Funny Critters & Hand Quilting

In my last post I’d mentioned that my son & DIL had gone to D.C. for the Memorial Day weekend with a local veteran’s motorcycle group and they would meet up with the larger “Rolling Thunder” groups there. ( I had the dog and her sister had three of the kids. )

They were going to stay with an Iraq war vet buddy and his wife and I am assuming that this picture that she’d texted me was when they were heading to that area. Stop for the geese!  :)  Hilarious ! On a  four lane highway!

Meanwhile once they got back it was as hot here as it was in DC…temps around 90 or above and feeling like mid-July versus  the end of May :(   I don’t like this kind of weather.

They’d recently had French Drains installed by a friend of the family and Merle the dog’s electrical fence had inadvertently been damaged.  That friend brought food over for an evening  cookout on Monday ( burgers, hot dogs and beans ) and I made a huge bowl of potato salad and the guys labored in the hot sun to re-install the fence in to the ground so that this goofball could be safe and not run off :)

My grandson threw this ball and Merle refused to release it. He carried it around like this for 10 minutes or more and I told my son to get a phone pic!! :)

As to the hand quilting on the Rose of Sharon..here is where I am right now :

I took a break from the fans over the last few days…

Not too long ago Pat from Amity Quilter had asked what I might do with the borders and I’d not thought of it until then. But she got me thinking about it and since I had one section done where I could move on to a border finish I did so :

I thought that a geometric sort of quilting on the borders might be a nice contrast to the fans. I had a plastic triangle tool and I just used that to trace around going down the border and then adding another round after the first.

Back to the fans now! :)

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Mending, Reading, Grands & Outdoors

Years ago my sister gave a huge king-sized heavy comforter / spread to my son. He and my DIL love it, even in the warmer months because with whole house A/C plus a separate unit for their room, they want to be very cold when they sleep. Well, between their dog Merle and my other sons’ dog Koopa having an overnight and playing there awhile back there was a huge tear in the comforter on one section and then on the side another tear where the piping was.

This spread was due for a dry cleaning and couldn’t go in that condition so I recently spent a morning appliqueing a huge patch over one tear and repairing the other as best I could. I used quilting thread so that it would hold up and I had one of their cats helping me.

Zoe isn’ t really THEIR cat but they are keeping her while a friend goes off with the Navy:  ( not the greatest picture…hastily taken with my old iPhone )

Zoe is QUITE the character. She will actually leap from a kitchen counter or table on to your shoulder to perch there. It really took me by surprise when she first did that to me! :)

After wrestling with that heavy blanket trying to applique and mend, I lost all taste for sewing for a few days!

I pulled out a book that I’d purchased used online a few years back for some light reading. I’ll re-read things off and on and this is a folksy sort of memoir with recipes in it.  It is called “Up a Country Lane” by Evelyn Birkby. It is about farm life in rural Iowa in the 1940’s and 50’s.  If you can find it online or at a library I’d highly recommend it.

I thought to show you the stove that she started out with when she and her husband started farming and the later one that she was using when canning their summer produce :

If you walk down a block onto the main street of our little borough and walk behind the businesses there, you will come to the railroad tracks and that is a nice walk.  My DIL took this picture of her and the grands doing just that the other day. She called it “making memories” as it was on Mother’s Day.   ( It was later on that afternoon that we assisted Javis in regards to the huge sundae that I posted about HERE. )

Sometimes they’ll walk the track all the way down to a local park.

Brent’s district had no school the other day, and after visiting my mom we went to that park but I drove ! :)

We’ve had a lot of rain and I made sure that he only waded in the very shallow end of the creek…on the other side it is very deep at times and especially now.

As to the outdoors if I want to keep up with the thick spring grass and all of the rain that we have been getting I have to mow every three to four days or I’ll not get the mower through it. Aside from that, in the collage below:

  • These invasive buttercups have to be dug up from the front of my house every year so that I can plant seeds, etc.
  • The lilac bush off of the back porch is starting to give off a heady, heavenly scent.
  • A white Spirea bush in the middle of the yard is in bloom…it’s a dual planting there. Spirea for spring and tall grasses for fall. And unfortunately a thorny bush that the birds planted that I have to keep cutting out of there.

As to other sewing other than mending, I’d made a baby quilt top for a friend awhile back. I’d gotten about 2/3 of the way through in regards to tying it, and then put it aside ….I had plenty of time. Well, the baby is due in early July so I have it back out to finish tying the last border and then start on the binding.

Things are drying out a bit….two days with only a light shower so I was able to turn over the dirt and prepare beds for flower seeds and tomatoes etc and get it all planted along with a fresh mowing of grass. I had compost going in the turtle sandbox when the children outgrew that and it was a pleasure to shovel the DIRT THAT I MADE into a big flower pot. I have started a new round of compost with leaves, mulched and fresh grass, a bit of dirt, and now I’ll save food scraps in the kitchen for the next round.

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