Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Well, Spring has finally come.....

and I have managed to plant a few flowers and my Saskatoon berry bush on the side of my house. I was going to plant a Blueberry bush but the greenhouse didn't have any... so Saskatoon's it is! We are supposed to be getting some very warm weather in the next few days so hopefully the plants will grow and I can plant my large planters.

I have received a couple of cute blocks in two swaps I am in. The star block is so cute - it is strawberry and broccoli fabric..... I had requested that my star blocks be "scrappy" so I am going to have quite a collection when the swap is done.

The pink and brown block will be added to my collection and I should be able to make a pink and brown quilt by fall.
Thought for the Day
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
William James

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The picture says it all....

This picture was taken on Tuesday morning...... the day after I came home from Quilt Market in Pittsburgh...... where the weather was in the high 70's (F)...... will we ever have Spring - LOL...

I had a great time at my first Quilt Market. The professional development classes were just exceptional. I learned so much and met so many wonderful quilters, authors, and designers. For me, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I really appreciated being able to go. I have a few samples to make for the shop I work at and lots of new ideas for classes..... lots to do and I am excited to get started. I also did some shopping for myself and got some great deals.

Pittsburgh has the most amazing architecture - many old buildings, and churches. I spent a good deal of time walking around the city and I really enjoyed that. My pictures of the City of Pittsburgh are in my webshots album.

My other pictures of market are in this album - these include quilts that were on display. I am finished my University class and can now concentrate on my quilting and classes over the summer.... which I look forward to at some point!! (since we didn't seem to have a Spring).

Thought for the Day
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, May 4, 2009

A block......

I finished a block today for a swap I am in ..... I really like it - found it in my EQ6 (Ohio Star Variation); I had to use templates for two of the pieces, but that wasn't a problem. Hope my swappee likes it!
I think I could make an entire quilt of this block.
I did some gardening and have decided to plant a Blueberry bush on the side of the house - it faces west and gets afternoon sun, so hopefully it will grow!
Thought for the Day
It is no disgrace to start all over. It is usually an opportunity.
George Matthew Adams

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Today we got out the chairs and sat out by the lake..... and set out the patio furniture on the deck. As you can see... we still have a small "glacier" on the lawn - LOL...... shouldn't be there for long. I cleaned up my sewing room today, studying for an exam, took Magpie for a long walk......... AND made a quilt back..... sheesh (as a dear friend on mine says - LOL)..... it is spring....
Thought for the Day
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self.
Aldous Huxley

Friday, May 1, 2009


it is Spring!! The loons have returned to the lake - I heard them for the first time this morning... and they were swimming by the dock this afternoon - will keep an eye out for the baby! You can still see some ice behind this little guy - hopefully by the end of the weekend the ice will be all gone.
Thought for the Day
I'll not divulge the secret song
Of this remote lagoon.
I'd rather hearken years along
The laughter of the loon.
Nancy Ness