likes it.

So this is to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holiday of your choice.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Latest Butterfly

I tried to get artsy with the body (in private, of course, LOL). The body fabric is the sky with planets. I wanted the top and bottom to be different... they are. Oh well, that just makes something interesting (or interstellar) to find.
The wings are blue with red lines woven in...makes it look more purple.

So I'm off to share this with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Community.

We had snow again!  Looks like a couple of inches - it'll probably stay now.  We've used up all our get out of winter points already.
Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Celebrating Butterflies

It's the first again....

Finished yesterday in time to share it with The Kaleidoscope of Butterflies
I especially like blue butterflies. I saw two tiny ones while on a walk in Sequoia National Park (in California) with my daughter and her family. One of my bestest memories.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017


I've been wanting to paper piece this alphabet for a while... the Vulcan alphabet. This is "A".

Of course, I made a mistake.  One of the pieces should be red... I plan to use my fabric paints to fix this problem.  I like the make, and plan on making other letters in different red prints on white. WWSS - What would Spock Say?  (You can find the patterns on Fandom in Stitches.)

Have a great Holiday Week!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Or Kid Blooms

Two years ago in Washington State it bloomed... now again.

ANNND it happened in this darkest time of the year!
Here are some other poses...
 too much flash, too far away

forgot to turn the image

too far away to see the purple veins, but you can see my Southern Magnolia from a seed.
too far away
So there it is - My Joy for the day! (It doesn't take much these days are so dark and dreary.) (Second runner up for Joy of the day would probably be how my hair turned out when I rolled the front - see what I mean... not much.)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Strings Arrangement

Done with the blocks.  (Sorry about the pictures.)

Same picture without the ironing board intruding.

The red blocks are not like the others... a little bit too much saturated color. Seems like they are the only blocks that register as dark. Even the purple on the left isn't as dark.  Taking a picture to look at the arrangement is a neat way to step back from the quilt and see things like the reds. I could make 2 different blocks to replace them, but I don't want to. What do you all think? It is now 5 by 7 blocks... Each should finish at 8" so I've got a top that is 40" x 56" - that should be an okay size for a H2H quilt, don't you think so?  Do I need a border?  I'm really not that good at them.

Lots of these strings are garnered from swaps with 2 of my favorite blogger buddies, Val of
Val's Quilting Studio and Terri of Quilting Nonnie . Getting something in the mail (besides bills) sure brightens my day.   I should sponsor a blogland wide swap one of these days. What would you all like to share? 10  I Spy 10" squares?  How about 5 - 10" strips (2.5" wide) in random colors?  Something you could put in an envelope and brighten someone's day. Leave me a comment if you are interested.

All of our snow melted!  No shoveling required.  (I like winter, so this isn't such a great turn of events for me.)  If it rains today, we will have snow again. Last night it was in the teens - but it is above 30 now (at nearly noon). We are having a very unusual sunny day. (The unusual part is that it  is sunny.)  How is your "Fall" treating you?

Remember to comment if you want to swap.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Brown strips

Made some strip blocks for this weeks color - brown. To see what others are making this month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge go here.

Hope you all have recuperated  from Halloween. Almost everything is cleaned up here. Still have to put the mirror back into it's frame... I love using the frame for the HP moving picture costume.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Day After

Pictures from Halloween

 These two are me in my costume - a picture on the wall.

 These two are the Smith Family - some of my favorite trick-or-treaters. (Hubby as Harry Potter on the right.)
We had a wonderful but COLD time last night.  The location = our garage. No heat.... it was about 32F and lower.  We got rid of a bunch of plants, but not all of them. Neighbors were quite happy with the ones they got the years before, and excited to get another. 

He was Harry Potter again.  I think he's type-cast.

So that's it for this year.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Getting Ready for Trick or Treaters

If you follow me you know that I give away plants I've started from my plants for Halloween...(as well as candy - I'm not crazy.)  This year I don't have that many plants... just ran out of space at this house for propagation... no sunshine most of the time.  But I did take pictures of them.

 Isn't that a pretty little Hoya plant out front?  I started it from a leaf that fell off of the momma. I was surprised how fast that rooted (in water). Behind is a Spider plant and on the right are Mother-in-law Tongues that took 2 years to get to this point. Also there is an Easter Cactus, and one herb, Rosemary.

 This Hoya rooted while attached to Momma... a branch of the vine layed down in a pan of water... the easier way to start a plant.

 Most of the above plants are avocado trees started in jars on my window sill in the kitchen... Another Hoya that started as a naughty boy and had to be cut off of Momma. It had grown into the control box of the blinds and could not be removed any other way. It rooted up pretty fast and was potted up last week. Another Mother-in-law Tongue hanging out ready to take to the garage at the last minute tomorrow.

Here is one I'm having trouble giving away...  I can always start another, but will it turn out this pretty?

I have a couple more plants to pot up - Wandering Jews and a couple of the desert plants I'll have to look at the stake to see the name....I'll show them tomorrow.

We are changing from the Hogwarts Greenhouse to an unknown spot in the castle hallway where the pictures move. I'll be in a picture giving out candy through the frame.  In CA the kids really loved the pictures.

Back to work!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Last Pink Saturday

I found some string blocks to work on, and added 4 pink ones this week (amongst other monochromatic themed squares) to the collection. (Go to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge to see what others are doing with pink.)

We had SNOW yesterday and quite a lot of it is sticking... see yesterdays post for pictures.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mother Nature's Trick or Treat

We are having a blizzard!

And the snow is still falling... sideways. (25 years ago they had 4 ft. of snow over 4 days time over  Halloween. We missed that as we were living in CA at the time.)

Have a Great Weekend.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Second Pinkie Butterfly

Both for a comparison... (they are lumpy because the paper is still on the backs).

They are both different patterns, both paper pieced.  Now on to something easier.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pink Butterfly

Not much done... working on a second.

I also made the second (more colorful) leaf.  Our leaves are turning now.  So now I'm inspired.  No new geese. Don't know if I'll make any pink geese. (This was a test... Did you see 5 strips of pink geese on the blog last week?  I've already put them in the box with the other finished colors. LOL)  This butterfly isn't realistic either, but I love the fabric - iridescent... so it reminds me of butterfly wings.

Happy (Pink) Saturday (linking to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge ). 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brown: Just NOT My Cuppa

I spent 2 days (maybe 8 hours total on this orange butterfly 9.5" square) and it was a much happier experience than the brown leaf.  I spent 1 hour on the leaf. I like the pattern (3" square). I've made it many times.

I'm trying to catch up to 5 strips of geese in the neutral color way.  I guess that's why I'm making (screaming) orange butterflies.
We are having fall here - thus the leaf. I'm going to do some more of those in prettier colors. It got down into the 30s last night, so it might become winter soon.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Orange and Pink Geese

OK last month was the orange month... I finished my 5 strips of geese just now.

And this month is pink... I did these a while ago.

So I'm caught up with those. I have a couple of neutrals made. Guess I should make the other 3 and maybe 5 greys.

Last Sunday we went to a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives destination in Delta Wisconsin... (Not the one in town here in Superior.)  We thought we would see some of the leaf colors changed, and we did, but not much.

Anyway it was a diner... not as homey as the one in Vancouver Washington that we enjoyed so much.

Here's a picture of it being modeled by my hobby, the substitute teacher. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Swan Troubles

After all these years of paper piecing, I still make some of the most stupid mistakes.  See that blue
piece between the whites on the bottom of the picture?  It's supposed to be white.  Luckily I only had to rip out 2 seams. See the next picture.

Now isn't that better?  LOL

Hope you are warm and dry - where ever you are.


Friday, September 1, 2017

This Week's Blocks

One blue butterfly and a strip of neutral geese...  The geese will be shown on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge linky party tomorrow. The new color is orange for September, and I just happen to have a strip of orange geese done, too.
I'll also show the blue butterfly at Fret Not Yourself .  They are sharing an easy butterfly pattern at that link.  Looks like it would be fun and wonky.

And here it is... 4 more to do this month.

The body of the butterfly is a fabric that changes colors from blue to red - seemed appropriate to me.

And I started a swan.  Plan on making 2 of them.  So far I only have the #1s and a few #2s ready to sew.
It's supposed to rain here again tomorrow, but nothing like Texas. 
 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.