Back to School Humor & Some Sewing

With a few days of cooler weather, I caught up on some yard work…the grass was so thick from all of the recent rains and we had that sideways-growing grass that shows up at this time of year.

Don’t catch it in time and it sprouts little seed heads…I have always called it “Twitch Grass” and I Googled that.  The technical name is Couch Grass. Well the entire neighborhood had it springing up everywhere within the last week. Most of our yards are back in control which we accomplished in the space of the milder temperatures.

I have 5 grands ; 2 school districts. Brent and Kate started back to school on two of the days where it was nice and cool in the morning and it truly felt like ‘back to school weather’. They were with their mama on the morning of Day One, and overnight at my son’s house after school. The DIL posed them for some nice Day Two morning photos. I just took them and put them side by side.

kate and brent side by side back to school second day

These are the typical photos that all of the friends and family were posting on Facebook this week when their children were heading back to school; listing name, age or grade.  Very nice to see but I told my DIL I wanted to do something funny on Javis, Aiselyn and Mya’s first day.

So while we did take some normal, serious pictures like this….

girls by flag

We also did several with some Back to School Humor….I am showing her favorite one here. When she shared this with their friends, it was a big hit.

scott talli and kids funny

The cool weather is history. It’s back to a wall of heat outdoors ( and upstairs here ) and some sewing under the ceiling fan with the window A/C blasting from across the room again!

  •  I have added a few more berries and leaves to the Floral Basket
  • Made my way down another row of spools and am catching up on the cable portion now of the Stars and Spools quilt.
  • Stems and leaves sewn down on another applique block ; just need to prep the flowers now.

collage quilting and applique

The little applique block will be my 5th one and there’s a backstory to this.

Back in 2014, Audrey over at Quilty Folk had challenged any readers that were interested to start on an Eagle Quilt that we’d hopefully complete by July 4th of the next year. ( or at least we’d have the top done )

Well some of us went looking around at Eagle Quilts and patterns…this was not a sew-along with any particular one ; just do what you liked.

In the end, after looking at more Eagle quilts than I could count, on Pinterest, etc., I settled on this one and ordered it : Elizabeth’s Pride by Lori Smith.

Elizabeth pride pattern pic

I did not pay much attention when I was ordering it; discovered that the original was made in wools !   Well, I made a few of the floral blocks and a variation of the eagle and then it morphed into a sampler quilt to present at as Christmas gift to my son and DIL.

I’d never done anything like this before…it was like making your own jigsaw puzzle, albeit a simple one :) I am not as talented as many of the quilters out there whose blogs I visit and who inspire me so much, but this is just a journey for me and this was part of it. 

It ended up as a tribute quilt; names were embroidered of fallen comrades in Iraq and a baby that she’d lost.  I dug up some old photos and made a collage for this post….some photos are from October of that year when it was almost done prior to adding a border. Some are from December when I had finished tying it.


So here I am back to the original Elizabeth’s Pride pattern and I’ll follow it this time :)

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Slice of Life : Later in August Randoms

A slice of life from later in August ( compared to the earlier one HERE :)

inside outside collage

I was quite surprised to find out that the grandchildren were starting back to school this week and not the next. When I was young we went after Labor Day. When my boys were young they might start a day or two prior to the holiday. This year it seems that the kids are starting quite early. Brent and Kate started in their school district on Monday and the other three start on Thursday.

Here’s Lily looking a bit fed up with one of the recent heat waves that we’d been having.  “Look at me; I have too much hair for this humidity!

Lily after groomer

On another hot day, August 20th, there were two things going on. My DIL’s little niece Gracie was turning one, and I’d committed to attending the party weeks before.  I set out for the party held at a local park and the temperature was 87 degrees in the shade at the time and climbing.

My son and DIL and family had to sit in the hot sun for a football game rather than attending the party, but doesn’t Javis look tough and mean and ready for it in this picture ? ( courtesty of DIL / FB )

javis first football game crop edit

They won their game :)

The party that I attended was held at a local park. We gathered at some picnic tables in a nicely shaded area. Close by was a playground for the older children, and across from us was an historic log house. Of course we went up there for pictures.

gracie and log house for blog

It was a nice location. Gracie’s parents had streamers and balloons hung on the trees surrounding the picnic tables and as hot as it was, we were shielded from the sun.

Here is a view of my Hyacinth Bean Vine from the front porch and some pretty skies on the evening of August 21 : ( one is a reflection in  puddle from recent rains )

Hyacinth bean vine and skies collage

I forgot that I’d planted nasturtiums last year or that they come back, but am pleased to see them blooming so happily along with the other blooms. The yellow rose bush is blooming again with the russian sage encroaching upon it and needing tamed….

assorted collage with quilt in hoop

With a break from the heat, one of the day lilies on the side of the house began to bloom again, as she often does later in the summer….it’s such a treat to see her do this :)  I imagine her saying that “I know I’m a June flower but I have a bit more in me that wants to shine before winter!” 

daylily blooming again

Wishing you a happy week :)

happy sunflowers shot

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