Friday, April 17, 2015

A Bit of Everything

Since I don’t have much sewing that I can share yet I will show you what the week was like around here.
We escaped for a few days to Carmel By The Sea with my sister, brother and their spouses.  It was beautiful – warm and sunny.  Often it is foggy and cold so this was a welcomed change for us. 


I was certain that this charming little house must have belonged to a quilter with the wonderful roof.  In researching it, we discovered it is called Casita de Lemos after the owner of the home who was an artist, architect, printer and apparently creative individual.  I still think it would be a great home for a quilter. 

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We drove up Hwy 1 on our way north and the ocean views were spectacular.  There is one location along the journey that is home to the elephant seals.  The males have already headed north, but the females and the juveniles are in the molting stage on the beach.  There are seals for as far as you can see.

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With our very dry and warm winter, our tortoises came out of hibernation early.  That also meant that the female tortoise laid her eggs early too. 

Head in………

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egg out…….

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She generally lays around seven eggs.  We had to leave shortly after the first egg was out and she had them all buried when we checked on her next.  Incubation takes 90-120 days.

It’s a busy weekend ahead for us with several birthdays in the family.  It should be a fun one. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Unscheduled Days

My scheduled days this week got canceled which allowed for me to have a little fun in the creativity corner.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  No guilt allowed!

One of my DILs asked me to come up with a spring table runner.  My thoughts immediately went to flowers.

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The exceptionally talented Wendy at Ivory Spring blog had a fabulous Thread Talk tutorial on what she calls her Riley Blake-ish quilted flower.  I thought this would be a perfect time to give it a try.  They are not nearly as perfect as Wendy’s, but they were quite fun to stitch. 

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I also finished up my mini quilt for the ALQS9 swap.  I am calling it "Loose Marbles" because it reminds me of spilled marbles.  I have participated in this swap for many years and LOVE the way this one is handled.  The deadline for participating was extended to April 20th in case anyone is still interested. 


The other day I popped into my favorite “fun” shop (Home Goods) and saw this great storage box.  How could I pass it up?  I can think of a million things to store in it.


……and it is big!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tea for Two - Last Day

How can it be the last day already?  Haven't we had fun?  I wish to thank everyone who participated in the hop for their hard work and timely completions.  I know that I have been inspired and have seen so many pieces that I would love to own.  You have been a GREAT team!

A special thanks goes out to Cori for the perfect pattern and to Madame Samm for her endless ideas and energy to gather the world of stitchers to share, inspire and motivate us.  

It has been my pleasure to have been your cheerleader through this hop.  Now we can fill our cups for the last time and enjoy it with our Tea for Two-ers for today.

April 7th

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tea for Two - Day Three


Did everyone have a great weekend?  Are you ready to get back to more Tea?  I know that I am.  Grab that cup again and come along for the fun.

April 6th

April 7th

Friday, April 3, 2015

Eye Candy

Since I have been doing some sewing that can't be shared quite yet, I will show you some pretty eye candy.  Do you remember the NY Beauty blocks that my sister was making?  Well....she sent me a picture of her finished top.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I love the border fabrics that she used.  It is a queen sized quilt.


Having finished that, she said she was ready for some no-curved, mindless piecing and started her next project.  I love this one too.  The colors are beautiful.


We will have houseguests for the weekend so it will be a busy one here.  I hope it is a delightful one wherever you are.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tea for Two - Day Two

Did everyone enjoy their cups of tea yesterday?  These hops never cease to amaze me with the creativity that is poured out.  I so enjoyed the different takes on the same wonderful pattern.  

We have more tea stops today.  Be sure to grab those cups and sit a spell with today's participants.

We will have a short break but we'll be back on Monday.  I wish a blessed Easter to all who celebrate the day.  

April 2nd

April 6th

April 7th

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tea for Two

So sorry this is late publishing. It was scheduled to go live, but failed to do so.  Maybe it was a nasty April Fool's joke.

Although today is April Fool’s Day, it is no joke that we are kicking off our Tea for Two Blog Hop this morning.  Thank you so much to Madame Samm who blogs at Sew We Stitch for coming up with another wonderful hop.  Thank you as well to Cori who creates the most amazing designs for us to stitch.

My take on this design included a multitude of techniques – applique, free motion quilting, embroidery and Brazilian embroidery. 







Now......please grab your cup of tea and join the rest of the participants in this hop.  I am sure you will be inspired by what you will see.

April 1st
Doris guest posting at Sew We Stitch
April 2nd
April 6th
April 7th
I'll leave you with a parting shot of my rose garden.