Potholders for whoooo?
After much debate over the eyes, I’ve finally finished up the potholders for my partner. I didn’t have much requested from my partner, except staying away from purple. So I looked around her blog, found that she was very addicted to owls, and started the project. The wing and beak pieces are appliquéd to the circle body – and how about finding that random feather-like triangle fabric deep in my stash … perfect! For the eyes, I found two thicker fabrics (greenish and cream) and used the pinking shears on them. Another fabric in my stash had the creamy brown circles, which was appliquéd onto the bigger cream circle. I wanted to have some depth to the faces, so didn’t sew down the two large eye pieces. And the black buttons add a cute detail, and give the eyes direction. The quilting on the body was very simple, as I didn’t want to take away from all that was going on already.
I hope my partner enjoys the new friends in her kitchen!
The dictionary gives you a choice, listing both pronunciations as acceptable: herb (ûrb, hûrb)
It also goes on to say the word ‘herb’ is a word the English borrowed from the French. The (h) sound had been lost in Latin and was not pronounced in French or the other Romance languages, which are descended from Latin, although it was retained in the spelling of some words. It seems to boil down to your origins – if you are English, you say herb; if you are American, you say ‘erb … although I find both seem to be mixed around depending on what you grew up saying.
My own little garden
Either way, I’ve built a small herb-alicious garden for my apartment living from an idea that sprouted a year ago. A friend had spotted ‘Moorefield Herb Farm’ (a very small, local farm) in Trumbull last year which prompted an inquiry – however, our first visit was very unsuccessful. It was very late in the season, the weather had not been fabulous, and most of the remaining plants were way beyond their prime. So this year, I made sure to suggest plans for revisiting the farm while it had most potential. And we did. And we bought. And now we enjoy.
Orange and Mojito mints
My beautiful half-window-sill-half-chair herb collection has plenty of delicious offerings – two types of oregano (Syrian and Greek), ‘Elizabeth’ thyme, cilantro, garden sage, lemon verbena, parsley and plenty of basil (my favorite). I also snagged two different mints – mojito and orange – to add flavorful fun to refreshing summer drinks.
Now it’s up to the summer sun. Luckily enough, south-facing windows are prime plant real estate, so bring on the herbs … or ‘erbs!
Frog and turtles oh my!
My swap partner gave me extra things to smile about this weekend … I ripped into the package and was happily surprised with the cutest potholders! For pass 3, I mentioned green and blue as favorite colors, and frogs and turtles as favorite animals. Well she really hit the nail on the head! And they match so perfectly with my pass 2 potholders – I’m creating such a unique and fabulous collection!
I’m a very lucky swap partner and got an extra treat with an “I’d rather be Quilting” license plate frame. Now I can shout out to the world that yes, I’m in love with fabrics and quilting!! It will definitely be going onto the car this week … either that, or hung up in my sewing room :)
Check out photos from the rest of the swap group on flickr.
Now I need to get my potholders finished and into the mail for my secret swap partner!
Creating the fabric packets
My first organized swap has just wrapped up … and was a success! 29 swappers, 18 states, and 1 Canadian province … and 5,800 squares of fabulous fabrics!
I created a flickr group for those interested in posting photos of their creations from this swap. http://www.flickr.com/groups/ispyswap … I hope to see all kinds of I-Spy quilts, ABC books, dice, and more!
Is anyone interested in joining another swap?