Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nautical Lap Quilts & Not So Happy Westies

 The westies are not happy campers because it's hot outside.
We can't go for walks and will I let them stay outside 
for no longer then 10 minutes.  We are ready for fall because
this heat is a killer.
For Savannah
 I was on a roll to use my nautical fabric. I
whipped these simple lap quilts up quickly.
There is a lady in our quilt guild that loves to make the back
of her quilts as interesting as the front.  I took inspiration from
her creativity and added this to the back.
 I saw a pattern for this design on sale and I thought to myself 
who is going to pay $4.99 for directions.  It's such a simple
block I estimated the block size and here we are.  

 The third and final nautical lap quilt.  This is in the mail
to one of my Facebook friends who has a beach home
in Virginia.  I hope she likes it.
 This is the back of the quilt above.  While going through my
fabric I found some leftover blocks from a quilt I made 
several years ago and thought they would be perfect to add
for a more interesting back.
 My first practice starfish pillow is on it's way to
Savannah with the first nautical quilt pictured above.
 The two mini-terriers and the doll hat [below] also went
to Savannah.  I think she will be happy when she gets her
box of goodies from me.
Keep cool and have a nice weekend, Katie.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Our Back Yard In The Rain

 It's not often we have a rain storm while the sun is out.
I found the lighting during this storm pretty so I grabbed
my camera and took some photo's not knowing how
they would actually turn out.
 It's hard to tell it's raining and part of that is because when
I move photo's out of My Photo's I reduce the size
of pixels so it will download to the blog quicker - so what
is sharper in My Photo doesn't always look that sharp here.
 In the space to the left is the spot for a probable new garden.

 This is the porch we spend a lot of time on.
 After the rain we had a pretty sunset.  I saw photo's taken in St. Michaels
and they had a double rainbow.  We missed that here.
The rain knocked down the yellow glad so I cut it with
the white lily for an inside arrangement.
I wanted something new by our front door and put this
together quickly.  The wire container was on sale at
JoAnn's for $4.95 marked down from $15 and the flowers
were on sale for 70% off since they were classified
'spring'.  I like this wire container and will probably
just switch out the flowers later in the season.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Starfish Pillow with Matching Quilts

 Starfish Pillow resting on a nautical quilt.
You never know what will come out of my sewing room.
This pattern was on my to-do list for months and I
I finally thought of two little girls who just might
love this as an addition to their bedrooms.
 If you haven't guessed the pillows were made for
our neighbors two grand children.  Little did I know that 
they would be visiting today so I finished everything just
in time to delivery down the street.
The back of the pillows are the same.  I loved the look of
the starfish pillows on our bar stools so I'll be making
three of them just for us.
 Matching nautical quilts for the girls.
I picked fabric for the back that was not nautical and
was little girl cute.  From what I understand the girls
sleep with the quilts I made them every night and
they even packed them to take to Ocean City on
vacation.  That makes me happy.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More Flowers In Bloom

 Saved from the rabbits our Stargazers are blooming for the
first time.  Last year they were rabbit food - but no anymore!
 Limelight Hydrangea
We have one plant at each end in the garden that
border the back porches. 

 A Walmart find.  I picked up the glad bulbs on 
impulse and tucked them into the garden
as a little surprise of color.  
 I also planted other colors which are just
starting to send up the flower stalk.
 Volunteer Sunflower is looking good.
 Given to our neighbor {Sarah} - they are now waiting for the
grandkids to visit.  I decided to make both of her
grand daughters new summer quilts using nautical fabric.
Sarah said the grand kids love sleeping with the
quilts I gave them last year so I figure it's time for new ones.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

When Your Mother Calls . . .

 When your mother calls and asks why you haven't updated
the blog in several days ... that's a hint to update the blog!
Okay mom ... this one is for you.
 This has been a busy week which means it took me longer
than normal to sew the blocks for this top together.
 The gold accents gives this fabric a rich look.
This will be my new holiday quilt which means it doesn't
go into the 'give-a-way' stack.
 This is the second project I've been working on.  This top
 needs a splash of color and I'm still working on that.
A westie on westie fabric - how original.
 While going through my 5 [small] boxes of Christmas fabric
I found two yards of sock monkey print.  This has been resting for 
around two years so it's time to use it.  This is next up to
meet my sewing machine but I'm still playing with the layout.
 We are half way to Christmas [give or take a few days] so
it's time to make some mini-terriers for the holidays.  
I'm using small leftover pieces for these.
 The pair of nautical terriers are going to a neighbor home tonight
since they are having us for dinner.  I'm sure their grand children will
enjoy them.  The pink fairy terrier will be going as well.
Next up ... sewing the bodies closed and adding the ribbon.
Photo's of the completed ones coming soon.
That's it for today [Mom].  Hope you enjoyed the new post and
for tomorrow I want to share photo's of the volunteer sunflowers
growing in our center bed that Wilson wanted to pull out.
Keep cool - keep hydrated. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th!

 Last night we went down the street to a neighbors for dinner.
I took the mini-terriers and a go-green tote bag to Vicky as a 
hostess gift.  Moving on to dinner ... for the entree we had hand-made crab cakes
by Roy.  He shared his one secret ingredient for crab cakes which was the 
addition of sour cream.  Yum-yum!
 While we can see Vicky & Roy's yard from a distance
I wanted to see it up close so I asked for a tour.
 Vicky started the sunflowers from seed.
 Nasturtiums.  I love this plant will add this to next
year's planting list.
 Purple Basil ... interesting.
 The view across the pond from Vicky & Roy's back yard.
 You can see our property and the large back bed with our
tiny little plants that hopefully will grow quickly.
 This is the plant I really wanted to photograph.
 Bishop's Lace
 I wanted to see this plant because I'm familiar with Queen Ann's 
Lace but not this specific variety of plant.
 Butterfly Bush
This ends the tour of Vicky's garden.  We had a totally enjoyable
and delicious dinner.   Afterwards we went to the front porch rocking
chairs to have a slice of fruit pie with a side of ice cream.  How American
is that!  Have a safe & happy 4th.