Monday, June 7, 2010

migrating in blogdom

It has been over a month since I posted on this blog - that's because I've started a NEW blog called "GrannyGoodStuff" so please come to visit me there...

see you soon!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

May Flowers from April Showers

My garden is in full bloom at last - and I'm enjoying every growing thing in the garden... along with the dandelions and the thistles, etc.

Here are some pics of my little beauties...

This is the white bleeding heart that we planted to mark Sam's grave last year:
Looking good this year - last year it was a really thin, but is now filling out well in spite of the poor soil in this spot.... 

Here is the snow in summer that I will be planting - honest, really I will!
the phlox are trying their best to be a ground cover.....
and the azalea is now in full bloom - in spite of the HUGE pile of snow that was weighing it down last winter
and the Huchera (coral bells) is about to burst into bloom, but I grow it for this stunning foliage:
and I grow Lamb's Ears for the foliage, too....
now if I could only get these Red Hot Pokers to bloom!
is there a flower spike hiding in that leaf cluster somewhere?  I sure hope so!

All these flowers are giving me ideas for quilts, so I'll be in the studio if you need me.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dancing Girls are (almost!) ready for the Stage

This is my next project, after I make a party doll and a few postcards....

Just a quick note early on a very rainy Monday morning to let you know that the Dancing Girls are ready for their debut performance ( meaning:  I'm almost done with the binding ) and as soon as the sleeve and label are applied, I'll have another pic to post, but in the meanwhile, if you want to see them kicking up their heels, check it out on my grannygoodstuff post from last week.  I hope this link works:

Still so much to learn about this blogging stuff, but at least it is easier than writing Fortran!

and when the rain stops, I can go out and play in mud!  .... um, I mean, plant some flowers!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

World's Biggest Hexi Challenge on display in Brisbane

Later this Spring I will be teaching a class in English Paper Piecing - also known affectionately as 'hexi' piecing.  I'm still working on the class sample, but stumbled upon this impressive example while trying to catch up on the blogs today and just HAD to share this hexi eye candy - very impressive effort by the world's hexigon quilters - proof positive that paper piecing is alive and flourishing.

They can't get it all in one picture anymore... so for more info, here's a link to the website:

I'll try to post again soon - I'm either out enjoying the sunshine or sewing up a storm in the studio.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Linda M Poole

My friend, Linda M Poole, has a new line of fabric featuring seahorses on her blog - check it out!
She has a wonderful blog, and I love her 'color' goodies.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's all about the Challenges

Life is a series of challenges.  How we deal with those challenges defines us. 

The FAT group is having a 3 day challenge this week - today is day 3 - I have not seen what the last day of this challenge will bring, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.

First - here is my effort for day 1:

and here is the result for day 2:

so now I'm going to find out what to do with these little 4" quilted shapes of denim, batting, paint and thread....
...and I made a crown!

Enjoy your challenges, however they find you, however you navigate them.

Now if I could just find a way to enjoy paying taxes.... hmmm.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring is flirting with me....

The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and I'm in my flip-flops!
Working on this little ditty - Mexican Star - started last weekend at the QCE Quilt Retreat:

I'm also working on a calendar quilt (another Pat Sloan challenge!) and that is going well:
almost as tall as me!

Must get back to the studio!
Drop me a line.... I'd love to hear from you!