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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Modern Quilt Challenge!

I am so excited about the 2014 Northwest Quilting Expo Challenge from the Pine Needle's West Side Modern Club! 

 Here's the beginnings of my pallet.


 My kicker color - orange! =)  Don't worry, it will make sense...hopefully...eventually!


And the best part is it goes with the idea I was already planning for my next project.


Some inspiration.

  
And finally...now can you see where my oranges come in? =)


The Challenge -  Make a modern quilt inspired by a Portland Oregon bridge.  We had a fabulous speaker who really got everyone excited about our local bridges.  Who knew bridges could be so fascinating. 


As you can see we have quite a few bridges to choose from.  The Portland Modern Quilt Guild will be joining in on the challenge.  Perfect, since I am in both groups I can make one quilt for both...right?  lol

Friday, April 19, 2013

Grandkids


Sisters (and best friends) on another fun adventure =)
Ages one and three.

We have comb!


 The girls have been busy!


Words can not express how exciting it was to see comb this morning.


The windows have been steamed up the past few days so we couldn't see what was happening.  


Hope the queen is healthy and doing her thing =)  We need some babies!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Backing

Oops I forgot to show you the backing Carrie!



Friday, April 12, 2013

Carrie I'm coming home!


Carrie's quilt is ready to be shipped! 
 

Can I just say I love this quilt. (Click pic to enlarge)
  
  
 Happy, happy, happy =)


  We all know how much I like me a happy quilt, and this one is HAPPY.


Some quilts are harder than others to return to their owners.  This is one of them.


  The odd thing is it has butterflies all over it!  Creepy little things.  Ew, makes my skin crawl just thinking about them.  I was traumatized by butterflies once and I still haven't gotten over it, lol.  But I love this quilt =)  No worries Carrie, The fact that you have chickens redeems you from buying butterfly fabric.  

(Darn it all, it is cute fabric!!)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I'm a beekeeper!

The girls have arrived and I'm hooked!  3 days into it and I can tell I'm going to love this. 

We picked up the bees in the screened boxes below the hives.   The tin cans held their sugar water.  No amount of shaking would free the last few bees and we had to leave them to find their own way out.  Sadly a few didn't make it out and I found them dead the next day.  How odd to be so sad over a few dead bees!

 Here's their view.  Not bad eh?  The field is surrounded by blackberries 
and there are blueberries behind the hives.

 The blue painters tape will come off in a few days.  It's covering the roof venting.  We didn't want the bees to be confused as to where they should enter the hives.

Apparently bees like dirty water.  They also drown very easily so you want to give them plenty of things to crawl on to get to the water.  It's best to have a very close water supply so they aren't tempted to use the neighbors pool or dog dish. 

video

I wish you could hear them, the sound is unreal.  It was amazing to stand in the middle of thousands of buzzing bees.   At one point they got a little agitated and the hum changed to a louder buzzing.  My heart was pounding and I hoped the suit would protect me.  It did, so far so good, lol.  No smoke was needed.  
Good bees!

video 

The queen bee comes in a little wooden box with a candy plug in it.  The worker bees chew their way to the queen to free her.  Hopefully once she is free they know her scent and protect her rather than kill her.  As you can see by the empty box, she has been freed and hopefully is in the middle of the huddled bees where they are keeping her warm...and not killing her!  lol

Thank you Norm and Diane for letting us use your property!!

Friday, April 5, 2013

A little catching up

  Kate's lovely Quilt

One of  Edlamae's many gorgeous kimono quilt's.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A fun little challenge

AnnMarie asked me to join her in a Scrap Attack (String Fever) challenge last month.  I must admit to forgetting about it until I got the reminder email and link from her today. 


Scrap Attack {String Fever}

I'm actually very excited to do this =) A few years ago I started saving selvages.  I had great plans to make a fabulous selvage quilt highlighting selvages from my sister's Barbara and Teri's fabric lines.  Can I just say I have no idea where that box even is now.  But come Saturday morning the hunt is on!!  Some day my great grandchildren can play find the great aunts names!  lol


Too bad I already finished Swamp Thing 2.  It would have fit the guide lines perfectly.  Oh well, onto the challenge.


Recognize these fabrics?  Yup, they are left overs from the quilt on top of this page.  I still have enough strips for at least one more large quilt. 


But I think it's time to give this color palate and rest for a bit.  (I very little bit...as you will soon see)

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