It has been awhile since I posted. Mostly because I wasn’t able to get my camara working-and I like to post pictures. I have been busy over the last month tho!
A lot of work has been going on at the farm. The potatoes are planted and a lot of the new beds are plowed and ready for sowing. I did transplant my broccoli and cauliflower a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately as soon as I did we had a cold spell that caused many of the plants to die. A few have survived however and are starting to make a comeback as the weather warms a little. I also planted some beets. a little more broccoli, and a couple of kinds of radishes out in the field. (Apr. 17) The rest of the transplants (tomatoes and peppers mostly) are doing well in my little hothouse.
I have also started some flowers – zinnias, marigolds, and hollyhocks. I have never had much luck with flowers so we will see if I get any blooms.
On the crafting front, I have finally finished my first quilt! The one with the countryish blocks from eons ago. I have to say it turned out pretty cute – although not perfect! Please let me know if the quilting police are headed my way! I am also working to get the Finglas Farm quilt completed. Just a little more redwork embroidery and I will be able to put the back on and start quilting it. I also purchased backing fabric for the big quilt for my bed. I haven’t found a long arm quilter yet, mostly because I don’t know what kind of quilting pattern I want on it. Waiting for inspiration on this front!
Other accomplishments this month include five Christmas ball decorations from a book that I had heard about some time ago. Carlos and Arnies Christmas Balls. They are turning out great – once I got a better yarn. They looked funky in the cheap acrylic yarn.- Too shiny. They are quick to knit so I will probably be making several more. There are 55 designs in the book and a template to make up your own designs. Sort of like coloring easter eggs! The sky’s the limit! Finally, Tierney and I are going to be going to a meeting of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild this afternoon. They are hosting Jaquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studios. She just published a book about modern quilting. I am looking forward to getting the book and having a go at a new project. I picked up a bunch of black and white fabrics at a sale at my local quilt store recently so have been looking around for inspiration. Maybe this is just the ticket!
The only other news is the visit of a long lost cousin. Bruce and his wife Pam. It was great to get reacquainted with him and to meet his wife. I don’t really remember seeing him since he was about 10 years old. – Now 48! They were both super nice and fun to be with. Gma and I took them to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Kinda chilly but always lovely!