Friday, April 24, 2009

no, I didn't forget how to quilt!

I was in the mood to get some quilting done again and along came a fairly simple block of the week on my Dear Jane group and this is the result.

Not too shabby! Maybe this will jump start some more sewing. :) I have been working away on an applique block too... just slow going.

We're finally getting some nice warm weather. Today was lovely (but I was at work). Tomorrow is supposed to be warm to the point that they are saying "humidity" in the forecast. I haven't heard that word in a while! It could be rainy though. Sunday the temperature is supposed to drop way down again and then warm right back up for Monday. I don't know whether to dig out my shorts or my mittens! Maybe I'll need both!

Have a good weekend everybody.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just 1 more Easter type picture...

He just looks so darn grown up in this picture! I wasn't quite sure what the picture was going to look like when I picked it up. When they were taking it I could tell that he was rather nervous. I think it was having the bunny beside him moving around and sniffing him, but it could have been the lights and camera and other people around too. Also, he kept making these really fake attempts at smiling that were just hilarious... but probably wouldn't have looked so good in a picture. He's not fully smiling in this picture but it's better than some of the faces he made that day!! What a kid!! :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Easter pictures

I hope everyone had a nice Easter. Still eating lots of chocolate? Chocolate withdrawal?
I cleared pictures off our camera tonight and just had to post some. I'll have to keep in mind that they seem to post up here in the opposite order that I listed them. Hhhmmm???
The top picture is Lucas and his cousin Austin during an Easter weekend visit at my parents. Austin was all smiles... I just didn't seem to be able to snap a picture at quite the right time. Plus, neither one of them wanted to sit still for long. The middle picture is Lucas on Easter morning at the start of his egg hunt. He had lots of fun looking for eggs. In fact, most of the day he mentioned "I wonder if the Easter Bunny hid any more eggs?". The third picture shows the eggs that Lucas and I decorated the day before Easter. I love the bright colours in the basket and the black background.
I don't really have any sewing updates. I bought some more fabric and have it washed but that's about it. Just haven't had the energy to sew this week. Maybe next week! :)

Friday, April 10, 2009


I don't know what happened ealier this week... Sunday I was out in a t-shirt for a while and then when I woke up Monday morning it was snowing and everything was white. Tuesday... still snowing. Wednesday... still snowing. I think it finally stopped sometime Wednesday. The last couple days have been sunny and warmer and this weekend is supposed to be pretty nice too so at least it's almost all melted again. Just Mother Nature playing a little joke, I guess. I hope she's done now!

Happy Easter Everyone!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

E12 - Mary Ruth's Corset

This is actually the Block of the Week for the Dear Jane group... and I actually finished it within the week. That's a first for me! Yay!

It's a weird block in a way because it really doesn't look at all finished... and it won't until it's all sashed. I've cropped the picture a bit so you can't tell but all my basting stitches are visible on the block and I haven't fully trimmed it to 5" yet so there's extra background fabric visible.

I think it'll look pretty good in the end though. Now to pick my next block to work on!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

C9 - Jane's Tears

I used reverse applique for this block. It's a technique I'll probably try again although I think I liked the regular applique better. Maybe that's just because it's more familiar to me though.
I guess that makes it 7 blocks completed now. I'm not even going to think about how many left!!!! I figure that worst case scenario is that I put it together as a wall hanging or a lap quilt if I run out of steam before finishing... or just plan on it being an ongoing project!
Oh... and for those not as familiar with the Dear Jane quilt... all these blocks are about 5 inches square and once sewn into the quilt will finish to 4 1/2 inches. Some of the pieces are pretty darn small!

Spring is Here

Lucas needed new rubber boots this spring. We went shopping almost as soon as the weather turned a bit spring-like... and there was hardly any selection already. We went to one store because a few weeks before Lucas had seen camouflage boots that he liked. They had 2 pairs of boots in sizes nowhere near his. The next store we went to had 1 yellow pair and 1 blue pair in a size maybe a bit too big but we bought them quick in case we couldn't find any others. As you can see, Lucas picked the yellow ones... and they were dirty from the first time he wore them.... but, I guess that's what rubber boots are all about.