Spring is really in the air. How can I tell? Because this blog post is shaping up to look like one of my 'posts of yore.' You know the ones where I had a variety of things to share.
First of all there has been quilting. Being that this is primarily a quilting blog liberally seasoned with all the other things in my life, I believe this is a good thing. In my last post, I teased a quilt that I was just about to finish up - one that I worked on with a CQP via text.
Most of the text messages had to do with complaints about the applique and embroidery embellishment. CQP was of the opinion that there were too many petals. That didn't bother me, although I have come to realize that I inadvertently left out four. I was ready to skip out on the birds and leave out the embroidered bits on those petals. I'm glad that in the end she cajoled me into doing it all. The results are well worth those few extra stitches and hunting down the box of floss.
I also got the last bits of applique done on the project McIrish Annie and I each pieced when she visited last month.
If only I had pushed a bit harder, I could have shared it with her in person last Friday. I was invited to meet Annie and her quilting group at MQX for a day of quilt show exploration and lots of chatter. What a fun day it was. It felt like we walked a country mile for sure, even though we only left the display hall for lunch. It was a real treat to meet so many gals that share a love of quilts. I hope to enjoy their company again real soon.
This morning I finished adding borders to the Carpenters Star quilt I pieced last week.
My plan is to add a little touch of applique to one or possibly two of the corners. The top is approximately 65" square and will fit on my dining table just perfectly. It will look great as a summer table cloth.
I've also been having fun in the kitchen. Now that The Princess isn't living with us, we have lost our German cook. Not knowing when she'll have the chance to visit us, I decided to take matters into my own hands and see what I could do.
Last night we had schnitzel and spaetzle for dinner. It turned out pretty darned good, if I do say so myself - though I think The Princess' schnitzel is tastier than mine. Guess I'll just have to practice, practice, practice. Maybe I'll be as good as she is someday.
Our little Daisy continues to grow by leaps and bounds. We have been going to weekly puppy kindergarten classes. She catches on to the new commands quickly. It seems that she will do ANYTHING if there is a treat involved. Because I can do so much more around the house if she is a little bit tired, we have been playing a lot of ball out in the yard.
The challenge was in getting her to bring the ball back. If I expend all my energy chasing after her after she chases the ball, we both end up ready for a nap. With the right amount of enthusiasm in my voice, she has pretty well figured out what to do - as long as a leaf or a bug or a stick doesn't somehow distract her attention.
When you get an itch, scratch it!
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