Bees & Butterflies and The Dog Days of Summer

We had such a nice weather break at the beginning of the week, but it only lasted for two days and the hot August weather returned. It seemed to build each day with Sunday being the worst….80 degrees prior to 10 a.m. and 93 in the afternoon with a heat index of 98.

It was most certainly one of those days that can only be described as ‘the dog days of summer’.

dog days of summer collage

If you have ever wondered where that expression came from, see HERE.

While I chose not to melt on the bleachers in the scorching sun at a grandson’s football game that afternoon, I was outside here and there to gather tomatoes and capture some action shots.

Who is this little guy that landed on me as I passed the hydrangea bush? I don’t know but such pretty coloring.

bug on hydrangea and tomatoes collage

Then this might just look like a collage of flowers but there was a bit of action going on here as well.

floral collage

In the morning when I returned from a “it’s too hot and humid already!” walk, there was a bee enjoying  a leisurely breakfast.

bee on vine collage

The reason that I dragged the camera out again in the afternoon was due to this butterfly who was just taking her time amongst the various flowers :

butterfly closeup

Her wings fluttered constantly as she sipped the nectar  ( or however it is technically described :)

butterfly on zinnia collage

In contrast, in another area of the front, this little guy appeared to be taking a nap. He wasn’t moving at all.

little bee on yellow flower

Clearly the heat affected him just like it affects me but not this butterfly ….ever in motion, visiting flower after flower…

butterfly yellow collage

Meanwhile as to that football game that I did not go to; at half-time I was texted that the score was 36-0 / I started feeling bad for the other kids.

Starting on the last area of spools and cable portion prior to the border in regards to hand-quilting by the afternoon :

stars and spools quilt sunday afternoon 28th

When I see fall decor out in the stores, or hear about fall, or see decor bloggers rushing us towards fall,  all that  I can think of  on a day like today, is that there is an entire month of summer left, and She’s Been Reminding Us of That Lately :)

When I loaded the Sunday photos from the camera  on to the computer, a few showed up from the other evening that I’d already forgotten about. I may as well include them here, though clearly I was too lazy to walk down the street for shots that would avoid the wires !

evening clouds late august

Wishing you a good week this last week of August, transitioning into September :)

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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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