Hello once again,
I feel like I am not as committed as I should be to my blog, but it seems like I really don't get the time to play on the computer - as much as I would like to! But, here I am today to say hello and share a few things with you.
Can you believe that we actually got snow this past week here in West Texas?!! I moved from Maine to get away from the stuff - but it found us just the same. It didn't last very long - only a couple of days - which was "sweet" (as my kids would say!). Today, it is in the low 60's with the sun shining brightly. My depression has not reared it's ugly head like it usually does in the gloomy winter of the Northeast. I am thrilled, as is my hubby and family. This was a wonderful move for us. We are planning our trip back to Maine for the months of June and July, so I am excited about seeing my old friends and stomping grounds. As soon as we sell our house in Maine, we will be trying to purchase a "real" house here in Seminole. The house that we are in is sooooo tiny, but at least it's ours! Here's a picture to remind you of what it looks like:
Here's a picture of the house that I would LOVE to purchase. It's got great landscaping (you can't really tell from the picture because the house has been empty for a few years). It has enough land for a horse for Julia (and me!), barn structure and a sequestered master bedroom! Woohoo! Oh - and more than ONE bathroom!
On the camera front I received bad news from the repair shop. My dear old friend, Kodak Easy Share Z740 will cost more to repair than it is worth :(
So I am looking at a new friend!
But, he is a little pricey, so I would have to wait a while to bring him home. He sure is nice though!
Without a camera, I am frustrated as I can't show you pictures of what I am working on. I have tried using my hubby's Blackberry, but because my hands shake the pictures all come out blurry. One thing that is nice about the new guy, is that it has a stabilization feature - that focuses on your subject and snaps the picture without the shaking. I'm not sure how that all works, but I like it!!
I am still working on my Civil War blocks - although I am behind 2 weeks. These blocks seem to be tricky for everyone. But I am not concerned about being perfect with them - I can always add some sort of sashing to make them all a uniform size. I am also working on the Birdies Stitch block #2. I only have the block made - the embroidery will have to wait until next week. I also found a new stitchery BOM from my friend Lyn over at BlueBird Quilts. Check the link out on my sidebar - I have a feeling that it is going to be beautiful when we are all done - Lyn does fantastic work! The BOM is called Retro Nine Patch.
Two more projects that I have luckily come upon in the last few days are two that I would love to share with you. The first is from The Quilt Room over in Dorking, Surrey England. On their blog, they have offered a free BOM for a classic sampler quilt made from a jelly roll. The quilt is lovely! The BOM started last year, but you can still download the block patterns until March 31st of this year. So hurry over - here is the link for the last block and finishing instructions. If you scroll back through their monthly archives, you will find each block pattern. Also I thought you would like to see a picture of the completed quilt. Isn't it pretty?!!
The last little pattern I would like to share with you today is something I found while surfing this morning. It's a darling stitchery pattern - perfect for Valentine's Day or even just as a framed block. Here's a picture and here is your link.
Mollie Johanson was so sweet in responding to my permission request. Maybe you have seen her blog already - Wild Olive - but it was my first - and not last - visit to her today. She is very talented as is Michelle Clement from Scissor Quirk - the creator of this pattern!
Well, that's it for today. I hope to be back again soon - maybe to show you my new camera???