Friday, June 15, 2018

Baby quilt

One of my (two) nephews was expecting a baby, and picked the fabrics for this quilt.

 I used the Meadowlyon owlets pantograph which although dense, is one of my favorites.  

 I also owed the couple a bed-sized quilt, and I used my go to BQ3 pattern.  They picked the very southwestern Alexander Henry print.  

I had to make some 9-inch blocks as well as the 18-inch blocks because I didn't have enough of the print.  I also put wide borders on two sides. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Last Christmas quilts

Pat put together a number of Christmas quilts.  She had a lot of blocks from swaps that had been aging!  

Rosie scored some flannel snowman fabric that provided the perfect backing for a number of the quilts.  

Another of Pat's. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Still catching up with 2017

The grandboys started losing teeth last November and I made them tooth fairy pillows.  Diagram printed from an online source.  

More donation quilts from Tove.  She is a prolific piecer.  This one great for a boy, made from shirting material.
 I made a batch of lefse after Thanksgiving.  I used gold potatoes which worked great, with very few breaking. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Rare visitors

Spring has brought the "good" birds to my feeder.  The hummingbirds arrived right on cue, April 15th.  The Bullock's orioles are busy helping to empty the hummingbird feeders.

For the past week there has been 2 males and one female Western tanager.  They are such a spectacular bird.

Since blue is my favorite color, I was so happy to catch this Blue grosbeak that came for drink along with a female.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  It's been so dry, and as usual birds come in just as much for water as for food. 

More quilt finishes from the past year.  Pat put these together.  


Saturday, May 05, 2018

TWO wind free days

The winds have been crazy fierce.  It's dry, dry, and we're in a severe drought.  It's wonderful to have a couple of calm days.  

And so I'm catching up on quilts finished the past year, taking a break from yard work.  Here are some more from Tove. 

I like to use solid color sheets for backing, and then do a panto that has some interest rather than just a design. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The past year...

A long hiatus, not particularly planned to be that.  One day just became another, and another, until a year has passed. 

I spent the month of May last year in Colorado helping daughter Jackie with the grandboys and getting ready to move to Nevada.  

A year's worth of quilts to catch up on.

Pat put together this top from donations from Lucille.  
 One of Pat's Da Chintzy mystery quilts started at a long ago retreat in Phoenix.  

One from Tove.

As usual skies didn't disappoint last July here in NM.  
Here's to staying more current here.  After a get together with quilting friends last week, I have about 45 tops to quilt.  I'm going to try to get three a week done--which still leaves time for yard work.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Classic cars

I quilted a T-shirt quilt for Tove for her husband.  I had used this classic cars panto once before on a Route 66 quilt.

It was great having a solid color backing to show off the cars on.

It was nice to use it again.  I always enjoy Meadowlyon designs. 

My yucca blossomed.  

This western fence lizard was posing, showing off his blue underside.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Quilt delivery

So I was able to finish nine quilts to deliver today.  Thanks to my quilting friends.  I didn't have this one tagged, so don't know who made it.  

This one is from Tove, who is back into her usual super production of quilt tops! 

I found this cute metal bunny at the Salvation Army thrift store.  He's not frightened away by my cats!

My yucca baccata is getting ready to blossom again!  The last time it blossomed was five years ago!  It's such a spectacular flower.  
 You can practically watch this flower develop.


Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sings of spring...

We had a few mornings below freezing.  I don't think the peach tree is going to blossom at all.  The apple tree is blossoming and who knows, maybe it will bear a couple apples!
I was able to walk to the post office a couple of days the past week, and yesterday I found a couple keepers.  The first is this intact little bottle, possibly from the 1970s.

I also found a little piece of Homer Laughlin (the makers of Fiesta ware) which dates to November 1932 according to this chart

My tulips didn't mind the snow and it looks like I'm going to have iris blossoms as well.  A couple of the tulip blooms broke off from the weight of snow. 

On another front, I had my interview for citizenship and passed the civics test.  Now all that remains is the oath ceremony.  I'm not much for ceremonies but doing it all on the same day proved not to be an option when the person that issues the certificates was off the day of my interview.  


Sunday, April 02, 2017

April Fools' Day blizzard

While I was busy getting a package ready to mail...I glance up to see this:

The snow came down quickly in big flakes and soon covered everything including the roads.  The path from garage to house was pretty slick.  Later in the afternoon the snow was all gone, and it rained.  Then a bit later it started snowing again and completely covered everything.  This morning it was 25 and the crusty, icy, snow was still here.  This afternoon there is once again no sign that it ever snowed yesterday.  Don't know if my lilacs can take this!

I decided to cook today.  I made bread to warm the house, though the sun is also warming things up.  I use Lynne's recipe as it consistently comes out.  I've just never figured out how to keep the top from wrinkling and then coming off the slices.   

I finished this little wool piece and sent it to Jackie.  I enjoyed working with the wool.  

I had finished these twofer quilts but hadn't gotten them bound.  Lindsay and Geoff were here for a week, and it was a busy time.  Yesterday I got them bound.  I love when I can get two quilts on one backing.  Thanks Pat.  

Another beautiful sunrise the last day of March.