Sunday, February 7, 2016

Could that groundhog be right????

It's a gorgeous day here in the south.  Sun is shining and we are suppose to reach the mid 60's.  Maybe there is some truth to the ground hog not seeing his shadow.  I noticed this week when I went to check the mail that a clump of daffodils is starting to form buds. A sure sign of spring.  Unfortunately about the time they are in full bloom they get covered in snow or pounded by heavy rains.  So I guess we will take it day by day.

 I haven't seen any bees flying around yet, except the ones on my background fabric.   But my husband did say he saw some mosquitos flying around last week.  Hard to believe isn't it!

So today's stitching will include working on the next block of SVBQ.  The Blue Flag or Iris block!  When I grew up in northeastern Illinois where many farmer's wives grew iris' in their gardens, sometimes you would see them growing along side an old country road, perhaps the remains of an old family farm.  They are quite hardy and we never had any of the fancy hybrid variety but just the old fashion generic flags.  So I decided to do my petals in purple, adding a bit of gold to the centers. Yes that is how I remembered them!

And of course I will try to get a few stitches in block number 13 which is a corner block on Baltimore Garden.  Two more blocks on this row and then I will move to the last column of five blocks on the other side.  I also took some time to play with quilting ideas for the border.  Nothing in stone yet, but getting close to deciding.  It's a bit like shopping for something new, its the journey the window shopping and browsing that brings so much joy to quilting for me. How about you?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A little of this a little of that!

It has been one of those weeks.  The hand quilting on Baltimore Garden has slowed as I needed to mark five more blocks.  I did manage to get one block quilted.

In the evening I focused on my Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt. One pineapple block is completed.

The other two pineapple blocks in the quilt will be my focus today. I just need to applique the final two pieces on both of the blocks. That will complete the three pineapple quilts except for the inking. My  concern about working on such small blocks has left. The back basting really keeps everything in place and makes stitching them a lot of fun.

Next week I will need to decide whether I want to start another panel for trailing vines or stick with SVBQ blocks.  I think since it will be quicker to prepare a small 9 inch block for SVBQ, it will win out.  However, if I take advantage of a bit time here and there maybe I can get both prepped.