Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Few Finishes

My time in Texas is getting short.
I fly back to New England on April Fool's Day.
I won't go into any details, but that's pretty significant.
I've been finishing up some of my projects,
and setting my daughter up with a few gifts for giving later.

Thought I had complete my Goodnight Irene QAL.
I used RJR charm squares and I had to square up every one of them
before I could cut them into 2.5" squares.
Some didn't even measure 5" on any side!
It was pretty frustrating and I wasn't very happy.
It took 4 charm packs because 1/3 of each charm pack
was yellow and blue.
I've purchase fabric for binding
and will layer it when I get back up to the island.

I've been learning how to crochet and have made my SIL
an afghan for his October birthday.
Since I won't be here, I wanted it finished and wrapped
before I leave.
He's 6'3" and this afghan is  pretty close to 6 feet long.
Nothing like planning ahead, huh?

This poor excuse for a picture shows a set
I made for my daughter's next baby shower.
And with the left over fabric I made

a quick mug rug for her boss.
I just loved working with that orange polka-dot!

I know you were expecting a bird,
but this moth is almost as big!
This is a White-lined Sphinx Moth,
Hyles lineata,
sometimes referred to as a Hummingbird Moth.
It's wing span of 2 - 3" wide!
I heard it banging against the light in the garage early one morning
and it was very loud.  At first, I thought it WAS a bird!
Sure is pretty, for a moth.
This moth's range is throughout the United States,
 extending north into southern and mid western Canada,
 and south into Mexico.
I hope you are having a quilty week,
and are staying warm, safe, and busy.
I'm sure that spring is just around the corner.
Mother Nature, have mercy!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Where I've Been

Having recently returned from camping
on the Texas Gulf Shore for a couple of weeks,
I find myself too busy winding up my winter TX visit,
having little time to spend on the computer.
The only sewing I've accomplished is finishing up my
Operation Homefront-Texas Giving Quilts
(see previous post)
and making a chevron baby quilt for a friend.
That said, I'd like to thank the many blogging friends
who have taken the time to check in with me.
Many thanks to my daughter,

who lent me her camper,
visited for a few days,
and good-naturedly took me
out of the park on a birding adventure.
Double thanks to her better half
for hauling me the 3 hours down to the Gulf,
setting me up comfortably,
and returning in the pouring rain to bring me back home,
all without complaint.
I am a lucky girl!!
I had an awesome time despite the weather,
(mind you, I had my sewing machine at the ready!)
saw lots of birds,

(Short-billed Dowitchers)
and met many more geeky birders,

and small.

Believe it or not,
I didn't visit one quilt shop.
Have a great day!