Yesterday, I was able to do a bit of sewing and finished Block 6 for the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along.
The pattern for Block 7 was released yesterday so that is on my sew list for today. We are half way through this project.
Also, I need to make some binding for this project. This is a table runner I ran across in my stack of un-quilted tops. And I found yet another table runner... need to do some "meandering" on it today, too. I will share them both later.
The best thing I found was a zip top bag full of Thimbleberries strips from my good friend Crazy'boutquilts. I had totally forgotten about these... AND more importantly, that tomorrow is the Thimbleberries Sew Day! I will be cutting 1.5 inch strips for my project... lots of strips!
I must need some ginkgo to improve my memory. I would settle for the tree as they are one of the most beautiful I have seen, except for the red oak in my backyard. I love the shape of the leaf, and its color change in the fall is a spectacular golden yellow.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit today. Make it a good one.
"O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Captured this photo of a Great Blue Heron at Swan Harbor Farm. The farmhouse and grounds, located on the Chesapeake Bay, were a beautiful setting for my niece's wedding last fall. (Personally, I could live here... hubby says, "Hyacinth, it is just not in the budget..." ...sigh)
This is the path from the farmhouse leading to the gazebo.
We had watched the movie "Contact," and thought we would like to see these "up close and personal." They are VERY LARGE! So in the picture below, I am reading the plaque there and look up to notice the caution sign on the steps. Of course, one could not go near them but the sign said "CAUTION... automatic equipment, MAY START AT ANYTIME." :-O They move!
I decided I'd rather have pictures at a distance...
Now... back to that quilt top. I poured through books and magazines last week. Not enough fabric for this one, not enough color contrast for that one; so I decided on the Hunter's Star pattern. I need to make 48 more triangle sections to have enough for the size top I would like. This is what the inside of the quilt will look like. Borders will be added, as well.
I hope you have a wonderful day today. I'm putting on my laundry fairy wings today.... ;-(
Ok... took a little longer than expected to get back with a pic.
DD and I went to see IronMan 2. We both liked it and got a clue after the credits as to who will be featured in the next one. ;-) Do you stay and read the credits at movies?
Here's the top. The colors are so much brighter in the sunlight. And I ended up making this one 4 x 4 blocks instead of the original 4 x 5. I will save the extra four for something else. This will be a perfect patio table cover... don't you think so? I have enough fabric to make some napkins, too... another day.
... for the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. Just a bit of catching-up today.
Now I am off to find an inner border for the floral summery quilt. I hope I can find some of that turquoise blue. Thought for sure there was something that would work in my stash, but, oh well... looks like I have to go shopping. ;-)
Yesterday, my friend calls me to catch-up after returning home from a long weekend get-away. She visited her favorite quilt shops and excitedly tells me about the pattern she saw worked up in one of the shops. She bought the pattern, raided her stash and made a small one in an afternoon. It is called a potato chip quilt because you just can't make one. She told me basically what it was. It seemed pretty simple, so yesterday afternoon I raided my stash.... and here are the results.
These blocks here on my design wall were finished last night. They still need to be sewn together and a small inner border added plus an outside border.
The colors are very fresh and summery.
This RWB 9-block version, I started this morning. It just needs to be quilted.
I am anxious now to see her quilt top to see if I came close to the actual pattern. I did not use the cutting sizes she mentioned. My blocks finished at 12 inches.
Break time! Have a great afternoon... thanks for stopping by.
Blue used to be my favorite color... well, until I moved to the desert southwest. Now green is my most favorite, so I hope you don't mind me adding a bit of my Bur Oak in the pic above that we planted a few years ago in the back yard.
High atop the pine trees that border the back of our yard, this mockingbird serenaded me for the longest time one morning.
Most of time we have these clear blue skies with no or very few clouds. The clouds come during the rainy season in the summer. That's when we have the most spectacular sunsets....
These Jays have been one of my favorites to photograph in my backyard this year. There have been as many as six at one time flitting from the ground to the oaks to the pine trees to the feeders. Their soft coloring is beautiful in the sunlight.
It's the first of May and hopefully I can get back to this blogging. My final ENT appointment was yesterday... :-) ... and I really don't want to go back. I am still not 100% but well on my way.
I am soooo far behind with blocks and stitching and sew-a-longs and samplers... oh,my! There is time to catch up.
Let me share a few pics from the herbal evening I presented to the ladies at my church. I used damask table cloths and placed various herb pots along with lavender plants down the center of the tables. I visited a friend of mine who has a Bay Laurel and clipped some branches to lay on the tables as well.
The food table was covered with a table cloth my friend Mary just received from her mother. Mary's grandmother had embroidered this many, many years ago. It was just perfect for our table.
The food offerings were wonderful. As ladies started arriving, some who had not attended any of my Tuesday events were quite surprised at the "veritable smorgasbord."
Everything was prepared by me and a couple of helpers... well, except the tabouli, it was purchased.
A tea punch was offered upon arrival, as well as coffee, tea, or iced water. Our table included:
Boursin (made with 7 herbs) and crackers
Parmesan Cheese Crisps with walnuts and herbs
herbed bread sticks
Artisan Bread with basil dipping oil
rosemary herbed walnuts
cheddar dill biscuits
lemon and herb chicken salad
and a wonderful baby lettuce salad with lemon vinaigrette
I didn't get a pic of the salad but it was what I ate mostly, as I had been snacking all day. This friend grows the lettuces and even the fennel she put in. And she brought a fennel from her garden to show everyone.
This really wasn't a dinner per se, but a tasting party. Many were surprised at the flavors and the blends that were used in many of the dishes.
As dessert was being passed... Oh, I forgot dessert. It wasn't really "herbie," but delicious just the same. An Italian cream coconut cake topped with pecans. We have a birthday board with baby pictures and try to guess "who's who." It is always a lot of fun.
After finishing our tasting, I gave a short program about the herbs that were used in our dishes and had the ladies pass the potted herbs around the table. They thoroughly enjoyed brushing the leaves to release the fragrance... especially the lemon balm, lemon thyme and the varieties of basil.
Each lady went home with a goodie bag which included a file folder with recipes and some herb information (history, uses, cultivating) and those that are mentioned in the Bible. There was a little purse size note pad and, of course, a lavender sachet. It was the favorite, I think. I hope you enjoyed the pictures...