Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Growth

The little plum trees in the back yard have covered their branches with promises of tart juicy plums later in the season.

The peach tree outside my sewing room window has peaches for the first time.      I hope, I hope, I hope they thrive and grow!

All sorts of little bits and pieces are bursting into bloom out there.  Spring is here!

Meanwhile, it looks like the girls may have been trying to tunnel out of the chicken yard.

"Web of lies!"

But, since my minions have been doing a pretty good job of cleaning up the garden, we won't look too far into the attempted escape.

This is from last weekend, a great little steakhouse the desk lady at our motel told us about.  She said it was the best in the area and I think she was right...
I didn't get a picture of the outside when we were there on Saturday since it was raining and dark, so we went back the next day, because of course I had to show you.  They had men there working of the door, but you can see that the building dates back quite a few years.  It's in the little town of Winchester, Texas, and the Post Office is in the front of the restaurant.

I especially like this sign posted on the wall.

I finished the latest tumbler quilt.  All it needs is a label and we're done.  Hopefully I'll get it delivered next week.  The backing fabric is an all-over print of these brilliant tiles.  I used this Phillip Jacobs shell montage fabric for the border.

The light is not good outside today.  Sorry I could not get a better picture.  This quilt is for an 80-something-year-old friend of ours.  She became a widow over three years ago.  We've known her and her husband for a lot of years and she has always been an inspiration to me.  She's one of the strongest women I know, while still always giving honor and deference to her husband.  She has three children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren!  I sewed all their names into the quilt.

It's cooler here today and sort of gloomy, but there's always plenty of pretty fabric here in the sewing room to brighten the day!

Hugs and kisses,


Melanie said...

There's nothing like a quilt with sentimental meanings like that. Spring greenery--now I'm really jealous---they're warning us of a possible blizzard on Wednesday.... Thanks for sharing all the photos...

Karen said...

Spring is such a wonderful time in the garden. The girls obviously think so, too.
That's a wonderful building that the steakhouse is in. Great to see places with so much character still being used.
Lovely finish to the tumbler quilt. Great borders and backing. I have finally ordered the large tumbler Die. Kept seeing all your lovely quilts and decided I needed one, too. :)

Exuberant Color said...

Your spring season really starts early down there. We won't see anything like that for months. I love the shots of the chickens. I'm glad they are earning their keep!
I love that border fabric too!

Thimbleanna said...

What a wonderful gift for your friend Elaine. You're so thoughtful to stitch all those names into the quilt. I love the shot of the chicken giving you the "what for"!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Just love those chickens and the quilt!! You asked me on my blog if it was the trunk wallpaper on my background? yes, it was, and then I found roses!!! I changed it to that. LOL

Susan said...

That quilt is lovely and special, a gift to cheer your friend. Things are looking good around the manor.