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,