Friday, May 27, 2011

Working on my Blocks of the Week

I am trying to catch up on the Friday Block Party.  I still have several blocks to make.  Today I finished the birds for week 20.  If you like these blocks and would like to make your own, just go to the Friday Block Party link on my sidebar.  There are lots of really nice blocks there.  And if you should want to join us in making these blocks, just let me know and I will send you an invitation so that you can post and show your work.

Here are my Blue Birds of Happiness.

This was the first one I tried.  It's not quite perfect, but it will do.

This second one was much easier.  Since this bird is done on a 5 by 5 grid, I decided to make mine 10 1/2 inches square without having to add any strips on the outside.  The 5 by 5 grid means that you can divide this block into five by five sections.  If you make each section 1.5inches (including the seam allowance) the block will be 5 inches finished.  If you make each section 2 inches (including the seam allowance) the block will be 7 1/2 inches and if you make each section (like I did) 2 1/2inches, the block will be 10inches.  Hope this makes sense.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Completed Section on Wednesday

We've been having a few nice days.  I was able to get a few things planted.  Today is again a wonderful, cool, sunny day.  Ideal for putting some colour into my garden.

My hexagon 'wannabe quilt' is getting bigger. I have finished another section.  This adds some nice colour to my garden.  Don't you agree?  The yellow 'flowers' in the background are Euphorbia.  I put 'flowers' in quotation marks because they are not real flowers, but in fact are bracts - leaves that are yellow. 

Now I am off to the garden centre on my scooter.  I want to buy some geraniums (Pelargonium) for the pots by my front door.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flowers on Wednesday

I am still working on my hexagon flowers.  I made 6 of them yesterday.  I still have to attach them to my wannabe quilt.  I'll show that when I have the section I am currently working on done.

I took this photo outside at around 4:30pm today.  It was really windy.  But, what is that?  A ray of sunshine?  OMG!  I had forgotten what sunshine is.  So many rain days!  And more to come.  This is just a little tease from Mother Nature.

 I have decided what I am going to give away.  It's this little miniature quilt.  The blocks are 3in. square when finished.  Each block has 21 pieced in it.  It is paper pieced.  I have not sewn the block together.  I will do that tomorrow.  If you want to take part in my give away, just leave a comment on this or yesterday's post.  If you are a follower of this blog or of my blog 2, let me know and I will give you another entry. I will draw the winner on June 1st.  Good Luck everybody!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Blog Returns Home

Smile Mimi!  I have terrific news!  My blog has been returned.  I turned my computer on yesterday and out of habit went to my Crafts and Stuff blog.  At first I didn't believe what I was seeing!  My name was on the blog, along with the 'howto-think' character who had stolen it.  I quickly went to the 'permissions' section on the blog and erased the hijacker's name.  My profile came up immediately and I was once again the owner and operator of my blog.  It was a time of dancing and singing!  I have no idea how this happened, just as I didn't have any idea how it was stolen in the first place.  I did contact blogger and I think they are the ones who fixed this.  Whoever it was, I am grateful!

Now I have the problem of having two blogs.  I think I am going to continue to post on this, my first blog, and use Crafts and Stuff 2 for my own record of my quilts as I make them.  You, my faithful readers, can go to either one and see my progress. 

And now I should announce my give away.  I want to thank everyone who came over to my new blog and read my post, left a comment and became a follower.  I have not done a give away in a very long time, so I am a bit rusty.  I will have to think a bit about this.  Just leave me a comment that you would like to be included in the draw.  I am working on a miniature for the give away.  Will post it as soon as it is done - probably a few days or so.  I will pick a winner on June 1st.  I know that is a long way off, but I am not organized right now.  Too much is going on right now.  Hopefully the kitchen will be done soon and I will feel more relaxed.

I have been busy though.  Here is a quilt I have been working on.  I think the pattern is called 'Beach Party'.  It's 40 inches square.  I was able to use a lot of scraps in this one.  I will probably donate this one to Quilts from the Heart.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Flowers on..What Day is this Anyway?

I had no energy today.  We have had so much rain lately.  I feel dull and sluggish and just not much like doing anything.  The sun tries its best to come out, but with no luck.  So I needed something to get me started today.  I took the 15-minute challenge that whoever is doing in blogland and I made 10 tiny 9-patch blocks.  That's Felix's tail so you can see how small they are.  Thanks for being there for me Felix!
 I have also been working on my hexies.  This section will have a lot of yellow flowers in it.  I guess the hope of spring is on my mind.

Even though it has been dark and gloomy, there is lots of colour in my real garden.  Besides the hyacinth I showed you a couple of days ago, I have Scilla Siberica, violets , early tulips, Hellebores, pansies and daffodills.

Oscar is also feeling lazy this morning. 

Monday, May 02, 2011

It's Beginning to Look Like Spring!

An update on my kitchen:  It now has lights - pot lights in the ceiling, lights under the top cabinets and lights in the cabinet that will have the stained glass fronts.  The stove and dishwasher were delivered last Saturday.  The sink and faucet have been purchased.  Now we just have to decide what we want for our counter top and get that ordered.  Things are moving along nicely.

Since I haven't had much time for quilty things, I thought I would show you the colours in my garden.  These are my hyacinth.  I never realized how many colours these things come in until I started to plant them in my garden.  Here is a nice blue one.  (Sorry, some of the pics are a bit blurry, but you get the idea.)

 And a nice pink one.  I have several bunches of these.

A dark purple one.  I really love this colour!

 A pretty white one.

This one is a light blue one.  I don't know what it will look like when it is in full bloom, because I just bought it last weekend.  But I think it will be pretty.  As I was scootering around the neighbourhood this afternoon (to get to the voting station - Canada is electing a new prime minister or maybe not), I noticed some pretty light salmon ones.  They will be my mission for next year.