Wednesday, May 8, 2013

it's official!

 A mere 7 weeks after the first day of spring on the calendar, we are finally getting in the swing of things here!  It has been a long, drawn-out end to winter, with a few glimpses of sun and warmth to tease us along through an unusually cold period.  Late snows and ice only added to the frustration.  But now the leaves are getting cleared from the garden, the asparagus is poking through the earth and my rhubarb is thriving!
So today I am having the annual ceremony of putting away my winter head, neck and hand wear!  Some stuff gets used a lot, some only occasionally, depending on the mood.  So now it can all move back to the storage closet!  Yay!

I just had a nice visit with my parents--
don't they look good?!
We were getting ready to snap a picture of mom's most recent quilt project, which I will show you in a couple of weeks after it is properly gifted.  She spent all winter hand quilting it, listening to a large collection of books on tape to help pass the time.

I started on another project using the English paper piecing method.  These are little tumbler pieces, 
1 1/2" tall.  I have enough cut and prepared for 3 more rows.  I had a little pre-cut pack of Moda fabrics so they all go together nicely.  It was Moda's "candy bar" size, 2 1/2" x 5".  I could fit 2 little tumbler pieces from each of the fabrics in the pack.  Stitching them up is easy, just sewing them side-to-side to make a row and then joining the straight edge to the next row.  All I have to really concentrate on is getting the colors well dispersed.  I will either cut the right and left edges off straight and sew on border strips, or I could applique the piece with the zig-zag edges to a background.  Not sure yet!  What would you do?


MissesStitches said...

I would do a zig-zag edge, I think. Glad you're finally getting some spring. Great picture of the 'rents!

Pam said...

I am leaning towards the zig-zag look, too. But now I wonder if I should make it into something. A new cover for my Kindle?