Saturday, April 27, 2013

Waiting for Boarders

 It was a lovely evening yesterday.  Temps got into the 80's and were were able to enjoy dinner outside.  I also thought it was the perfect time to put out one of our new rental units!  Check out the crooked neck pole in the middle of this photo I took while we were eating dinner.
 This gorgeous, gourd birdhouse was gifted to me by a dear friend.  We can't wait to see who moves in!
Looking down toward the blueberries, you can see we're well on our way to all things blooming!
Of course no post these days can go without a photo of Miss Sasha.  Here she is playing with a new toy that someone very special sent to her!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Caity Did Winner and a New Project!

Thanks to everyone who commented on the Caity Did bag from Loft Creations and told me what their favorite spring blooming flowers are!  Lots of you are partial to tulips, daffodils, and lilacs - some of my favorites for sure!  I also didn't realize that in one of the Sasha photos was my sticky note on the sewing machine noting that the straight stitch plate is on!  Quite a few of you noticed and said what a good idea it was.  Honestly -- I still break needles even with the note right in front of me, but probably fewer than prior to putting the note there!
Mr. Squash and I took a quick trip out of town on Monday and got home yesterday afternoon.  Sasha was really happy to see us and did quite well with her pet nanny, Bobbie!  I asked Sasha this morning if she would do the drawing for Caity Did.  She raised her head from her perch on the back of the sofa and said "What's a drawing?"
After explaining the details, I wrote the comment numbers on little pieces of paper, scattered them on the floor and told her to settle on which one she liked.
Good Girl!  She's pointing to #26 - Debra from Outback Crafter.  Congratulations, Debra!  Stephanie will be sending the PDF to you directly.
Just before we left town I started work on another 4th of July table topper!  I thought I'd show you my progress so far.  I'll be back soon with the finished quilt!

Monday, April 22, 2013

A New Supreme Finish and Giveaway!

While I haven't had much in the way of sewing posts, I really have been sewing!  Today I get to show you one of my latest "Supreme Pattern Tests" for Stephanie of Loft Creations!  You can also win a PDF of this fantastic new design!
Stephanie's new bag design is called Caity Did.  I had a great time making this bag as well as picking out the fabrics.  I wanted something for spring, so off I went to my local quilt shop, Stash.  I chose to use a line called Simply Color by V and Co.  It has the spring colors I wanted and I am a pushover for florals!  I wish the inset colors photographed better, but I can tell you the crisscross is a ribbon that very closely matches the green in the floral print.

My lilacs are in bloom - not very many blooms, but they are oh, so fragrant.  I was nearly mesmerized by the  fragrance as I stood taking photos!  The fabric in the handles is actually a variegated print which is why one side looks lighter than the other.  
Stephanie's design includes a peek-a-boo lining which I think really sets off the main print.  Here is a peek inside the bag.  Do hop over to Stephanie's blog to see her original creation and a chance to win there as well and also to Mary on Lake Pulaski's blog.  Mary is another of Stephanie's Supreme's who also tested the  pattern and is giving away a PDF version as well!
I have to admit that I also chose this fabric because it coordinates really well with one of my favorite spring jackets and a pair of dark washed jeans!

Stephanie is giving away a PDF version of her Caity Did pattern!  Here is a photo of the pattern cover.   If you'd like to win this, please leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite spring blooming flower is!

Meanwhile, Sasha continues to be a joy in our lives here at the Squash House!  She loves to sit next to me in the mornings while I drink my latte and check email.  It's hard to see, but she is positioned right in the middle of a sunbeam.
Yesterday she decided to check out what I was sewing.  I had to explain to her the dangers of getting one of those pretty little paws caught in the needle.  Hopefully, she understands.

So don't forget to leave a comment about your favorite spring blooming flower and be entered in a chance to win a PDF version of Caity Did!  Sasha will help to pick a winner on Thursday, April 25th.

Friday, April 12, 2013

What the ?!?!?!?

Yesterday afternoon I walked into the kitchen and found a bit of toilet paper on the floor.  Hmmm....that could mean only one thing....
...Sasha strikes again!  If you've wondered where I've been since my last post let me just say a new and very young cat takes up a lot of time and energy!
Here she is right after being named the guilty party.  Who me?  Nahhhhh - couldn't possibly be - I'm just too cute!
 A little while later I heard something in the dining room and walked in to see this!
Let's follow the paper trail, shall we?
Uh, oh - looks like this bathroom needs to have a paper guard, too!  We have three bathrooms in the house and have already learned to keep two of the doors closed.  Unfortunately, this is Sasha's bathroom.  Until she can learn to open and close the door herself (and I DO think she's capable) the TP will have to stay under the counter!
Now that her "cone of shame" is off, she is quite the busy little girl.  We've had to lay in a large supply of "mice" as they disappear just about as fast as we get them!  Mr. Squash was down on the floor today with a long handled duster attempting to retrieve two that had found their way under the stove.  She'll play with her mice for hours on end - throwing and chasing them up and down the halls.  We call it Kitty TV!  Who knew such a tiny bundle could bring us so much love and joy!

On the sewing front I've been doing some Supreme Pattern testing.  I won't be able to show you the results for a while yet, but let's just say they're awesome!  I'm having much success sewing with my new Gunnar computer/reading glasses!  They have amber colored lenses which are supposed to reduce eye fatigue when you're on the computer.  I'm hear to tell you they work great!  They're also larger and wider and slightly curved so more of the area you look through is covered.

The project you see on the cutting board is a quilt I started last year using the No-Y Seams method.  I had put it away while doing some Supreme Pattern testing and got a tad sidetracked - like several months sidetracked!  Normally I finish what I start.  Hopefully I can get the rest of the blocks done now - that is in between Kitty TV and spring gardening!