Monday, April 28, 2014

RSC14 - Purple!

Scrappy on-point purple 4-patches
The last of the purple 4-patches for my yearlong RSC "4-Patch Revisited" (pattern by Bonnie Hunter).
Blue Lozenges
Catching up with my blue blocks from a couple of months ago with my leader/ender project for the year "Lozenges" (pattern by Bonnie Hunter).

Linking up to RSC14 and Scrap Basket Sunday.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Indentifying flowering trees

I know some of my blog followers are also avid gardeners.  Maybe you can help me identify these beautiful flowering trees in my new yard.  Please help!!!

First off, I'm pretty sure that this is a Dogwood...

But, how about this gorgeous purple one?

And this lovely white fluffy one?

And last, this pretty adorable white one?

Thanks for all of your help!  We are loving springtime in our new home.  So far, we've got these beautiful trees blooming (and one more I can't identify that already lost all of it's blooms - they only lasted for a week!!!), daffodils, and lots of hostas coming up!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

April's UFO is DONE!

Just in time for the end of the month!  This quilt began as 6 pre-printed blocks that were cross-stitched about 10 years ago.  Yep, they've been sitting in a plastic ziploc baggie on the UFO pile for THAT long!  You can read more about them here.
Now, they have become a really cute twin size quilt using some inspiration from a photo of a quilt on the internet called "Serendipity."    I was really nervous about quilting this one, but I was determined to do something "custom" that I learned from my APQS classes with Dawn Cavanaugh.  One thing that really stuck with me was the continuous curve quilting technique that she taught.  So, that was what I tried (after convincing myself that if it didn't work out,  this was a 10 year old UFO and I could give it away or donate it if I didn't like the result).
As you can see, it came out okay.  Nothing fancy, perfect, (or even symmetrical) since I didn't do any marking or try any ruler work.  This is just straight freehand (I probably should have tried a little harder - afterall, Dawn DID teach me better than that).  Not great, but not bad either...I can live with this as my first attempt.

 And, of course a pieced backing (using up another set of blocks that have been in the UFO pile/stash for just as long as the blocks on the front).  And, I've finally used up the rest of the rose yardage (surrounding the rose blocks).  There's just scraps left of that fabric (after using it as a main fabric in "And Many More" - Bonnie Hunter's pattern "Florabunda," and as a border on my "Bowdacious!").
I already added a little label onto the bottom right-hand corner, but I have yet to name this quilt.  Suggestions are certainly appreciated!  This baby is now in the washing machine getting all nice and crinkly!  Now, onto the next project....

Vintage Rose Tiles
  Serendipity (internet photo, no credit given)
Size: 65x90"
Quilting:  free motion beginning custom
Quilting Thread:  Glide white

Today, I'm linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes, 12 Finishes in 2014, Sew Darn Crafty, and Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop?  Hop on over to these blogs to see what other quilters are finishing this month!