Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Red Star Quilt ~ Week 4

Here are the newest of my red star collection. I think there are now 7 of 13 star blocks.. I officially am past the halfway point. Yay! But it is super late right now, so I will not elaborate. Instead, I am going to spend some quality time with my hubby. Good night and enjoy!


Colorless Hike

I haven't taken any black and white photos in quite a while, so I thought I would this last weekend when we went up to the river at Bridal Veil Falls. I love the contrast and the crisp images of black and whites... they really capture something that color photography does not.
















~ I love the pretty splashes of color and elegance on our hikes ~

~ I love how this pinecone looks like a soft, woven basket ~

~I love the tri-color berries ~

~ I love the fungus chart along one of our hike spots ~

~ I just love our kids and our dog ~

~ I love Jared's sense of humor and Dylan's self confidence ~

~ I love their creations and the process involved ~

What about you? What is making you happy these days?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Red Star Quilt ~ Week 3 ~ Part 2

Okay, I got this toadstool fabric from my friend this last Wednesday who also loves gnomes and fairies and so on. So, being red and white, I felt that I needed to create something for my red star quilt. I whipped up a star pattern that was unique from the others that I already sketched and picked out some other red fabric I hadn't already used on other blocks for the most part. I sewed her up and there she is!


Red Star Quilt ~ Week 3

Continuing to use the same old white sheet and random pieces of fabric with reds, I slowly create the blocks for my red star quilt. This week, I made 5 of the "in between" blocks... the blocks that will create a continuous diagonal pattern and that which will offset each star block. So, I have now made 5 out of 12 of these blocks, and only 2 of 13 star blocks. No biggie... That is just 18 more to go. ;) By the way, I wanted to credit this block to Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

I really like how it turned out. I think the contrasting fabric looks fantastic! I simply can't wait to have enough blocks to really start laying this quilt out! Maybe I will make more than one star this week....


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In the Garden Quilt Top

I finally pieced together the few strips I had left myself with. Now I have a quilt top on which to practice free motion quilting. This was a sample quilt before I made my best friend's baby quilt. If I screw up on this one, it won't be so critical. Plus, any flaws will blend in with such a busy pattern. So, I took this photo when the light was getting dim. The colors are not as rich and accurate as one would see them if looking at it in person. Oh well. Maybe when I take a photo of the finished quilt it will be sunny.


36 Patch Quilt Along ~ Week 7 ~ Part 2

Today, when Jared was at school, after the hike Dylan and I took, I decided to finish piecing everything together.... and Voila! ... Quilt top completed! It certainly has a wild, funky look to it :) . Luke and Jared thought it looked "awesome." Thanks, you guys. Now for the backing and the binding... hmmmm.....

Monday, August 22, 2011

36 Patch Quilt Along ~ Week 7

Browns, Roses, and Reds

I have officially made the last of my 36 blocks! I randomly placed them all on the ground and have done minimal changes since that point. I now have 6 strips of 6 blocks each sewn together. They still must be sewn to one another for the completion of the quilt top, and I need to prepare the binding and backing. I am really excited! :o)

Hope you have had a great start to your week... I have, so far.....


Friday, August 19, 2011

Vintage Sheets

I love not only the prints, but also the price of vintage sheets. I am essentially purchasing soft fabric for a small fraction of regular yardage. Upon going to one of my local thrift stores last week, I found all of these lovely sheets. I haven't had a chance to share them with you until now. I love scoring on stuff like this!

Happy Friday to You!!!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Red Star Quilt ~ Week 2

Wow, I am amazed at how much time goes into one block when making stars! Or perhaps that is just because I am a beginner with 45 degree angles. I am getting pretty used to my usual 90 degree angle patchwork, though. :) So, here is block 2 of 13 star blocks, each unique. I will also be making 12 in-between blocks and the quilt will be sashed, which is basically making borders around each block.

Tonight, Daniel is working a double shift (((sigh))), so maybe I should finish my around the garden quilt top. I then need to figure out if I have backing material... and enough batting, for that matter, so I can play with my new presser foot for free motion quilting. Have a great night!!!


Monday, August 15, 2011

36 Patch Quilt Along ~ Week 6

Blues, Greens, Mixed With Some Other Bright Colors

Well, the blocks are nearly finished! 30 down and merely 6 to go. Looks like Crazy Mom Quilts has made her last blocks this week. I will finish mine next week. Then, I get to have fun playing around with different arrangements. Yay! Here is what I finished this week:


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Around the Garden

The garden has been a surprise to us lately. I have never seen carrots nor squash.. nor even corn flourish this well here, especially with the late start of the season and, of course, lack of full sun. It feels like a little jungle when we are among the beautiful plants. I was a little discouraged to begin with, but we are very excited now.

Our assorted cucumbers are doing pretty darn good. I tried to capture this little polinator, but he was too quick to capture a clear photograph.

Our carrot tops are thick and tall!

Our wax beans and green beans were delicious with dinner tonight.

We have a few selections of squash: golden zuchinni, crookneck, and butternut. I have already harvested a good-sized golden zuchinni. It was delish!

Dill: flavorful and gorgeous!

Corn..... the stalks are as tall as me, and some are taller! We are actually getting some corn, too!!!

A little harvesting this evening.....

Ahhh, the fruits of our labor.... or rather, the veggies of our labor.
It really did pay off, despite our skepticism to begin with.

Gleeful gardening and happy harvesting!