Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snow and Visitors

Oh my gosh, two posts in two days!

Here's a weather update.  I got my wish.  We did get snow. We received about 3 to 5 inches last night, and it's been snowing all afternoon today.  I did an errand this morning, and was going to go out again this afternoon, but decided that it could wait.  The temperature is falling and so is the snow.  The roads in my housing development aren't plowed.  The highway was good, but getting there was a bit dodgy. And I don't have snow tires or chains.  If I don't need to go, I'm not going.   We're supposed to be down in the teens tonight.  Brrrr!  I'm real happy staying home.  I guess I can't really say it's a Snow Day since I actually went out. . . .how about 'Snow Afternoon'?  Think that would work??  It doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it?  *grin*

We had some visitors today.  They came about 4 different times.  Apparently we have the tastiest foliage in the neighborhood.  They can have all the ivy they want!  We had 2 does and one baby come to visit. 

Oh, and to give credit where it's due, DH did all the photography today, except for the photo at the top of the post.

The baby

And here's the wildlife that lives inside the house!  Dunkel thought the deer were quite interesting.

OK, maybe the next post will have more quilt-y content!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Putzing Along

I'm still here, just putzing along. I've been too busy to have much time in the quilt studio. Last week was full of social things, which were fun, and errands, which weren't as much fun.  But I finally made it to the sewing machine and got a few things accomplished.

This is a mug rug that I made for my sister.  I thought she might like it personalized with her initial.  I had trouble getting the letter as small as I wanted, and finally settled on this one, which was actually the first one I did.   

I started piecing together some batik strips for the back of the mug rug, but when I got them done, I decided that they were way too cute to just go on the back. Then I talked myself out of making a 2nd mug rug. So I sliced and diced, sewed on a little border and came up with this.

But I was thinking this was way too static a design.  Cute enough but not really what I wanted.

It needed more "wonk".  So I started piecing some little 4-patches together.  No rotary cutter, just scissors.  So, here's where I'm at now.  I'm still not sure this is quite what I wanted, but I think I'm stopping now.  It could be wonkier, but I'm done.  What's funny is there's wonky where I wasn't trying for wonky.  I've never needed to intentionally add a "humility block", it just comes naturally!  *grin*

I'm on the quilt show committee this year, and our Fearless Leader has decided we all need to make potholders to sell.  We had a workshop last Friday on potholders.  I had pieced together the selvage one before then, and also had the flowered one together, but not quilted.  Well, I forgot my new walking foot (oops), so when I quilted these, they got a little skewed.  So I had to trim the flowered one down some, to make it square again.  Then I was trying the binding method that one guild member was teaching, and I didn't have enough binding.  So I trimmed that potholder down some more!  Then I applied the binding to the wrong side.  That means the pretty stuff on the binding is on the wrong side of the potholder.  Oh well, it will still work, it's just not "purty".  Like DH says, we can set this one on fire and no one will care!

I've gotten the name banner for DGD#2 at the flimsy stage and need to get it ready to quilt it.  I'm kind of stockpiling little projects that need to be quilted and will make a day or two of it and get them all quilted at once.  And I'm still working up to making kitty names.  I'm not *stalling* exactly, as I needed to get some other things done first, but it's starting to feel a bit like stalling now.

We've had maybe 2 or 3 inches of snow today.  But it's all been snow flurries, with some great, huge snow flakes.  It'll stick for a little bit, then melt away.  Then an hour later, it will do it again.  So, there's been no accumulation.  It's just teasing us.  I was hoping for an "official" snow day.  But then, I could actually declare just about any day a "snow day".  I know all you folks in the East are laughing at me - but I'll take snow over all the rain and gloom we've been having.  At least the sun shines once in a while!

It's snowing again!  Time to go sew!  

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

A sweet heart for Heart Day!

We're all ready for Valentine's Day at Haus Indigo.  We have everything we need:  valentines and CHOCOLATE. Of the frosting variety.  Topping cherry chip cupcakes.  And with special Valentine's Day sprinkles too.  We already taste-tested these, and they passed with flying colors.  Yum.

Here's what I've been working on the last few days.  More Unruly Letters.  This is for GD #2, whose birthday is in a few days. 

I hope you all have a love-ly Valentine's Day.

And I "heart" my readers! 

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Missed It By THAT Much!*

(* a rather obscure reference to the old Get Smart TV show)

Well, I must have been asleep at the wheel.  I totally missed my blogiversary the other day, Feb 5th.  Doh!  Something was nagging at me, and I ignored it.  Now I know what it was.  My excuse?  I've just been busy.  Lots of social things going on lately, which is good.  And then I actually had to do some housework too - oh, the horror!  Anywho, it's now been 3 years since I started this blog.  I've really enjoyed blogging and being part of the blogging community.  People that haven't tried it don't know what they're missing!

The quilt at the top of this post was made by a friend of mine, Shirley C., back in 1994 as an exchange gift for me.  This was a pattern in the Fons and Porter magazine at that time, and I know it's an old quilt block pattern as well.  Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the block.

Shirley was so sneaky.  We were in the same quilt bee, and I watched her do all the hand quilting on it, never guessing it would be a gift for me.  I remember telling her, more than once, how much I liked the quilt!

Here's a better shot of the hand quilting.  Unfortunately, she used a poly batting and it's starting to migrate through the navy fabric.  And yes, she did piece that corner block in the navy!

I cropped the photo to show what the block actually looks like, as it's difficult to see in the overall shot.  Hmmm, this might be kind of fun to try as a free-piecing idea!

I seem to have lost my motivation in the quilt studio.  I have made NO progress on anything in the last week or more.  I've been dinking around some with some applique and a touch of embroidery, but that's it.  Nothing to show, except a cleaner house.  Well, except in the quilt studio.  That's still a mess.  I wonder if that's part of my problem?  Maybe if I got in there and cleaned up some - made some more room to work - I might be motivated again. 

I've been having fun watching the progress that Beth and Sara are making with the Disappearing 4-Patch.  Beth at Love Laugh Quilt blog made a wonderful tablerunner for Valentine's Day, then Sara at Sara's Scraps blog started making some D4P's and they got wonky on her.  She went with the flow and got even wonkier and made a fantastic quilt top!  Then Beth tried it and got a great one too.  What fun!  It makes me want to go try it now too.  I have a  charm pack waiting in the wings that may be perfect for this.


We've been having some cold, clear weather the last few days.  I'm not enjoying the cold, but I am loving the sunshine!  I got this shot of Mt. Rainier today when I was coming back from the post office.  This is about 1 1/4 miles from my house, but we don't get a view of the mountain because of the trees between us and it.  I was going to crop out the house (in the lower right-hand corner) in this photo, and then decided to leave it in so you can see just how BIG this mountain is!  Mt. Rainier is 14,411 feet above sea level, which is pretty darn big.  See that little cloud hovering over the top of the mountain?  That's the start of a lenticular cloud, which is our forewarning that more clouds and rain are again heading our way - that's due Friday.  (If you follow the link, at the bottom of the Wikipedia page is an awesome photo of Mount Rainier.)  Maybe when the rain and gloom starts again, the quilt studio will be more inviting.  I sure hope so!