Tuesday, May 31, 2011

About half way

But still a long way to go. Sure hope my eyesight holds out.
To make this quilt is not for the faint of heart. 
I love it, yet I can't wait to get to the point of quilting it.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Each year since our son has been in scouts, we have tried to go out and place flags for Memorial day. Thank you goes all to who have served and lost their life so we may have our freedoms!
After wards we celebrate with picnics, grills, sprinklers, as the unofficial kick off of summer. Every quilter needs their go to recipe, this is mine. It's quick, easy, refreshing, and festive. Got to love all of those things.
Happy Memorial Day to you, too!

Friday, May 27, 2011

A buzz

This one wants to be a beekeeper. For years he has helped his adoptive grandparents with their bee hives. He is remarkably calm as I would be running the other direction.

So this year he has been putting forth the work to keep a hive of his own.It really makes my heart swell to see how much work he has put into this. At one point I even caught him reading up on it, go figure!  When you can find something that has their interest, go for it.

I don't think he wants to turn it into a career, just a hobby. Although it's hard to say, as he's lining up farmers who would love bee's but don't want to be the one working with them. I'm trying to convince him to take it slowly to see how this year works out. If all goes well, we can talk more about next year.

At this point he has all of his boxes ready, and this weekend the bee's will arrive. There for a period of time we weren't sure it was going to happen, something about where the bee's we ordered they were honey bound. So at this point we are keeping our fingers crossed that they really will come this weekend.

I know this young man is anxiously ready.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Upside down

Lately our weather seems as if it has been turned upside down.That or else this is a second Seattle, Nah! It has rained for days. Where oh where is spring?  The weeds grow by leaps and bounds. Hubby walks around complaining about not being able to mow the grass. Those are words you will not hear come out of my mouth.

But on a break of sunshine (it didn't last all day) we planted our upside down tomato. Yes, I have bought the one on TV, but it only lasted two years. So seeing as how we had success with that I decided to create our own. Really it wasn't that difficult possibly even easier. As the coconut liner made it easy to add a tomato to the bottom.

I can tell you from experience that this works best with a cherry tomato. I tried getting larger tomato's this way, and it just wasn't the greatest method. If you should try this on your own remember it's a hanging basket. So you will need to water, water, fertilize, water some more, repeat.

Really you are playing around with mother nature when your doing something like this. But that's the fun of it. Now if only there was some sunshine to go with this.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A classroom quilt show

Yesterday was a day of smiles and high fives. Because a lot of hard work was done by the students, and this was there time to show it off. A big thanks goes out to my son's teacher, she put a lot of blood, sweat and tears of joy into all of this.

Each student had the opportunity to make one quilt that would be given to the Ladies & Children's Bethesda Mission.

But before they were sent off they had a quilt show. Each quilt was hung around the classroom. The students had a diagram of how they laid out their blocks. They also named each quilt.
This is my son with the quilt he made. He came home and told me about every day. He was so happy to do something that mommy does. I wonder how many times he told the teacher that "mommy does"? And because I donated my old, green, heavy cursed loved machine, he even got to use mommy's machine, too. So glad they got more enjoyment out of that machine, than I did.

Although they are not pictured here, everyone had the opportunity to make one quilt to go home with them too. And of course we picked spider man fabric :)
I'm sure from all of those smiles that everyone will have something to remember.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Things have been a little hectic here the past week or two, as I finished up another college semester. If you lived closer you would know that I owe a big thank you to my friends and family for putting up with me. Thank you!!!

 The good news is now I have more free time, to do some of the things that I want to do. I want to work on the blog, work on quilting, clean the house, and work on the garden. I feel my blog needs some help. I want to figure out how to get the banner to a more manageable size. If you have any suggestions please send them my way, computer savoy I am not.

On the quilting side of life, my oldest told me I could make him a new quilt. He got a bigger bed, hence now needing a bigger quilt. He made his last quilt. But doesn't want to make this one. Although he has some definite opinions. So we tried to find something we both could compromise on and here is the start. We went with rectangle wrangle from Bonnie Hunter's book, Scraps-Shirttails-II

My other son has been quilting in the mean time, not with me but still quilting none the less. His classroom has been quilting a way. I can't wait to see all the quilts tomorrow.
So now that I have all of this free time, ha! Maybe I'll be more constant with a posting. To keep me honest. I hope to have the pictures of the classroom quilt show, but not until tomorrow afternoon. So be patient and return again soon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Zippity do da

Zippity a... My, oh My what a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine coming my way. Zippity do da...

Sorry there is nothing creative here today. Just trying to blow away with the wind. My finals will be done on Monday. Then I am completely free to be creative all summer long. So I have a spring song in my head. Can you hear it and sing along?