Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stashbusting and Procrastinating~

As you can see from the photo, the day we left Chicago, it was chilly enough for our warm coats. David, though, is tough!

Since we returned home, it's been unusually cold for April with lots of hail and even some snow! However, flowers like these camelias are popping up everywhere. This bush is right outside our living room and a joy to behold.

Rather than fight with Mocha over the registers, Ginger has found a new way to keep warm. Come to think of it, there is a register down there, too. Smart cat!

Last week at my quilt group, we learned a new stash busting block that's both fun and easy. First, you sew strips together. The strips can be any size. Then you cut two squares. ( You can cut the squares from the same pieced strip like I did or two different ones. The squares just have to be the same size.) Put the two squares together, right sides facing, with the strips at right angles. Sew all around the outside of the square. Then cut diagonally X. Voila! You now have 4 interesting blocks!

Since we left Chicago, David has lost yet another tooth. He observed that he has a square in his mouth, and we have realized how quickly he's become a six-year-old.

This week I took a break from the shawls and socks I'm supposed to be finishing to try out the latest pattern from Knitting at Knoon. Peter says, "Happy Easter everyone!"


Crazee4books said...

Hi Judy,

What a lovely family photo. Of
course there's always one ham in
every bunch, isn't there?? I'm
shivering here just looking at
David in shirt sleeves while the
rest of you are bundled up. Boys
will be boys.

Oh my but those camellias are
stunning!! Look at them all!!
I don't think that these are
viable in our northern climate
which is a shame because they
are so beautiful.

We've had miserable weather
here too lately and it's
pretty depressing when you
are still wearing your winter
coat to work on April 21st.

Phil is on vacation for a
week, starting tonight. He
was planning to spend his
time outside getting the
garden cleaned up and ready
for summer but it looks as
though the theme weather wise
for the next five or six days
is RAIN! He's not impressed.

Our Phoebe likes to plant
herself on our heat vents too
which means that although the
furnace starts running at five
in the morning, when we get up
at five thirty the room is no
warmer then before the furnace
came on because Miss Cat has
absorbed all the heat into her
furry belly.

Neat trick using fabric scraps
to make those squares. Very
pretty color combination.

Yup ... Mr David is definitely
a ham for the camera. Love that
gap toothed grin. Guess he
won't be whistling for awhile
or reciting "she sells sea
shells" etc. either.

What a darling little bunny
hugging her carrot. Happy
Easter to you too Judy! Have
a great holiday.


Lynn said...

Pretty camelias! They're such a gorgeous shade of pink.
I love your knitted bunny!
David isn't camera shy is he, lol! Love that picture.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

What a week - filled with seasons! Lovely flowers! And darling children, of course! Did you stitch a bunny for everyone to have in their baskets? Cutie pies, they are! Wishing you a blessed Easter. Take care.

Merry said...

Those Camelias are beautiful...and what a cute little rabbit...he is really holding on to that carrot. Great post.

Fünfzigerjahremädel said...

Judy,I wish you and your family a wonderful Eastertime!!!
The bunny is very cute, ...also little David without the teeth! ;-)))
Manny greetings,Ulla

Library Gal Quilts said...

Hi Judy, Camellias are my favorite flower, that is a beauty! I can't believe how grown up little David looks! 6 year olds are very delightful! And as for Peter Rabbit, how cute is that!! Happy Spring and Happy Easter! Pam

hakucho said...

I LOVE your bunny....he looks like he's made of chocolate ;)

Happy Easter :)

Linda said...

Your Grand kids are so cute...that's a great family photo! It has been cool here too...we had rain for a couple days. Love the bunny!!

Becca said...

Hi Judy! Wow, those flowers are lovely! What a treat to see from your window...just lovely. I like your knitted bunny too. Hope you are enjoying warmer weather and spring at home. :-)

Micki said...

I do love the blocks! What a neat idea!
I will have to try that one day!

deb said...

Love the blocks...very pretty and the bunny is darling!!!!!!!! thanks for stopping by!!!

Lapplisor said...

Dear Judy
The image of the family like it a lot ..
David also "without teeth" looks like a school kid - so nice :-)
The Camelia looks splendid.
After your winter it is a wonder that it blooms so beautiful.
Take care

Plays with Needles said...

You and those kids are sure wonderful!!! And your bunny is really cute!!

Debra Spincic said...

That is a clever idea for the blocks. You could really mix the combination up alot too. Hmm, thanks for sharing with me!