Monday, April 23, 2012

After-Party Time

We hope our friend Meghan is sitting down right now with her feet up enjoying a well deserved rest.  Some of you from Redwork/Embroidery Club may remember Meghan.  She came in last month for some background fabric for this fabulous quilt.  In the quilt Meghan paper-pieced blocks depicting all the houses her family has lived in.  How neat is that?

Anyway, Meghan was finally able to unveil this very special quilt on Saturday when she presented it to her very special mama, Alice, at her mama's birthday party  I don't think I've had the pleasure to meet Alice, but I have to assume that Alice worked real real hard for many many years in order to raise up such a fine young woman --one who would not only sew her mama a fabulous quilt, but would also organize out of town guests and a whole lot of food in order to celebrate their mama's birthday.   Meghan and Alice--you girls rock!

Some other cool things about this quilt . . .  Meghan was inspired by a cross stitch sampler her mama did years ago.  She re-did the sampler design in her center applique block.  There's mama and daddy, Meghan and her brother.  So sweet!

And . . . Meghan's friend designed this fabric and had it printed by Spoonflower.  In the fabric, the words from mama's cross stitch sampler are reproduced.  One day soon this will be the backing fabric for Alice's quilt.  No hurry Meghan--right now you just need to rest up.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Outdoor Quilts

Donna Munson, of Country Keepers, forwarded me a link to this story about an artist who dons a pair of snowshoes and creates these magnificent designs in the snow.  This one looks like an Orange Peel Quilt.  Click the photo to go to the story.  Thanks for the story Donna!

Thankfully, we have no snow here, only beautiful weather.  It was so nice last week the Redwork/Embroidery club met out on the porch.  I only wish I had had a hammock to laze about in while everybody else worked do diligently.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Peas & Potatoes

Woo Hoo!  We are now in full blown vegetable garden season.  After the shop closed, I picked the first little batch of peas that were ready.  There are so few we'll just shell them and eat 'em raw.  Then I couldn't help myself.  I just had to dig around the potatoes to see if we had any keepers --and voila!--we had some.  Time to boil the water!

I'm usually the last one expected to give a helpful kitchen tip, but here's a good one I picked up.  (It's on my mind as I also put some of the girl's eggs on to boil.)--  If you're making hard boiled eggs add plenty of salt to the water and the eggs will peel like a dream.  Now I don't mean just a pinch of salt.  Add like a tablespoon--go ahead, salt's cheap.  I don't know why it works, but it does.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bad Bo

I left the chair pulled out in front of my sewing machine while I was at work today.  When I got home Bo was under the coffee table, quite busy. 

It took me a little while to figure out what he was up to.  Turns out he likes a nice full spool of thread as much as I do.  Baaaaaadddd Bo!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Quality Time with the Bo

I hope all of y'all had as good a weekend as I did.  Mine involved lots of sewing--both on my own and with my sewing buddies.  And look at this--as soon as Bo hears my machine start up he insists on jumping in my lap.  He was snoozing until my hubby snapped this picture.  Maybe the sound is comforting?  Who knows?  Do any of y'all have a sewing companion like this?

Can you tell I'm getting into the Christmas spirit a little early?
We had our second session of our beginner class at Hennig House on Saturday.  I am having so much fun getting to know these creative sewists.  Here are the Nelson gal's  'homework' projects from the first class.  What do you think?  I give them a big A+ !   (I also wish I had a picture of Debra's quilt from the Bonnie & Camille line of fabrics.  It was darling!)  I'm so looking forward to seeing what everybody has to show for next week.