Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Daffodil Project

We moved to our farm two years ago and when the snow melted
that first Spring we were pleasantly surprised to find hundreds of daffodils planted in the flower beds.
There was just one small problem....they were crowding each other out and none of the bulbs were producing any flowers. So last summer I waited until the foliage yellowed and dug up huge clumps of daffodils and separated each bulb and transplanted them into sweet little rows giving each new bulb plenty of room to expand. Just one small glitch in last summer's daffodil relocation project... had I known that we would be moving I wouldn't have gone to all that work. So what's a gardener to do when the sun is shining and you're sick of being stuck in the house packing? Easy...First, head outside and dig up some of the clumps that were missed in the back flower beds last summer. Second, soak them in water to help remove some of the packed soil and then very gingerly wiggle each bulb away from the clump being sure to leave a good set of roots on each bulb. Then lay them out in the sun to dry before packing them in a box right before the moving truck heads to Wisconsin. There wasn't a daffodil left in the beds by the time I was done. Even the ones that I transplanted last summer were dug back up. We lost count somewhere between two hundred and three hundred bulbs. I have removed all the flowers and have left the foliage intact. After flowering, the bulb recharges itself through the foliage so that it can flower again the next year. Only after the leaves have turned yellow in early summer should they be removed. Next week they will be put back into the ground when we move into our new home in Wisconsin. I just hope there isn't snow on the ground!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thanks Molly!

While busy packing boxes and emptying drawers and cupboards, Molly decided to unravel a bit of carpeting...
my first thought was to grab a pair of scissors and whack off the offending strand and throw a chair on top of the spot...
and then a light bulb went off and I wondered if I could shove the piece back into the seam. I used the measuring stick to find the middle of the strand of carpeting and matched it to the middle of the seam. Starting in the middle of the seam I filled the channel with a serious amount of tacky glue and with the dull point of a knitting needle I began shoving the strand back into the seam fold by fold. The tacky glue will dry clear and will hopefully hold the snag in place at least until we can sell the house.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sure I could be packing....

but I survived a five day road trip this week to Wisconsin and back
for three days of hockey tryouts and while I'm sure that there are things that I could be doing for the move....
I just couldn't resist trying this shawl for my mother. The company relocating my husband is providing a full pack for the move, so anything I don't get packed will be done for me. My thoughts are that if I get the shawl done... they won't have to pack the yarn!
I have an idea in mind how I'd like to use these first little hexagons, but with being on the road most of this week I didn't find too many spare moments to work on them. I did come across this mini lunch box and the entire project fits perfectly.
Boys in hotels that stay up watching the discovery channel until 1:00 in the morning sleep in late....
and then leave sweet love notes in sewing boxes to be found by mom when she least expects it.
With no goats in the pastures, Lucy is learning to spend time in the house. I'm learning things too! For starters.... big dogs with big chew bones leave big messes everywhere.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

to a dear sweet friend of mine....

Thank you....for all that you are and all that you share with me and all that you inspire me to be and do and try. I am truly blessed by your friendship! Edited to add: The block in the photo above was stitched by my sweet friend. She stitches so many beautiful things. She sent the block to me to inspire me to start a quilt of my own.

stolen moments

I have quickly discovered that it takes a bit of preparation before I can sit and sew hexies together. And that something nearly the same size as a hole punch needs to be kept somewhere special so that they won't stray away.
If I could just find the time today to fill the little tin with basted hexies, then tomorrow I could sit and stitch the day away.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

If Your Friends All Jump Off a Bridge....

My son asked me this morning what I was doing and I told him that all my friends were jumping off of bridges and I thought I'd give it a try...
His advice to me was, "Mom, that's probably not a good idea." And then he left the room, and he never even tried to stop me or talk me out of it.
And so with a stack of pretty pieces leftover from a doll quilt, and a found package of insanely small hexagons that I had purchased two quilts shows ago when the idea of hexagons first entered my head....
I jumped... And so I am reaching out to all of you that have already made the jump.... When you do the little set of whip stitches up the back of the pieces.... just how snugly should those stitches be pulled? And is it possible that I'm not pulling them snugly enough on the back. Should they be completely hidden on the front? I know that I have just the one seam, but I don't want to move ahead only to find out that I didn't have it quite right. Thanks for your help!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What I do when I should be packing...

A housewarming gift for my bed...
burgundy ...
and greens...
purples...
and oranges...
and toasted marshmallow creams.... each an amazingly soft flannel...
While sorting through my quilting stash...I mean packing..... and trying to arrange things for moving, I came across this flannel quilt kit that I purchased in Colorado Springs. We left Colorado in 2004 and this little gem has been patiently laying in wait. I pulled the fabrics out of the bag and just sat cuddling their softness. I decided the fabrics could be moved to Wisconsin as a kit or a top... I decided on the later and now all that's left to finish are the borders. As both the top and backing will be flannel I have chosen to have it finished with machine quilting. Hopefully within the week I can pack up the top and backing and send it on it's merry way to the quilter while I go back to exploring my stash...I mean packing.

Friday, March 6, 2009

March Madness!

In September of 2007, I entered a quilt in the Baby Quilt Contest that the Fons and Porter magazine was holding. While I didn't win the prize, I was contacted by the magazine for permission to use my quilt in an upcoming magazine. I was originally told that my quilt would be featured in a special baby quilt edition of the magazine. Well, that issue came and went on the newsstand and there was no sign of my quilt inside. With life becoming so busy with the move lately...the entire thing had slipped my mind until this little package graced my mailbox totally unexpected earlier this week. After letting out a whoop and a holler...to which my son said, "Mom, I've never heard you yell like that!" I flipped through the issue to find what I knew must be waiting inside.... and there they are the two quilts I originally entered in the contest so long ago. But better than seeing my work featured in a magazine were the words uttered by my child, "Mom, I'm proud of you!" Even though just a handful of days have passed it has been a month of March madness. Last weekend, my son and his team traveled back to Cleveland to play in the championship playoffs and won 4-2. All the hours spent driving to and from the rink over the last five years.... The hours I froze waiting through practice.... And all the hot dog dinners at the snack stand.... I'd do it all over again for a season like that! The Amazing Molly Brown! The children and I have been struggling with boredom while waiting for our turn to move to Wisconsin. One day we got it in our heads that it would be funny if we taught Molly how to get her own ice cubes from the freezer....and it was funny the first dozen or so times! Now when you're in another room and hear the ice machine running and all those ice cubes crashing to the floor...we shake our heads and wonder just what we were thinking! Because Molly doesn't want just one ice cube... she wants them all and has learned to keep her paw pressed to the lever to keep them coming! We're no longer bored and now we spend our time mopping the floor from all those melted ice cubes.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

waiting to exhale....

Back in January I posted this photo of the house we went into contract on in Wisconsin. But during the inspection we discovered that the entire roof needed to be replaced... sooo...this is NOT my house....
And on the same day that one house failed inspection, another one was listed for sale.... as of 6:00 p.m. today ... this is now my new home in Wisconsin. I can't wait to see it!