Budding and blooming all over the yard...
including my heirloom variety apple trees...
and the coral bell azaleas...
Just have not had the heart to take out this ancient dogwood tree, it's been my faithful friend these past ten years in the house...
Just look at how it managed to bloom beautifully again this year...
Later today I'm off to Sit and Sew from 10-3 at Little Quilts. Packed a little stack of projects: next week's BOM blocks, two little wall hangings that need handquilting, two more sets of fabric choices for possible Lori Smith's Remembering Our Past reduxes, and star blocks for a quilt from Blackbird Designs' Sweet Summer book that I've been gradually accumulating via the leaders and enders method. Hopefully, photos to follow...
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Little wall hanging with its purple border and hand-quilted.
Somebody doesn't have any chores to do...
Off we went to the monthly Stash Sisters class last Tuesday evening,
Mary Ellen von Holt leading us folks who need to delve into our beloved stashes, or as Mary Ellen calls it, those fabrics we worship and won't cut up :-) ...
as she gives us an assortment of ideas for using up stash fabrics.
For instance, making these darling Easter eggs from embellished scraps...
...or this addictive stashbusting pattern that uses a special technique. I'd tell you about it now but my Stash Sisters notebook is at work.
Of course we had Show and Tell, including Mary Ellen's gorgeous applique Bulloch Hall Quilt Show entry from last year:
and isn't this one fresh and snappy:
Here's a UFO from a few years ago that is newly completed
This one has a lovely intricate mathematical look, doesn't it.
Somebody's been stashbusting. Just love these blocky quilts. They look so old-fashioned.
Sigh, my photos are dark but this is a very pretty quilt indeed.
So here is the wall hanging I did for the last Jo Morton class:
Jo Morton fabrics; the pattern is one of Lori Smith's Four Plus One Equals Fun: Remembering Our Past. It's completely together now and quilted, but no time to take a pic.
Went up to north Georgia (view from cabin at Black Rock Mountain) two week-ends ago and ventured into some Franklin, North Carolina quilt shops. Finds:
Jo Mortons half-price...
a vintage feed sack and equally vintage-y-looking fabrics...
Amy, a quilty cat corner that made me think of you!
Just love the catalog card generator that KCQuilter showed us!
(the regular colorway)
(the applique series that was also offered)
(alternate colorway done in batiks)
(regular colorway done in the suggested setting for this year)
(the same, with colorful added border)
(with my son so kindly holding the tops for me...)
And here are some Show and Tells from Stash Sisters night back on 2/20:
Here's a pic from Stash Sisters night of a little rolled-up sandwich of fabric before you sew it into a pillowcase. Very clever method called "roll-sew-pull". You sew along the pinned edge and pull out one of the fabrics.
My name was drawn for a $25 gift certificate at the Sunday afternoon Show and Tell for the 2006 Second Saturday Sampler quilts (for finished tops, alternate colorway, I think) and here is what I got:
That went fast! A bit of Judie Rothermel's Regency cheater cloth and two spools of Aurifil thread.