Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tiny Tumblers

I have found a perfect quilt shop very near to where I live.  Hurray!!!  Primitive Gatherings is located at 26855 Jefferson Avenue, Murrieta, CA 92592.  If you live around here or are in the vicinity, go there; you will not be disappointed.  It's a huge shop with so many fabric offerings, including a large selection of wool fabric.  On my very first visit, I happened upon this pattern which includes a sturdy plastic template; Tiny Tumblers.  Teeny tiny blocks to piece together. "Only you, Calico Quilter," says me to myself.  With this one, I am using up more bits and pieces from my fabric stash.  The finished quilt will measure about 13-1/2 x 13-1/2 inches.  

Parsley and Posies

Flat-leaf parsley, white violas, Iceland poppies; these do well
February 2016; late winter, early spring.  I grow herbs and posies in containers.  We have had cool nights, warm days this past week; in the 40s at night, mid-70s during the day.  I know!!!  The Temecula sun beats down heavy in any season, and so I use small umbrellas to shade those plants and seedlings that wilt and wither in extreme heat.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy Calico Quilter

It's quilting time for this Calico Quilter.  There's a couple of quilt tops that I'm currently working on, but I still take time to do small projects, just for the fun of it.  My sis wanted a Mary Engelbreit mug rug (pictured), just like one I made for myself.  And then there are potholders, one of my favorite quick turnaround projects; can't have too many potholders in the kitchen drawer.  In the foreground is an Amish star quilted potholder which I found on YouTube; so much fun to put together and not terribly difficult to make.  With these small projects, I am working my way through my scrap bag. Feels like springtime and I'm a happy quilter.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Happy New Year...mid-way thru January 2016

This Calico Quilter does quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, some
rigid heddle weaving...so on and so on.  My cupboards are stuffed full of yarn, fabric, bits and pieces, notions and tools in support of these many hobbies of mine.  It's the beginning of a New Year (2016), and I am piecing together quilt blocks that have been on the back burner for a while now. Here's a snap of my quilt wall and what I'm working on this week. The Hawai'i-style Sunbonnet Sues are truly adorable; each finished block will measure 9 inches.  Those magenta pink prints have been jumping out at me whenever I'd peek in the cupboard; thus, it's time to make this quilt and be done. The smaller blocks in the photo, are part of my Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler Quilt (design by Lori Smith). There's joy that goes into the making, especially since hand applique is by far, one of my favorite pastimes.  Each block measures 6 inches.
My quilt wall
Hand applique block in progress

Monday, September 28, 2015

Late blooms; autumn bouquet

Late blooms from my garden, picked this morning.  Roses, lavendar, and a sprig of rosemary for remembrance.  Their fragrance is simply heavenly.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bead Embroidery!

I am taking a Bead Embroidery class through Craftsy (www.craftsy.com). The beads pictured here are tiny and I use a magnifying glass while working, so as not to completely blow out my eyesight. I love bead embroidery!

A note about Craftsy:  Simply the best platform out there for online craft classes and and all kinds of other hobbies.  I recommend Craftsy classes highly.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Looking back...Spring 2015

Bits and pieces from Calico Quilter's garden, Spring 2015. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Looking out the front door
This is what we woke up to on New Year's Eve day at Paz Casita in Temecula, California.  Normally the weather here is warm and windy in the afternoons, mostly always blue skies and sunshine; never, or rarely does it snow, and yet... 

Poolside; see the snowy palm trees
My little garden area