Friday, May 20, 2016

Surprises, some sweet and some, well....

This garden was covered in a thick sod of striped grass gone awry. Now it has new life with an assortment of plants.

Right now I am not a happy River Rock lover. Once I get them raked into a reasonably thick mulch, I will be much happier.

Removed a lot of river rock from here and plan to add some more plants.

My Caramel Heuchera - it did very well with division and transplanting.

This area needs another Azalea and some cleanup.

These transplanted very well, too.

#$#@ River Rock - I will be happy when it is tamed. Right now - it is heavy and annoying.

1/4 Bushel on its side and planted.

Half Dead Boxwood, this is where I dug out a plastic box that was buried and filled with rock. What the heck. Anyway - no more weird box lip showing.

This area next to the walk will be my next heavy lifting project. It needs to be lawn, not this mess.

This was full of weeds and broken glass and debris. Now it is being rehabbed mainly as an Iris Garden with some other beauties mixed in.

Tri-Color Beech. Isn't it pretty?

Thursday, May 7, 2015


The Pillow top is now quilted and I can move on to the pillows construction! Wahoo!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


I am having a love hate relationship with this project right now. Decided that the Ribbon Candy Quilting is just the same as real Ribbon's a good idea when you are looking at it, but, it is a disappointment when you actually have some. I am disappointed with the Ribbon Candy Quilting! Which probably really means that I need a lot more practice doing it. I like my Holly Leaves well enough and I like the squiggles that change directions quite a bit. I think I will do that on the outer "logs" next time I sit down to work at the machine.

So, here is my project. I will love it when it is done. Right now... Humbug! Tomorrow is a new day.

Quilting The Logs

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Practicing on paper and Are You Kidding Me?

Thursday morning, April 23rd
 This is the "Are you kidding me?" part.
Enough all ready!
It has been flurrying on and off since.
Today looks very promising, though. Clear skies and sunshine! Good day for a road trip.

Icy, Crunchy, snow like substance with a glaze of ice for good measure

Winter, just let go, will you?

Practicing my quilt lines with pencil and paper. I am glad I took the time to do this. I like that the one with the rosette in the middle of each block makes it easy to turn a corner. The others....well I can't figure the corner out. So, it will be a straight run to the corner and then a second straight run on the other log. Cross hatching in the part where the Tree and Bird are. Too afraid to try anything else there. I need lots more practice.

Next stop sewing machine!

Monday, April 20, 2015


Well, back with an update. I did not get as far as envisioned this weekend. There were lots of things going on. I will tell you about the garden shed disaster once all of the insurance and paperwork is done. Lets just say it was pretty scary.
Saturday morning I got into my sewing room and did some cleaning out. I think watching Hoarders with Glenda and then with Vanessa may have gotten me motivated. I feel pretty good about what was accomplished. The thing about cleaning up piles that one hasn't had the heart to look at in a very long time is this: there are sometimes items that make your heart squeeze. In this case it was longing to be able to do things with Ma. We enjoyed our crafting time together so much. I stumbled across her paintbrush roll and that just made my heart ache for those times. (I sure do miss you Mom!)

This was Mom's paintbrush roll

After I did some of that cleaning up, it was time for choosing threads and anchoring this project. I have chosen the quilting motif I want for the logs. Now to practice them with paper and pencil. (This should be interesting!) Be back in the next couple of days with pictures of that...

1/4" away from the motifs and Stitch in the Ditch around all of the logs.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A workshop!

This past week our Quilt Guild had the pleasure of a Lecture and Workshop from Karen Miller of Redbird Quilt Co. It was such an enjoyable couple of days. Karen shared her pattern writing journey with us as well as some of her beautiful quilts during her lecture. I enjoyed the workshop so much, learned some new things. (It seems to me that there is always something new to learn, even when you think it's all figured out.) Some of the hand stitching we did was very relaxing and went rather quickly. The demos were terrific, I especially enjoyed the little tips that we learned through conversation about our works in progress. It was great to share the day with friends and do what we love.

Here is a link to Karen's Site:
Her blog:
And a link to the recipe for the pillow:

My fellow workshop attendees.

Tropical Christmas?

Pin basted and ready to plan out my quilting.
Wow, glad I noticed the missing piece before starting to quilt this, that would have been frustrating. 
I'll be back with progress updates in the next couple of days...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It is 2015 - wow!

Hope that everyone had a wonderful Holiday. It was relaxing and restorative for me.
It included more navigating of traditions and figuring out what I could and could not eat. I thought I would miss Christmas cookies a whole lot more than I did. How about that? Found some chocolate chunks and chocolate bits that do not contain Soy Lecithin or Corn Sweetener by Enjoy Life. That was great! Found some Marzipan without Corn Sweetener, didn't save the label. You know what? Marzipan is not all that difficult to make. Haven't made any in years but there is no time like the present! The one thing I did miss and will have to find how to make is an Orange Cream in Dark Chocolate.

So, does this look like a list of things from a deprived somebody? Nope. It's good, it's all good.