Monday, April 30, 2012

The Tiny Rhubarb

I love how dainty and tiny it is, but I'm worried. 
It's been pretty chilly here this April which is a HUGE reversal of what March's weather was like.  Even though I've combed thru garden posts and forum suggestions I'm still not sure if it's actually growing well or not.  I highly doubt the "below average" night time temps are really hurting it since it's a Spring plant, but since it's in its first year it needs the best odds possible.

Baby Rhubarb

Here's hoping that once the weather warms up and stays a bit more consistent it'll be okay and leaf out some more.  I still need to read up on it's growing cycle to make sure I'm not being paranoid, but if it stays that tiny all year I may build a little sunshade for it so it doesn't turn into fried rhubarb once the Summer hits.

p.s.  Peaches are starting to come into our markets and it's making me itchy to get started on my first year canning....

Friday, April 27, 2012

Project Fiona

While we can't really start on the nursery (Project Basement is in progress) you can bet I've been busy on other Fiona related stuff.  A few weeks ago I went a little crazy and bought a good bit of flannel and cotton to use for burp cloths.  I was kind of "meh" about the whole lack of fun and funky baby stuff.  There was no personality in anything I registered for even though most of it is needed.  I'm of the frame of mind that baby stuff doesn't ALL need to be utilitarian and bland.

So I decided to make what I wanted.  The bird picture is kinda crappy since it was taken at night, but that fabric is WAY cool in person.

First attempt

 I'm just oozing with cuteness over these because they came out so well.  They either have a cotton top or a flannel top, cotton batting in the middle and then a soft flannel backing.  They've also been lightly quilted to help catch all those lovely "accidents" she's bound to burp up in the future.

And all the rest

For the Urps

And some rectangular shaped ones from the odd bits I had leftover.

For the Burps

Believe it or not I ran out of batting AGAIN for the second time while working thru these.  While batting isn't entirely necessary I believe it helps prevent any leak thrus and makes them more absorbent than just using cotton and flannel alone.
Next step is to make matching bibs because apparently I have just enough fabric to do a few.

One of my sisters was so taken with these that she asked if I was selling them.  I really don't know if I will at this point because these are for Fi specifically, but it's possible ^_~

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Lovely Heart

Hope you find something you love to do today and take time to do it.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Earning Stripes

I have to put this Stars and Stripes quilt on hold till next month.
I've been desperately clinging to a quilting budget and April's allotment has run out so I have to wait till May to finish this one off.

Bunches of Stars and Stripes

It's so hard to wait though.  Once the red stripes were added on and the blocks ironed back out I was so pleased with it that now I'm aggravated that I can't just go and buy the rest of the fabric today. There's still backing to purchase and the top still needs a blue banner across it and then...then I can baste this project, quilt it a bit and bind it all up.

So close to being done and being able to give it away!

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Garden Blooms

If I had thought better of it I would've taken pictures of each stage my Spring bulbs have opened.  However, the daffodils did not seem to fair too well with the insanely warm March we had so they dwindled very quickly.


But the tulips are flourishing and thanks to some careful reading and a bit of planning I planted a few varieties that bloom in the later part of Spring and they are very long lasting apparently....

The Tulip Bed

as they've been opened since the end of March!


I'm very pleased with these and hope that I can squeak out at least 3 good years before they need replaced.  As any bulb gardener knows, tulips don't last unfortunately.

The peonies and daylilies are also coming along very well though I don't think either will bloom this year. It's good to see that the stock was good.  And my Siberian Irises that I divided last year are really taking off and ready to open soon.  If you ever wonder how perennials grow just remember this saying: The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they leap!

If gardening has taught me anything it's that plants will grow on their own time and no one else's.  Lots and lots of patience.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Remembering how to quilt

Secret quilting

I sometimes forget how to do a certain technique and it takes a bit of practice and several errors before I can get back into the swing of things.  Quilting is one of those, so is binding, but binding is another story.  I'm just happy to have such an updated sewing machine that all my thread tensions are lovely and just tight enough.  Definitely been getting more into machine sewing these days and the creativity is evolving tenfold.  The sketch book is filling up once more!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Pregos

Over the weekend we were supposed to be down south helping at our annual kite fly event, but it got rained out.  Seems like it's rained out nearly every Saturday each year.  So here's a picture from last weekend when it was sunny and beautiful.

Prego: It's what's inside

My youngest sister Sarah snapped this picture of my other sister, Rachel (in stripes) and I (in pink) over Easter.  It makes me giggle.  We'd both refused to do a posed "belly shot" picture so Sarah snuck in and got one of us being pretty normal.

It makes me laugh.  I think non-posed pictures are the best.
Rachel is due July 9th and I'm due August 10th.
It's like dueling banjos only with babies.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


I've been playing around with jellyrolls in bright colors lately.  While I can't show you everything I'm making with this set just yet I can tell you I plan to at least make a small baby blanket out of the strips I have leftover.

Modern color

I also went a little crazy and have a few new yards of assorted flannels for burp cloths and bibs.  If you can't find what you want in a store try making it yourself!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sewing machine work out

With the weather oddly cooler this month than last I haven't been as tempted to cavort in my garden just yet.  Which is a good thing as my project list is growing steadily.

If you've read my Sewing Tips posts you'll have seen this wall hanging in various states of progress.  I've finally got the layout I want and now am nearing the final stages of completion!

Crystal's Stars & Banners quilt

This is just the general layout of the star blocks which all measure 8 1/2" square all around.  Something I'm VERY proud of because it's such a pain to get nicely squared blocks in the end.  There's still more to do on it.  There's red sashing that will go between the rows and along the sides.  Then if I can find what I'm looking for a navy blue bunting to go along the top.

While it may be hard to envision the finished product right now it's going to look lovely once everything is quilted and bound up.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Roundup

The funny thing about families is they grow.  They grow-up, grow old, grow bigger, grow smaller and eventually out-grow houses.  Such is the case with my Grandma's house.  I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters, we all either have children or are going to have children (very soon).  Then I have cousins and aunts and uncles who come over for the Holidays and my cousins are starting to have children of their own.

More eggs...

You get the idea.
Grandma's house is no longer a fun, cozy place when we all gather in one area, but we continue to do it.  Not sure when we'll have to move on to another house or find a bigger location, but it makes me realize how much can change in a year.

Benjamen Easter 2011 (my youngest sister's 1st)

Benjamin 2011

Benjamen Easter 2012

Benjamin 2012
(this kid makes me feel so much older because I only see him in person 2-3 times a year)

But overall Easter was nice despite the crowd ^_^  The weather couldn't have been better and all I can say is thank goodness people are still allowed to have large backyards.

Cheese for Peace

Uncle and Nephew

Big boys still hunt

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A little bit of alot

Alone with so many

I find this picture soothing. I found it in my garden archive which reminded me I need to take more garden pictures before all my tulips eek over and die.
It's been a very busy and chaotic two weeks.
I had and still have, so much to do.

I'm nearly done with my sister-in-law's patriotic quilt.  You've caught glimpses of it in the sewing tips blog posts.  And I'll be starting in on another fun project for a nice lady.  As well as making some burp cloths, finishing my mother's table runner with a pattern called Ric Rac and tending the garden.

OH! My rhubarb has sprouted!! I'm so excited to know that next year I'll be able to take a tiny harvest for some pie. I'll have to show you all.  It's got the tiniest, baby leaves puffing out of the dirt.

 We also found out some really nice news, we're going to have a baby girl.  I'm pretty excited, though not so much when I think about how much of a pain in the a$$ I was growing up.
Such is my fate I suppose, but still, we're pretty stoked.
We're pretty sure her name will be Fiona Marie.

When I get a chance to catch up I promise to let you all in on my fun projects and good times.

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