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Kerry had never been to the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks so earlier this month Bill and I stopped by and picked her up and went to the aquarium.  I like seeing all of the fish and sea creatures,  this time they even had beavers and otters.  My favorite exhibits though are the corals and anemones, because they look like needlework come to life.  There was a pale pink colored anemone that looked as though it had been embellished with crystals, others with brightly colored buttonhole stitches or couching.  It’s amazing to see all of these bright colored creatures that live hidden away under the ocean.  I took a lot of pictures to use as reference for future embroidery projects.

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Reminds me of Grandmother's depression glass dishes

Reminds me of Grandmother's depression glass dishes

We spent Memorial Day with some of Bill’s relatives and a good time was had by all.  Some of the group were playing  a wild version of Bocce Ball in the front yard and the rest of us in the backyard were thankful for the wooden fence that protected us from some of their wilder throws.

 

I have started knitting a lacy scarf using a moebius pattern.  I will be knitting it flat so I started with several rows of garter stitch and will end the same way.  Have only knit a few inches  and decided that I need to go up a couple of needle sizes to open up the lace.  Will post progress later.

 

I finished my part on Marilyn’s panel and now I have Cathy’s.  Cathy’s panel is a bright print and I don’t have the color I want to use in my stash, so I’ll be making a trip to the quilt shop.

 

Another Dear Jane block has been finished and I’ve printed out the foundation piecing templates for a triangle block.   Not sure if I mentioned that I’m using 1800’s reproduction prints for this quilt.  I’m not using just civil war prints because I figure that if this was truly a scrap quilt there would have been older fabrics in the mix.   Like the 20 and 30 year old fabric in my stash.   Judy and Kelly, thank you for your nice comments on the other Dear Jane blocks.  My husband doesn’t comment on quilts very often but he thinks the original Jane Stickle quilt is one of the prettiest he’s seen. 

 

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I’m hoping to get caught up with the quilting projects so I can get back to work on A Crazy World.
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WordPress isn’t playing nice today.  The previous post may be a little screwy in the layout and flow but pictures and writing wouldn’t stay where they were put.  Spent too much time and energy that I don’t have trying to fix it.  Hopefully next post will be better.

Toby is begging for attention.

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This song has been playing in my head a lot lately.  We have had rain for 17 days in a row.  The sun has made an appearance here and there, but not long enough to dry anything out.  Our backyard looks like a very weedy pond.  The three tomato plants that we got in the ground before the rain are starting to turn yellow.  The raised beds are the only reason they have lasted this long.

Of course the rain and gloom haven’t helped with my tired and blue feeling, so I finally asked the Dr. about it and now I’m waiting on a lot of lab work results to come back.  Hopefully I can get back on track soon and a return to needlework and blogging on a regular basis.

Since my last post, the Skrappy Ladies held their spring retreat at canyon camp.  There were only 9 of us attending this time so we were able to spread out more than usual.  I worked away on the mystery quilt Faceted Jewels from last fall’s retreat.  I managed to finish all of the components and sew them into rows.  Now all I have left is to sew all of the rows together.  I didn’t get around to taking a picture of the top while I had it laid out on the floor. 

The project for spring retreat was a tessellating pinwheels variation from the books Square Dance and Square Dance (revised edition).  Melissa had made the pinwheel variation before so tried another pattern from the book.

For show and tell there were a few of the progressive block challenge projects, either finished or in progress. 

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Carol Ann’s Tessellating Pinwheels
Jan's Tessellating Pinwheels
Jan’s Tessellating Pinwheels
Jean's Tessellating Pinwheels
Jean’s Tessellating Pinwheels
Melissa's variation from Square Dance
Melissa’s variation from Square Dance
Carol Ann's progressive challenge - in progress
Carol Ann’s progressive challenge – in progress
Cathy's progressive challenge - in progress
Cathy’s progressive challenge – in progress
Melissa's progressive challenge
Melissa’s progressive challenge
Pam's progressive challenge
Pam’s progressive challenge
Marilyn's sunflower string quilt
Marilyn’s sunflower string quilt. The picture looks a little strange because I took it upside down instead of walking all the way around the room.

 

Since returning home from retreat I haven’t done much in the way of needlework or quilting, but I have decided that I’m going to try and make at least one Dear Jane block each week.  I appliqued two of the blocks over the weekend and have come to the conclusion that if I don’t want to be left making only triangle blocks, I should make one triangle block for every 4 or 5 of the 4½’ square blocks made.  During our move some of the completed blocks were lost leaving me with just a few, plus the ones I just finished.  Below is a picture of my progress so far.  I also have one other block that is almost ¾ finished.
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