Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Dresden Bird

Hello, dear readers !

We are saying prayers today for those in Nepal and those in Alabama and their families.

I've been busy.  I keep adding more plates LOL.
Another day or so, and I should be done with them.  (Maybe)



Not too many to go yet.  
I had to order a few more things that I needed and my favorite choice is, of course, Amazon.  

My orders are coming soon.  Don't you love to support UPS?

So, I originally thought I would just fold the tops over and just give 'em a press, but I can see that it's going to be more difficult than that.  So then I got the bright idea (after ironing the plates nice and flat) to use a really lightweight sew-in interfacing.  I'm hoping this will make the plates look nice, neat and crisp when turned.  For the quilting part of it, I ordered a Hobbs washable wool batt and a Sulky water soluble sticky 8 1/2 x11 for the squares without a plate so I can quilt a design.  
We will see.

Then, there's the birds..................


For years we have had birds that have nested in our birdhouses.  Last year we had to get rid of two houses because they were so old.  DH replaced them with two new cedar houses, one large and one small.  We waited, and waited, and waited.

Finally!  
A male sparrow started chirping and then we had a female and there was much activity at the nest, both bringing twigs, and other nesting materials for several days.  We were ecstatic! LOL

So as we continued to watch, we didn't see the female again.  
DH found a broken egg on the deck.  
We feared the worse.  The egg was kinda crunched but you could tell what it was.  

Anyway, this morning I was watching activity with the male sparrow (by the way is name is "Jack").  He's been chirping all day this morning.  
Then WOW of all things...
the egg you see in the photo above is the egg that the male sparrow had in his beak (his head was coming out of the hole) and the insides were dripping out and he dropped it on the ledge.  
I couldn't believe it.
So then after a while the male came out from the house again with another egg in his beak.  
Off he flew!  Who knew?
Fingers crossed.  He's still chirping!!!!
Until later...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dresden Plate

Hello, dear readers!

Well, I had to ditch everything and get things organized for a Dresden Plate baby quilt, something I found and never made.  
What is really cool about this pattern is that everything is pre-cut.  You may want to investigate Hearthside Quilts.  They have many, many quilts "pre-cut" for you to chose from.


I'm going to hand stitch this one.



And, I'm going to hand quilt it too :)
So far, so good.
Until later...


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Yuletide Joy Quilt and More

Hello, dear readers!

Well, I opened up a huge can of worms when I decided to "spring" clean. LOL

So you know I'm working on the "Yuletide Joy" quilt.
This is one block appliqued and I'm going to finish all the applique before completing the block, hopefully.


The next pattern to work on.


You can see the pattern on my light box.  The fabric needs to be ironed.



Here it is, ready for the fabric to be freezer paper and starch.



Then the fun began.  Cleaning out one closet I found these old pattern packs.
I'm missing one pattern for this.



And, 12 pattern packs to make the snowmen quilt. 
I'm still looking for a few more that are missing for two other quilts!


I think I have enough to keep me busy for a while.

Until later...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter to all

Hello, dear readers !

As I continue to clean out stuff, I've found so much quilting I don't think I'll ever get it done in this lifetime.  
I have always loved the look of needle turn applique but I just can't get the hang of it.  So during the week I watched a couple of  youtube videos that pointed me in the right direction.

Ahhhhh, the freezer paper and starch method.

I had been trying and trying to get the pesky seam allowances turned and they just didn't make it.  So I bit the bullet and gave the FP&S method.  Guess what ?  It worked.

The following pictures are of the quilt, "Yuletide Joy"  which I ashamed to say was purchased in 1998.  It can't be that old, can it?  Yikes!






LOL!
Some poor soul will be gifted a Christmas quilt this year.  But, the kicker is I'm missing 2 pattern packs.....oh noooooooooooooooo!
At some point in time I'm going to have to go and look for them.  I know they're here somewhere.
I'm sure this has never happened to you, right?

Until later....
Have a wonderful Easter.