Monday, June 8, 2009

C. Scissorhands

Yesterday I played with sharp tools all day! Not long ago I noticed our box hedge in back was all of a sudden out of hand! Bits of it were leaning over from too much weight, and some spots were higher than others. How did this happen? I walk past it every day but didn't notice - nor did the realtor! So Mr. Squash and I armed ourselves with the electric trimmer, a rake and a blower and went to work! I was the official trimmer, and I must say it turned out quite nicely! It isn't as even as I'd like, but it does have character. Mr. Squash raked the leaves and blew them off the driveway - what was left he blew into the grass so the gardener could crunch it up with the mower today.
Then I went inside and began to play with some 60 degree diamonds. Using another sharp tool - my rotary cutter - they first looked like this.
Then progressed to this:
Here is where I stopped when it was time for dinner. I wonder what this will turn into? Only my Christmas in July swap partner will know first!
Saturday I started pulling all my patterns out of the 56 drawer chest. We're going to move it over to the Squash House later this month. I found 18 patterns varying from miscellaneous clothing, to small gift items, to quilts large and small that I will never make. I've decided to give them away throughout the week. So stay tuned for the first batch tomorrow.

16 comments:

Ulla said...

Sharp instruments can be such fun! Don't you love the sound of scissors against the tabletop when you cut out fabric for clothing? When I was little I always wondered how mother could make that sound. - Your Christmas fabrics are a lovely fresh combination.

Linda said...

You were busy in your sewing room, lovely combo of fabrics.

Stephanie said...

Oh Christmas sneaky peek! Pretty. Sharp tools in the garden, sewing room, and I imagine the kitchen too? :o)

Kaaren said...

Love the pattern and fabrics. I was tempted to do something for the swap with a similar pattern but decided on something else. The colors are so vibrant and Christmas-y.

I'm impressed with how straight and tidy you made your hedge. If it were me...no, we won't go there.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Now you be careful with those sharp tools, but I do love what you create with them!!

*karendianne. said...

The hedge looks cool but OMG those diamonds rock!

word vfy: repro. trippy!

Anne said...

your yard looks so nice and 'trimmed". Bring on the buyers!! You are brave to work with diamonds. Mine never go together the way they are supposed to. Sitting here at the train station by the way.

Kay said...

Those red and green diamonds look so bright and pretty. I wonder if it's because they're out of season, or it's just always a good combination.

Jackie said...

I love the diamonds and Christmas fabric!

The hedge looks wonderful. It's not as easy as it looks to have a level hedge!

Sherri said...

I think I might have that Christmas swap gift pattern...I'll have to post a sneak peek in a few days (I'm using it for one of my swap gifts as well)!

onlymehere said...

What a fun idea, a Christmas in July swap!! I just know your swap partner will love it! Cindy

mary said...

You got the fun part outside, the cutting and the pruning to perfection. And Mr Squash got the part I like to leave to my husband.....the drudgery of cleaning up. Way to go!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've always been afraid of diamonds. They are lovely and the colors so beautiful together.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Candace, your swap partner is going to be very happy. Love the bag you made with Stephanie's pattern.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Trisha said...

Oohh, I love those Christmas colored diamonds! So pretty. Can't wait to see more of this project!

Carrie P. said...

Very interesting sneak peek. Have you sold your house or you just moving for the summer?