Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Bowl is not Empty!

The Empty Bowls project hosts a sale in Round Rock this year.  For sale are bowls made by area children; the proceeds go to the food pantry.   It's held at a primary school, with pottery demonstrations, music from school groups, and general celebration.

I've been meaning to go for years, and finally made it.  I bought one bowl (it came with a side of soup) that was interesting - kind of flat, metallic gray on the inside, pastel and lumpy on the outside, and with a chip in the rim.  It doesn't photograph well.  But it sits on my coffee table and reminds me that I have food to eat whenever I want.  Food of my own choosing. Nutritious food or frivolous food.

I also bid on a little heart shaped red bowl at the silent auction.  I don't know if the hole in the bottom was intentional, but the sale organizers made a silk purse out of a sow's ear by adding a begonia in just the right color and calling it a planter.

Yesterday I got the call that I had one this sweet little piece and I was very pleased  I may have to transplant the begonia into something larger, but for now, it will grace my table and make me smile.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring 2015




My iris have been wonderful this year.  I've shared with a number of friends and they are still plentiful.
They only last a day after being picked, but the buds will bloom if left in the water.

My ajuga bed is full of blooms, too.  I had bought about a half dozen plants from the nursery at Bee Caves and Mopac when they went out of business.  Ajuga can be invasive, but these are confined to a bed bordered by sidewalk and decomposed granite pathway.  I've been sharing with my sister, and can afford to thin out more for friends later this year.


Some of the iris came from my daughter's yard - they put in a patio and passed the plants on to me.  
Others came from my sister, who had gotten them from my Mother's yard.  So the iris are a family thing.   
I planted one plant by each post and one more halfway between.  They have really spread.  My neighbor on the other side of the fence is enjoying some, too.
I have plans to share when the blooming stops and it's time to divide them up.




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Vanilla on the Wall


Although I plan to give this quilt to my granddaughter in a few years, I am using it now to add texture and interest to my living room wall.  It's a smallish wall, directly by the traffic flow, so I don't want to put furniture there.

I hung the Vanilla quilt there and was pleased to see that it left a border of about 2 inches all the way around.  A perfect fit.

The colors blend in well with my cottage decor and it really makes me smile as I look at it.

Janie did a wonderful job of quilting it on her longarm with the Rambling Rosepantograph.  I like a swirly quilting design on a very geometrical quilt.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Only in Texas

My friend Kay took this amazing picture of her bluebonnet plants the other day.  It was five degrees below freezing and the bluebonnet plants were iced over.  What a fascinating picture.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tea Party

A Tea Party was scheduled at One Quilt Place in Fredericksberg during our last retreat in Stonewall. 

Kay let us know, so we all signed up.

We all dressed up and had a great time. Kathleen borrowed some wonderful hats.  Several of us found gloves in our wardrobes.  There were pearls and lace and rhinestones!

While we enjoyed tea and sweets,the Andover fabric rep gave us a program on the Downton Abby line, including information about the making of fabrics, including the process of batik making.

After the tea, we went fabric shopping.










The waitresses (granddaughters of the shop owner and one of the workers) were seen at the shop conferring with one of the workers.  They were all so cute and well mannered.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pink Linus Quilt

I turned in three quilts to the Linus Connection yesterday.
This pink one was made from two Riley Blake salesman's samples that I got at the last month's meeting.  I only had to add one other fabric (a Moda) to cut enough squares.

My daughter bought the red fleece to back it with.

The binding is a pink diagonal stripe - I love stripes for binding.

         

The second quilt was made from three fat quarters that were a gift exchange item at Christmas, featuring cartoon mermaids.  I added two additional prints and backed it with leftovers.   Don't know why I didn't get a picture.

The third was actually just a top and a pieced backing in dark red, green, and brown.  This was made from leftovers from the kit from last month.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Present

Yesterday I had a nice cup of Chai tea in the teacup and saucer that my friend Maxine gave me.  It was made in Bavaria by the Johann Haviland company.

Today I will go to her house to help her celebrate her 90th birthday.

It's said that
Old friends are the best friends. 

And this is true in many senses.