Monday, March 22, 2010


Mother Nature got a little confused over the weekend. Friday we were near or above 70º. Saturday it snowed all day. This is what it looked like out our kitchen windows yesterday.

Pretty, but not what we expect on the first day of spring.

Today we are in the 50's and almost all of the snow is gone. Tomorrow we'll be back to near 70º again.

I've been working on the blocks for Lyn Brown's 2010 Baltimore Album BOM
I'm not necessarily doing them in order. Here's what I've finished so far. I'm using needleturn applique for mine.

Block Four...Quail and Oak Leaves. The quail is meant to be a silhouette so it's black (charcoal really) instead of brown.

Block Six...Pomegranates.

I finished appliqueing the woven basket on the way to Iowa last week, only to discover I had been looking at the wrong seam for centering the basket and it was way off to one side (the backgrounds are all pieced differently from multiple fabrics..this one happens to be a log cabin). Don't ask me how I could spend the hours I did working on it and not notice that until it was done. But I did and then I had to rip it all out and start over again! I made my basket a little more complex than the fused version Lyn shows, so it took some work to take it apart!

Block Three...Pat Nixon's Rose. These flowers are

And surprise, surprise.....after a 7 month hiatus I actually made a Dear Jane block yesterday. This is D-11 Snowflake and I hand pieced it then used needleturn to applique the little diamond shapes. They are a tad wonky, but that adds charm, right?

Now I have 10 more to do.


karenfae said...

like the new look to your blog. The snow missed us but heard my mom in NW Ark had about a foot and we only live about 2 hours southeast of there - glad it missed us.

Lynn said...

We got a little snow and it too melted the next day. Lovely blocks!

Barb said...

Love your blocks....

Crispy said...

Great blocks Mary, I'm so sorry you had to redo the basket, I hate when that happens!!

We had bright beautiful sunshine AND snow all at the same time on Friday, at least the snow didn't stick for once :0)


Mama Koch said...

I think we got a bunch of the snow that you should've kept! 5' drifts in front of the buildings, but luckily yesterday and today have been in the 60's, so you know it's not going to be around for long. Weird spring we're having!

Sunna Reyr said...

Your first day of spring is a month earlier than ours, it's always the third Thursday in April and is, strangely, called the first summer day. There is an explanation for that, I just don't remember it.

Your applique is beautiful as always, no matter what method you use. I realized today that I've placed the appliqued flowers and leafs in a wrong position on not one but sixteen blocks for a quilt I've been working on for almost three years. I have no idea what to do, I'm afraid I wont be happy unless I rip it all out and start over. But I don't want to.

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DeAnna S. said...

Great needle-turn. I've never done applique but it's on my to-do list. I think your blocks turned out beautiful....all of them.

Donna said...

Oh, nice applique blocks! Sorry about the snow! We came home from CA to find tulips and daffodils in bloom in our yard.

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Oh my Mary, that is a lot of snow for the first day of spring... we are having wonderful weather here... beautuful blocks as always.