Folk Sampler & Backyard Fun

I’ve picked up the Folk Style Sampler applique project again.  This is a project from the Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Here’s the magazine cover with Part II of the two part series.

So I’m busy working on my 6th block which happens to be the block in the top row left or bottom row right.

I’ve completed the other 2 blocks in the both the top and bottom rows as well as the block in the middle since starting this quilt in August 2007.  No typo there, I started this in 2007!!!  Anyway, here’s the progress I’ve made on the block and the block from the completed quilt above.  Notice anything?

I doubled checked the pattern and sure enough, there are two sets of leaves!  At first I thought maybe I’d mismatched the stems from another block….could easily have happened with so much time gone by since I started this project 😉  But no, there are definitely two sets of leaves.

WARNING:  Immediately following the two pictures below is a picture of something dead so don’t page down if you’re squeamish!

I showed a picture a while back of the spike-y plant the squirrels attacked.  Well, here it is now, recovering nicely.  I think I’ll try to hang this on the tree again, but I’ll watch it VERY carefully.

I also showed a picture of a nest in the hanging fern on my front porch.   We’ve since determined it’s a house finch nest.  There were three eggs laid and now we have baby finches, woo hoo!!  Can’t tell yet if there are two hatch-lings or if there’s a third as well.

Here’s to a great Memorial Day weekend!  I know my DH started his off with a bang since he caught a mole this morning that has been VERY busy tunneling up our yard!  THIS IS WAR.  DH has new grass growing in the huge bare spot where previous mole tunnels finally killed off the grass.  Look at those digging feet….talk about specialized!  They are so destructive to the yard but their fur is amazingly soft.  Check out that pointy nose….hey the nose and tail are about the same length.    If you stuck with me to the end, have a fabulous weekend>

Touch of Comfort Quilt Kit

I received my Downy Touch of Comfort Quilt kit!  Our guild coordinated receiving 20 kits and I got mine from Darlene yesterday since I wasn’t at the guild meeting last week.  I read at least one blog where they thought their kit fabrics didn’t go together at all.  I’m lucky 🙂  Mine is very cute!

I like so much about this program, including their request for you to return the bag & instructions to use again.  They have a nice request to add in an additional quilt when this one is returned… generous as quilters are, I’ll bet they get quite a few more quilts because they asked.  I’ll have to see what my stash has in the way of little kid prints 😉

Design Wall

I selected fabrics for block 7 of the Vicksburg FREE BOM this weekend.  I wasn’t sure which background fabric to use for it so I put the blocks on my design wall.  I was going to throw in a third background fabric but now think I’ll just sew two of the remaining 4 blocks on the lighter background and the 2 on the darker background.  I’ll move the pineapple and cherry blocks and replace them with the darker background blocks.   In hind sight I should have switched to a third background when I did the cherry and pineapple blocks.  Check out what other quilters have going at Judy’s Design Wall Monday post 🙂

Wow! Flowers

I returned to my office after a meeting and just look what I found!!!  Between the black crepe paper (see previous post) and the flowers, I’m hard to find in my office 😉   Look at how many different kinds of flowers are in these bouquets.   Tulips, roses, mums, peonies, lilies, Gerbera daisies and several others I don’t know the names of…….they are just sensational.  Thank you to my DH and DD.