Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday is for lounging - and joining a new swap

Polaroid Blocks - a new swap

I have joined the *Picture-Perfect* Polaroid Block Swap, which my friend Debbie from A Quilter's Table has organized. For this swap, you sign up to send an amount of blocks and then you get back the same amount from those sent by others.

This morning, I made these cuties to see what I had signed on for. These 8 took no time at all to make once I had cut the centres. One could easily fussy cut a few 2.5" centres here and there over a week and then sit down and in one evening churn out a lot of these blocks. We are using the tutorial from capitolaQuilter which is here.

I made this group from my stack of  Lucy's Crab Shack from Sweetwater (and yes, I have just noticed that the one on the bottom left is upside down - oops).

Polaroid Block - a new swap

Truly these are cute. For the swap, you send this block, which is about 3.5" x 4" and the recipient can then trim it and sash it to make a polaroid block. (you can see Debbie's gallery of Polaroid blocks and  quilts here.)  A 12.5" block can use up to 9 of these little polaroids so I am trying to decide how many to sign up for. My thought is that for each one I make to send  I will make one similar for me and then I will be a long way to a finished quilt when I get my package back. Or a pillow, or these would make cute bags.

I asked Debbie, international swappers are welcome, and the more the merrier. So consider joining in the fun.

Gazebo next to the Walnut tree

That is the state of my herb garden, walnut tree and gazebo this morning. The weeds in the herbs should be gone by now, as I have been here a week and this shady spot is easy to weed, but no such luck. A couple of rainy days and a whole lot of the work that pays for fabric has keep me away. I am hoping to remedy that in the coming week as the sun is truly out.

Butterfly bush

The good news is that the rainy spring has delayed the flowers. I often miss the opening of the flowers. That one is a butterfly bush, just starting. The butterflies and humming birds love them.


The daisies were not open yesterday. You can still see the fractals and the spirals in the centre. The deer do not eat daisies, so I have a lot of them.

Hammock in the orchard

And there is the hammock that was assembled for me on Mothers Day by my sweetie (even though I was not here). In addition to the gazebo, I plan to spend time here too. And at the beach.  And sewing. Not so much working, right?

I hope you have had or are having a wonderful weekend.