Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday, fun-day



Ah, Sunday. The day of rest...NOT! I spent the morning cooking and cleaning. as well as doing some more laundry. We are expecting my sister and brother-in-law on Tuesday, so I baked a couple of loaves of banana nut bread while the laundry ran.
As soon as the weather cleared, Tim was out the door and digging in the rock garden. He spent the rest of the day out there planting shrubs and flowers. Happy man.

Molly and I went to the studio and I quilted the quilt I made last week for the homeless shelter . My guild in Blue Ridge asked for quilts for a shelter near by, so I decided the four patches I had made would be a good choice for a man's quilt. I used the free pattern from Mary Quilts blog. It is a double four patch design. I like how it turned out. I have enough four patches to make another quilt, but it will be a different design.
Here is the finished top

Don't you love these chickens?!

And how about the rabbit riding a turtle! And he has a whip!!

All quilted, with blue homespun binding

The backing is a nice manly plaid

Not to be forgotten, Tim did do some work yesterday while it rained...

This quilt is so cute! Nothing like a couple of cross-eyed zebras to make you smile.
The panto is called Bubbles. I'm digging the alphabet backing, too.

Later in the afternoon, I decided to start a project that has been on the back burner for a while. There are 9 blocks, but they all have fussy little pieces. I have decided to fuse and stitch instead of hand applique. I just don't have the time I need to do it justice by hand. Here is the first block, minus the feelers on the butterflies.

Butterflies and dragonflies

Block number two is frogs and water lilies. I have half of it done...ribbit, ribbit!

Looks like tomorrow will have some froggy fun!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Guild meeting and more quilty stuff

Thursday night was the Pieceful Mountain Guild, and I was happy to go  visit with the fun ladies there. The meetings are always lively and a bit raucous, but I love how they are not afraid to speak their minds about points of interest. Show and tell was short because some of the group just got home from the guild retreat and hadn't finished their projects yet. The one that was finished by Karen  was beautiful. It is the four patch posy pattern. Then we had a demonstration from Diane of all the different blocks that can be made from a split pinwheel. Very interesting. I'll have to put that on my list...
















Yesterday, I quilted a sweet hand embroidered baby quilt for a customer.






We then spent the rest of the afternoon at the nursery picking out the plants for the rock gardens and taking the scenic route home. Wouldn't you know it, the sky turned black shortly thereafter and we had a massive thunderstorm with heavy, driving rain. Much of the loose dirt in between the rocks is now at the bottom  and there are some rivulet trails through the garden and down the driveway.
Tim will have his work cut out for him, correcting the damage and planting all the new shrubs and flowers!






We sure stay busy here at Wazoo! I managed to sew up 364 four patches this week for a new project! Pressing is next, and then some more cutting and block construction. I'm in quilt Heaven.

 


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quilts are in the show...rock walls are finished!


While I as in Blue Ridge today I stopped in to see the fiber arts show that my quilts are in. They are mostly well lit (only the pineapple quilt is in the dark) and the quilting really pops. I tried to take pictures, but they don't begin to show how nice the quilts are. The colors came out all wrong (must be the lights) and each has a blob of light on it. That didn't show in person. Oh well, I know they are fun, pretty quilts, so you will just have to take my word for it!
Penny Piper Picked a Peck of Perky Pineapples
same quilt, different lighting

Pickle Dish Polka
same quilt spread on my guest bed

Second Generation (small quilt mid- frame)
same quilt, different venue

Snazzy Seminole
Same quilt, different show

Swimming Upstream
Same quilt, nice venue

Back at the house, the boulder men were finishing up the rock wall/garden, and getting busy in the front yard with another retaining wall/garden.
I can't believe how much work these two guys (and Tim) got done in just three days!
Around 100 tons of boulders are now imbedded in our yard!
The back is now done, except for the planting

Tim re-seeded and laid down straw
 
Now, for the front!
Digging out the slope to bury the rocks about half way
These rocks are so heavy, when he lays it down, we feel the vibration in the ground...BOOM!
Evening up the front of the area. The retaining wall goes here, then he fills in
behind it with rocks and dirt
The wall is taking shape
The other guy fills in with dirt around the rocks
This is so cool!!
Looks good! Tim will be busy planting for a while, I think.
Leftover rocks dress up the shade plant area
Mr Clean, doing his evening sweep

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rocks, quilts and cleaning

The boulder men came at 6:30 this morning and started moving the big rocks around...BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! This booming and digger revving went on all day while they finessed the rocks into place on the hillside. Tim watched the dance all day, taking time out only to grab a quick bite for lunch. Things are starting to look like we envisioned. It is becoming an exciting project, rather than an annoying one.










Molly had to check it out when the machine stopped booming

I spent yesterday quilting a couple of charity quilts and making hundreds of four patches for a new quilt. Molly also got a much needed bath.
Another 2-3-2-6 quilt I made at sewing group


All clean!! A bit damp, but happy.

Charity quilt made by my sister.

Today was spent cleaning the house and doing the vacuuming and more laundry before settling in with handwork on bindings.
The boulder guys will return early again tomorrow, so I think we will have an early supper and an early bedtime, too! I'll be back in the studio having  a jolly time with the four patches and maybe some applique preparation!
Meanwhile, Mr Wazoo is 'tidying up' the rocks...I caught these through the screen on the back porch. He didn't know he was being watched. He's so cute.