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>