Summer Sampler Series : Star of Virginia

Summer Sampler Series Block 1

Today is the first day of the Summer Sampler Series! We are so excited to have so many people quilting along with us. Please visit Kate’s blog at Swim, Bike Quilt for a tutorial on our first block, The Star of Virginia. Be sure to post your block and any questions in the Flickr group.

Jones Family Farm

I have been busy working on my tutorials so I don’t have anything too new to show you, so I though I’d share a few pictures from my garden. Corn is starting to grow and I am finally harvesting some green beans, sugar snap peas, carrots (not really ready but my daughter wanted to see them!), and jalapenos.

Salsa Time

I made fresh salsa last night. It was SO good. All I did was take 4 medium tomatoes, 1 large white onion, 3 cloves of garlic and 1 jalapeno (seeds removed) and sliced them all down the middles. I put them flat side down on a baking sheet and broiled them until they were soft and browning on top. Then I put them all in the food processor and blended it up! Add a bit of salt and enjoy.

Update: Here is my block!

Star of Virginia

Poodle Strip Quilt and Garden Update

Strip Front

I have had this stack of fabric sitting in my sewing room for quite some time. Months ago I swapped Alison for two of the fabrics – one from Jennifer Paganelli’s Poodle line and one from Dena Design’s Leanika line. I wasn’t planning on using them together when I swapped for them, but once they arrived I loved how they coordinated.

Strip Detail

I paired them up with a couple different Kona pinks and browns, Sandi Henderson’s Henna Garden in Spring and Pink and another Poodle print from Etsy. I just love the combination.

Strip Back

For the back I simply did wider strips of the same fabrics. It makes it reversible which is always nice. I quilted it with straight lines, 1/4″ on the top and bottom of the seams of the strips on the front. The binding is the lighter Kona pink from the front. It measures 57″ x 40″. This quilt was donated to the 100 Quilts for Kids program.

I also wanted to give you a garden (ahem…farm) update. I am 2 months in and so far it has been pretty successful. The weeds think so anyway!

Garden Update

I have had pretty good success with all the seeds. What you are looking at here is sunflowers, cosmos, corn, pumpkin, watermelon and cantaloupe (still too small to see in this photo), carrots, scallions, cucumber, lettuce, peppers, beans and tomatoes (which are almost all out of the photo). Everything was started from a seed except the peppers and tomatoes. I have spent a LOT of time weeding. I noticed everyone around me has mini tillers that they use to keep the dirt tilled up and the weeds from taking over. Maybe I will consider that next year if I do this again. 600 square feet is a lot to maintain. But it has been fun and I look forward to harvesting more vegetables soon. The lettuce is already ready and tasty!

S-E-W

Sew

Not a lot of sewing this Memorial Day weekend but I did manage to get a bit of decorating time in and wanted to share some photos. I made these using wooden letters from Michael’s, a bit of Mod Podge and some scrapbook paper. There are lots of Mod Podge directions online, here are some for making letters.

Detail

The paper I used is Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon. I really wish these came as fabric, I would buy them up in a heartbeat!

Sewing Room Wall

I added my latest Framed Fairy Tales quilt, another framed mini, and the letters to my sewing room wall. Love how it is coming together.

Peonies

Flowers are finally blooming here, it seems Spring has arrived just in time for Summer to take over in 3 weeks!

I’m Back!

Hello everyone! I’m back from my week away…and I’m exhausted! Just some fair warning, this post has nothing to do with sewing (well, there will be some extremely minor fabric references!)

As you can probably guess from the top photo, Mr. Fresh Lemons and I took the kids to Florida for the last week. We started the week here…

where this was our view…

and then we spent the second half of the week here…

and finally, I came home to these…(plants growing in my garden!)

I’m trying *really* hard not to share ALL 167 photos I took with you. Really hard.

Vacation

We moved back to Chicago from Tampa 2-1/2 years ago and this was our first trip back to Florida. Our first “real” vacation in years. It went so well, the kids had SO much fun, traveled great, giggled almost the entire time. I couldn’t have ask for more.

I have been VERY lucky this week. First, I won an organic solids FQ set from Quilt Home Magazine. Then, when we arrived at our hotel at Disney we found out we were randomly selected for Family of the Day and upgraded to a safari view room! And then I won a Little Apples mini charm pack from Amanda! I mean really, it has been nuts. So we decided to buy a Powerball ticket while in Florida so I’m crossing my fingers that I wake up $120 million dollars richer in the morning. :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful week. I feel refreshed and can’t wait to get caught up with my Google Reader and get back to sewing!