Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Snow

The dogs are happy...we have new snow! We got three inches of snow yesterday and looks like another six inches came down last night. It is still snowing so maybe we are on to a record breaking spring snow.

Eli did put a foot out the door to check out the white wet stuff but then decided it was better to watch the snow from inside. I just put those deck chairs out last was so pretty and sunny for about three weeks...though temperatures were still in the 20's at the warmest part of the day. 

This is as close as I am going to get to gardening. Another adorable Bucilla stocking kit in progress.

I do have plenty of projects to tackle while the snow is flying. We finally committed to a sink for our garage. Yes...rather lavish for a garage but experience from our previous house led me to insist we have a commercial grade sink for all my husband's game and fish processing. My chore is to put together the chrome shelving unit that will tuck into the corner and determine a counter top for it...something like butcher block for all that chopping. And I am hoping to have a wonderful garden this summer and would love a big area to clean my veggies.

Also in the garage is my main project today...hiding under the Christmas present I bought my husband. 

Oh dear...wonder who put the gun ammo in treadle machine drawer? 

I'm very embarrassed at how poorly this little trundle machine has been treated. I put it in the garage two years ago with the expectation of working on it right away. I watched a couple of youtube videos a few days ago and gathered my supplies. This is the official "before" picture of the cabinet.

But of course there is always more on that pesky, "To Do List." I bought a set of red snappers for my quilt frame but need to add 3/4-inch sleeves to the fabric leaders to insert the red poles. I also bought some charcoal gray felt to recover my design walls.

The quilt project that never ends...En Provence. This is the size I am making. Twelve large blocks finished but lots of piecing parts left to complete.

Times a wasting...better get into the garage and start my projects.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Recapping March

A month can fly by much too quickly. My biggest accomplishment was finishing a quilt.

I will do a bigger post all about this quilt when the snow has melted and I can do a nice photo shoot with some scenic Alaskan pics. It is a king-sized quilt so a little too big to drag around in the three-feet of snow left on the ground.

Lots of wonderful pictures from our March Breakfast club meeting to share.

At the December Breakfast Club we did a mystery. The next three photos are different versions and layouts of the blocks we made. I'm still working on mine.

This is Megan's version. Most of us went with a dark background but Megan went very bold and different with this bubble gum pink color. It just screams Florida with the blue ocean, bright sunshine and pink flamingos. She also left out the 1/2" sashing so she got diagonal rows of stars.

This is Joyce's version which is the look most of us are doing...dark background with bright batiks. I like this size which is smaller than the original pattern. I'm not even halfway to the 42 blocks needed for this version.

This is Marge's version...a nice runner. I just have to comment on the "small world," aspect of Alaska. Turns out her grand daughter is dating my son. She's a very pretty, smart and fun young lady.

These next two quilts are also Marge's. This is from one of our autumn classes. Marge has a friend in Minnesota she sends her tops to for quilting. I'm so impressed with the quick turn around.

This pattern was last month's Breakfast Club project, a fat quarter design from Cozy Quilt Designs called, "Mirror, Mirror." 

And Marge's last show and tell is this month's Breakfast Club project, a runner with laser cut appliques from an Alaskan designer, Northern Threads.

This is a nice digital screen print from Hoffman of San Francisco that Patty turned into a fun lap-sized quilt.

Patty also shared a table topper and a runner.

Both are hand quilted.

Kathy had some big quilt tops to share. Yes...obviously this is a Kaffe Fassett design with his fabrics.  It is from the book, "Quilts of Italy."

Another biggie. I do not know the pattern for this, though Kathy thought it was a Thimble Blossom design. I couldn't find it with a Google search.

And a tiny finish from Kathy.

Barb is making many of these for her grandchildren...bunny bags.

The quilt shop we meet at is Seams Like Home. They have a Saturday Sampler series they run every year. This is a set of blocks made by the shop owner for one of the colorways that was available. Barb took the blocks and made a top for them that will be quilted and given to a local chapter of the national charity, Camp Erin which is a children's bereavement program.

And another version of the Saturday Sampler blocks put together by Rona for Camp Erin.

Rona also had some fun spring wreaths.

And excellent idea was shared by Yvette that documents the quilts made or owned by her family members. It is a very large photo album with a bit of info attached to each quilt photo.

The dedication page...

Spectacular family treasure.