Wednesday, 1 June 2011

TUSAL and a catch up post

It is TUSAL day. I found this wonderful frog at a sale and thought he would make an excellent container for this month's orts. He is a greedy little fella and has eaten plenty of those orts.

I have been away from the net for a bit. The weather has finally improved and my DH and I have been doing plenty of gardening. We spent a week visiting our youngest son and his family. While we were there, we planted trees, shrubs, bushes, plants and flowers in their newly landscaped yard. And I finished grandson Jack's quilt while we were there - with him asking me quite often if it was done yet LOL.

All that digging and planting made me want to do our home. We have spent the last several days landscaping our yard. We had some old overgrown cedar trees out front. After cutting them done, pulling up a million roots and getting rid of the stumps we relandscaped our front. I am very happy with the new look.

Berit was the winner of my blogaversary and she received a $25 gift certificate to Knowledge and Needles and Ann (the owner) filled the envelope with free stuff from her shop. I hope she liked her gifts.

I was the 500th commenter on Kathy's blog and it was for an ornament finish of my choice.  I sent her a set of Fair Squares that I did not quite know what to do with. This is the wonderful ornament she returned to me. I was thrilled with her awesome finishing and now I can hang this with great joy and pride. Thank you so much Kathy!!!

My friend Dani is working on a series of squares that will be made into a quilt. Here are the two squares I stitched for her.

I have done some more work on Fairies in the Garden. I love each of the little fairies as they appear.

I have received the latest Mirabilia RR and am stitching away. Isn't this gorgeous! It is Christmas Elegance done in shadow boxes. You can see my progress on the bottom right. I hope to finish it this week.

Do you remember my Jardin Prive? I had bought a 1/2 yard of fabric for this one and my friend Beatrice has decided she wanted to do this piece as well. I offered to have her take the bottom 1/2 of her fabric for her piece. When I went to get the bill for the fabric I realized I had bought 28 count fabric instead of 32 and would not have enough room to do all three parts of the sampler. Thank goodness I discovered it before I got too far. So, I started over and stitched madly. Here is my progress now. I love this one!!

                                          28 count on the left and the new 32 on the right.

As if my plate wasn't full enough I have joined a Band Sampler RR starting in early July and a Seasonal Exchange due August 1st.

Until the next time, keep those needles smoking. Mine had better be smoking like crazy lol.


Bonnie Brown said...

LOVE the little frog!! cute idea!!

All your WIPS look amazing

Carolien said...

My goodness, you are going like crazy with your stitches ... and you said you were gardening! LOL
Love the little quilts you made and the lovely finished quilt. I would have been asking the same ALL the time ;)

Have a great weekend & Dutch hugs,

Annemarie said...

A *gift certificate* by way of a blogiversary gift... Why didn't I think of that? (Just kidding)

You made some lovely progress, and congrats on finishing that sweet quilt!

A froggy orts jar... Aren't you afraid of jinxing things? Or do you think your froggy orts carrier scares the other frogs away? Tell me how that goes. I might steal your idea!

Much love,

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, you have progress on so many different things. I'm impressed!!! Keep up the good work. Plus, I really, REALLY love the Miribilia piece you're stitching on for the round robin. It's just gorgeous!!

Judy S. said...

All that stitching and a quilt, too, Kathy; amazing! And landscaping even. Now I need to go rest! LOL

Myra said...

It looks like your needles have been smoking already! The little quilt is so cute. I need to get motivated to do some landscaping but it is too darn hot here.

Beatrice said...

Holy Smokes....Lots of wonderful stitching.
The frog is so cute.
You just reminded me to take a pic of Dani's little quilt squares lol.
Got to get back into the swing of things.

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

As long as that cute frog stays firmly on the table, and doesn't decide to jump into your stitching - he will make a good addition. You have been busy! Can't wait to see you soon....I need a hug.

Blu said...

Wow, that's a lot of lovely stitching!
The shadow box RR is really interesting! I've never seen anything like it.

Daniela said...

so much beautiful stitching. you must have been stitching like crazy.

Karen said...

You've been one busy lady! All of that gardening and you still managed to get that much stitching done to boot! You're not just smoking... you're on fire! ;) PS: LOVE the frog!

staci said...

Oh My! How PERFECT is that frog for your orts??? Love it :)

laurawilson25 said...

I love the fairies and the Mirabella!

mainely stitching said...

Oh, everything is just so pretty!!

sandra said...

Lot's of news! You're working a lot!

Suzanne said...

Love your ort frog. Perhaps he will keep the stiching frogs away.

All your stitching is looking beautiful.

Bette said...

Gorgeous stitching! Love the quilt!

Daffycat said...

Eeeeek! A frog! I love him, Kathy!

Okay now you are just showing off. Seriously, share some of that mojo around, girl!

♥marylin♥ said...

oh very lovely !

bisous de france

Always smiling said...

Oh Yes I remember you saying you were going to start again for Sampler Aux Boutique, and you've stitched quite a lot already.. well done The quilt is fantastic, how busy you're been AND gardening I hope you show pics of the finished garden..
Happy stitching
Hugs Chris x

Lynn said...

Cute frog! Make sure he stays put though!
I can't believe you had to restart your Jardin Prive. It looks great!
Jack's quilt turned out lovely too.
If this postal strike is lengthy you make have time to stitch all the RR!

Meari said...

As I was reading about all the landscaping, I was expecting to see pics... but no, lol.

The F&S ornament turned out cute. And the projects you're working on... beautiful! What are you going to do with the 28ct JP?

Franny said...

The frog idea is great! Your needles have been smoking! Its nice to see photos of the Jardin Privee and all the different colors everyone is doing. I am hoping to see Clare's in August.

Siobhan said...

Your WIPs are fantastic! I'm sure your grandson loved his quilt. :)

♥marylin♥ said...

bisous bisous