Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Baby Quilt and Blooms in April

The last few evenings have been spent designing (trying to design) a baby quilt for my soon-to-be granddaughter.  Nothing I had in mind worked out so I am back to nine patch and snow balls.  Those are always  a "safe" bet.  I have most of the nine patches completed, but still have about 16 snowballs to make.  The picture below shows the two blocks.

This project will be put on hold for a week.  I am going for a visit to see my grandkids.  This will be the first Easter that I have spent with them since I moved to MS in 2004.  I usually go earlier in the year for the grandkids birthdays, but this year it worked out for me to go now.  With a new grandbaby due in early May, I will be making this trip again soon.  Seeing Nana two months in a row will not be a bad thing. Huh?

My Christmas cactus plants, in my window at work, actually bloomed again this week.  I love these plants.  While the blooms are not as many, they are still beautiful.

I forgot to post the picture of my first daffodil bloom.  It bloomed the middle of March.  I had planted several bulbs in December, but we have so many squirrels I expected to never see a single flower.  Mother Nature prevailed.  There is something about a daffodil that gives you hope that Spring is just around the corner.

Happy Easter everyone.  Have a wonderful time with your family.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bits and Pieces of the Weekend

Welcome to my new followers.  Thanks for your interest.

This weekend has been spent catching up on several projects.

I am participating in a year-long swap with the scratchingpost yahoo group.  Each month 50 of us send out cupcakes to those having a birthday during the current month.  The picture below shows cupcakes that I sent out for the April birthday girls.

We are also doing a "Cuppa Joe" swap.  I have received about 10-12 cups, but have not taken a picture of them.  Sometimes in the next month I will get them out and share them with you.

I have also finished the next block in the AccuquiltGO! quilt-along.  Block 4 is tumblers.  We made six sets of three tumblers sewn together, and a long strip of tumblers.  These blocks were made using our light
 and darks neutrals.  My dark neutral has an obvious directional print.  I cut two of the tumblers out in the wrong direction.  Since I used up all of my originally chosen dark, I had to pick out another design to complete the blocks.  I found the perfect color in my stash - Handspray by RJR Fabrics.  If any additional dark neutrals are used in the quilt-a-long, this is the fabric I will be using.  I think it blends in quiet well.  What do you think?

The "Just Needles" group of Pascagoula is making a couple of quilts.  The focus fabric chosen is the floral fabric seen in the picture below.  Isn't it beautiful!!  I chose to combine it with the green and purple fabric shown.  I loved how the "Lovers Knot" block turned out in this color combination.  Click on the picture to get a better view of the fabrics.

I had made this pattern earlier this month for a secret project that I cannot share at this time.  I just loved the pattern, so I made it again with this color combination.  The picture does not do the colors justice.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Just One Star

Information on this endeavor can be found at http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/

The Sandstitchers Quilt Guild is participating in this worthy cause.  I have completed two blocks, one is shown below.  If you have some time, please consider participating.  I feel confident that they will more than meet their goal of 1800 star blocks.