Backyard shocker

I stepped outside this morning, shocked to find I have more flowers blooming! I wanted to share with you the beauty I found. These are tiny flowers (I thought these were hydrangeas, but I must be mistaken looking at these flowers), but they’re about 2-3″ across the widest part, and there’s a lot of them. If you know what bushes these are, I’d appreciate some insight!

Last of the 105

Last year, I participated in a block swap. I made 106 blocks and got back 105 from ladies all over the United States. With those, I planned to make three quilts of valor. I have since made those three and have straggling blocks left over. I’m going to use the stragglers to make a charity quilt. So here’s to the last of the 105 blocks that I got last year!

Valentine’s Day Obligatory Post

I feel obligated to finally celebrate Valentine’s and other holidays on my blog, so you’ll see quite a few of these this year. 😉

For the “holiday of love”, I want to compare it to a different holiday or two. The one thing Valentine’s Day is known for today is the cards, flowers, and candy that lovers are “supposed” to exchange. It’s highly commercialized. Think about the holidays we’ve just come through. Thanksgiving (where you are to give thanks and stuff yourself silly with food), Christmas (where you are supposed to give gifts to those you care about, and even those you don’t), New Year’s (which is a big party day, but isn’t celebrated universally except for a kiss exchanged at midnight), and now Valentine’s Day (where you are supposed to, again, spend money on superficial gifts and be kind to those not in relationships).

I was at the big W earlier today, and they already have St. Patrick’s Day “stuff” out. But mind you, not as much stuff as Valentine’s day. There were flowers all over the store, reminding those who’d forgotten that they might want to pick up a bouquet. There were balloons and stuffed animals everywhere. I think this is the one holiday where men are encouraged to “shop” for others. It boggles my mind that we have so many holidays that are so commercialized. I’m staying the rest of the holidays out of the stores this year to avoid the commercialism. Next holiday up, I’ll keep my post more light-hearted. Thanks for reading!

Pen, dryer, and quilting

Well, it was bound to happen, wasn’t it? My son left a pen in his pant’s pocket and it got washed, and dried. I really SHOULD have taken photos of the dryer drum afterwards. Black ink EVERYWHERE! And it’s a NEW dryer, too. 😦

One load of towels later, there’s only a little bit of ink left over in the dryer, but it was still beyond aggravating!

In quilting news, I’ve finished binding the Quilt of Valor I’ve been working so hard on. I also got it labeled. I have one other Quilt of Valor I have put the binding on (but no label yet). This has my quilt load for the year at 5 finished quilts (if we don’t count labeling, and we count wall hanging quilts). My next quilt up is also a Quilt of Valor. 😉 That will finish that stack of UFO quilts (Un-Finished Object).

I can’t wait to show you the quilts I’ve finished this year so far! I think if tomorrow is clear, I’ll go take the photos to show them off to you all!

Photography Hiatus

I am thinking about picking up my camera again. I’m going to take challenges and create something from them to publish here. If you have any ideas for something of my life you’d like to see (in a challenge format), let me know. For example, one challenge I’m going to try to figure out how to capture is the feeling of sewing on a machine. Okay, so ideas…..GO!

Working in the quiet

Tonight’s a quiet night, with a movie on in the living room. I just finished quilting another quilt, pictures will have to wait. I’ve got binding now on two quilts to finish (the one I’ve been slowly trudging along with, and the one I just got done quilting) before I can respectfully pick up another UFO (Un-Finished Object) and work on it. Three Quilts of Valor will be done by Mother’s Day (that’s my goal, at least).

I’ll do a mini-quilt for the living room hanger, but I’m not sure what design I’ll do for the next one. I’ve got an idea for St. Patrick’s Day, but not Mardi Gras. Valentine’s is hanging up right now, although the weather is getting cold enough some days I want to put my snowman one back up!

Learning to quilt and sew in a much smaller space has me appreciating what I had before, although I’ve been feeling more productive in the smaller space. I got help with rolling my quilt layers on rods so I could sandwich it in the living room (only room large enough) and my help didn’t complain the time or two I almost hit him with the rods while working with the safety pins.