Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sewing triangles.............

I did some outside work yesterday, sweeping and hosing off the dirt on the driveway from the bushes removal.  I have to do a little more today on that.  Then I went out to the back garden and raked some more leaves.  I have one more spot left to rake.  It got up into the low 60s yesterday but is supposed to be a little warmer today so hopefully I will finish the job.  

Last night I started sewing plaid triangles into squares.  I will just use this project as my mindless sewing at night for awhile.
The art quilters group is coming Monday so I need to spend time cleaning the basement too this week.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Outside clean up............

My snow plow guy has retired from his day job and is now available for odd jobs.   I had asked him a year ago if he could pull out the bushes along my driveway and he said he would think about it.  Now he had time and with the help of his little machine he pulled out 5 scraggly bushes plus a ton of volunteer maple trees and other volunteer bushes and trees.
He smoothed out the dirt so now I can plant flowers along there.  He also pulled out some bushes on the other side of the driveway.

My son and I headed to my eye appointment with the eye specialist in Chicago and hit the worst backup on the tollway.  I had to have another injection for swelling and fluid in the eye which is caused by the radiation treatment 5 1/2 years ago.  Hopefully this is a one and done and not a series of shots.  The previous shots over a year ago improved my vision.  We left at 7:30 a.m. and didn't get home until 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

4 blocks............

I had a huge amount of clean up to do yesterday.  Almost every table in the basement had piles of fabric on them.  I have cleared off 4 of them and will do the rest later today.  Last night I was going through the workshop items and one of these blocks just needed one more strip and then trimming 2 of them into 10.5" squares.  I don't have a plan for them right now.  I have 2 more blocks started too.  All of these solid color fabrics are from the 1980s when I was teaching from Roberta Horton's Amish Adventure book.
I went out to fill the bird feeders and bird bath and noticed more plants starting to grow.  This one is a Columbine.  They are short and bushy when they first come up and then they send up tall flower stalks.

The Lungwort/Pulmonaria is usually large by this time.  I think the earliest flowers on it froze but now it is blooming.  60 degree weather for part of this week.

There are several batches of it.  It has hopped all over the back garden.  It is a good thing I like it.  I dug up several clumps and gave them to a friend last year.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Working on a project..........

My daughter took this photo of me on Friday while I was sewing the seams on a colorwash.  She and I have been working for a couple months on an online class for colorwash.  Since this trip was sudden and unplanned for them (funeral) they added a couple days to the trip and she did as much of the video part as we could do while she was here.  Since she lives 1000 miles away we have to take advantage of every minute we are together.  We hope to have the class available for purchase in late May and start it the first week of June.  I also have batik and Kaffe Fassett kits cut that will be available as an add-on to the class purchase.  We still have a month of work to do to get it ready.  If you are interested in advance notice of the class be sure you are on the mailing list.  Sign up here.
I found this tiny iron that is ideal for pressing rows of squares 2.5" wide while they are all webbed together.  You don't bump into the rows next to the one you are pressing with it.

Even though it is a steam iron I haven't added any water to it yet.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Workshop results...........

The crazy piecing workshop went well.  Everyone went home with a few blocks and a new technique to continue with.  By the time we left it was warmer outside, not exactly no jacket weather but sure nicer than what we had last week.
I heard some doves in the backyard and was surprised to see the ring neck doves.  I don't think I saw any last year.

For those of you who asked for recipes for the scones:  I have to admit we used purchased mixes for them.  They were SO delicious that I don't think I would make them from scratch.  Here is a link for the Blueberry Sour cream and here is the link for Cranberry Orange which is the next one I will make.  The divided ceramic dish is available here in aqua and at King Arthur Flour website in cream color.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Workshop day...........

Today is the crazy piecing workshop I am giving at my local quilt guild.  This is one of the quilts I showed them on Monday night at the trunk show.  I named it Rainbow River.

The first batch of scones were so good we baked another batch.  This one is apple cinnamon.  I had to try one before I remembered to take the photo.  My company is headed home this morning.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Winter? Spring?...............

I hope this is the last snow photo I will be showing this spring.  This is from yesterday morning.  It all melted by 11 a.m. and we got up to the low 50s by afternoon.

We made blueberry scones for breakfast and have enough left for this morning too.  

Today should be sunny and around 50 again and tomorrow even a little warmer.  It is about time!