Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wouldn't it be just my luck? The rains this month have set new records in the state. Let me just say that it ain't been fun. So what does a girl do? Well, she could play with her food.I found a hidden Mickey in my lunch today.
Also I've spent some time in the tree house working on a little quilt top. Daisy had her first day in the tree house with me yesterday.
Looks like she's going to be a good helper. If only I could teach her to prep applique pieces, what a team we would make.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

To the untrained eye, it might appear that I missed out on National Quilting Day. While I didn't take a single stitch on that day, I did get the chance to participate in the fun. Fat Quarters Quilt Shop had a celebration that included making donations to either 1 Million Pillow Case Challenge or Project Linus. Immediately I thought of a quilt stashed away waiting to be donated. I quickly popped it in the mail to California.
As a thank-you, Fat Quarters offered a 30% discount on their pre-rolled fat quarters. Along with the quilt, I slipped in a request that a certain Quilt Pal of mine make the picks.
Didn't they get here fast? Aren't they delicious? I would highly recommend taking the opportunity to have someone make some fabric selections for you. You can easily see that there are fabrics here that I would gravitate to immediately. Others I might not. What a great way to stretch the bounds of your stash and keep your quilts from looking vaguely the same. I love them all and can't wait to incorporate them into a quilt.
Little Daisy is settling into our home and our hearts quite easily.
House-training is going well. She is training me just right. Not too much crying at night, much to our relief. Let's just hope that this little pose is just indicating that she wants to cuddle with my slippers . . . . not chew them to shreds.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Introducing . . . .
Daisy Lucille Esperanza - 10 weeks

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It occurred to me this morning that I have been missing in action for sometime now. Truth be told, the weather here was truly taking its toll on me and I just plain lost interest in everything. I managed all the coldest days of December, January and February. I embraced each snow fall with great joy. But the rain storm that lasted for days on end nearly took me to the brink.
Finally Wednesday brought a full day of sunshine and a much cheerier disposition for me. I think there is perhaps some hope that spring may actually come. As evidence -
I have been watching the buds form on the trees outside our dining room windows. They are look fuller and plumper each day. I can hardly wait to see them burst out into leaves. Surely that will happen any day now.
The little stars shared in my last post became a completed quilt top.
Today I decided to try a new recipe. I've never made biscotti before. They are double baked. First as a sort of loaf.
Then sliced into their final form.
This afternoon I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee from the French Press along with a cookie.
Chocolate chips can help a girl's attitude, too.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Quilt Friends Rock! Someone should put that on a t-shirt or a bumper sticker or something. Friday was spent with a blogging friend chatting and stitching the day away. McIrish Annie was able to squeeze a free day out of her over-filled work schedule for a day of play.
We put the time to good use, working on a small project - Wednesday's Work by Cheri Payne.
Here's my completed top. Just need to prep the applique and get it stitched down.
Today I opened the mailbox to find a surprise!
Two packages of hand-made flour tortillas lovingly sent by a non-blogging California Quilt Pal. Looks like my dinner plans have just changed!
On the home front, today was quite a red letter day. Principal painting of the interior walls has been completed.
Fearing for our safety, Hubby and I chose to hire a professional to paint the staircase. What you cannot see in the photo is just how high those walls are. Things like scaffolding were necessary
and beyond our ability. So as long as we were hiring that professional . . . . . we asked him to also paint the upstairs hallway and guest bathroom.
They estimated it to be a two-day job, but were done in just seven hours. I am now a firm believer in the painting professional and will call upon them again and again. Knowing that I will go to bed without aching muscles while facing at least another day's work is well worth the price of admission.
And while they painted - I sewed! Here's a peek at what I worked on.
Little blocks are just such fun.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

My how the weather does change around here. Tuesday the mercury 'soared' to near 50 degrees. I even opened a window and let in some fresh air. Wednesday the window was slammed shut by mother nature. She brought a full day of little snow flurries. Nothing accumulating, but surely not gardening weather.
One thing about those little dustings of snow -
they let you know if there have been visitors at your front door. Guess they couldn't reach the bell, so went on their merry way.
Yesterday I put the last stitches in Harper's memory quilt.
It's difficult to see, but in each corner is a quilted motif of something that Harper loved - treats, riding in the Jeep, the picket fence, and her favorite toy - Duck Baby. The angel blocks have her name and dates.
Now it's back to the hexagons. Hubby and I have filled up the little basket.
I'm going to go back to adding pieces to the top and Hubby says he will keep basting. With six diamonds left in my pile, I'll soon need to make more. I wonder how he feels about making blocks?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Sometimes we could all use a little help, right? For a while now, I've been teasing with Hubby that he could help me with the hexagon project. If he stitched at one end while I stitch at the other, just think how quickly we could have a new quilt for our bed. He just wouldn't bite - that is until . . . .
last night. He kept looking at my little basting basket and watching me work. So I asked if he wanted to give it a try and he said, 'Yes.' Keeping his needle threaded was a bit of a challenge at first, but he finished up a nice little pile of basted hexes.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Maestro, may I have a *drum roll,* please? We now have a fully-finished, fully-furnished, usable kitchen. Wanna have a look?
The working part.
A little closer.
Looking from end-to-end.
And back again in the other direction.
The 'eat-in' part of the island.
And looking out into the family room.
In our old home, we had a galley-style (or what I called a two-butt) kitchen. What I did not realize was just how much counter-top space that gave me . . . . until I didn't have it any longer. I'm so happy to have room to spread out again. One thing I won't miss is being closed in that galley. I will have a great view of what's going on in the family room and a little peek out the window, too.
Let's look in the family room now and see what's going on.
Hexagon progress. I got a lot of stitching done during the Olympics. I ran out of 'pathway' pieces just as the closing ceremony began. Time to baste another batch. With a goal of a queen-sized quilt, that's going to be a lot of basting! I'd better get busy.