I finished hand quilting my Doll Swap Quilt (can't show you yet) and decided to make a little quilt out of the leftovers (above). It is about 12" X 10". I machine quilted in the ditch along the vertical stripes and then hand quilted down the center of the stripe. It turned out so cute.
I rearranged the shelf above my kitchen. I often decorate for holidays and once it was just full of my bear collection. But this time I wanted to do nostalgic items. With a few small quilts thrown in for color and Hey, I'm a quilter.
This is the left side. I rolled up quilts and put them in my enameled kettle. I put a small mug rug inside the 1/2 gallon mason jar. My new little quilt is hung above my beehive muffin pan. I put that in to balance the color of the cherry pitter on the other side. Then a hand grinder that was my grandmothers, a 50's metal canister from my MIL's kitchen with a spool of lace on top is put into place.
The center section has once of my favorite pictures of a women with geraniums in her window. I've probably said this quote before but it is one of my favorites so here it goes again;
"Long experience has taught me that people who do not like geraniums have something morally unsound about them. Sooner of later you will find them out; you will discover that they drink, or steal books, or speak sharply to cats. Never trust a man or a woman who is not passionately devoted to geraniums."
From Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverly Nichols
The bird on the nest pin cushion is from my friend Denise and the hurricane lantern is from my sister.
And on the right I have an old yellow ware bowl with a doily made by one grandmother and an old weaving shuttle (?) from the other grandmother inside. Then I placed my y other cheddar item, the cherry pitter, another lantern of sorts, and an an old photo album etc. It was fun to put together.
We have had beautiful weather. The trees are in bloom, the daffodils and tulips are in abundance.
AND THEN IT WENT AND SNOWED LAST NIGHT - GASP!
I'm a bit worried about the plants that were well on their way to spring. The maple tree above has it's little helicopter seed pods already to disperse.
This lilac is heavy with blooms.
The forsythia had shown it's golden glory and is dropping yellow leaves and replacing them with the green ones.
The thing I'm the most worried about, and it distresses me a lot, is the snow on my wisteria blossoms. I think I'm going to be disappointed this year - sigh~
But, I haven't given up hope. Maybe the snow insulated the blossoms so they didn't freeze. Time will tell.
I linking with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's quilts.