Archive for July, 2010

mellow yellow

July 16, 2010

patchwork snowball

Finally settled on a design I’m happy with for the doll quilt swap. The yellow strip patchwork is paper-pieced and then combined with Kona cotton in Ash.  I really like how calm the yellow and grey are together, despite being contrasting colors.  I’ll probably just stick to the ash for all the sashing and maybe throw in a snowball in a contrast color, like so:

idea for DQS9 layout

Completely unrelated, anyone have any ideas on the identity of this plant?  The previous residents of our place left behind a plastic pot filled with dirt, which surprised us by sprouting this pretty plant a few months ago.



yard work is hard work

July 6, 2010

front yard in progress

I’m still struggling with a design for my doll quilt swap contribution, so I am going to take a step back for a few weeks and work on other projects, including the addition of butterfly/hummingbird/flower area to our front yard. I didn’t get much work done on it yesterday, due to some relaxing obligations ($1 movie date) with the husband and the insane blistering Texas heat. But before long it’ll be filled with Texas sage, red bird of paradise, orange esperanza, mounding lantana and maybe more from a nearby nursery.

asterisk block


July 2, 2010

I’ve been making a conscious effort to update this blog regularly, but occasionally the time just slips away from me.  There’s been a lot of sewing and a lot of cooking, but there’s also been a good bit of this:

nitro <3s turbo

I did experiment a bit with some scraps and solids trying to come up with some ideas for a Doll Quilt Swap 9 and I’ve gotten about 15 blocks sewn up for my Wonderland quilt.


I have 3 days off this weekend, so I’m hoping to get some more quilting experiments sewn up and make a final decision on the doll quilt. And there are some socks unfinished from 2008 that need knitting. I also need to squeeze in some yard work, if the rains from Hurricane Alex allow.  And we should so some cooking, so we’ll have lunches next week.  and and and… I should probably make a to-do list, eh?