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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Springtime Green by the Springbox

Lots of green in spite of all the snow and cold weather.

"Thousands have lived without love, no one without water.”

~W.H. Auden 

This post is linked with Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fish & Fences; Skies & Shadows

I thought I had ruined this picture by having it on movie instead of photo on the iPhone. Well, dog-gone-it...I didn’t, and now I get to post it. Was putting gas n the car at a local truck stop where the gas is only $3.15, and I watched this truck pull in. When I focused in on the FISH, I knew I had to post it. To me, this is one of those one-of-a-kind change photos. The men were up on the top opening the compartments and sticking the pole in them.

Live Fish at the Raphine Truck Stop

Washington and Lee University and Lee Chapel 
where R.E. Lee and his horse, Traveller, are buried.

 Bud, atop Terrapin Mountain.
No, I did not climb it with him. This was taken by a friend of ours.
I just had to post it because it is such a great shot of him.
He looks so happy to be where he is.


Bud calls these “Phantom Deer.”


There was something about the vertical silos and the horizontal fences that caught my eye as Bud was driving...an iPhone 4 drive-by. It was another dark and dreary day.

This post is linked with Signs2, Skywatch Friday, and Shadow Shot Sunday2.

Monday, March 17, 2014

My World with It's Snow

SO MANY CHANGES IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS.
WE DID’T GET THE 4-8 INCHES, BUT WE GOT WAY MORE THAN I WANTED.
SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED AGAIN. THEY’RE GONNA BE GOING ALL SUMMER AT THIS RATE.
I’M GLAD I FINALLY RETIRED AND AM OUT OF THAT RAT RACE.
JUST SIT AT HOME WHERE IT IS WARM AND TOASTY AND QUILT.

Some of my daffs yesterday morning.

Here are some more after the snow started late yesterday afternoon.

      Yep...the snow did them in. Hope the ones in bud survive.

The crocus were popping up everywhere, but they are totally hidden by the snow today.
No picture....just snow...and no more budding crocus :-(

The chairs were out so I could photograph the birds and enjoy the warmer weather.

And here they are this morning...not very warm, now!
I’m definitely NOT sitting out there. Still in the 20’s.

This post is linked with Our World Tuesday.

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Bright Blue Friday

Today was all blue...so pretty and warm...
and snow is in the forecast for Sunday night, AGAIN!
It is definitely time to clean up the barn.

Our "Bridge to Somewhere” could use a bit more water flowing under it :-)
Once again the water table is low.

This post is linked with Skywatch Friday and Shadow Shot Sunday 2.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Double Windmill & Cross and Crown

Well, we are getting down to the end of our block-along. Only two weeks left to go and 4 blocks...2 per week.  Since I have been sticking to my stash, my whites are a real hodgepodge. I’ve been using all the bits and pieces of whites I have in the bin. This is going to be a scrappy quilt.

 Double Windmill ~ #17


Cross and Crown ~ #14



Pretty soon I am going to have to start thinking about how I am going to join the 20 blocks and what fabrics I am going to use in the piecing. Here are how they were done by the talented quilters in our book:

Completed quilt without strips between blocks and white for the borders.

This example has strips and corner blocks.

DECISIONS...DECISIONS...WHAT AM I GONNA DO???
I think I like the style of the second one the best, but I want the white borders around it. I love how each of the blocks is trimmed with a different color.


I recently bought “The Quilter’s Color Club" to help me better understand how to select colors for my blocks. Here’s the link to Amazon. It explains hue, value, temperature, intensity and the color wheel in a way that I can even understand them. Then it gives the reader exercises to complete making blocks with different color combinations for different effects.  I am really enjoying it. It’s a shame I didn’t have it before I started this project because I had no clue to color use when I was cutting out my pieces for the different blocks...and you can tell it!


This post is linked with Sukie’s Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lavender Candle Wicking Quilt

This week I am working on finishing up the top of my lavender quilt. One of the blocks was so stained after being squirreled away for over 25 years I had to use everything except the kitchen sink, but I finally got them out. I had 16 blocks to work with. I’ve pieced 3 rows and have the fourth still to do and the top strip. I picked the lavender floral and solid because they fit perfectly with the old blocks. Then I found the pink and lavender pansy with the light green background material to use for the back, but decided to also use it on the front. It looked so old timey to me. Now, I have to decide what color panels I am going to use at the top and bottom and on the sides. Think I will probably go with white, but I am always changing my mind.


This post is linked with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.