Friday, March 23, 2012


I have been soaking up all the Spring goodness round here without any shame:) No mam!

I am enjoying each and every color that is being painted across my back yard.

We had some landscaping work done a few weeks ago and some of the bulbs were covered up by accident as a result.  I did for warn the company,but they couldn't get them all because they were not the ones that planted them in the first place:)

 So after they had left I went out there and poked my hands through the mulch in several locations to look for tiny green leaves poking their way out.   Btw, this bright red one is one of my favorites and they seem to be taller and hardier.  If only I had kept the bags I purchased these particular bulbs in,darn it!

My son really enjoys running out there each day to see what new colors have arrived and which ones are opening.

Perfect color combinations God has created:):):)

And one more!

Maybe this should have been a tulip sharing post instead?  Gardening is such fun though when things go right---I do stress go right as things don't always go as planned.  It is a learning process just like quilting.  There are always new techniques and tools that prove to work well.

When I am not tulip gazing, I have been piecing this pretty number.  It is for my bed and I am SO ready for it to replace my boring, blue down comforter that is never short on supply of feathers that stick to everything--even people!! 

The dog has pretty much claimed the "feather bucket" comforter, but when this blue,green, grey number is finished, sorry puppy, but mommy will be kicking you out for certain;)

HST madness and the Kona white I couldn't buy enough of for this quilt.  I had to go back twice to Joann's to get more of it!  Honestly, I messed up 1/4 of a yard too along the way.....details! 

All that white paid off!!  I am pretty pleased with it.  There is one green square though that I will be switching around with another one.  They just aren't balanced out otherwise.  I was really careful while piecing this to make sure there weren't any huge surprises with placement of fabrics along the way.  My drawn out pattern really kept me in line well.  I also labelled each row so I know the exact order of these guys.  I find the more detailed/organized I am about this,the better off and the "cringing" moments are lessened.

Next step is getting out the seam ripper for those 2 green HST's, iron each row in a different direction as far as seam allowance goes and finally sew the rows together.  After that I will be contemplating fabrics for one of the borders.  The other outside border will be HST's all the way around.

I managed a pillow case for a little boy of mine as well that was cradling this Mickey Mouse fabric at Joann's while we were getting all that white fabric.  I went to the cutting counter thinking, hmmm, I wonder how much of this I need to make one even though I should no better by now since I have made a few in my time!  Eh maybe 3/4 yd?  We will try that and use whatever scrao I have at the house for the accent piece and cuff.  Mommy is goooood!!!  I got home,took out that pattern for the pillowcase (Ayden insisted I make this right away) and booyaa!  it was the exact amount I needed:P  Ayden is happy:)

Do you ever go into write a post and not know what you are going to write about and then it ends up being a novel???---I do it all the time!

It's Friday-----enjoy your weekend!!

Linking up to Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday too!

Friday, March 9, 2012

for this mama (and daddy)

Other projects have taken my time.
                     That is OK with me since they have been for family, friends and/or commission!
           Now I am going to try to sneak in a quilt for mu-aw!!
Color palette will consist of blues,greens and some grey.

Something bright and fresh

Calm and a complete snuggle zone

The top will be my style and the back the hubby's.

Another new object popping up......

My first bloom so far.

     I will be sharing more.

Linking up to my friend, Sarah's blog:) 

AND AmandaJean's since she likes to party as well;)   BUT her linkup party is for my previous post because it is supposed to be a finish ;)  LOL:P  oops!  So please go here.        

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

you have my ALL......

So guess what?

I still have Lollipop.  (sneaky I know!)

To say I adore this quilt is just not being entirely truthful:)  Here is why I more than adore her......

It has my best piecing skills to date.

My best pressing skills(double kudos)

Add in a new quilting design through out in variegated thread (which btw is my new obsession in thread!) and the perfect pattern you can be sure that I am a happy camper:P
She fits like a glove on my I am NOT keeping her.


 BUT no....she will be on her way real soon---otherwise I may break down soon;)

Keep on quilting.....

Saturday, March 3, 2012


I will call her Lollipop and she will be my Lollipop.  The song that came to my head while quilting was "Here we go Looby Loo,here we go Looby Light............etc."   Ever hear of that one?  I remember it from kindergarten and then some growing up.  I always adored it!


This was a lot of fun to quilt,carefree loops,bows,circles over and over again.  The repetition was actually relaxing.  I found that by having at least 4 bobbins ready to go in the beginning and then intermittently refilling this went lovely!  I also had a DUH moment and thought I wonder, maybe, just maybe I should take advantage of my up/down button and keep that needle in down position while quilting.   Heellllooo!!  This made it a "Looby Loo" kind of a experience.  Love it!  AND why not have a silly song to go along with her!

binding ready to be pressed

why the Lollipop name?????????????????????????

Who doesn't love a lollipop?  Anyone?  AnyONE?  I think this quilt is very whimsical with all the sizes and colors of  DOTS!  The swirls from the Ruby print make me want to sing some more of that "Looby Loo":) 

my  Grandma's pretty bowl once full of binding clips (MISS YOU Grandma!)

It took 2 days to quilt her and she measures in at 84"x84 1/2".

I added a 4" scrappy border all the way around to give it a little extra length for my Aunt's tall hubby;) 

Some of that "Looby Loo" quilting I was talking about for ya'll to see.  I used a navy blue backing.

Scrappy binding too!  I am so giddy and silly happy about Lollipop!!!!!!!

Do you want a LOLLIPOP NOW?????????  (It's late, I 'm silly!)

Just needs my label and maybe a note from my cousin to her mom on the back.  (This is a B-day gift and all!)  Meanwhile, she's getting extra squeaky clean in the washer and then crinkly in the dryer!

She will be traveling to Wisconsin soon so she needs to look her very best!!