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April Block of the Month Updagte

Finally.  It seems like I haven't finished anything because I haven't posted, but that's not true.  I finished (almost) 14 quilt blocks for my Material Girls Block exchange which is due in June.  All I have left to do is some fancy stitching on 3 Crazy quilt blocks.  (We all put our 'order' in on what kind of block we wanted.)  And then I have to sign each block.  Can't show pictures though.
See this lovely sign.  My sister Brenda cut the vinyl for me months ago, and I finally got around to painting it.  I love it.  Thanks Brenda.

And for Easter weekend I went and visited my dad.  He and my brother and I had a nice quiet Easter dinner.  Brian's family were all down south visiting Marcy's family but Brian couldn't go because of his job.  But my dad did have these blooming that he wanted me to take pictures for him.  He said that he and my mom planted them years ago, but they never bloomed until last year, after my mom passed away.  A friend on facebook said, "Well since she is in heaven, now is the time for them to bloom, when she was around , there was no need for them to bloom as she was the bloom in you all's garden."   And according to my dad, they are still blooming.   

I have also started my Common Threads Quilt Guild challenge quilt which I won't be able to show pictures of either.  I hope to get more done on that quilt this weekend.  My Pat Speth Nickel quilt top is done, the back is ready to go - just needs to be pinned and quilted.  Binding is even ready to go.

A few of my friends went to Cambria last weekend for a Handwork only retreat.  It was so relaxed and fun.  I got a little bit done on a lot of projects.  Nothing done so no pictures, but I worked on wool felt, applique and a scrap rug.  We watched lots of movies and enjoyed the cool but sunny weather and the fellowship with friends.
We did sew - this was just a little movie break.  :)
But I did finish these block of the months this week.

First the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer mystery.  This is month 11.  One more month and then I have to put them all together with the finishing kit.
 And this is the latest Pat Sloan Vacation quilt block.
 And Fat Quarter Shop's free Snapshot Quilt block.  My puppy is golden like my sweet little Needle.
 And Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Month.  3 dimensional flowers made with ribbon and hot glue.  But like last month, I did just safety pin them on so I can take them off when I need to wash the pillow covers.

The art group ladies are coming back to my house on Monday so I have to do some cleaning this weekend.  Barbara Sawyer offered to make snacks so I don't have to worry about that.  Company coming is always a good excuse to clean.

No new grandchildren pictures, or puppy pictures to share.  I'd say my life is boring, but it's not.  I love my life.  I love that I have the time and resources to create the quilts I do.

Oh, I do know something that I haven't shared yet, Our local regional quilt show, Best of the Valley, was a few weekends ago and I got the Chairman's Special Merit Award for my Farmer's Wife quilt.  I was so thrilled.  I also received two Honorable Mentions ribbons.  One for my Christmas BOM and another for the red/cream quilt I finished in January.
It looked great hanging considering I really wasn't able to block it.  I tried to at work on the cubicle.  I pinned it, splashed it with water and hit it with steam and let it dry overnight.  The whole quilt wasn't able to fit so only a part of it got a little attention.

Thanks for looking.


  1. That is so sweet what your father's friend said about your mother's flower coming into bloom. I think that too.
    Barbara, you have been so busy creating so many wonderful things! Lovely blocks! And Whoo Hoo! is that red and cream quilt a beauty! I hope you can start showing pictures soon! And many Congratulations on your awards!

  2. Congratulations on your award-winning quilts! It does sound as though you have been busy and productive. Perhaps I would get more sewing done if I spent LESS time at the computer blogging about it and more time at the sewing machine like you! :-)

  3. Barb I love your posts. Full of quilts and lovely family notes...

  4. Yea to you for getting so much done. I can't start yet . . it's not the last minute!
    Thanks for sharing your life with friends.


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