Tuesday, April 1, 2014

spring has sprung

hi all! I thought I'd pop in and say a quick hello before I dive into a massive to-do list. the grass is turning green and the birds are singing, it's hard to make time to stay indoors and get things done! Here's what I'm working on this week:

Finishing a 14" x 14" quilted pillow for the school auction.

A test block for the next issue of 100 Blocks. We had a short break after finishing the last issue, and it's time to go again!



I started a quilt for my cousin Katie - who is due, like, really soon. I have my blocks almost finished, and today some fabric I got on #thegreatfabricdestash came for the back. I am excited about how this one is coming along! It's the Kisses quilt from the Modern Applique Workbook.



KC Scrappy Bee blocks - gosh I am so behind! I have Lesley's bookshelf block to do, Nikki's blocks (above) to deliver or mail. I missed this March's meeting because Zach was sick, so I didn't get my kit yet, I don't even know whose turn it is!

Around the Block Quilt Along - I am behind there too. This is my week though, so you'll get to see my block on Wednesday.

The baby chicks are getting their feathers in! Gwen and Evie, the barred rocks, are a lot tamer than Charlotte and Esther, the silver laced wyandottes. Those two are super skittish and tend to freak whenever they are disturbed. I need to make a few changes to the run before they are introduced to the flock.

The garden is tilled but I still need to get my onions & strawberries in the ground. No potatoes this year.

Oy. On the bright side, I have knocked some things OFF my list, like shopping for baseball gear with my 8 year old. He had to get his first cup, lol. Soccer practices and games for all four of our kids. Preparing for AJ's First Communion. Troy is working an outage, which means 5 days of 12 hour shifts on, one day off. Ugh. I'm still working at the quilt shop on Fridays, and I even made it to my local Pieces & Patches guild meeting this month! Thank goodness for free babysitters like my mom and sis-in-law!



I took a workshop at guild with Donna Lynn Thomas, which was fun. We worked on her Shimmering Leaves block, and her technique has got my mind whirling with ideas to use it in other projects!



She stresses accuracy, and gives lots of advice on achieving it.

I have a few other things in the works, like a summer sewing workshop for kids! But that deserves it's very own post and as I said, I have a lot to do right now. I better get to it, but be sure to stop back in tomorrow for my block tutorial!

happy sewing!

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