Monday, June 30, 2008

Just like a bad penny...I always turn up again....

Hiya Everyone! I've been antisocial for a while, but I think it's over now. I have a dental work reprieve until August 11th. Yippeeee! So, anyone care what I've been up to? If so...here goes.....

Started working on this Cathedral Window Quilt last night. I've been looking at them for a while now and they really move me. I think they are amazing. I found this Tutorial and I'm sort of amazed at how much easier it is than I thought it would be. My hubby is over the top over it. He can't figure out how it's done, so he just keeps looking at it. Eventually I'll have to show him...maybe....well....we'll see.....
I've been outside A LOT. Planting flowers, weeding garden, built a thing for my cucumbers to grow up so they wouldn't spread all over the ground. Just a couple of poles and some fencing but it'll work. It's the same thing I've used in the past but can never find it the following year, so I make a new one. Hmmmmm....
Raspberries are doing very well this year. I put these in about five years ago and up until this year there have really never been enough to even make a cobbler. Now they are everywhere. The birds have managed to spread them all over the property. I can live with that. They are so sweet and I'm excited to have so many finally.
I am giving hand embroidery a try, also. I found a series of "Cabin" patterns online, so I drew one out on a piece of white fabric and picked up a cheap package of embroidery floss and this is what I have so far. I like doing it, which surpised me. It's kinda relaxing to do while I sit in the same room as the rest of the family. I'm usually in the other room and never really hang out with them. Watching tv makes me nervous. Like when you go on vacation and just know that you've left the coffee pot on or the iron plugged in. Know what I mean? I don't like that feeling so I avoid watching tv unless I have something else I can do at the same time. I think it's why I've always crocheted.
Ok...the rest of the pics are flowers and plants that I've been busy with. If that doesn't thrill ya....the fun is over for YOU! Heheheheh....
These "hens and chicks" are from a friend. She was kind enough to give me some after a bridal shower she hosted at her home last Saturday. She has a master garden degree (I know nothing when it comes to this) and her gardens are amazing. I had so much fun wandering about in them. Thanks, Phyllis! I spread them out in different flower beds and kept some in a pot to bring in for the winter. These always remind me of my Grams and bring a smile to my face. Hope she knows how much I miss her. This is my Clematis. It's just growing in leaps and bounds this year. We've had so much rain. I think that's helped with everything. The hostas is about to bloom. Actually all of them are, but I think this is the biggest one I've ever seen. And last, but certainly not least, my lillies have just started to bloom. Garry (hubby) planted these all by himself. Funny story, he planted them all upside down and I had to make him dig them all back up and replant them. He thought the roots coming out of them were the plant growing. I've hooted on him pretty bad about it over the years, but he's so proud of all of them now.
And...just for fun and because I don't like him much, here is my big bird, Purdue, after his bath. Somehow, I just feel better knowing how much he hates getting a bath. If he would only stop the screaming! He's happier now, since he's living outside on the deck. I think he happier with all the activity to keep him entertained. The dogs, humming birds, and us give him something to watch. Boredom makes him scream. Maybe he needs his own tv and a subscription to the animal planet?
Last, but certainly not least, I want to give my condolences to Jill (Bratgirl) and Moneik (The Bride). I know the competition hasn't started yet Ladies, but, really it's over before it begins. Jen (and thanks Cindy, too) is gonna kick some Quilter Butt in July. I've got faith in ya, Jen! So...I'll just leave you with this....




9 comments:

Suzan said...

Looks like you have been busy! Welcome back!!

Moneik said...

I wouldn't count your chickens before they hatch! Jill and I are forces to be reconned with!!

Sara said...

I love the cathedral windows, I'm going to have to check out the tutorial, and your flowers are gorgeous! I love my Clemantis and Lilies!

Cindy (aka Peony the House Elf) said...

Your flowers are so pretty. I've never been a gardener so I really enjoy seeing everyone elses. Thanks for cheering Jen on. She up and ready for the challenge.

Carol VR said...

Even after looking at the tutorial I kinda sit here going, nah... it's far more difficult than that, isn't it?!?

Glad to see your feeling better and I love the gardens.

Carol VR said...

Me again...exactly what is it your finger pressing around the center "window square" to make it look circular??? I just can't seem to get my head around what your using to frame the coloured fabric.

I understand it to the point where your sewing the two triangles down the center and pressing them back open flat. I just can't garner where the fabric is coming from when you have all the lose triangles on each of the other three sides tacked down.

I'd appreciate if you could explain this... perhaps a photo?!?

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

*GASP*
I ADOOOOOORE Cathedral windows quilts, but I'm with Carol VR here----I have NEVER been able to figure out most of the patterns I've read over. I haven't checked out this tutorial yet, but sure will! And if you're feeling up to it, I am also raising my hand and nodding my head to Carol's request of a photo tutorial... ;0)

I'm glad your dental "ickies" have worked themselves out (at least until August).

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

me again----WOW! THANK YOU for finding and posting that tutorial. I am fighting the impulse to run to my quilting room to try it out! I have too many other irons in the fire right now, but it is DEFINATELY on my "have to make quilts list.

Jen said...

I LOVE that cathedral windows quilt. I'm drooling over yours and Kristie's! Thanks for the cheer!! I won't let you down!!!