Saturday, April 30, 2016

Farewell to April


PEA POD


PARSLEY

What a busy month April turned out to be!
I was out of town 2 weeks and every weekend this month.
So today (this last day of April) I will savor the fact that I am finally home to rest, catch up on laundry, housecleaning, correspondance etc.

The highlight of my month:

Hubby and I took our 5 yr old grandson to Legoland in Orlando Florida.

Obsessed with Lego's, this was a very exciting adventure for him.

And filled with lots of precious memories for all of us!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Is it Friday Already?


ROTUNDA

We've been having cooler than normal weather this spring.
Despite the cold evenings and morning frosts, I continue to work on blocks that remind me of warm Spring days.


GARDEN

I've completed 72 blocks so far and my grid is finally starting to fill in a bit.
Still more blank spaces than blocks, but I'm hoping to tip that scale by mid summer.
I'll continue to work on a few more Spring themed blocks as I wait for those warmer temperatures the weatherman keeps promising.

May your days be stitch filled and your journey Joyful!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Early finishes....


PUSSY WILLOW

(my first Dutch Treat blocks for April)


SPRING GROWTH

And a picture of my completed Tiger Lily block.
It is the botanical flower assignment for April over at the SVBAQ blog.
The sew-along is free to follow and newcomers are always welcome!

Wishing you a happy and stitch filled start to April!

Friday, April 1, 2016

More March finishes


CAIRNCROFT

I decided to keep with Spring themed blocks for the month.
It was fun searching thru all the blocks in the book to find them.
There were plenty of blocks left to chose from. (grin)


FLOWER BASKET


BUNNIES
(can you see them dancing around the circle?)

I also completed 2 of my blocks for the Sarah Fielke BOM.
The star is not part of Sarah's design, I decided to make an Anniversary star instead. I will add a verse in the center of it before completing the quilt.

I've also been working steadily on my blocks for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Sew along. I'm including a sneak peek of my finished block for April.
Can you tell what block this is?
Today is the next monthly block reveal over at the SVBAQ blog.
You can see which botanical design it is by clicking HERE.

Wishing you a Fabulous start to April!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Happy Spring....


LILY


CASTLE WINDOW

It was snowing this weekend and today it's sunny and 74 degrees outside.
My blocks this week are a bit reflective of this week's weather - a bit all over the place.

In addition to these Spring themed Dutch Treat blocks, I finally completed my first block of the "Let it Snow" BOM by Buttermilk Basin. Wool Applique' on a cotton background fabric. This was quick and fun to stitch.

I also worked on 4 more blocks for the 1857 Album Quilt.

The oval seeds still need to be stitched in the corners of each block.
That will be my task for tomorrow evening.

Wishing you a very Happy & Productive Spring!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Liberty Tree Show & Tell for SVBAQ


This is my Liberty Tree of the United States block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Sew Along. (SVBAQ)

Each of the "apples" on the tree represents a State in our country's Union in 1858. A total of 35 Apples/States. Esther Blair Matthew's created this block to voice her pride and patriotism for her country.


I enjoyed fussy cutting most of the apples that I stitched onto my Liberty Tree.

My thoughts would wander back to Esther as I stitched this block. The country she loved was unraveling, there were rumors and rallys in her state and in others beckoning countrymen to seek succession from the Union.

Although women did not voice opinions of politics during this time, Esther's block spoke clearly of her political view and love of country.





There are a lot of fabulous Liberty Tree blocks submitted already this month for Show & Tell. To see them all - please stop by the SVBAQ Sew Along blog HERE.

every quilt tells a story.....