RSC Scrap Quilt, Blooms & Dog Sitting

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month for May is pink, and my pink Canterbury Bells have been in bloom for a good 2 or more weeks now.

I managed to get 3 pink blocks for my “Blend” project pieced this week and added them on to the existing ones. I call this RSC scrap quilt “Blend” because I was looking for blocks that would blend in with each other in a graduated manner….I was asked awhile ago what the block actually is, though. It is a Jinny Beyer BlockaWeek pattern called “Peekaboo.”  There are 37 little pieces that go in to each block. 

There’s that saying about April showers bringing May flowers…. how about May thunderstorms bringing the Iris in to bloom :)

When the storms rolled through it really cooled off to the point of needing a sweater in the early morning hours. I loved that break that we had for two days :)   It’s back to hot weather for Memorial Day Weekend. It was close to 90 degrees on Friday.

My middle son and DIL took off on the motorcycle for Washington D.C. and the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom 2018. If you are unfamiliar with this you can visit a short informative article about it HERE.    They were riding with a local veteran’s group to D.C. where they’d then join up with the larger group.

They left this morning. I got the twins and Javis off of the bus and organized until her sister came for them and then I took Merle home with me. While my two dogs despise getting wet, on a hot day Merle likes nothing better than getting sprayed with the hose  and then he takes off and runs through the  yard…we call it the ‘zoomies’ :)

I told my son to buy him a new bone and a few squeaky toys to have here…he’s so thrilled with new toys and it makes life easier.

I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend including all of the Rainbow Scrappers that routinely link up at Angela’s on Saturdays and the Slow Stitchers for Kathy’s party on Sundays. I’ll be linking up to both…now that I have these Blend blocks done and finished the Baby Quilt ( HERE ) for Kathy’s, I am still hand quilting my Rose of Sharon quilt.

I am almost finished with another Baptist Fan stencil section and ready to mark more on the quilt. I love this stencil of Barb’s and you can find hers  HERE.

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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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