Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter to All!

Easter is almost here - quite late this year.  Spring is late where I live in Michigan, too, with the grass just starting to green up but not much going on with the trees yet.  I did see a clump of daffodils in bloom on the way home from the grocery store.  So it will will come soon and everyone will be glad to have it arrive.  It looks like Easter Day will be nice and about the warmest weather we have had so far.

Isn't this cute?  Angelfood cake covered in seven minute icing, sprinkles and peeps!!   I would be glad to eat some of this sugary delight - it just looks yummy.  Found this on Pinterest, of course!

 Now I would say this looks like the real Easter Bunny, don't you agree?  He was on Pinterest, too.  Back in the day when he used to come to our house,  he used to always leave eggs in the bathtub, shoes, and all sorts of fun places. The little kids he left them for were----
Sherry and Bill, our two little ones back in 1956.  Something funny must have been said since they both have big smiles on their cute little faces.

           HAPPY EASTER



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Short, Sweet Post

Some very sweet little baby sounds from Lauren followed by a sweet kiss from big brother to heal her little ouchie from scratching herself.   Love the little suckling sounds - they grow up so fast.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

An Assortment of Things

First of all, my flowers!  These very old, brave little things have been surviving for maybe 12 years.  I planted a row of crocus one year then after a couple of years started pulling them out.  Last year there may have been some green leaves left.  The other day when I looked out of the patio door, there were two little clumps - one with one bloom and one with three blooms!  What a nice surprise after the cold winter and being buried under probably two feet of snow.  I will not pull these little guys out.

Some new books - really don't need new books but still seem to buy them.  The one on the left you can hardly see is Lori Holt's Granny Square book.  I have been reading Lori's blog (Bee in my Bonnet) ever since I started blogging and that is almost six years ago!!!  She is listed on my sidebar and I am listed on hers.  I know I have had many people visit my blog through Lori's.  Very talented lady!   The middle one is one that I have been seeing lots of patterns and mixes of fabric that I love.  Gorgeous colors.  The other is My Enchanted Garden - a pretty applique book.  Picture is kind of fuzzy. 

I am quilting on Cake Walk now.  Trying to do a small stipple.  I have more control than I used to have by far, but I still get a little ditzie  at times as I quilt along.

Think they are turning out pretty well.  Fun to do.  Now I am going to put some new pictures of the three little sweetie pies on my sidebar. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On the Basement Wall

 Not very neat, but this is what is on the wall in the basement right now.   First in the picture is the strippy diamonds that has been downgraded from a quilt to a tablerunner.  I like it, but I wasn't really enjoying the process.  I figure I am too old to spend lots of time on something that I am not enjoying if I don't have to.
Another change - from the lighter gray and white to this medium dark gray for the leafy vines.  I also went to EQ5 and figured out an arc that would curve across the quilt.  Wish I were better at working with EQ.  I can figure some of the things out and love being able to see what things will look like.  Sometimes when I figure how to do something cool on it, I forget it before I do it again.
The blocks are 8 inches instead of twelve but there are fewer leaves since there is just one arc across the block.   The lighter colors stand out on this gray and I like this much better.  The applique on each block can be done in just a few minutes.
And now my dancers--all appliqued--and I like them a lot.  Not a very big piece but it was fun to do and I am anxious to quilt it.  That piece of black and white is in several of my quilts.  Lots of movement and I think it just goes with the two of them.  Was thinking a small black and white stripe binding or border but this won out.  Will miter the corners since I have plenty of the fabric.

And just an added note - that crazy robin is still flying into my window every once in a while!  

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Very Fun Project

I saw this on Pinterest and it immediately caught my eye.  I love it!  Have been thinking about making a wallhanging and doing it in raw applique with batiks.  It is so graphic and lends itself to applique, don't you think?  At first I could not find the artist - it wasn't listed on the pinterest board that I pinned from.  So the other evening I googled "posters" and found one that had to be by the same artist.  It was Ty Wilson so some further searching found all sorts of work he has done.  He is a youngish, black,  contemporary artist and has had great success.  So I hope Ty Wilson doesn't mind if I make myself a wallhanging from one of his wonderful pieces.  There are lots more beautiful things he has done including quite a few more dancing couples like this pair.   This is called Cake Walk.

Don't know why these are sideways, but you can still get the idea.  I printed a picture of the poster out on an 8 x 10 sheet of paper.  Traced the images on the back with a fine Sharpie using my lightbox.
Then I folded it in quarters and scanned each one after which it went into one of my photo programs where it was enlarged to fit an 8 x 10 sheet of paper. 
I was then able to tape the pieces together and came up with a pattern for my cute couple.

And here they are - I love them.  The colors are not true but you can certainly get the idea.  I am cutting snips of fabric with the fusible web on them and randomly ironing them on similar to the original.  I made the fellow's coat to match her dress and will raw edge applique probably in invisible thread.  There is a necklace and bracelet that will be added, also.  Probably will use beads of some sort.   I see one place that I am going to change and that is his right arm - his sleeve needs to be wider at the top.   Don't know whether or not I will border it - am thinking black and white stripe would make a nice binding.  Could back it with that, too.  Now I have to look up whether to make the sandwich before doing the raw edge or do that first.  I suppose either way would work.  Google Ty Wilson and see his great work!  Wish I had talent like that.  I can carry things out and even do something different if I spot an idea,  but hard for me to really come up with something unique. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Robin

While eating breakfast this morning, I kept hearing a strange sound.  Kind of a little "thud" - and at quite close intervals.  Later I was in the front bedroom and saw movement outside the window - it was a robin that would fly into my window!   He kept returning to his perch in the mountain ash close to my house.  I took this picture and then cropped it - not too good but there he is.

A little while ago, the thudding started in again and came every few seconds.  Got my camera phone and made a little video which is through the curtains and not good, but it's also short and shows the robin doing whatever it was he (or she) has been doing all morning and still is.  Dumb little bird - does it want to move in with me or does it love the bird it sees in my window and is trying to start a relationship? 

Hard to see through the curtains, but you can definitely see it hitting the window.   I am sure I will get an Oscar for this film!!!!   The bird is still at it!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A New Month

It's here - after a long, cold winter!   Doesn't look springy yet here in Michigan, but I finally saw a robin the other day so that means it is officially here for me.  I know others spotted them much earlier and I am glad I finally did see the harbinger of the spring season.    

I have nothing quilty new to show you this April Fool's Day and can think of no trick to pull.  However, I was looking through one of my Pinterest boards where I have some absolutely beautiful pictures!   It is called Reflections. 
 What could be cuter than this little sweetie connecting with herself  in a mirror?
 The photographers have such an eye for spotting gorgeous shots.
This is one of the very first things I pinned.  I love this photo!  Look at the feathers and perfect reflection.
Welcome spring!!  Who can resist a puddle! 

If you enjoyed these, click on my Pinterest icon at the top of the sidebar and go look at the rest of the wonderful, gorgeous pics I have pinned.  I think you will enjoy them!

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Slow Day

Another quilt has caught my eye on Pinterest but I am running hot and cold on it.   One minute I think it's pretty cool and the next notsomuch.  It's very sweet and rather pale but that is probably the charm of it.  The piece I am fashioning it after is five blocks by five blocks and vines run through on the diagonal - the shorter of the two arcs.  I have tried to get a picture of the original but don't know what the heck is wrong.  I can copy one but it won't paste into the body of the post.
You can see from this picture what I mean about the vine.  The blocks are 12 inches so if I do 5 x 5 it will be a 60" square.  I think I will go ahead with it--I like the colors and it's something different for me.

Today was one of those days when I didn't accomplish much.  The weather has been dreary and it usually doesn't bother me but sometimes in March I am getting ready for a change.  I did accomplish something that I have been putting off and which really needed  to be done.  Have gathered up and figured out everything to take to my lady to have my income tax done.  Guess it's about time for that!!  Will go Monday afternoon for the tax figuring.  The weather is moderating and the snow melting so one of these days things will start to green up!  Now I am going to go stitch some more binding on my red dresden plate quilt as I watch an episode or two of House of Cards!   That is one good series on Netflix!   What a despicable fellow Kevin Spacey plays and his wife is just as bad! 

Here is a cute picture Norah sent along recently - is that not the cutest picture of a pair of chubby little legs and cute little crocheted booties?   New pictures on the sidebar!

Spring will get here!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Original Selfies

 You may or may not have noticed, but I changed my picture on the sidebar
 having spent some time one day taking "selfies", a very humbling
 experience.  Selfies are not new, by any means--the old photo booths in
 the five and dime stores of days gone by were probably the forerunner.
 Lots of cute, funny and just plain odd photobooth pictures on Pinterest.
 Thought you might enjoy a few. 


Here's a fellow who looks like Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy.

I love this one - what a cute old lady in her fur stole with her furry little doggy being photographed for posterity.
Here is a cutie - 
No words for this one!    The very costume jewelry adorned grandma and her cigarette with her little wide eyed grandson getting their picture taken maybe at Kresge!    

One final photo booth photo - me and my sweetie taken sometime in 1949 or 1950.  We were newlyweds.  I was 21 and Ray was 23 - long, long ago!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's Black and White

This is where I am stopping with these blocks.  It would take lots and lots to make a full sized quilt and there is a trememdous amount of rotary cutting, trimming, etc.   I decided, although I love the blocks and how they come together, I really am not enjoying the process.  So, this will be a very pretty tablerunner.  I will put a border on it, quilt it and call it a day.   Does this ever happen to you?  Getting all excited about a project and finding it's not as much fun as you thought? 

 Now I am enjoying quilting the challenge quilt.  Had no trouble putting it together (all the pieces were just pinned to a cloth base) - it went together nicely.  I had to add one little strip to make one of the rows come out even.  The girls who worked on my piece did a great job. 
I am planning on doing a little embellishing with some pink buttons and maybe black ones, too.   

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Here's little O'Lauren looking absolutely adorable in a little top featuring shamrocks!   Her mommy said in the text that came along with the picture that this had belonged to little cousin Annie.    I am sure she was cute as a little leprechaun in it also.   

Here's hoping everything "greens" up soon!!  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Snow is Melting - Finally

The last couple of days the sun has been shining and the snow going.  I can see the floor of the patio now - it has been covered for weeks.  Yesterday it was around 50 and felt absolutely balmy!  Cooler than that today, but still not bad.

All together!   I think the border worked out okay.  The striped fabric picks up all the colors.  Picture is a little fuzzy but you can get the idea.

 I saw a picture of the string quilt that is in this book and it really is something I like.  Decided I might give it a try in black and white.  
Four six inch blocks together.   It calls for cutting 6 1/2 blocks of the thin facing that is used for embroidery.  For these four, I used a roll of stabilizer that is for machine applique and it is too stiff.  Today I bought some of the right thing at Joann's.  The idea is to leave it right in the block.  
This is how it would look vertically - I think it would be striking.  I have a lot of black and white fabrics.  The worst part would be the cutting of the strips, but the rest would be easy, peasy sewing.  There is also another quilt I saw on the internet in black and white with some bright colors in it. 
Isn't that a beauty?  It really has me fascinated.  I have no idea who made it - I should put a note with the pictures telling where I find these great things.