A Little Sunshine Does the Trick

The sun has been out & temperatures are mild.
AHHHH. Spring is really here to stay.
My favorite white violets (with purple throats) are up---I must 
have been so excited, I forgot to snap a pic!!

Have a wonderful week in the sunshine!



Manatee Love

The highlight of the recent family vacation (according
to one munchkin) HAD to be the trip to Bradenton, Florida
to see THE manatee, Snooty.

These gentle giants became a bit of an obsession with our middle child, 
thanks to a library book checked out last year. 
We watched him eat (and eat and eat) romaine lettuce, 
kale, sweet potatoes, broccoli & carrots. 

Snooty was born in captivity & has been raised by humans.
The other 2 manatees pictured are part of the Manatee Rehabilitation Network
rescue program. They'll be returned to the wild next winter.


Room for {Pattern} Improvement

Here's an oldie but a goodie.

After completing the first block, 
I decided a few changes were in order...
  • thinner sashing
  • a neutral background fabric rather than the solid, lighter shade of the print fabrics
  • making the center darker than surrounding fabrics so it stands out
  • possibly adding a different (coordinated) sashing print between each block set

What do you think?


Spring is in the Air

 After some much needed rain this past week, 
the daffodils are in bloom & many other perennials 
are beginning to pop up. 

It's too nice to stay inside...maybe I'll get some sewing done 
at the local quilt club tomorrow evening. 
That would be a nice first outing for the featherweight!

Best Wishes, 



OK, so I flipped through the Farmer's Wife Book this afternoon,
thinking I'd better get some fabrics ready to go for another block
someday---When the 
Century of Progress Block caught my eye. 

I was explaining fussy cutting to munchkin & I thought why not show you 
instead of trying to explain it...
 we also talked about adjusting patterns so the pieces in the center 
were combined to make the corners of the inner square larger, 
decreasing bulk in the center. 

You can do THAT? 
Oh, yes, you can!



Vacation Spot Surprise

                                     Mr. Fabulous is one smart cookie.

Before heading out to the beach our very first day away, he drove us straight to a little quilt shop & watched the munchkins for me while I took a quick look around. Of course, I found a few goodies including these Aunt Grace 30s reproductions.

THAT'S the way to a quilter's heart, isn't it? Surprise Fabric Shopping!!

 I found a couple black and whites for
RSVP blocks, some red just because & some blue with white polka dots possibly for the Farmer's Wife Quilt....we shall see....but I rarely say no to polka dots.

PIECE, Love & Fabric Shopping!