Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Sunday in February

 My little sewing buddy Derby.  He's so stinkin' cute I can't stand it.  
. . . . .
I had to check the calendar to see if it was really still February.
Here in St. Michaels the weather was like a wonderful spring day
minus the pollen.  I went outside with no coat to pull some weeds
and realized how dry the ground was.  I decided to hook up 
the hose and watered all the flower beds and newly planted trees.  
The neighbors must think I'm batty for doing
this but if I see a need for water by gosh I'm going to water.
We have some spring plants blooming already which is 
really nice but at the same time I'm fearful that's we're going
to get a big snow storm.  Here in the mid-Atlantic March
can be an awful weather month.
 The stack of fabric by Derby's head is Christmas fabric.
 Savannah's mom sent me a note and asked if I had the time to make 
a quilt for her husband as a surprise birthday gift.  I think he was feeling 
left out since both Savannah and her mom both received quilts from me.
This fabric [above] is what I'm considering for the back of the quilt.
 I found the perfect kit at Hancock of Paducah at a really
nice price. This is a paid commission and needs
to be done and in her hands by April.
While scouting around the sale section on the Hancock website
I spotted this jelly roll for only $19.  Now that's a steal since
most jelly rolls are around $29 to $35 dollars which I feel
is way over priced for {40} 2-1/2" strips of fabric.  I'll put this
away until I find exactly what I want to make from it.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

What We've Done In Two Years!

 Thanks to Facebook's Memory Page I just realized what we've
accomplished in just two short years.

... This is it in a nutshell ...

Put our Bozman home up for sale.  We built this home
after the fire [another story] and while we both were
working full time in the Washington, DC area.

Sold our home and packed up the house, Wilson's office
and workshop [which was separate from the house] and packed
the 2 car garage with additional storage area.  Made many trips to
donate things to our local thrift shop.

Went to settlement on Bozman and moved into a rental home 
in Back Creek Landing this time in 2015.

Unpacked and got the rental all set up.

Contacted several builders and purchased a lot on
Riverview Terrace with all intentions of building.

Found the builder and started working on house plans.

To make a long story short we started to look at homes
within Talbot County and our real estate agent at the
time noticed a foreclosure about 100 yards from
our rental.  Who could have ever guessed this one.

Made an offer on said foreclosure got the house and then 
started renovating the inside and working on the plans for
the addition on the back addition.  

Packed up and moved once again.

Through all of this we keep our sanity and we're still married!
 Last snow in Bozman.  We were married under the arch
by the water on June 14th.
A frozen Leadenham Creek.

Friday, February 17, 2017


 The weather was really nice today so I loaded up the westies
in the back of the SUV and took them into St. Michaels
for a nice walk around the park and harbor area.  From
there I had a few things to do in Easton and decided to just
take the westies with me instead of dropping them off home.
After we got home and before I unpacked the car I took them
for a walk about the 'hood.  They had a short nap before
it was time to eat dinner.

I know it's hard to see but the landscaper who is in charge of
all the fields in the development came by and mowed
all the tall grasses that came between our property and the
gravel walkway.  I love the openness and am researching how to 
plant wildflowers which is a tad more work than I originally anticipated. 
 I saw this kit in the Missouri Star Quilt Company
catalog and decided I wanted to make it ... so instead of
buying the kit I went to You Tube and found the video.
 Here is the my version of the pattern from above.
I'll be sewing the block together this weekend.
This is another simple lap quilt that I pulled together from 
my scrap box of blocks.  I'll give to Chris for her to pass on to 
Outreach to finish next time I see her.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Few From The Bozman House

 In Bozman the westies had a massive deck to run on
which ran the entire front of the house and around
part of the side.  It also was a real pain in the butt to shovel 
all that snow in the winter.  This work is not missed.

While the work around the property was a lot I have to admit 
it was really very pretty in the spring, summer and fall.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day Dinner Table

 Julep waiting for everyone to arrive.
I was so busy I forgot to take pictures of our guests
when they arrived as well as the food.
 The dining room ... decorated and ready for our dinner party.
 Wilson and I decided on a comfort food dinner party.
Roasted turkey, ham, smashed potato's, corn pudding,
stuffing, cranberry sauce, tossed spinach salad and
parker house dinner rolls.  Our neighbor baked a cake
for dessert and also shared a bottle of Ice Wine from their
wine cellar with everyone.  Talk about a sweet wine which 
you can only drink a tiny amount of.
 It's nice to have a little something for guests to take home.
I found the Godiva cups at BJ's after Christmas sale for $5.00
for a package of two [2].  Now that was a real deal since
the original price was $20 for the 2 pack.

 Derby secured his place under the table waiting for food
to drop.  The westies had a little taste white meat turkey. 
Today I plan a low-key day of putting stuff away and taking
down Valentine's Day decorations.  If I'm lucky I'll even
get in a little sewing.  I've already picked out a pattern 
and the next group of fabrics I want to work with.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day Past

 This is Julep when she was Queen Bee of the house pre-Derby.  
As a diva Julep would have been happy
as the single westie in the house.

A little funny or not ... you decide.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Snow From A Few Years Ago

 Here are a few of the pictures from Facebook's Daily Memories.  
When we received a big snow in Bozman there was no getting
out until someone plowed the driveway. 
 I do have to wonder how all the trees and plants are doing.
Do I miss all the work ... the answer is no!
 Taking the westies for a walk up the long driveway.
 Moving back to the present and my sewing room I finished
 this little quilt yesterday.  In the far back [left side] of this
photo is another scrappy Outreach quilt I'll work on this week.

Thanks for stopping by ~ & ~ have a great day.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Yesterday's Accomplishments

 I did manage to get a few quilts quilted and bound yesterday.
The star quilt can be used either for a baby or a table topper.
Sized at 39-1/2" x 43-1/2" is small.  I've decided since this is
a sample [meaning the first try at making] and some of the 
point joints are not perfect I'm going to give this away on
my Facebook group as a Flash Give-A-Way.

 When I ordered this fabric I wasn't crazy about it but
after making 2 quilts out of it I really liked it.  I did have
enough leftover to make a quilt for Outreach as well.

 Julep - brush me - rub me - play with me - she's a needy girl.

 Number 2.
Have a nice weekend.  Wilson and I will be going out
today to do some grocery shopping in preparation for
our small Valentine's dinner party here on Tuesday.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ready to Quilt

 Yesterday's project. 
 This doesn't look like it takes a lot of time to spray baste
the back fabric to batting then flip it over and spray baste
the top ... but take my word ... it does!
I hope to start quilting these today as well as get
the binding sewn on.
I've had these cut and ready for the serger for a month.
These were originally going to Daisy but Wilson said 
the pattern didn't look like her ... so now they are mine.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nest & Feathers

 Derby is nesting in the corner of my sewing room.
The weather has certainly changed since yesterday so
it's a perfect day to relax and sew.  I can honestly say that
today I woke up feeling better than I have in about a month.
I'm in the spring cleaning frame of mind to reduce the amount
 of scrap blocks I have by size in various boxes.  
Trying a new block!
I made two blocks as a test which is in the layout above.
 When done this Nest and Feathers scrappy top will
be given to Chris in Outreach to have it finished.