Thursday, March 23, 2017

THINGS I LIKE MAR 23

Greetings!


Thanks to Lee Ann at Not Afraid of Color, we are expressing our likes today which is so fun.


Here is my list for today:

1. Pulling out Easter decorations for my home. The house will be much more cheery. Here is a basket of Fabric Easter eggs I made in 2015.  I got the pattern at retro-mama.blogspot.com.

They are so cute and easy to make. My grandson and I play catch (or pummel) with these where no harm is done to lamp shades in the living room.


2. Any music from the 80's. I love music in most forms but especially that era. I literally cannot sit still if Michael Jackson's Pretty Young Thing is on the radio. Even in the car.-yep-that's me.


3. My new "Mod Dre" quilt which hangs over the sofa. It is 51 x 46.  I designed, sewed and quilted this cutie from Kaffe Fasset Spring 2016 layer cake. These are  half Dresdens. I used Bella Solid Robin's Egg blue for the background. The circles and border are made from Kona Cotton Purple Colorstory.


It's so cheery to see this hanging in the living room each morning!

I hope you are all having a good week and will hook up with Lee Ann for more fun.

P.S. After all my worries of early summer degrees in the 90's-we are having rain and 54 degrees this morning.  YES.
mary

Monday, March 20, 2017

HAPPY SPRING 2017

Greetings!

I wish we had smell -a- vision so you could smell these beautiful blossoms right now on my orange tree near my patio.  They are such a sweet orange scent. They only last maybe 2 weeks so I savor for now.



I'm a "tree" person but sadly, this is the only tree I have.  I live in a subdivision next to Sun City (retirement area) where there are only rock lawns, palm trees,etc.  Of course, for older folks, this is very low maintenance, neat and tidy.  I prefer green lawns, plants, flowers and so I have a mini potted plant garden on my patio.  Luckily, the citrus trees in the area have been here for decades. The birds are going crazy on this tree.


Enjoy this SPRING day! We will be 95 degrees today. I hope you will be cooler!

mary

Friday, March 17, 2017

St Patrick's Day






                                        HAPPY ST PATTY'S DAY!    

Thursday, March 16, 2017

THINGS I LIKE MAR 16

Greetings!

Here are things I'm liking today.  Please hook up with Lee Ann for lots more likes at: lapaylor.blogspot.com

1. Batiks.  Besides being beautiful, I love the way they feel and keep their crispness. The Batik pieces  are easier  to sew together.  Here are 2 purses I have made from Batiks:


The above bag is mine that I have been using since October.  Love love love these strips of jelly roll from Tonga Treats of Timeless Treasures. This bag is roomy but light weight.


The above bag was made from Tonga Treats also, just a different color combo made from charms into patchwork design. I made this bag for a friend. I hope she likes it.  It will be hard to give this one up.

2.  Air cleaning machines. I have allergy issues like most people here in the valley but also have COPD so I am more conscious of air pollutants. It appears that I have "batting" issues.  Most battings seem to "fly in the air" while I'm machine quilting. I sew in my bedroom so the stuff is everywhere.  I have tried different batting types but they all seem to shed so I purchased an air cleaning machine. Of course, there are hundreds of air machines  to choose from, but I chose this one based on cost and features:


It works as long as I remember to use it!  My furniture and tile floor seem less dusty since I've been using it; the machine is  doing it's job.  I just need to do mine.  By the way, I really don't like to dust furniture!!

3.  Chasing Squirrels.  I just heard of this term and feel so much better.  Evidently other sewists get easily distracted while completing their projects and stop to try something brand new they just saw at a fabric store or online.  Case in point, I have been slowly completing two WIPS this last 2 weeks but had to go to a sale at my LQS yesterday.  I found the cutest "scrap bag" from Me and my Sister (Rainy Day line) for $5.00.  I purchased a few other pieces to stash away for Christmas. However, when I got back home, I started cutting the scraps in the scrap bag into a baby quilt where I can attach white background pieces. Why?  I do not know of anyone who needs a baby quilt today or in the near future. I have a list of projects that need to be started or completed!  I'm not going to think about household chores needing my attention.

I had a wonderful afternoon cutting those pieces.  Just sayin.

That's all for now.  Hope you enjoy this post and will hook up with Lee Ann.
mary



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NATIONAL UMBRELLA MONTH

Greetings!

Did you know March  is National Umbrella month? Me either.

Is this the cutest Bird Cage Umbrella? It's from Ella Umbrella. Now you can impress your friends with some very important info.  The umbrella was invented 4000 years ago and waterproofed later by the Chinese.  It's to get you ready for the April showers. 


Enjoy.
mary

Monday, March 13, 2017

PUSHING SPRING

Greetings!

As they say, be careful what you ask for. I didn't really ask for anything but I was complaining about the cold weather 2 weeks ago. It was in the 50's here.  Last night I had to turn on the AC because we are already in the 90's! All this week... R U kidding me? I have to get summer clothes out already.

But, I did make a great purchase this week: $12.95 was spent for a charm pack and a yard of fabric. STEAL... from MSQC folks.

The fabric is a yard of Moda Robin's Egg (almost a light turquoise but definitely Easter).  The charm pack is Moda Lulu Lane by Corey Yoder.  this makes me so happy.

The Robins Egg is  one of my favorites.  I used it for my Mod Dre quilt last month (to be posted soon) and also for an Easter pillow cover I made for my daughter last week.  This group above will probably be a baby quilt or not. I might just savor the view.

Have a wonderful week!
mary