Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Snap, Crackle, Pop

Well, there's really no crackle, but those snapdragons that I bought last fall that were supposed to be winterized - yep, you got it. The ones in the pots are blooming now. Shot up tall stalks and popped open. So I cut them off and they look really nice in my little vase in the kitchen window.

Sunday afternoons are usually the time I cook up a batch of microwave popcorn. Maisy loves popcorn. She waits with much anticipation for me to throw her a piece now and then. I was on the computer eating and tossing. When I finally looked at her, I noticed one had landed perfectly in the middle of her back and she had no idea. Just look how happy she is. Isn't she cute?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

BQG hosts GSQA

On Saturday our guild hosted the quarterly meeting of the Gulf States Quilting Association. This group is 729 strong with members from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. They held their business meeting, we had lots of show and tell, and then Hallie O'Kelley from Tuscaloosa was the guest speaker.

Hallie has been to our guild before, but I never tire of seeing her work. She rarely buys commercial fabrics. But why would she when she dyes her own and screen prints it. Her attention to detail is amazing. Like this quilt, "Bird of the Andes." The bird is meticulously screen printed and then appliqued.

And this quilt called "Fern Glade" is amazing. She dyed and printed each strip and then sewed it to the adjacent strip lining up the fern fronds perfectly so it appears as if the design were printed on after the piecing. And she hand quilts every one of her quilts.

There were lots of door prizes and I won near the end of the picks but got this pattern book of cutie kitties doing household chores.

The afternoon demonstration covered the process of making one of Ricky Tims' kaleidoscope quilts. We got a handout and I took photos of the examples. Aside from making lots of strata, I think this quilt won't be that hard to make. In fact, it will be harder to pick fabrics for it than it will be to actually put it together.

Since you draw your own pattern, I thought it could be neat to do different sizes and make snowflakes as no two seem to be alike.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


It seems everyone and their brother is posting pictures of blooming things. So here's what's growing in my front yard.

The pansies that wouldn't bloom all winter.

Sedum under the irises at the corner by the sidewalk

The carpet roses beginning to bloom

The azaleas in front of the porch

And, of course, the clover I can't seem to get rid of.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Good Neighbors

I got home last night around 11:00 pm to find three sweet potatoes sitting on my porch ledge. There was no note, just three potatoes. My first, and correct, guess was my next door neighbor Judy. When I called to confirm and thank her, she said she had met a sweet potato farmer and he was giving them away.

This is just a recreation of that sight as the third one is pictured on my plate for tonight's dinner!

Last week we had bee had Becky's house. Norma Gene heads up our guild's membership committee this year and her name and phone number are on the guild's publicity postcards. She got a call from a woman wanting to find a home for a bunch of fabric, so Norma Gene, kind person that she is, offered to take the things. When they connected, the woman had thrown in two quilt tops she had found and had no interest in. The fabric turned out to be mostly blends, but the tops... They were meticulously hand-pieced and in great condition.

This beautiful thing is made with 40's prints and looks just as fresh in these colors as any of today's quilts. If anyone knows the name of this pattern, please let me know.

These charming birds were embroidered in a varigated thread and are probably patterns from the 30's.

Maybe when we need a reprint, since I designed them, I might just put my name on those postcards! Ha!