Sitting in a chair and keeping my leg elevated is exhausting! The more I sit, the more tired I get. And as I sit here I think of things to write about – haha! And there’s lots on my mind so here we go!
A couple months ago I got an email from a lady in Minnesota who wanted to rehome her mother’s antique pincushions – WHAT???? A reader had told her about my extensive collection and of course, as I tried to keep the excitement out of my voice, I said that I would love to include those pincushions in my collection. This will be an upcoming post when I get all the photos taken. You won’t believe it!
I’m missing my barn animals terribly but the ground is so uneven between here and there that I have agreed not to attempt that walk. I no longer need my cane in the house – 2 weeks and no cane. But if I were going someplace I would still take it along for insurance. Just a little while ago when I was sitting in the recliner, I heard one of the cats bring in a fluttering bird. I didn’t know I could get up so fast but I managed to capture this this downy woodpecker who settled in among my potted plants. And once again I’ve gotten a close look at a beautiful bird!
Yesterday I received these fun towels that express my thought exactly! It’s time for me to start writing the thank you notes!
I have fallen behind in my Martingale book reviews. I received these before surgery but am just getting around to them now.
Lisa is the queen of wool appliqué and this book will explain it all to anyone wanting to learn how to create beautiful wool projects. The cover of the book says it all — “the go-to guide for wool stitchery”. Her company, Primitive Gatherings, was a vendor at Quilt Festival and she said she sold out of 5 cases of this book! You’ll all hope to be the winner, won’t you?
The next book is Mix It Up! 16 quilts from cake mix and cupcake mix papers.
See how many projects Connie has marked? I think Connie will have to be the winner of this book because she LOVES paper piecing. There are some really wonderful projects in this book such as Quilters Confetti which I love so much I might be a convert. I generally don’t like anyone telling me what to do which is essentially what these papers are. Don’t laugh.
The next book is Edita Sitar’s Patches of Stars – 17 quilt patterns and a gallery of inspiring antique quilts.
I mostly enjoy looking at the antique quilts – most of the patterns are over the top for me but are beautiful just the same.
And the last book in this give-away is a home dec book, hardcover and chock full of gorgeous photos. This is Little Farmstead Living, creating a country life just past the city limits by Julie Thomas.
The photos are beautiful but don’t come close to my farmstead past the city limits. As beautiful as this is, it is unattainable in my world but I love looking at these pictures! Here’s a sample.
The winner of this book will have many hours of home dec pleasure!
So how will we enter for one of these books? Maybe just tell me which book you’d like if we pick your name as a winner. How easy is that? I don’t want these book giveaways to become too complicated.
So last night I wanted to sew something – anything!- so I started my Jellyroll 16 patch. When Connie made hers, she paired her strips up with white but this time I’m just going to mix up the strips like this and sew in pairs.
I decided to leave out all the blue strips in the jellyroll for a more controlled color palette. I plan to sew on this again tonight.
I’ve had lots of time to read Facebook and Pinterest and I started saving some beautiful pictures that aren’t loaded on the Pinterest App.
When I look at this old log cabin, I think of Linda Brannock and her strip pieced log cabins in several of my quilts.
I think I’ve cleared the deck today – oh, no, there’s one more thing. My oldest cat named Moda has disappeared. She’s been gone since I had surgery and it has turned so cold I’m convinced she’s dead but we have found no body. Last night I dreamed that I saw Moda and in my dream I kept searching for her. She is the feral cat that has been here for about 20 years and I’ve never touched her. She has always lived in the house and gone outside through the cat door in back, never wanting to walk through the room where we might be. I believe I posted an unbelievable picture of her laying on my sewing island awhile ago. She was a beautiful calico cat – had developed cataracts – and her fur just didn’t look well kept up – typical of an old cat. It makes me so sad to think she’s out there somewhere and I don’t know what happened to her.
This is just way too much for one blog post – you might not even want to read it all. Yikes! Too much typing on a tiny keyboard!