Thursday, April 26, 2007


“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”-Rainer Maria Rilke

It seems that we're done with the snow, this time of year I'm so glad to live here. Some early flowers were damaged by the last snow, but some of the heartier ones have popped back up. I recently found my first trillium of the year in our woods. In the background are the Mayapple (or Mandrake) just starting to open up. Unfortunately, they're invasive and are taking over the trillium beds.
These were taken a few days ago, today we've had a gloomy day and lots of rain. This weekend is supposed to be nice though, so hopefully we'll finally get the bikes out again.

The dogs love a walk in the woods, though Chance (our border collie) is getting old and can't be out when we cut wood anymore. He'll wander right under the tree we're trying to cut down and it seems that his hearing comes and goes.
He's such a sweetheart, it's sad to see him getting so old.

In quilting news; I found these old blocks a couple of days ago at a local antique store. I find the old fabrics interesting, I believe the 16 patch blocks are from around 1900, maybe earlier. The turquoise blocks are strange, they kind of look like something you'd see in a microscope.

I'll hand wash these carefully and put them away with the others I've collected, maybe someday they can be used as a teaching tool to show what the fabrics from different years were like.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Madman II is finished...

Since I had leftover blocks from the similar quilt I made a while ago for son #1, I thought I would continue on with another one. I was kidding myself, thinking it would use up a lot of my batik stash. Nah, you can't even tell any is missing, but I'm learning to live with it. This is all machine done, which is unusual for me, but it's kind of fun trying out different quilting patterns on the blocks.

I'm not worried about it being perfect, as I'm just learning machine quilting, and nobody is going to be judging this, so it's all good. The flip side is made mostly from the brighter batiks that I don't really care too much for (my kids like that side, though). Not sure why I bought them, they must have appealed to me at the time. This quilt will be my youngest son's birthday present, I don't have a clue what kind of quilts he likes (he just says "No flowers!), but I think he'll be happy with this.

Have you ever heard of a dog that eats apples? Maybe it's not as odd as I think, but all our dogs love them. It started with my daughter's dog, Natalie (left), who has always loved to play catch with the many apples from the apple trees in our yard. One day she decided to eat one and apparently she liked it. She misses the apples so much when the season is over, that we have to buy outdated apples from the store to keep her happy. Since the dogs are all a bit jealous of what the other has, now they all yearn for apples. Weird.
The grass is growing, as you can see, but we're still having chilly temps for this time of year. I'm not going to whine about it too much, because at least we didn't get hit with the big storms that hit the east in the last few days. Many of our spring flowers were too damaged by the snow to come back, but some are actually making a valiant effort to bloom.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to comment on the tragedy at Virginia Tech, but I feel like I shouldn't just post and pretend it didn't happen. It's so heartbreaking, all those young peoples' lives cut short and the many, many people who are devastated by the loss. My thoughts and prayers are with those who are mourning the lives lost there.

Sunday, April 08, 2007


A week or so ago we had a couple of 80 degree days, flowers were blooming, we bought new bikes, took a couple of rides & were really enjoying the spring, then the snow came back. We've had several inches of accumulation in the last couple of days, and I'm doing a lot of whining about it. I like winter, but it wears on me after a while & I dream of sunshine. Hopefully this won't last long and we'll be back into normal temps for this time of year.

By the way, Happy Easter! This is a wall hangingI made a couple of years ago. I didn't read the pattern very carefully when I bought it, I was thinking of something about half that size to hang on the front door. I got to use up some of my scrap stash anyway & I do love the bunnies. Hopefully someday I'll figure out where to hang it. If I can find the pattern I'll edit this and give credit to the designer.

Not much going on around here so I'll keep this post short. I think I'll just close the curtains and look at my pictures from our California trip last month until the snow goes away.