Wednesday, April 26, 2017

color color

I bought a replacement for this guy
now just need to have someone dig out the 
stump for me so I can plant it

I love the purple spikes of it and was so sad
last year when it died on my
it is an old plant as the
base was very very woody and dried up
nothing there green at all.........

if you were this book in my sewing room.......
where would you be hiding?
I want to make some foxes out of scraps
and hedgehogs too
but nope.......cant find it

also these guys 
maybe they are all hanging out together?

love dresdans and this one
with the folded center star looks fun

more 2 1/2 inch squares for this 
will be cut

if I find this guy I want to make a tote bag
out of him
I will pull some similar blues and pinks
maybe and do up an easy totebag for
the grocery store
how fun is that?

and now.........
those farmgirls of you that still remain
sewing this quilt with us

what blocks would you like to do next?
egg basket?

would you like to do some of the
extra ones I gave you links for?

let me know and maybe we will choose
the two May blocks that way......

what cha say?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

more garden advantures

this was the front garden last year
right now the daffodils in the back are all in bloom
so pretty in a row of yellow
where this tower was last year I planted the lily
and another on the other side of the black pot
some purple viola in front for some color
later on I will be getting iris in deep purples coming out
the leaves are already there coming up

this ground cover is pretty but is kinda taking over
I want it on the other side
where the tree stump is
so I may be moving some to see if that can happen

this lily is coming up in the back too.
every year the cat next door used to lay in it
so I never got to see my flowers for long
hopefully with the front tree gone
he wont use it as a stakeout for birds

soon I will be getting my mosquito plants for the steps area
love these and they get so HUGE and fragrant
they smell like lemon so fresh and nice
and mosquitos hate them YAY

went looking to see if the hosta made it back again
I dont see it yet
am hoping it did
I want to have hosta inside the ring here

I also planted astilbe but that never came up
last year

right now if you looked at my side garden here
you would see my bunny
with some pink hyacinths behind him
and a lonely red tulip
with some yellow tulips I added
and on the right the hydrangea

see how pretty?

another angle showing the little grape hyacinths

the leaves of the clematis are coming out
and the yellow rose near the flag is
looking better this year too
I gave her a good dose of coffee and banana
last year

Monday, April 24, 2017

the weekend

was a busy busy weekend here
no sewing or sewing room fun........

took my car into garage Sat for oil change and to fix noise and a recall
went in at 8;30   LEFT AT 1;30
oh man!  almost $700 later..........

good thing while I was there I had some knitting to do!
I finished a blue dishcloth and started two more!

came home, ate lunch and was off again
for groceries
back around 4
then out again to get some birdseed that was on sale

the other thing I did was plant my
new plants outside on Sunday
it may be a little early but they will
come up again next year
I planted my huge Easter Lily in
the front
it was actually 3 plants!

also put the purple viola in front
wont that be pretty next Spring with
purple viola and yellow daffodils?

Viola Penny Denim Jump Up F1

then in the side garden I planted yellow tulips
and a hydrangea
so so pretty

Image result for yellow tulips

I looked at my lilac and in a week or so 
they should be in bloom
yay! LOVE lilac

then I saw the birds landing on my
red maple looking for food
I stopped planted for a bit and
got out my feeders and food
that I had just bought on Sat
and I was gifted with the sight of these
little pretties
so so cute

1 Qt Nyjer Forever Feeder

I have a feeling my allowance
will be going to the birds this year! 
but they are so cute and need to eat too

how was your weekend?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

dog tired.........or is that cat tired?

I have been cleaning out again
organizing things as I find them
so that when I have the urge to sew
I can grab and go

Dunkin got tired waiting for me I guess
so tired he was sleeping in my coffee! LOL

silly nut!

I have been looking for these
if memory serves me right I should have a box
of about 20 cut and sewn ready to put together with zippers
I think the zippers were already coordinated and pinned on
gotta dig a little deeper I guess

so then I wanted to look for my 365 circle project
I think mine will become half a year
and call it done
IF I can find it.....LOL
so...........moving on.........

I went looking for this
you followers remember back in 1842 when I started
this one right? a challenge to take a UFO block
and each time the row had a purpose
make a border
use triangles
use a color not used in the block
well this is where she stalled.........
and I dont know WHY
because I LOVE it
loving that border of 9patch
maybe I didnt have enough to keep making?
gotta find it and get er done
I am thinking after that border it should be almost a good lap 
size quilt

so then I FOUND these
this was 2 blocks from a day of play
took charms in purple and pink
and bordered them in 2 1/2 strips
easy peasy
I am thinking I was gonna make a girl 
small quilt
but not sure
I should finish it up and make for my 
I think she loves those colors
dont all little girls?
I certainly have lots of pink and purples
now that that is organized so I should get crackin!

I also found this
just need to add the two borders and quilt er up
another one to finish up quick

this one is put away to quilt.........
was a jelly roll race to see if I could do it
had an old jelly roll and just played one day
one day sewed them end to end
the next before work I sewed them up
wish I had seen the one where you add the little blocks 
of color to seperate them out
before I made it
but I still like it

did all this in my sewing pjs LOL

found this guy too 
ready to back and quilt
seems like lots of the tops need backings
maybe I should be doing scrappy backs huh?

and of course not finding what I was looking for........
I had to watch my mouth!
those bad words came out of nowhere
not much done but both Dunks and I am tired
MAYBE soon I can get more room in this
sewing room so I can breathe and get things done!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Farmgirl vintage April

April blocks are the star and the mama hen blocks

not sure how many of you are still plugging along but that 
is ok.........

we will soon pick Mays blocks

post your blocks so I can share with everyone!

the ones above are mine. I did them the beginning
of the month as I knew it would be a crazy month for me

this one is Jackys
so so purty she is all in roses.......


this one is Barbaras
she caught her crossing the road! LOL

are you still farmgirling with us?
show us your mama hen and star blocks

I got the sewing girl blues..........

this block was a UFO block
I think because I didnt like the scale of the big
flowers in the yellow fabric
so I played
and cut it on point
hmmmm   not bad  I made it an 8 inch
block so it will go in that slab quilt

then I played with the cutoffs

hmmm  if I add more fabric I can make a pinwheel
and maybe add it to the slab quilt too
I figured I would throw in a few UFO blocks
between the slabs just for fun

then I found this blue block............

and this partial block...........

ok, is this a joke of the sewing fairy?
finish one off and then more appear?
I need to find some projects like
totes or something
to make with UFO blocks
I seem to have ah hem......
accumulated quite a few.......
(don't know HOW that happens!)

whats in your UFO box?

Friday, April 21, 2017

got that.....check

my brother sent me some of these from Maine
these are birch discs to make ornaments out of
I want to do some wood burning on them
just not sure how to keep the
bark from curling off
guess I better start making them and
sealing them in some shellac or something

I found a "to do" list that I had made for the month
of April
so far so good
I made some 16 patch blocks
made my pear and barn FGV blocks
finished binding on a runner
finished off the 3 Spring Kaffe Fasset runners
and gifted them
if you notice I skipped right over the deer
I will set up my machine that came back
now that the 221 is out of a bobbin
and the deer sashing is NEXT

my Pat Sloan BOM has stopped for the moment
I love the blues of all the blocks I did
but will now decide whether I want to make
another block of each of the ones I did
or what
so it is on the back burner for now.
was just a fun thing but she did all kinds of weird sizes
and turned me off of the sewalong
I dont need any puzzles at the moment to finish up a quilt

but lookie what you find when you clean
I dont know what I was thinking
but this is a long strip of selvages sewn
I am thinking I will  make a bunch
of mugrugs with it
they are a good width for that
and the hard part is done already
just grab some scraps that are sewn and make the backs

this guy was in there too
so I trimmed him down to the 8 inch size I need
for that slab quilt
another block and I didnt even have to do 
too much work LOL

this was in there too
a folded bowtie pattern that I wrote 
the website to make them

good thing I am a listmaker!
all in all I am making progress........
some days it doesnt seem it
but that old saying
"slow and steady wins the race"
does have some truth to it