The last Dear Jane block I finished from earlier in the week. Not too bad… applique and piecing. It’s called C-11 Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Much better looking than the block I am fighting with right now, C-7 Megan’s Mountain Laurel. What a struggle that block is! I’m at the point where I’m about ready to put it on my rotary board and run over it about 20 times with my rotary cutter. Do you ever feel that way? ARGH! But it’s the last block I need to do for row c, and I want to get it done and move on to row d. Geesh!
The phrase of the day at work today seemed to be “Calm down, go to your
happy place.” So ahhhh, now I’m at home and my rhododendron is in bloom. Isn’t the color fantastic?! I love these flowers, but this poor plant won’t seem to grow very much, and its losing its lower leaves. I’ve had it now for about six or seven years. I need a rhodi expert to give me some suggestions. Any takers?
Jake and Sammy are coming tomorrow to spend the night while their mommy and daddy go see Tom Petty. I think I will have more fun than they will!!! Really looking forward to their visit. Jake just turned four last week. Time to bring out the floor-size dinosaur puzzle I have hidden away!
Have a great weekend – I know I will!
Last night I paper pieced block C-10 Patriot’s Lantern for my Dear Jane quilt. Seems fitting, as Memorial Day is coming next week. Looks kind of squirrely here, but in person everything lines up just fine. I hate my scanner. Why can’t it scan a square so it LOOKS like a square? Geesh!
I’m off to work this morning, then tomorrow hoping for sunshine so Dad and I can go plant flowers on my grandparent’s graves. It’s too far for him to go alone, and it will be my responsibility far too soon, I’m afraid.
Have a GREAT DAY!
It was such a nice weekend outside here in mid-Michigan! The sun was shining, the birds were not only singing but flocking to my bird feeders! I spent some time in the yard dividing and replanting some day lilies, raked around the goldfish pond, and other assorted odd yard jobs. I’m a little stiff and sore today, but that comes with spring I guess.
I did some more work on Samantha’s christening gown… the sleeves are now done. They were very difficult, but now DONE. Next I need to assemble the front, back and sleeves into one unit and do the neckline. I’m a little scared.
The little block above is from my Dear Sammy Jane quilt, called C1-Trooper Green’s Badge. Cute, easy little block. I also tried doing the bottom left corner of the quilt, but that gave me fits and I stopped. I was paper piecing it, and I think I need to try again with hand piecing. Another day, I think.
How could I forget to share these little blocks with you?
From top left:
- B-13: Four Corner Press
- C-13 Lakota Sioux
- L-8 Box Kite
Being spring, I felt the urge to freshen up my blog’s image a little bit. I needed something less wintery… Does this do the trick? Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I posted. I’m at the tail end of this semester for both Ferris and EMU, and I’ve had SO many papers to grade. There hasn’t been time for very much else, especially quilting and blogging, so forgive me.
The best laid plans… never seen to follow through the way you hoped. I planned to start Samantha’s christening gown last weekend, but when I opened the box and pushed aside the tissue paper, my wedding dress was covered with mildew and rust stains! I could have cried, but I didn’t. (Did do a little cursing though!) Anyway, I put the dress in the washer and soaked it in Woolite and Cascade, and that helped a little bit. Not enough, though. Today after my last Saturday class (I have to give them their final exam) I’m planning on going on a hunt for Oxyclean. Everyone tells me it works miracles, so we’ll see.
I’ve tried to keep up with the Dear Jane Block of the Week even when I’m busy. I let the Triangle of the Week go until I have more time. Here are a few I have completed recently:
C2-Streak of Lightening
K8-Springbrook Park, Paper pieced
All the kids and grandkids are supposed to come up tomorrow, Sunday. Can’t wait to see everyone! My dad will also be over. He hasn’t met Samantha yet, so he’ll get to hold his only Great Granddaughter! He will also get to meet Loren’s sweet Margaret. I’m going to take lots of pictures, and will post some when everyone goes home.
Have a Great Weekend!!!