The past week's deluge stopped for a while yesterday morning, and so the two of us went out to fill the bird feeders. While we were out, we saw definite signs of spring. There are tulips growing in the whiskey barrels.
Also, the first white daffodils are beginning to open. I've been seeing them in the valley for at least a week, but ours are just getting started.
Also, the heather started blooming this past week. It was looking pretty scraggly after its rough winter, but it's a hardy thing.
The poor daphne has lost most of its leaves, but it is covered in blooms right now. When these open all the way, they are very fragrant. This was a gift from my daughter-in-law, Mae.
Even the potted Asiatic lily is making a comeback. This might have been the biggest surprise of all.
Mike brought this orphan home last year. He saw it in a grocery store for $2. It had already finished blooming and was on its way to the trash heap. He picked it up thinking he would plant it and hope for the best. Right, I thought at the time. As you might guess (since it's still in a pot), it never got planted (as expected), but there it is...ready for this year's bloom. With retirement looming, maybe someone will actually stick it in the ground this year.
Oh yes, and the catnip in the Gracie Memorial Catnip Garden. The catnip doesn't always come back, and so I'm happy this has survived the hard winter.
Before getting outside yesterday morning, I moved the hoop on the Hocuspocusville block. At this point, I've actually stitched quite a bit beyond what you see here.
This one should be finished in the next couple of days.
After the birds were fed, I got back to work in the sewing room. My goal for the day was to make the next Solstice block, and catch up with those. This next block is called "Honey Bee." The center was supposed to be a 9-patch, but I left it whole so that I could use the lighthouse fabric. It marks our trip last weekend to Cape Disappointment, Washington, and the North Head Lighthouse. The yellow and blue petals represent the blue skies and sunshine we enjoyed. North Head Lighthouse wasn't pictured on the fabric, so I picked the Yaquina Head and Haceta Head lighthouses in Oregon. They kind of look like the North Head Lighthouse.
As I was finishing up the top-stitching, Mike came downstairs carrying an extension table for my ironing board. He was planning to build one for me when he retires next month. This item has been on his honey-do list for about six months. Then, I saw this one on Massdrop, and so I showed it to him. "Buy it!" He practically ordered me to do it, and so I committed at the lowest price. You gotta love a man who knows what he wants. Even more, you gotta love a man who knows what you want.
So it arrived last week, and it's been sitting at the front door all that time. It was too heavy for me to carry downstairs by myself. It folds in the middle and has a handy carrying handle...not that I could actually carry it. It also came with a pad and cover, and it works great! I worried that it might be wobbly or not fit over my regular ironing board. No complaints, and it was great for getting to work on the next section of "And On that Farm." So that's one honey-do item crossed off his list, and he hasn't even retired yet. He's very efficient that way.
Next up, he cut the riveted buttons off the little OshKosh overalls I'm parting out to use in the Snips and Snails quilt. We studied the buttons together and decided that cutting them off was the best approach.
There's really no way to reuse them with riveting, and they don't have holes, so they can't be sewn on. He used a rubber mallet to pound them flat after cutting them off. I'll use a hot glue gun to glue them onto my quilt when it's finished.
Also, I considered using the actual fasteners on the quilt, but I've kind of decided against that. Instead, I'm going to use them as models and then use some metallic thread to quilt them onto the quilt. That will be a better option, I think. I'm afraid these would be too bulky and distracting.
Finally, there's this label from the back. I'll probably use that somewhere on the back of the quilt, most likely in the quilt label. For now I'm leaving it attached to the overalls. These labels aren't hemmed or finished in any way at the edges, and so it'll probably be safest to leave it attached until I'm ready to sew it someplace else.
When that's removed, there won't be much left except the denim. I figure I got my money's worth out of this purchase.
Next up, I was ready to get started on And on that Farm. Section 2 is a Triptych of three roosters.
The first step was to cut the three backgrounds. Each is 8 1/2-inches square.
Say, thanks! Don't mind if I do!
From there it took me about an hour to trace, cut, and fuse the pieces for "Rooster A."
The pieces were a little tedious to cut with so many little nooks and crannies, but take a look at the scale of the eye. I've laid my tweezers there in the image below so that you can see how tiny the little black section is.
Not small enough for you? Well, don't worry because another of the roosters has a piece even smaller.
So that was my sewing day. I'm hoping to get the other two roosters finished today. If not, then tomorrow for sure. This is my goal for OMG this month, and I didn't think I was going to get it finished. Now, it looks as if it will be smooth sailing.