Friday, April 30, 2010

Flowers for my Birthday


For my Pink Saturday post I am sharing photos of the beautiful flowers I received from my DH.  Aren't they beautiful.  I had a birthday this month and he surprised me with these lovely flowers.  I hope you enjoy seeing the lovely arrangement.  I had a wonderful birthday here in Kentucky.  It has been a few years since we have celebrated my birthday here at our vacation home.  DH and I had a great dinner at a wonderful restaurant.  My Aunt Mabel baked me a birthday cake complete with "1" candle. 

For more Pink Saturday posts be sure to visit Beverly's How Sweet the Sound.  If you like flowers, check out Sissi's blog for a lovely arrangement and other pinks.

Iris in Bloom

I've been anxiously awaiting the blooming of my iris.  Aren't these two colors lovely.  There are still other colors that will be blooming in a few days.  These plants were given to me by my Aunt Helen.  They were growing in her yard and she was thinning out her beds.  They were planted in my yard 4 years ago.  This is the first time I have been able to see them in bloom.  We usually are on our way back to Arizona by the end of April but this year we are staying until later in May. 

We haven't purchased an of the flowering plants here at our vacation home.  All have come from relative's homes.  I have flowers from my aunt's homes, uncles, grandmother's and greatgrandmother's.  We have enjoyed springtime here in the country.  DH has been fishing and hunting for turkey.  Quite a change from our Arizona home and lifestyle.  We are blessed to be able to experience both country and city life in our retirement. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

March Fresh and Fancy Table Runner

I finished my March Fresh and Fancy table runner yesterday.  I love the spring colors.  The runner is made from a kit by Cotton Way.  The fabric is Spring Fever by Moda Fabrics.  The runner was quite simple to make and the kit included enough of the print fabric to make a second table runner.  I will need to puchase the background fabric and rick rack if I decide to make a second.  I'm not a fan of raw edges but I think it will be fine for this table runner. 
I can see a beautiful spring floral arrangement in the center of the runner.  Maybe I will have enough iris blooms from our yard.  I'm hoping for my first blooms today or tomorrow.   I could see the beautiful colors peeking out yesterday. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

January Fresh and Fancy table runner

Fresh and Fancy table runner for January is finished.  Yesterday was a very rainy day here in Ky.  I decided to finish this table runner.  I didn't follow the recommended quilting but I am very pleased with the results.  You can see quilting design on the back of the runner.  This series is by Cotton Way.  The idea is to have a reversible table runner (Fresh on one side and Fancy on the other).  The fabric is by Moda.  The kits are part of the table runner of the month club from Fat Quarter.Com

Now I'm off the finish the March table runner with the bright colors.  It is pin basted and ready to quilt. 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ripples and Stripes

Happy Pink Saturday

I'm back for Pink Saturday after a short vacation.  For this week I have decided to share two of my current projects.  The first is a ripple afghan.  The second is the back of my March table runner from the Fresh and Fancy table runner of the month.  I had hoped to have the top completed also but we had a family cookout in our backyard on Friday.  I was busy with preparations and didn't quite finish the top so I decided to share the pattern picture with you.

I posted my January table runner earlier in the week.  The table runner series is by Cotton Way.  I purchased the kits from Fat Quarter.com.  So far I'm very impressed with the kits I have received.  The fabrics are from Moda.  The fabric for the table runner above is Moda's Spring Fever.  Don't you just love all the spring colors (especially the pinks).

Happy Pink Saturday to all.  To see more Pink Saturday blogs check out Beverly's How Sweet the Sound

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Table Runner

I am back in blogland after a vacation.  I just completed this top for a tablerunner.  I joined the Fresh and Fancy Table Runner of the Month club by Cotton Way at Fat Quarter Shop.com.   This the is January table runner.  I completed the top and the back yesterday.  Later this week I will add the backing and do the machine quilting.  Thus far I have been impressed with the kits.  They include more than enough fabric for the project.  Not like some kits where the fabric is cut so close that one little miscue and the project is trash. 

The fabric for this table runner is Simple Abundance by Moda.  It is reversible as are all the table runners.  One side is "Fresh" and the other "Fancy".   I will post a photo of the back after the runner is completed.   I am now working on the March table runner.  It is so bright and springy.  I have the back completed and now it's time for the front.  Since it has a number of pink fabrics, I plan to post a pic for Pink Saturday later the week.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cody our Rescue Dog

I just had to post this picture of our Cody.  I posted about him 6 weeks ago.  We adopted him from a rescue organization in February.  Isn't he just the cutest little thing.  One of his favorite resting spots is on our bed.  He loves to sit (or lay) on top of the pillows on the bed.  I thought you might enjoy this pic. 

He is the most mellow and well behaved dog.  We would love to know his story since he was picked up as a stray.  He has a chip but the phone number was disconnected.  We are so lucky to have him.  We think he was an apartment dog.  At first he was a little intimidated by the big back yard but he is adjusting.  We're not sure he was ever allowed to roam off leash. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Family in Fabric Cousins

This is my third Family in Fabric page.  This is a photo of my oldest cousins, Bobby and Joyce.  The picture had the date of May 11, 1944 written on the back by my Aunt Ruby.  I just love their little outfits.  I had this vintage pattern that is very similar to their outfits.  The pattern is dated 1943.  The little applique pattern was still in the pattern envelope.  I decided to do tailor tacks through the holes (just like my Aunt Ruby would have done when making the pattern).  The old patterns had no writing on the tissue pattern pieces.  To make the patterns, the seamstress would use tailor's tacks.   The blue background fabric is from a vintage apron and I added the middy braid.

Embellishments on this page include vintage Oh Baby pearl buttons, hooks and eyes that had a price tag of 15 cents, a vintage button, safety pins, and a red felt applique bunny.  I also included a transparency of part of the instruction sheet.  These are such fun.  I will be binding the edges with seam binding when I have more pages completed.

Another Refashioned Necklace

I made this refashioned necklace for my sister's birthday.  It is made from a vintage Trifari necklace and a vintage cameo pin.  The medallion is crocheted from a black floral cotton print.  I gave her the option of selecting one of my other refashioned pieces but she liked this one.  She was impressed with how very lightweight the necklace is and she will be comfortable wearing it all day.  I enjoy going through my vintage jewelry stash and finding just the right pieces for my refashioned jewelry.  (Using items from my studio is one of my goals for the year) 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Vintage Birthday Wishes

My sister's birthday is next week.  I decided this was a good time to share with you a few of my vintage Birthday cards.  Five of them have been mailed and three have postdates of 1910.   One is posted 1913 and the other 1914.  The penny stamps are still on the back of the card.  Most were mailed from Ohio.  The sister card was never mailed but appears to be from the same date.  All are embossed.  I love the vintage images on the cards.  I think my favorite is the bottom card with the birds.  I have over 30 vintage Birthday cards in my collection.  Hope you enjoy seeing these cards as I wish my sister a Happy Birthday. 

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter quilting


This week we are posting Easter Pink and Yellow.  I hope the oranges qualify as yellow (after all orange is yellow + red) 

I made these little Easter quilts last year and decided to share them with you.  The pattern for the Easter Bunny Quilt was in a quilting magazine last spring.  I don't remember which one.  The bunnies and tails are applique.  I purchased the fabric at Granny's Attic.  Granny's was my favorite quilt store in Kentucky but went out of business last summer.  Another victim of the economy. 

The quilted egg is made of fabric strips from my stash.  I used the strip quilting method.  I also made the carrot tablerunner with the same method.  It's fun to get out the Easter quilts and use then during the Easter season.  Happy Quilting and Happy Pink Saturday. 

For more Easter Pinks check out the list on Beverly's How Sweet the Sound.  On BJ's Sweet Nothings you will  find wonderful pink goodies (and some great looking food).  Enjoy your visit.