Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Walk Around Our Gardens


This is the first year for our Coral Bark Maple.
This addition to our garden really popped out during
the drab winter months.  I'm told it will not be as vivid during
the summer months but that's okay.

The Viburnum Bushes on both sides of our screened porches are
just staring to open.  You would not believe the scent ... we
love it!

The Iris are starting to open.  In the fall I planted a variety bag
of allium behind the iris and those flower heads are growing.

Tulips and Pansies were planted in the pots on the front
porch last fall.
I had two extra tulip bulbs so I stuck them in the
bed with the extra pansies. 
Coral Bells and Ferns
Two out of the three Bleeding Heart plants are coming up in the
bed right by the porch.  There are several other plants poking
their heads up through the soil but are too small to photograph.

I picked up two bags of mixed Daffodils at Lowe's in the fall.
I was pleasantly surprised at the variety.  
Here are a few pictures of the many we have in bloom.
There are also some late bloomers that will probably
pop this week.

The fountain was turned on in the community pond.

Weeping Red Bud Tree

Military Fly-by
We are on the flight path to Andrews AFB, Dover AFB 
and Patuxent Air Base, the Naval Academy [Blue Angels],
 Langley AFB, Dullas AP, BWI AP, Regan National AP.
{I've probably missed a few.}
Then we have Chincoteague Island, VA, which NASA operates
Wallops Island Flight Facility [we've seen an 
occasional launched rocket from our front yard!] 
and let's not forget to mention Norfolk, VA.
Did you know ...
The Hampton Roads area of Virginia is home to one of the largest
concentrations of military bases and facilities of any
metropolitan area in the world.
I could go on and on about what's in our area but
I'll stop at that.
The Cherry Tree is just starting to pop open and since I took
this picture yesterday I see some blossoms have opened.
Why go see the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC when
I can sit on my porch with a nice glass of wine and enjoy
their beauty right here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Witchful Thinking by Blank Quilting Corp.


"Witchful Thinking"
Henry Glass
This is one of the two collections I received from
Jennifer at Jaftex last week.  I received one panel and
a half yard cut of each of the fabrics in this collection.  
The second collection will be posted later.  
It has two panels and a yard cut of each of the blending fabrics.
I pulled several patterns and decided to make the
first quilt pretty simply letting the main panel stand out
[as you can see in the first photo].

Julep and the witch. 

Westie Approved
Here is the second quilt top made from leftover pieces.
The rows need to be pressed then sewn together and
it will be done!  Next up will the second grouping of
Halloween fabric which is glow-in-the-dark fabric.  
On another note ... I'm personally itching for some
Xmas fabric from Jennifer to work with.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Easter Sunday with Family


Not only did we celebrate Easter Sunday with dinner at our house
we also celebrated my mom's birthday which was April 1.

Julep hadn't seen grand mom Dot for months and months so
she spent a lot of time with her.
Here is the final set and decorated dinner table.
Waiting patiently for our guests to arrive.
We had my sister {Debby}, her husband {Bill}, my mom {Dot},
my nephew {Billy} and his girlfriend {Dara].  It was a full house!

I love decorating for dinner parties.

Each guest place setting had a min- bunny, a small Easter basket
with chocolates and a Ball jar filled with homemade Spritz cookies.
These are a family favorite - like forever!
I found this cute kitty at Hobby Lobby and just had to buy it
for Dara [my nephews girlfriend who loves cats and is a vet].
I filled the kitty body with Easter M&M's.
All decorations were found at Hobby Lobby.
It was a very good day but a lot of work.
Wilson did all the cooking and I did all the table
and house decorating.  Of course I was so busy
I forgot to take pictures of everyone except my
mom with her birthday cake.
... on another note ...
Jennifer sent out new batches of fabric for the
month.  Would you believe I received two different
sets of Halloween fabric.  Once I put away the bunnies
then I'll deal with the spooks, pumpkins, and witches!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Twins

Charlotte, Ellie & Me
I filled a big bag full of Easter goodies for Charlotte & Ellie.
In the bag I had 2 of everything ....
 Small unicorn pillows, my sister gave me 2 coloring books
for them, unicorn socks, sticker books, a small bag filled with chocolates,
plastic eggs filled with necklaces and bracelets, the bunny ears,
 and their first box of Peeps.  I know there were a few
more things I put in there that I don't remember.
After I texted their mom the girls came running down the
street to our house and I was ready for them on the porch.
I mentioned the bag was kind of heavy so Becka came
to carry the bag home for them.  

Charlotte & Ellie dyed and decorated two dozen eggs
today and after showing me their hands and posing
for this photo they wanted to go home and see
what was in the big bag.   Becka sent me a video
of the girls going through all the goodies.
Just like them the video was adorable.
Happy Easter Bunny Day!

Monday, March 29, 2021

What's Done & What's Started

The butterfly quilt is headed to my neighbor's granddaughter.
She is only a few months old and this will be the first
visit to the grandparents house over Easter.
Since the quilt will be given on Easter I picked
this adorable bunny fabric for the back.
Wanted to move some leftover unicorn fabric off my shelf
so I whipped up this simple kids quilt top.
The bunny is going with the butterfly quilt.
What's Started
Just started today ... a few rows in a temporary layout.
The reddish paisley background fabric I found on sale
at $4/yard.  The prints are from a bundle of fat
quarters I also found on sale.  Can you tell I'm
all about finding fabric on sale?
A new pattern ... pulled from my 
'I want to make book' this is just one block measuring
7-1/2" square turned in an opposite direction.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Getting Ready for Easter

Table Runner
We're having family here for Easter dinner so I'm
getting the house ready for our guests.  Here are a few things
from my sewing room to make the house look festive.
I decided to pull my stash of Jane Sassaman fabric which 
I've been saving for just the right time.  Jane lives in 
Maryland and spoke at one of our guild meetings several
years ago.  She is so talented - I love her work.
Jane Sassaman designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics which is
part of the Jaftex group.
The first item on my list was to make placemats.  I decided on using
Jane's fabrics for the front and back of the mat.  This photo 
shows the back fabric of one set of four placemats.
This is the back fabric of the second set of 4 placemats.
One placemat and one blue circle flower napkin.
Napkins - set of 4.
The flower in the napkin fabric reminds me of a dogwood bloom.
I could have made typical bunny placemats but wanted to make
placemats that I could use more than one day a year.

Table runner in the center of the dining room table.
I'm still working on the decorations for the center of the table.

Can you find the stuffed baby bunny?

Happy Easter Bunny Day