My First Finish of the Year

I've been sewing like a crazy person.  Not really.  Just sewing a lot more than I normally do.  I'm not one who can sit and sew for hours and hours.  I'm more likely to sew for a few hours and then go do something else for a while.  Or for the rest of the day.

Anyway, as a result of all this sewing, I have all 20 Meadowland blocks constructed.  We have an arrangement that seems fairly balanced when photographed in black and white.  Now I need to assemble them into a top. I think this week for the quilt along you are supposed to construct five blocks, so I'm in really good shape on this one.
I also need to make more Sunshowers blocks.  I think we're on week four on this one.  I am making a total of eight blocks, so my sewing schedule is a bit different and I've lost track.  Sewing curves is not my favorite thing, so I've been dragging my feet.  I timed myself yesterday and it took me around an hour and 20 minutes to finish one block. For comparison, the Meadowland blocks took me 20-25 minutes each. I can say that Megan's blog posts to accompany the pattern have been really outstanding.  You can check out her website to see for yourself.  I do now have four of my blocks complete--hey, I'm halfway!
As a result of me dragging my feet, while shopping for a ton of yardage for a backing on a charity quilt I received, I bought a whole bunch of fun yardage at JoAnn to make more Quilts for Kids quilts.  And I cut, sewed, quilted, and bound an entire quilt in under a day and a half.  So now I have my first finish of the year.  Took me long enough to actually finish something.  At least it's cute and for a good cause.  I'm getting quite a stack of these accumulated.  I need to actually ship them off at some point.
I took the finished pictures last night, so they're a bit dreary.  
Are you familiar with the children's book Go Dog, Go?  This fabric reminded me of the book.  My son loved that book when he was little.  My aunt gave us a version that had parts that moved.  That was fun.  We also had the regular book and the matching stuffed animal from my mom. Anyway, I hope some kid finds this fabric as fun as I did.

In other news, our weather has been really crazy lately.  We've had our first significant snow.  We've had loads of rain.  The temperatures have been all over the place.  It feels like we have sun one day and then six or seven days of gloom.  I'm seeing encouraging signs that spring is on its way.  

I first noticed that my tulips outside my sewing room window were emerging.  I thought that was strange because I hadn't seen any daffodils yet.  The next day I noticed loads of emerging daffodils.  Daffodils are my marker of spring.  Once they are up and flowering spring is truly here in my book.  No flowers yet, but at least they're growing.  The irises and some of the other perennials are starting to green up too.

We also saw that our decorative crab apple and weeping cherry trees are starting to get buds.  Our pear trees have a few buds starting and you can see that the bark looks ready for active growth.  Maybe we'll actually get fruit this year?

Speaking of fruit, here's my little pineapple this week.  :)  You can see it's starting to get a stalk.
I hope you have a happy, fruitful week.

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  1. Congratulations on your finish! And your pineapple. I assume that is growing inside if you have snow on the ground. lol Your weather sounds like ours, but I'm still not ready to see spring because that means unbearable summer is just around the corner.

  2. I love the Meadowland blocks, the colors are perfect. By the time you hit #8 on the Sunshowers you will be an expert at curved piecing. The charity quilt would be perfect for a little boy, I hope one receives it. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.