Friday, March 16, 2012

Top o' the morning!

I don't know that quilting will ever be a great hobby of mine.
Yesterday I shared my 'oops' moment. I realized I should've used a quilting frame or embroidery frame to hold the quilt and border tight.
But who wants to tear everything apart and start over? Not me!
I did tear out the 'stitch in the ditch' basting stitches, and then opened up the bottom of the piece and stuffed in some batting.
I also used embroidery thread to 'tie' my quilt.
It is still not perfect, but much less lumpy looking. I'll take it for a first effort!
Still have to fix the stick and hanging tabs. They are too red neck even for me.
And next time I'll put my mini quilt in a frame of some sort. Next time?
Yes, I think I'll try again. :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Crocus in March -hurrah!

I thought about the fact that this is the 15th, and thus, Garden Blogger's bloom day.
I had little hope that I had anything blooming yet.
I have been out, raking up the pine needles (there seem to be SO MANY this year!)
We stack the needles on one of our walking paths. And, then I noticed (look on the left, up the path) that we really DID have flowers already! Every year spring is such a wonderful surprise.
Although it shouldn't be a surprise. I see last year in March, my crocuses were blooming.

Saint Patrick's day decorations, or will the luck o' the Irish hold?

I bought some small remnants with shamrocks on them several years ago and then didn't know what to do with them. It didn't seem right to make a bag out of them. Finally I decided to try to make a wall hanging. This seemed like a small enough project that I just might be able to finish it.
Step one, find some fabrics in my stash that would look good with the two shamrock fabrics.
A shamrock template off of the internet was easy enough, and then..........
cutting out the squares and sewing them together went along very quickly.
I appliqu├ęd the shamrock and added tabs............
Things started going wonky when I put the border on and then the backing, though.
You can see from this picture that the squares are not flat and tight. bah.
I hung it up for a few days to think about what to do next. I didn't want to take the whole thing apart again. (I'd already tried to make it look smooth by sewing basting stitches across the quilted pieces. I'll show you what I did to fix it tomorrow.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Snow day in March

We got about 5 inches of snow last night

not much fun to drive in, but beautiful to look at!
I love how lacey these snow covered branches look.