Friday, March 25, 2016

Winter Progress

I've been in fairly productive period.  The weather is still not quite nice enough for me to be out in the garden or out on the bikes, so I've had a lot of free time to indulge on stitching.

I finished another Ladies of the Sea block.  I think this one is a little dull, but once it gets into the quilt it will be just fine.

We took a little trip out to western MA to Smith College to see their annual spring bulb show.  It is a welcome break from cold weather and snow (although we had a very mild winter this year.)  This is the third consecutive year that we have attended this event and it is always beautiful.  The theme two years ago was breast cancer awareness with all sorts of pink flowers, last year was an explosion of pastels with their Monet theme.  This year, Edward Gorey's book, "The Evil Garden" was the inspiration for the exhibit.  Gorey is one of my favorite authors and illustrators so I found this exhibit delightful.

I decided to take a break from my typical evening applique session to tackle some other projects.  I completed one pair of socks and started a second.

I had this kit for an Easter candle mat that has been languishing in my closet for a few years. (By far, not the oldest thing in the closet, but the thing that piqued my interest.)  I want to get this done before Easter.  I have one more row if stitching to complete it and should have it done.

 Pepper is a small wall hanging for a friend's birthday gift.  This is his dog and I think he will be pleased.

And I finally got started on the green challenge.  I went to a quilt retreat last weekend where I got a good start on this project.  I spent a lot of time staring at the fabrics I was given to see which would work best.  That took the most time. Cutting went fairly quickly and now the piecing is going well.  I am hoping to get this completed to enter into my guild's quilt show in early May.  That means I need to get some sewing done!