I have been working on many quilting projects, but so much is still secret. I’m able to give some sneak peeks now, and I am so eager to show you what I can. I began quilting my Pachanga quilt, and it was a struggle at first with thread breaking. I think I have that figured out, but quilting is going slowly, more on that later. On another project, I have begun the work on my Christmas fabrics quilt. This is a sneak preview of Fat Quarter Shop’s upcoming Starry Charms quilt pattern. I chose to do mine in holiday prints as I plan to give it to our MINI car club’s Silent Auction at the annual Christmas Party.
The super secret project is done. All I can tell you about it right now is that it’s a navy and cheddar project. The quilting was a bit of a nail biter, as I mis-measured and played batting chicken with the bottom edge. But, it made it. Whew!!! I promise, I will show you this when I can.
One secret project I can now show you is my project for Hands2Help as it publishes today. My idea for a Hometown Hero project is a pillow or wall hanging. Click on the link to see the tutorial.
This week, the garden came more alive. The redbud bloomed beautiful deep pink.
My tulips opened up, mostly pink with one dark burgundy red one. More buds are forming, so I’ll have even more blooms this week.
Out in the yard, the ajugas are blooming, such pretty purple flowers all over the lawn.
I moved all the plants from the Carolina room to the veranda, to get them more sun now that it has warmed up a bit. The bleeding heart is still in the shade, and seems happy, giving me a few more of the wonderful heart shaped flowers.
I went to the garden center this week, and just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on torenias for my hanging baskets like I usually get. In the past, I would usually buy a flat of 15 plants for the hanging baskets, and they are now over $5 each, which adds up to over 75 bucks for just those. So, a trip to the big box store’s garden area and the mark down shelves seemed in order. Boy did I strike gold!! They had just put several new carts out, full of pansies and petunias. The little packs were marked down to $1, and each one had 8 plants! I got burgundy violas and golden celosia, a blue lithodora, and more on sale as well. All total this trunk-full only cost $36. I got busy with filling up pots, and I’ll show you more later when I get this project finished. I still have all my vegetables and herbs to plant as well.
Oliver continues to stop by for tidbits. He got a bit aggressive with jumping up on the window, knocked over one of my planters and broke it. So, I cut him off for a couple of days. My Sweet Babboo was able to glue the little planter back together. Oliver now seems to be behaving again, and his buddies Jack and Charlie show up from time to time, too.
I was working on planting pots when the wind picked up, and the rain was coming. I got everything cleaned up, and My Sweet Babboo rolled my planting bench into the garage for me, just as the rain began. Unfortunately, several days of rain meant we didn’t do our car club run on Saturday. We might do another club’s event today if the rain is done. The valley is greening up, looking more like spring every day.
It is nice to read on a rainy day, and I finished a book this week that was so good I have to share it now. It just could not wait for my next book review post – The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. Rarely does a book come along that not only gets five stars before I finish it, but is one I immediately know that I will want to read again. Such is the case with The Bookseller.
This is such a creative and different story, with a woman who dreams of herself in a very different life. Both lives have their great parts, but both also have challenges. The psychological aspects of the novel are so compelling to me, as she comes to terms with these challenges on many levels. Telling you any more would be a spoiler. If you could only read one book this year, make it this one. It is so good I had to tell you about it now, and not wait until my next book review post.
Back to quilting on these rainy days, I am re-working my To The Nines pattern to teach as a live class. It was mentioned that although it makes a wonderful design for Quilts of Valor, not everyone can ‘see’ it in other colorways.
So I have decided to make up a few table toppers in this pattern with different colors. First up will be a blue and yellow colorway.
I plan to do another in fall colors (LOL, imagine that!) and maybe a third in something else. I’ll show you more on that soon. My Embroidered Wall Hanging will publish on the MadamSew blog on April 27th
Oh, and one more thing if you are on Instagram. Fat Quarter Shop is having a Garden Party! The patterns include the Farm Girl Vintage Flower pattern by Lori Holt, and the Quilter’s Patch book by Edyta Star, along with four more quilt patterns and several cross stitch patterns. There are prizes to win if you post your project on Instagram with #FQSGardenParty. See the details on their blog Jolly Jabber – Garden Party. Fat Quarter Shop’s monthly specials new for April include 20% Off Laundry Basket solids the Basic of the Month, plus 30% Off Mettler Threads the Notion of the Month, plus specials on the Book of the Month and Precuts of the Week. The Daily Flash Sale has something new at clearance pricing every day.
What is happening in your garden and sewing room?