Sunday, May 22, 2016

Westies and Finished Quilts

 Derby is celebrating his 7th birthday this week.
He still has the look of a puppy and is still that
little heartbeat at my feet.  I love my little guy.
My 'go to' pattern when  I want to use the rest of a
particular line of  leftover fabric.
 At least the back fabric is a little calmer in color.
 Bird quilt #1.  I like this line of fabric and noticed
it's still on sale but I'm finished with it [at least for now].
 The back of Quilt #1
 This is bird Quilt #2.  I accidentally trashed the
front picture so I need to re-take it at some point.
 I started two quilts today that will be exactly the same.  They
are going to our neighbors grand daughters who are still
using the Valentine's Day quilts I made for them.
I felt it was time for the girls to have new summer quilts.
Derby looks great on bright colors but then Derby
looks great on any color or pattern. 
 Julep needed a head rest so she made one.
Under my sewing table ... Derby sleeps.
That's all for today - wishing everyone a great week ahead.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mr. Rabbit Ears

 Did I mention that Wilson is calling Derby Mr. Rabbit Ears?
The new groomer trimmed his face fur shorter which made his 
ears stick out.  I think he looks cute.  
While on the subject of rabbits ....
 Last night we heard a scratching inside the downspout
on the side of the house.  The dogs were going crazy so we
thought it was a bird that fell down the spout from the roof
and got caught.  Wilson got his work gloves and started
to bang on the spout to try and move whatever down.  Well, after
the banging by Wilson and the barking westies it turned out to be
a baby bunny the size of my palm.  This baby came out of the 
spout butt-first and I wish I had my camera.  Now the baby has 
taken up residence under our deck and is eating our lilies.
 Yes, I'm guilty!
 While we were enjoying the evening out on the deck last night
{after the bunny incident} I noticed the eagle on the house across
the pond.  It wasn't until I downloaded the photo's that
I saw the second eagle sitting on the chimney.  
 All those black 'spots' you see in the trees are black birds.
 Derby taking a nap while I was talking on the phone to my
mom last night.   He has to be with me - everyplace.
 Who came first ... the ducks or heron?
 Wilson planted the two pots we have on the brick patio.
I finished planting the other pot we have on the
front porch.  Today I also went to Lowe's for potting
soil and came home with a trunk of plants.  I'm not sure
what is a worse addiction ... fabric or plants!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ducks, Fabric & Westies, Oh My!

 It's been raining all day so the ducks are in heaven.
 They found a nice spot in our soggy yard to rest.
 Our newly planted Kousa dogwood has flowers.  I know you
can't see them now but they will get larger & turn white soon.
 One pot planted and in position on our front porch.  I have
another pot that needs plants.  I also placed an order for 6 plants
that we could not find locally from the Kigi Nursery which
is south of Seattle, WA.  One plant is a Thunderhead Pine
which we had two of in Bozman by the pool.  Since this was mail order
I didn't buy large plants [shipping cost is a killer] but ordered
one and two year old plants.  They will be tiny but they will grow.
 My dad was in John Hopkins Hospital for a few days and
is now home and doing okay.  His nurse was wonderful and
in appreciation I wanted to send her a quilt.  I made this set of
cases to go with the quilt [previously done] which I mailed today.
 Pressed and ready to be cut.
I picked up two quilt kits from the Guild's Outreach portion
while I was at the meeting last week.  I have the fabric
ready to be measured and cut.  I'd like to have them sewn and
ready to give back to Outreach by the June meeting.
 Both selections will make nice quilts.  I'll post a
photo when I have them pieced together.
 Raining = Borded Westie Derby
 So what do you do while it's raining on vacation?
You shop for fabric, of course!
I need more kid-type of fabric.  
 I think I ordered this from Connecting Threads.
 My usual order on sale fabric is two [2] yards/piece.
More than likely this will be used for the back of quilts.
Well, I think this is it for today.
Have a good one and thanks for stopping by 
my blog for a quick visit, Katie

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Talents of Others: Bayside Guild Meeting

 Below are a sample of quilts presented in the 
'Show & Tell' portion of the Bayside meeting this week.
 This small quilt was designed to display quilting pin
collected by this member.  
 49 applique butterflies on this quilt.

 This was one of my favorite quilts.

 I like this layout  - it's simple and shows off
your fabric all at the same time.

A wall hanging which I really like. 
The quilts below are from the Guild's monthly speaker.
 This is unbelievable!  Look at all the crystals she glued on.

 The quilting details are beautiful.  I just don't have
the patience [or the machine] to do this.
 This is another stunning quilt with detailed quilting and
crystals added.  Unbelievable craftsmanship to say the least.