Thursday, April 25, 2013

Garden Update.

I have been crazy busy lately!
 My husband had his 4th 50th birthday last week and I had two different dinners for him.
My daughter was off to Sea World for her 6th grade trip. Oh what fun she had.
I have had no time in the sewing room other than to make 12 cloth napkins.
We have also been very busy with our garden. It will be no time until we are harvesting all of our wonderful goodies.
Our first little head of cabbage is forming in the middle, so cute!
Look at all those Cherry Tomatoes, and that's just one of many plants.
It's had to see in this picture but there are several white flowers on our pepper plants, won't be long before we will have lots of peppers.
This is one of 6 zucchini plants, boy are we going to have lots of zucchini!

So many beautiful variations of Sunflowers!

There is nothing better than creating a garden, this was something I wanted for years but I have to say I not sure who is getting more enjoyment out of it, me or my husband.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Couldn't wait to share!

I had so much fun working on this baby shower gift, I just couldn't wait to share.
I have been getting a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest, the fabric blocks were originally a post by Camille Roskelley.

Aren't these fun!
 I used all different types of ribbon to add a sensory feature on these blocks.
I saw a quilt similar to this on Pinterest and thought I could make my own version using half square triangles.

Because there was so much empty space on this quilt, I really wanted the quilting to pop so I added two layers of a poly batting.
My daughter wants me to make those blocks for her. I think they would be fun with some wild fabrics and made much bigger, I will post them when we get around to making them.    

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My second passion.

I don't even have to tell you what my first passion is!!!
But this has quickly become my second passion.

Our garden.
This is the first year for a garden so we are what you call newbies.
Yes, we have made a few mistakes but are thrilled with this years results.
We have planted onions, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, eggplant, leeks, several varieties of lettuce, two different types of peppers, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, sage, thyme, mint, parsley, rosemary and several different types of tomatoes.
Everything is blooming and taking off nicely.  We added ladybugs over the weekend to eat all those annoying bugs.
We really had to work our bad Arizona soil this year and with the help of our compost we hope to have even better soil next year.
I have been doing a little research and we are contemplating adding a few chickens. I love the whole idea of chickens and all the benefits that come with having them, but I am just a tiny bit scared. I think I have to go visit a few local back yard farms that have them.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It's a secret!

I have been busy making a few baby shower gifts, the Mom might read my blog so I have to be careful not to post anything.
This has been a fun project and I can't wait to share it on my blog, but it will have to wait until Sunday night.
In the meantime my daughter went to another birthday party, which means Mom was busy making presents.

This tote is such a great gift, it is reversible and really holds a lot.
For the smaller one I used Me and My Sister's Strawberry Lemonade Charm pack. I love using charms when making the smaller tote. It makes it quick and scrappy, two of my favorite things.
The second bag, yes she got two, most the time I only make one but this is a very close friend.

Abi plays volleyball so the second bag is perfect for carrying all her sports stuff.
  I love that this bag is reversible, it's like having two bags in one!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Another Pinterest Inspiration.

So lately I have been getting my sewing inspiration from Pinterest.
My Dresden pillows, the Double Dresden that I will show you shortly, my Scrappy Trip Around the World, the baby project I am currently working on and this beauty!
I saw a few Grannie Square blocks on Pinterest and fell in love with the block.
Every year I try and make my son's Grandmother a Christmas gift using this line of fabric.  In my head I figured all of her Christmas decorations would coordinate. I think I have finally used up all this fabric that I had in my stash!
Here is a look at the back, I think you can see the quilting better.

And a close up of the front.

You are probably wondering why I am just showing you this now in April???
Long story short, my son usually goes to Chicago the day after Christmas to celebrate with his Father's family. I was planning on him taking it to his Nanie then. His plans changed and he couldn't make the trip this year so I was going to ship it to her. She told me they were planning on leaving the day after Christmas to spend several months in her Winter home in Florida.
So it is finally making it's way to Nanie's.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Her first quilt.

Almost two years ago I taught a Twister Class at one of my local quilt stores.
Two sister in laws were in my class, Ruth a seasoned quilter and Rhonda new to quilting.
Last week Rhonda brought me her Twister to quilt it.
Here she is with her Twister! I love the big smile on her face!
She was thrilled with the way it turned out, I think she has been bitten by the quilting bug!