Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hello May, Month of April, Another Wrap

No tulips this year!
 Well, how did this happen? Another month zips by and I, for one, will be glad for May. An iffy month for us weather-wise, this April has seen very few of my bulbs surviving the marauding deer. A handful of daffodils survived but hundreds of tulips, hyacinth etc. gone. Evening snacks for those big eyed nibblers. This will change for next year. I saw an organic deterrent recipe to chase the buggers away. Here it is from P. Allen Smith:
  • one quart of water in a blender
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 2 Jalapenos peppers, with seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • blend it, strain it, spray it 
 OK, back to the quilts.  I haven't completed one quilt for the month of April but lots of exciting things in-progress. I have added to the collection of pre-cuts and am becoming a big fan of Jenny Doan's. May will be busy and lots of sewing is in the works. Our little Sew and Sew group is planning a Day Retreat... more on that later.  We are also thinking about incorporating some Christmas in July projects that day as well. Nothing like turning the calendar page to inspire, yes? Here is what happened at Sew and Sews this week. Karen and Linda are beavering away on their loom hats, Kay returned after what seems like a long absence, so glad to see her. Marilyn dropped in and there were lots of books and magazines to drool over. No wonder we have so many irons in the fire. Ever the resourceful one, Rose shared an amazing book about 'confetti' landscape quilting by an amazing Japanese artist. I read it cover to cover on Tuesday night and would only hope to have 1/10th of her talent. More on that some other time. Thanks Rose.    
At our recent TRQ show Pat received this quilt top from the Sister of a Member who had passed unexpectedly. Pat has been finishing it, in her honor.
She even had her initials monogrammed on one of the blocks, and the year 2006.
An act of respect, Pat has nearly completed the quilting and will pass it on to one of the Guild charities in the Fall. The maker would have appreciated that.
Our Jenny has finished and blocked her first hank of  spun wool. We all loved it! Great texture. She may or may not dye it. I think she has a new passion. Who does not like quality wools?

Betty Jane has completed her Airplane Quilt. The 'stars' fabric for the little border and binding are perfect. Another quilt that will go to the TRQ charities.
Well, that's all for now. There was another in-progress quilt, adorable little kittens in pieced little blocks. When it is completed I hope to share it here.

Tune of the Day:
Mr. Blue Sky, ELO

***Bonnie Hunter's finished Cheddar Quilt.

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