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Jensen Block

This is my third block for our Around the World Quilting Bee. I am trying to make a different block for each quilt. Not just to keep it unique, but so I can expand my piecing skills. This block looked simple enough, but there were a lot of bias cut triangles. This caused the shapes to want to stretch as they were sewn. I was also reminded that you should always check one piece before you chain a bunch of them together. Figuring out that the seam should have gone on the other side of the triangles afterwards is a bummer. Oh well, I was able to spend some quality time with my seam ripper.

I think I will make a few more of these blocks to use up the fabric. One of my friends has a couch that needs a nice lap quilt, and I think it’s coloring would complement the fabric quite nicely. Perhaps I will have it done for Christmas. It is never too early to start thinking about that sort of thing.


ATWBQ Block #2: Floral Cog wheel

This is my second quilt block for the Around the World Quilting Bee. I am having fun playing with the block patterns and fabrics. All of the ladies in the swap are doing such great things. I think we will all be very pleased when the quilt tops finally make it home.

Now I need to get back to cutting up the rest of the animals for the Safari Quilt so I can use some more of that fabric up. I wanted to figure out how to get a stash report going, but I don’t want to have to measure all of the fabric in my stash! So I will give myself until the end of they year to make a dent in the horde, and a stash count will be one of my 2010 New Year’s resolutions.

Turtle - begining

This one is pretty much for Summer Sadie. I met her through her blog, and she was posting about procrastinating on starting the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern with all of those little hexagons. I commiserated as I hadn’t gotten to the Safari Path quilt that has about a million pieces to patch to make Turtles, Lions, Giraffes, & Elephants. So we figured we would start on them and be able to boost each other along the way.

So here you are Sadie. The beginings of the Turtle blocks. The Giraffes are on the table now. Ok, I admit that I wanted to use some of the fabric for my ATWQB block swap, but I didn’t want to run the safari quilt short. So, if I cut all of the pieces for the animals, then I could use whatever is left over for the other blocks! Sounds reasonable, right?

Dogwood bloom

We had great plans for things to do today. We actually got some of them done. Well, OK, at least one of them done. After morning chores we hooked-up the truck and utility trailer and headed over to Mom’s. She had an unruly forsythia bush that was about 40 years old and was staging an assault on the other plant life. I do believe that it had designs on the deck if left to its own devices.  So my lovely husband pruned it with the chainsaw (we had Mom’s blessing!) We loaded the tangled mass into the trailer and topped it off with what was our ultimate goal. The abandoned fiberglass roofing material from the old covered porch. We need to make a few repairs to the roof of one of the out buildings. I would also like to make a cold-frame for starting the garden veggies a little earlier. The parents were happy to be rid of both items and we considered it pay for the plant removal. Win-Win!

Then came the moment of down fall. My sister had arrived to visit, and we all sat down on the deck to have a cool drink. Now understand; the weather was perfect: Not too hot and not raining. That is about as good as it gets here in Western Washington. So we sat and chatted … all afternoon. Well, some of the menfolk took naps until my sweet daughter showered them with bubbles. At which point they thought their arm hairs were being attacked by small crawly bugs. Kind of funny to watch if it wasn’t you being invaded.


So while we may not have gotten our To-Do list completed. We did get to spend some good times with the family. Which, in the long run, was much more important than if the carrots get planted today or tomorrow. So sorry ladies, my next ATWQB block will have to wait until Monday to get started.

We just got back from visiting our local farmers market. I found this great new booth. You have to admire this lady. She came up with one neat idea. Her company is called Smart Monkey and she recycles yarn from old sweaters. Yeah, OK. I don’t have the time to do this, but she does and it looks great. See…

Like I said, I don’t knit, but my sister does. Anybody wanna guess what she is getting for Christmas?

Her prices are reasonable, and you can get some nice natural fibers too. The purple one is 100% Cashmere for the same price as a skein of cotton in the big box store! She has an etsy shop, so go check her out.

This has to be the greatest invention in a very long time. No, not the toilet. Although I am much happier to have indoor plumbing instead of an outhouse.

In-floor heat pad

My husband likes tile work and he does a great job at it. I like to have warm feet. We both hated the carpet that came in the bathroom when we bought the house. (Who thinks a carpeted bathroom is a good idea in the first place?) So this little gadget is the perfect compromise. It is an in-floor heat pad. It doesn’t look like so much here, but ….

Once he finished the floor and it was all hooked up. It is heaven. The heat radiates up and will actually heat the room. This is nice, since our master bath is one of the last places in the house to get warm with the woodstove. More on that beauty later. The heat makes your tired, aching feet and legs feel wonderful. I have always enjoyed a nice warm shower, and now it is even better. My feet are happily toasty on the beautiful tile. I even think the tile pattern resembles a quilt. I may end up trying to work it into one some day. I have a few other projects before I try that!

Hello to the blogging world!

I am not sure how this thing works yet, but I guess there isn’t a better way to find out than to try it.

This week is full of “Firsts”. I just finished my first quilt block for my first swap. Now the blog, and it is only Tuesday! Now to see if I can figure out how to get a photo up on this thing!

Wish me luck


The first photo is my starter block and it is off in the mail this afternoon!ATWQB Starter Block "Glory"

The second is my daughter trying to share her chair with our newest caprine kid.The two princesses!

This could be fun once I get the hang of it!

Thanks for checking out my new blog!