Friday, June 3, 2011
many years ago, a creative mom made a set of these for her precious baby daughter. however, life was sometimes unpleasant in the little kingdom and the mother sold the dolls to earn some money. the mother promised herself that one day they would be replaced. that day has come and the dolls have been sent to the daughter, now grown and married, the promise fulfilled.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
tuesday morning before i pulled out the christmas scrappy, i finished this flimsy. now it's off my design wall and in the "baste" pile. my muse must be in a holiday spirit directing me to these christmas-color projects. hmmm, maybe my next project will be to finish the "carolina christmas" flimsy too, you think?
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
this pattern, "woven ribbons," by darlene zimmerman appeared in a 1998 issue of american patchwork and quilting. i tore it out and filed it away because its scrappiness called to me. some time later, i had some WOW scraps with a holly pattern and lots of christmas scraps from tree skirts and other projects. i decided to make a scrappy christmas quilt. today i once again pulled out the shoebox and found that i still like this a lot. so, in the bottom photo you'll see the quilt in progress. in addition to the WOW scraps, i'm using up plain old white scraps as well. this quilt will also be quilted, but there isn't that much white space and plenty of color in this scrappy. this is the only strip done so far, with about 20 more to go, but it's a good way to spend the hours and keep the old viking humming!
with this set of scraps (whites, solids, batiks), i decided to see what they could be used for and made up the block at the bottom. alas, it's totally without zing....scrappy yes but boring! so, back to the drawing board. i decided to use the solids to make some mini 9-patch amish blocks and put the others aside for now. the whites are leftovers from backings and backgrounds of other projects and i just can't simply toss them. i do have a scrappy christmas in progress to use them up, but i'll still have some left over i'm sure. the big problem with white fabric is that it simply STOPS any action in the quilt completely. sometimes i use it purposely for quilting space, but
Monday, May 30, 2011
the 3 eagle chicks at wildlife center of virginia that were rescued after their mother was killed near the nest at norfolk botanical gardens are starting to fledge. two have flown from the nest onto a nearby fake branch within their enclosure. the 3 chicks, a misleading description since they each weigh about 10 pounds, won't be leaving the enclosure for the last time until august but they will soon get some additional room to strengthen their wings and polish their flying technique. it's been educational and fun to watch them grow; sometimes they act just like human toddlers! i'll miss them when they are released, but it's what they were born to do. a calendar will be issued later this year with photos of the parent eagles, a tribute to the mother, dubbed "lady legacy," and of the chicks, proceeds of which benefit the wildlife center. the president of WCV calls the chicks the center's rock stars due to the unprecedented worldwide interest prompting 24-hour online streaming for all their fans. if you want to check them out before they are gone, it's www.wcev.com, the local TV station with a link directly to the eaglecam. one caveat: sometimes there are dead rats or fish in the nest!