Sunday, April 25, 2010

Petal Pushers Table Runner

Here is my newest project. I love the purple/green color combination, so I just had to make this table runner. I also like the crisp white background. There are 42 leaves to applique on this.

The fabrics  are from the line, Crazy for Dots and Stripes II by RJR Fabrics. I'm sure I have some nice white fabric for the background.

The pattern is in the June 2010 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
Happy quilting...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sammy The Wonderdog

He's not dead, he just can't hear too well...

Sammy is getting hard of hearing, he barks loudly...
I'm just saying...

Monday, April 19, 2010

I ♥ Mondays

Who doesn't love Mondays? maybe I'm the only one who does. Anyway, I decided today would be I love Mondays, and I would share some of the heart quilts I have in my collection. I made the above quilt in 1990. It is machine pieced, hand appliqued and quilted.

I made this quilt in 1990. Machine pieced, hand appliqued and quilted.

This was given to me in an online button swap I was in when Prodigy and GEnie were around. 1993

This quilt was also received in an online friendship swap. 1994

Thanks for taking a peek...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Where The Wild Things Are...

I volunteer at the county Wildlife Center here in New Jersey. I help to rehabilitate and care for sick and injured wildlife. I also help care for newborn and young animals until they are old enough to be released. The wildlife center is also the permanent home to many animals who were rehabilitated, but unable to be released because of their injuries. They are our education animals. American bald eagles, a skunk, an opossum, owls, hawks and several different bird species are just a few of our education animals. The Screech Owl perched above is one of our permanent residents.

This is a young Screech Owl, he will be released when he's old enough to fend for himself

This little one is a Saw Whet Owl, he is also a permanent resident at the wildlife center

This tiny little hummingbird also lives at the center

This time of year and until late fall we have a lot of babies coming in. These are eastern grey squirrels, the black one is also a grey squirrel, black is a recessive gene in the species.

Here are two little flying squirrels. One is upsidedown on top of the other. They have been at the center all winter. By the time they were old enough to be released, it was too cold. They are now fat and sassy.  They will go into cages outside to become acclimated, so that they can be released.

This is an American Woodcock

Hope you enjoyed your visit with the wild things...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Block of the Month

Nostalgic Gardens
All of this gardening business put me in the mood to start a new project. Something fun and flowery. Up to my studio I went in search of the perfect quilt to make. This one has all of my favorite things to do. It has drawing, coloring with crayons and embroidery, all rolled up into one fabulous quilt. This block of the month quilt is called Nostalgic Garden.  I bought it ten years ago at a shop in Hagerstown, Maryland called Traditions At The White Swan. It is still available by the designer here. Years ago, I was really into designing Art quilts and entering shows. Now I'm into finishing up UFOs, starting projects I've wanted to for years and making quilts that my family can actually use. Fortunately, there are no deadlines, self imposed or otherwise.

Anyway, I digress...this quilt should be fun. You trace the designs, of which there are twelve, onto the fabric. Color them with crayons...yes! color with CRAYONS! I love love love to color with crayons. Who doesn't, right? There's embroidered details with Wildflowers  hand dyed threads, which I also love. There's a whole lotta' love going on here, isn't there?  Here are a few more snaps of the fun stuff for this quilt.

The fabrics, by Moda

The threads


The patterns

My Litebox lightbox...I ♥ my lightbox too!
And check out this cool  little gadget to keep my crayons sharp!

Thanks for stopping by, I'm going to take my crayons and go play. See you soon...

The Risky Gardener

Hi everyone...I'm back! The weather here in New Jersey was unseasonably warm  HOT last week. I spent a lot of time outside working on my perennial garden. Perennial, as in perennially neglected. Oh, it was looking pretty good there for a couple years, until last year. One word...Dahlias. For about two years, my dahlias looked spectacular, in my garden, in vases on my dining room table. Last year they failed to make an appearance. After a brief foray into Google land, I discovered dahlias are supposed to be dug up every year before winter sets in and then replanted in the Spring.  According to Google, it was "risky" to overwinter them in my area of the country. Well, hmmm...I kind of like that, risky. So, this year I bought a lot of summer flowering bulbs and perennials that bloom all season long.  And being the risky person that I am, I still do not know whether they need to be dug up, split up, burped or changed. Hey, as long as they make an appearance, I'm OK with that.

My garden is about 30 feet long. There "should" be lots of pretty something or others popping up in the next few months. Stay tuned...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Baking

Today I made yummy Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. The recipe is a healthier version of carrot cake. You can find it here. I think next time I would use a little less nutmeg, as it is very strong. I also baked brownies, nothing low cal about them, but delicious.

 Here are the carrot cupcakes, I decorated them with jelly beans to make them look festive.

Then I dyed some Easter eggs. I put the names of my three children, Lauren, Alison and Sean on them. I also put my grandson, Julian's name on one. My children are grown and not at home. It has been a long time since we've decorated eggs. The Easter Bunny will hide them for my Julian to find tomorrow. I can't wait!

    Easter blessings to you and yours...

Friday, April 2, 2010

Work(s) In Progress

This is a picture of the worktable up in my studio. How many works in progress can you see? The largest, a Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt, is for my grandson, Julian. He is two.  This is his Christmas present...last Christmas. I'm sure I can finish it before Christmas rolls around again. Besides, he's still in a crib. How old do you have to be before you can sleep in a bed? Nine, ten?? Good I'm covered.

Unless you think I am some kind of slacker, take a look at the above counted cross stitch projects I have recently finished. They are ready for framing. I ordered the frames, cut the mounting boards. Everything's ready for finishing. Pretty impressed aren't you?? Uh huh, thought you would be. Now click on the picture and take a look at the date on the little sampler. 2001 Yep! 2001, that's when I started that one. Well, it's impressive that I finally got around to finishing it and three others. One more little sampler and I can say I have finished all of my counted cross stitch projects. I have no desire to do anymore...ever!

What keeps you motivated once you've started a project to get it finished? What inspires you?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fun and Games

My daughter Alison has off from work tomorrow, so she came over to visit. We had chinese food for dinner from our favorite chinese restaurant. Then we played Scrabble. Alison won. She has been playing with friends on her i Phone, so she is really good  now.  I was reviewing some of the rules in the rule book. Next to rule that says, "Play only across the board from left to right or down - never play diagonally or upwards", was written Alison's name. I believe I may have written her name there. It looks like my handwriting. Apparently the last time we played, it has been several years, Alison did not play nice. She's come a long way. We had a great time. I am going to study the Scrabble Dictionary.