Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring is finally here

Our weather has been very pleasant the last week or so... sunny, warm with some rain but just enough to water the flowers.  I see pink and white blooms on trees all over...and people are wearing tee shirts and light jackets to walk along the waterfront.  A friend who is temporarily living in Toronto ON Canada posted a message that they got 6 inches of snow yesterday, so I'm feeling pretty good about our weather.  Of course, the down side is that I have a lot of work to do to make my outdoor area look good; so far I've planted a dozen pansies to brighten things up ... and the daffodils are up... but that's about it.
  I love the garden after it's done but I'm not so sure that I like the work that goes into it.

I also made one more block for 'that yellow quilt' I'm making and even though I'm not very happy with my choice of fabric, I'm not going to do it over.  It looks okay with the other blocks but it doesn't look like the block in the book.  I guess that's all right, huh?

Here's the wall....

The turquoise color stands out but I'll use turquoise in a few other blocks and that'll help it blend in.  I want many more red blocks too so I'll be off to the fabric store again soon.  So far, I've only used fabric from my stash, except for the yellow.

My daughter has ordered more chicks and is waiting for delivery.  I can't wait to see them.

It's so nice having nice fresh laid eggs from the six chickens she has now and hopefully these new chicks will grow up and give us the same healthy, organic, free range eggs.  Yum!

My son's birthday is today and I've spent the past couple of days making him some nice big potholders (he's the cook at home).  And I made him a strawberry rhubarb pie and gave him a 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream to eat with the pie.

 The potholder picture shows them prior to the hand sewing I did to finish the binding.  I found the pattern here and just followed the instructions to make them... and also to make my own seam binding.  Made all the difference having matching seam binding.
And, through it all, my faithful (one of them) companion Jaik assists me..... can you believe he needed the entire table for his cat nap after all that work watching me cut fabric.  Tough job, but someone has to do it and Jaik is definitely the man!

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