Thursday, May 14, 2015

Promising Things

The "Stars In A Time Warp" sew-along with Barbara Brackman turned into yet another fun-filled scavenger hunt for me to look through my treasure boxes of scraps. This time I was in search  of California Gold as per Brackman's blog, Civil War Quilts.

My California Gold choices are not on a white background and they are mostly anonymous scraps, but I'm very pleased with the block. The brown and gold cornerstone seaweed print is by Pam Weeks for Newcastle from her Prussian Blue collection. Click to enlarge the picture.

Since I was in the mode to do a Civil War block, I tried a better rendition of a foulard as well. Here is the result.

Our Tuesday Sunshine Club was full of fun, but my picture taking was only at the very end as we were breaking up our session of chatting, chomping chocolates, and occasionally, quilting, too.

Bev joined us with her armload of Tee shirts and her plans to make a quilt from them for her graduating grandson.

Sue was chain sewing her Dresden petals but she had run off to grab a cup of tea when I took this shot.

I was still working on my Piano Keys Log Cabin binding, and I got two or three feet done on it.

In the meantime, we've had kind of a roller coaster of Spring temperatures. It was 90° on Sunday, yet last night and tonight we had frost advisories. The flowers don't seem to mind, they take it in stride!

That brownish clump of human hair in the grass seen above helps to ward off the deer that love to feast upon my Red Dynasty tulips. Matthew, my border, has a set of clippers to trim his own hair and he saved some hair for me to spread around there. Thanks, Matthew, it worked!

The clothesline has been busy with Civil War neutrals drying nicely in the sunshine.

The foot of the tree that holds up one end of my clothesline has Vinca Minor growing about it. Vinca is also known as Myrtle, and it has blooms of bright cheery periwinkle blue.

They are very special to me because 60 years ago, when I was five, my father planted these as a ground cover in a problem area in the front yard of our family home. He died tragically of Hodgkin's Lymphoma when I was 20. Wherever I have ever lived and moved, I have brought plugs of these plants with me to honor the memory of my Dad. They have always thrived.

Here is a picture of my Dad's laughter.

I'm making up some piles of 4-patches for the pieced border that I'm planning to put on my Scrappy Jacob's Ladder and I got two stacks made.

The leader/ender project as I do my stars is still the tiny pinwheels grouped into blocks. Each one is a memory of one of my Sawtooth Stars since they are made from the Flying Geese bonus HST's.

Felix helped me to put out a different quilt on our bed and to get the other one folded and put away. This one is the Antique Churn Dash that I made in 2014 from swapped churn dashes. I love changing up my quilts to get to visit with them for a while, and then change them again.

Lastly, I want to share with all of you a magical experience that happened at Park Hill Farm at dusk yesterday as the sun peeked through a passing shower.

Happy sewing!


gayle said...

Rainbows always bring a smile!
I love seeing your Time Warp stars - and those little pinwheels are just adorable.

Janet O. said...

Two very nice stars!
I love seeing your pretty flowers.
Those are sweet pinwheels.
I am drooling on your churndash quilt, so if you want me to take it and wash it for you, I will send it back--never! *LOL*
Never can resist rainbows. Magical is the perfect word to describe them!

audrey said...

Love seeing rainbows. They always feel special! I like to change up the quilts on my bed occasionally too. So fun to revisit.:)

Nann said...

Thanks for the recap of life at Park Hill Farm! The churn dash quilt turned out so nicely-the red sashing really highlights the blocks. Vinca/periwinkle are so sparkly.

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