Monday, April 22, 2019

FOUR-TWENTY TWO-NINETEEN










It's a busy month for us, April is. I celebrate a birthday, as does Betty! Then of course Easter landed in April this year. I must say, I think it's genetic that we totally suck at the bunny easter egg thing. I never cared for it when my children were young, always hiding a few chocolates and eggs in mason jars 2 seconds before kids came down the stairs. Yes, mason jars, I never had grass for the baskets, nor could I find them when needed, (the baskets I had from my childhood). Well, my daughter and her husband seem to be no better at this easter egg/candy thing. Note, no baskets, we had to dig up some old grocery bags! Poor Little Man here didn't have matching shoes and they were his sister's, plus his jacket was forgotten. He is such a good easy going guy, didn't concern him in the least.

The daffodills are blooming, not so much the tulips-yet.   I have been busy sewing on the Hospital Appliqué Quilt. This is a "Quilt Along" with Civil War Quilts. Love the history this blog offers and all the fun quilting projects. I'm behind (as usual), but I am good at catching up! I, also did some dying of fabric. This is the first time I have ever dyed cotton fabric, have much to learn and learn I will.
Also an apron was made with a sewing bee on down---to---earth. I have followed Rhonda's blog since she published her first post. So much great information!

Happy Spring
I think it may really be here!

Monday, April 8, 2019

SCRAP QUILT



It's Monday and another start of a new week! Here in Colorado we are expecting high temps in the 70's to lows in the 40's, (day temps, I'm talking here)! Yes, sunshine and snow, all coming in this week. Coloradans in Spring time have the privilege of experiencing all four season in a week and often in a 24 hour period. Never dull!

I finished a 9 month long project of a 3" scrap block quilt. Those nine patches are 1' squares and this quilt is BIG. My favorite quilts are scrap quilts, all the different fabrics and colors make my heart soar. Scrap quilts, also give the opportunity to use up all the "scraps". Fabric has become very expensive and throwing out scraps for me is a SIN. Use it up or do without!
This quilt I will be keeping, so many fabric memories sewn in this baby.

I best get out in the sunshine before I have to don the parka and boots.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

APRIL_YARN ALONG







April already, WOW! 
Soon the garden work will begin and only light weight knitting can be done on back porch, hot sun and wool yarn-no no no, not for me. I have finished 3 sweaters since Jan.1 thus far this year. Two were started in 2019. I would love to be one of those prolific knitters, but I get side tract all the time with new cast ons and fun yarn. I guess I have difficulty staying focused on just one project.
The sweater in this post is Humulus and a fantastic knit. I really made this for my youngest but when I had Caitlin try it on, I realized it would need about 4 more inches to fit Erin properly. So, Caitlin loves it and with her, it will stay. I get to knit Humulus again! I do not mind knitting the same pattern twice or even more if it's a good pattern and Isabel Kraemer's patterns are always good.

I joined the National Rug Hooking Association. I have always been intriqued with rug making and I'm going to try this art form again- now that I have time. Oh, and I have a pile, (several piles) of wool to use up!

Books that have been read since last month's Yarn Along:
Whistling Past the Graveyard
this book is a very good, a story of friendship between a white girl and a black woman during the 60's in the deep south-nough said!
The Patch Work Bride
I have read all of Sandra Dallas books, this one not so good. The story was interesting, but the ending a total flop!
A Seat By the Hearth
A mindless read with a feel good ending.
Mending Matters
A great reference book with some wonderful ideas.

 Trying to stay home and cook more for meals. I think I'm a better cook than most meals we get at resturants and I can make meals for much less money. Homemade pizza that Eric and I both enjoyed, with "whatever" salad. It is time for me to start experimenting with salad dressing recipes this spring, I plan to grow all different kinds of lettuce.

I'm still having trouble with creepy people looking at my blog site. Wish I could block them! Any ideas?

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