Back In The Saddle again

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Spring is here in the Central Coast of California.  We were blessed so far with near normal rainfall this rainy season after years of severe drought.  This photo of the wisteria over our patio is the best bloom we’ve had in years.  The honey bees are having a heyday buzzing about the gorgeous blossoms.

Spring is one of the reasons why my poor blog has been ignored for the last few months.  I’ve been busy with getting the garden cleaned up, including pruning around 60 rosebushes and 24 fruit trees.  Also we have trays of tomato seedlings that will be ready to go in the garden in another 6 weeks or so.  I still have to get the other vegetables ready to go in.  Time is running out.  It always seems time is running out.  Since I’m the volunteer bookkeeper for the little country church that we belong to, I’ve also been busy getting the end of the year/tax season chores dealt with as well as our personal tax information.  But that is all finished and I can return to the “normal” chaos.

Don’t think I have ignored my quilting though!  I have started and finished several projects in the last few months.  This is a photo of the table topper and the back of it that I made for my quilting buddy’s birthday.  She loves her “girls” as she’s named her chickens.

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I also finished the Half Square Triangle Hell quilt that I was complaining about earlier.  Here is a photo of the ho-hum original block, and the blockbuster secondary pattern that one gets in the finished product (the pattern is called Joanne’s Quilt).002002

One of the other projects that I worked on was making an eight foot by 4 foot banner at the request of the local Episcopal church’s vicar.  I forgot to take a photo of it after it was finished, but here is a photo of it partially done pinned horizontally on the design wall.  There are 3 of the Celtic crosses evenly spaced over the 8 foot length and it is bordered all the way around in black.005

There are several more projects that I have done, but now I’ve got to get back to getting chores done so I can spend the rest of the day working on another medallion quilt that has me stumped as to which pieced border to add next.

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What a surprise…another One Block Wonder In the Works

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This lovely Sunflower fabric is the next One Block Wonder I’ve started working on. It is a challenge hosted by a One Block Wonder group I follow on Facebook. The powers that be picked 6 different fabrics, and the members that want to participate get to pick one fabric, make a OBW out of it, and then we’ll post our finished results on the FB page just to see how different the same fabric can be when using this technique and the unique flair each quilter puts into their quilts.

I certainly didn’t need to sign up for this challenge as I have about a dozen UFOs waiting to be completed, but I am hopelessly hooked on OBWs.

Here are my blocks. The design still needs a lot of major tweaking, but that’s my favorite part of the process. It feels a little like painting without the mess and clean-up.
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A Little Taste of Spring for My Poor Snowbound Friends

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Spent the morning strolling through the garden and pulling those dastardly weeds. I thought all you who still have no sign of Lady Spring might need a little hope…it is on its way.
Just praying that we don’t get a late freeze, which is always a possibility until the middle of May. But I’m going to enjoy this time while I can.
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Room with a view

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This is a photo taken from the window of my quilting room. The mass of purple flowers are native wildflowers and are called pretty little maids. If you look up and slightly to the left you can barely see an orange clump that are California poppies. Here is a close-up of the pretty little maids.
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Just love this time of year, and we’re so grateful that we had a nice amount of rain this year. Last year the hills never had a speck of green on them.