Monday, November 14, 2011

Breakfast Company

While Barb and I were out browsing Christmas craft shows on Saturday, we made a quick stop at Erickson Feed and Seed.  I've been wanting a bird feeder for my kitchen window.

This morning I enjoyed my morning coffee with the birds.

I was a little concerned when the first bird that I noticed trying to land on the feeder was a blue jay -- I thought he would scare away the chickadees.  I guess they don't scare that easy.

This sure beats rushing out the door to work before the sun comes up!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Enjoying the View

from my window.

My first thought was how charming those little leaves on my lilac bush looked as they bravely weathered the first snowfall.

And naturally, my second thought was -- wouldn't that pretty yellowish green and white with a touch of grey/brown and the dash of turquoise look great in a quilt?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Retirement Day Two

Slept in til 8 a.m.  By then my back was so sore it was hard to get out of bed.  But I did it with a smile.

Maybe today I'll baste my November UFO challenge quilt and get it ready to quilt.

In order to lay it out for basting, I'd have to wash the kitchen floor .  So we'll see.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It's Official!

My first day of retirement today!  Julie and Judy put together a fun party last night and lots of good friends came to help me celebrate.  You can see some of the crowd over on the Homeless Page.  Having friends to share the joys in life is a wonderful blessing.

Everyone wanted to know what I'll be doing now that I'm retired.   I'm sure a lot of my days will be spent in my sewing corner, but for today -- I did next to nothing. 

I donned my new lounging pants,

and spent the day enjoying the fact that I don't have to do anything tomorrow either!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

October UFO Challenge Finish

Just a couple of days late with this finish -- that's close enough for me!    My challenge for this month was to complete a baby quilt from my small bin of 30's fabrics.  I thought for sure this would be a log cabin quilt but that didn't work out too well.  I rethought my plan and came up with this.

I'm not sure why it took so long -- just a lazy month I guess.  With retirement coming in a few more days, I've been pushing off everything "until I retire!"  I finally decided this project couldn't wait for retirement and finished it.

I quilted it 1/4" from the seam in the sashing and in the ditch in the blocks.  The quilt measures 37" square so it didn't take long to quilt it. 

I backed it with the same fabric used to frame the blocks, and I bound it with a pretty pink I found in my stash. 

To me it ends up looking pretty girlish and pretty spring like -- and needing a good home. 

The first one to let me know you've delivered a baby girl next spring (after  March 21 and before June 22) can snuggle your precious bundle in this quilt. 

 I realize Winter hasn't even arrived yet and Spring seems pretty far away right now -- but if you think you might qualify for my giveaway, tie a string around your finger so you don't forget!