Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Continued progress, a little bird watching and some fluffies

We are busy, busy with jewelry trying to get ready for the next show - it is in Blue Springs, MO - September 14th and 15th.  If you are in the area come and visit!

But, besides that, I have tried so hard to keep up on my Non Farmer's Wife blocks.  Finally I got caught up. And guess what?  There will be 3 new ones tomorrow.  So, yes, as usual, I'm caught up for about 2 days!  Here's my work - don't look too closely and don't judge me!  Lol

It does feel great to be caught up, even if it is only for a little while!

I also finished two more of my Primitive Gatherings SBOW - and yes...I can't help myself...I still love them!

I am now working on the 12th and final block, and can honestly say that I'm sorry it's almost over!  I haven't received the finishing kit yet but there will be plenty of stitching on it (so it's not really over yet!).

Another thing I've been working on...

Any guesses on what these are?  If you buy Simple Quilts Magazine, you will find out!  Actually I don't think it is supposed to be on newsstands until September 24th or 25th.  They have promised that I will have my copies before the show on the 14th - so they will be on sale in my booth with this kit available as well.  They will also be on my website if there are any left after the show.

We have also been doing a little (literally!) bird watching.  Every summer we normally have a couple of hummingbirds and always put out feeders for them. I think I remember at most having 4-6.  This year?  WOW!!!  Whole different story!  We have had between 30 and 40 hummingbirds!  It is insane.  I don't know where in the heck they are all coming from.  DH makes their food super sweet, so I assume that is the attraction.  They are so much fun to watch and every time we look out we are amazed at how many of them there are.  They just swarm around the feeders.  There are a few bullies in the bunch that choose a feeder and sit above it, then chase off anyone who comes there to feed.  Here are a couple of pictures - I wish we had some that showed more of them, but they are so hard to capture on camera.

 I think there are at least 10 in the picture below.  Amazing!
The kitties are quite interested in them as well - I think Callie has dreams of catching one!

As always while we work away, this is what the fluffies are up to (besides dreaming of birds)...
 Above is Callie - I was digging through my batting remnants in this crock and she didn't hesitate to jump in.  I think she looks like a chicken sitting on her eggs!
And then there's CC.  Doesn't she just look...indifferent to it all!?  She has taken over the ironing board, that pile of fabric AND the remote control!  Geesh!  I think it's easy to see who rules this roost!  Oh, and not to forget Ozzie - he is off sleeping in the closet!  Be sure to hop on over to Sarah's Feline Friday post to see what some other furry friends are up to!

Have a great week!


  1. Your Non-Farmer's Wife blocks look terrific. I think this was a challenging bunch! Oh, more tomorrow--I just can't stay ahead, either. : )
    Guess what I just learned yesterday--Lisa Bonjean is going to be in the next valley over from me in January doing classes and a trunk show. I am on the waiting list for the classes and keeping my fingers crossed--but short of a blizzard--I WILL be at the lecture/trunk show!!

  2. I have loved your blocks and love your blog. A bit of information on the hummingbirds. Because of the drought the hummingbirds have not had the natural places to feed and they are looking where ever they can find food. I too have a feeder but without drought in Oregon we have not had the numbers change. Thank you for taking sure good care of them. I love my scissor fob and pin that you made and my friends LOVE theirs that I gave as a gift.

    1. max & Louise pattern coSeptember 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      Love your blocks they are gorgeous well done! your cats are gorgeous too lou's like to sleep in funny places also must be a cat thing! Can't wait to see your next blocks.

  3. I love your blocks! I am here via the sow-a-long! When I saw your blocks, the first thing I thought of and asked myself why I never think to use the same constant of fabrics. This is going to be a beautiful quilt!!

  4. I'm impressed at how you are keeping up with everything. I haven't been able to do much of anything other than get ready for my Fall shows. I have been downloading some of the free sew alongs but that's about it. The fall shows have to end sometime, don't they?!

  5. Best wishes on your show - lots of work to prepare. The little kits look like trouble/I mean fun.
    Callie has the right idea - comfy spot for a nap, probably exhausting watching all those hummers.
    Your projects are wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  6. So many beautiful blocks. Your piecing is beautiful and your wool work is absolutely lovely! Makes me love wool to see your work is what I'm trying to get at. CC is being such a good kitty. :)

    I am excited for you and the show!!!

  7. WOW! Julie, your sow-a-long blocks are gorgeous! I LOVE the red/white/black! This week's blocks are not hard so you'll have no trouble "catching up!" !!! VBG

  8. Your work is beautiful and I do so love the wool work! I am SO jealous of all your hummers!!!! Here I thought I was doing good to get 3 this year. I love the mid air dances they do to protect the feeders. The fur babies are such wonderful inspiration to us...maybe we need to slow down and nap a while! Ha! got you there.....know you are ready to tear your hair out! Best wishes for your show.

  9. I'm so jealous of your hummers - I had 2 this summer and I've seen them more in the last 2 weeks than all summer. I can't imagine having 40 around. It must have been divine! Thanks for the kitty updates - I hope you'll hook up to Feline Friday this week. BTW - What symbol is on the front of your lovely crock? A maple leaf maybe?

  10. I love the hummers too! So very intertaining! They are filling there tummys up noe for there long flight to warmer weather for the winter. We are filling ours daily!

    Love your sew along blocks!

    Hugs, Carolyn

  11. Love your blocks!!
    The photos of so many hummingbirds is awesome! Nice shot!!

  12. I love your hummingbird pics. I have a year-round group of 4 that come to my hanging baskets in the AM and again just before the sun sets. They always seem to taunt my cats and have a good time buzzing in circles around them. My black cat is the only serious birder and when she sits on the back of the sofa which is in front of a large picture window, the hummies come right up to the window to laugh at her. It seems to make her feel humiliated and she can't stop twitching her face and making cherpy noises. Maybe this is because she has learned that she will never be fast enough to catch one. Your FW blocks are coming along nicely and I love the applique blocks. Can't wait to see the next ones finished.

  13. Hi Julie - thanks for bringing Callie and CC to Feline Friday!

  14. Hi! I found you through the FF link. I think it must have been calico day, because all of us (except for Sharon's Moe) had at least one calico featured! You hummingbirds are amazing -- ours are so territorial that we never get more than 3-4 at a time, because they're so busy chasing each other off! They're darling to watch, though. Your blocks are amazing -- both the non-FW and the primitive. Love the wool applique! Have a fabulous weekend! :)

  15. Loving your blocks and so curious about those I spy Jo fabric?!!
    The hummingbird babies are full on out here too! Soon they will be fleeing for the winter.

  16. Hey Julie - your NFW blocks are gorgeous, as are the wool blocks! I really admire how you've kept up with them with all the jewelry you do! Is that a kit for your new quilt pattern?? Sure wish I could visit the show! The kitties seem to be in fine form (wink). Gosh - we get one or two hummers - that's amazing!