Tuesday, January 25, 2011


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If you've been following the progress of the ragg squares, here's the finished piece! All ready to give to my friend and her new little boy!

Anne's Pink Quilt

Anne's Pink Quilt
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Made with some of the 12.5" squares from our current M&Ms project. Anne made the strip-pieced blocks from some of her "strings" and did the setting.

Monday, January 24, 2011

White Camellias

White Camellias
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
...are a bit difficult to photograph, especially when the sun is turning the house next door the same color!

Most of the white varieties bloom at this time of year, which means that by Camellia Festival time (last weekend in Feb.) it's practically impossible to find the white ones for float decorating. This bush will be long past its prime by then!


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Any other words necessary? There is nothing quite as good as REAL maple syrup!

(This went on my Sunday brunch French toast. Might have to make some more tomorrow...)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ragg quilt

Ragg quilt
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
I made two just like this. Actually this is the "back" side of the quilt--raggs typically get snipped and then washed and dried several times to fluff up the fringes, hence "rag" quilt. Because each block is two pieces of fabric with batting in between, and the seams are over an inch wide, it doesn't lay flat at this stage.

Stay tuned for the next exciting installment--after I get my house, myself, and my cats thoroughly covered in threads and lint during the snipping process. Still not quite sure if I want to wash and dry them at home, or in a commercial washer.

I do have to say I'm rather pleased with the layout of these blocks, considering what I had to work with in the way of colors and patterns!

Double-Decker Catboys

My little computer buddies.

Why yes, I do kick my shoes off and leave them under the desk. Isn't that why it has a shelf? (This is an old hotel desk--I've had it over 30 years and its previous family had it for a long time before that.)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Watch Out World!

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Here comes the "Termi-N8r" on his new bike! Gotta love that expression as he takes off on two wheels for the first time. (Well, two and stabilizers. After all, he's 3!)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

First Pie

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Finally cranked up my "personal pie" baker tonight and made four little cranberry-apple tarts. Really ambitious project: of course, the baker did have to be seasoned...but the pie crust was ready-made, the pie filling came in a jar from Trader Joe's (thanks for the yummies, Aaron!), so the work involved was minimal.

And now I have a hot pie to enjoy. Excuse me...

Windy Sky

Windy Sky
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Taken from the drive-through at Starbucks in West Covina. Palm trees and windswept clouds, on a very hot and sunny January day.

Baby Jail

Baby Jail
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
An inflatable bouncer is the perfect spot for a baby! She and a same-age buddy had a ball, literally!


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Quilting at Sandy's is always fun, but tonight it was enlivened by some of the dogs' antics. Nora-the-iggie (Italian Greyhound) doesn't like to sleep alone so she squeezes in with the pugs--usually just one, but here she's gotten between two of them!

There are other pictures of the dogs on my Flickr page.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


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Tonight's sunset was absolutely spectacular. This was the best I could do while driving home--although the traffic almost stopped a couple of times, I had to "point and shoot" and not look!

One of those times w hen the 30-mile drive home has entertainment provided, thanks to the changing colors and the strange cloud formations. These clouds really did center on the setting sun. Odd, and oddly beautiful, too!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Work Area

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
In the process of cutting the strips down into 2-patches. Total yield? 300! They'll make 150 4-patches and 32 (I think!) 16-patches.

Taking big pieces of fabric, cutting them up into little pieces, and then sewing them back together into big pieces. The essence of quiltmaking!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Birthday Cake

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Pretty self explanatory, except for one thing.

How did my little girl get to be 40?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Baby Face!

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Couldn't resist putting up Little Cutie! She'll now smile on cue...

Thursday, January 6, 2011


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Simon wants to make sure I'm sewing these strips properly.

Quarter-inch seam allowance? Check!

Right sides together? Check!

Thread in the bobbin? oops...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


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Tonight's dinner. Quite yummy.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Winter Roses

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This picture evokes a phrase from an old country song that has haunted me for years:

"faded love and winter roses"

Don't remember who sang it, or even what came next. But the winter-stricken rosebushes, with a few brave blossoms hanging on and some scarlet rosehips leavening the desolation, tell the story. And the seedling Chinese elm tree reaching over the bushes?

Well, it's doomed. One way or another, it's out of there. My love for it faded before it ever grew this tall!

Edit Note: Looked it up. It's a Hank Williams song:

Faded love and winter roses always bloom in memory
Faded love and winter roses yearning hearts that used to be

Will they meet again tomorrow where we parted yesterday
Give me back the winter roses and the love you took away

Faded love and winter roses sprinkled with a lonely tear
Faded love and winter roses still recall each yesteryear

Will I always be a dreamer dreaming of the used to be
Faded love and winter roses live and die in memory

... and now I remember why I loved to listen to this song!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Winter Sky

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
This is the top of my camellia bush--the one by the back door. I don't think it's supposed to look like this--or maybe it just needs a haircut.

Since I posted its blossom the other day, I thought it was only fair to give another view.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mother's Little Helper

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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
One of the hazards they don't warn you about when you learn to quilt!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New year...

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a new effort to post a picture a day! Made more difficult by the crashing (and burning, one assumes) of my DSL line, leaving me dependent on whimsical wifi for posting purposes.

So starting the year off with this lovely camellia, which is currently blooming just outside my back door. This is the bush that the deck was built around, and I'm so very glad we saved it!