Blooms : Applique, Quilting, and the Garden

While the rain was not forecasted, we had off & on showers all day on Wednesday. It had been three days of rain by then and yes, I’ll need to mow the grass again! Here is a morning glory covered in raindrops:

This is my Peegee Hydrangea, whose white blossoms deepen to pink in the fall, against the neighbor’s tree whose leaves end up all over my yard, even though he tries to keep up with them.

Because the forecast for Wednesday night was for the temperature to drop to 30 degrees, I took a few shots of the remaining flowers in the event that this was their last…

It was not. I woke to 37 degrees and still have all of the blooms.

As to other blooms, I’ve made a nice amount of progress in regards to the hand quilting in this block of the Botanical quilt :

Then while I had the freezer paper templates traced out ages ago, I finally cut them out and started the prep work for another Elizabeth’s Pride block :

There’s a story behind Elizabeth’s Pride. Several years ago, Audrey at Quilty Folk had suggested that some of us start an eagle quilt.  Visit Audrey here and see on her side bar that her lovely Eagle quilt rendition is currently in the hoop :)

Well I had decided to do this, and join Audrey & friends,  and found the Elizabeth’s Pride pattern by Lori Smith. I was attracted by the deep rich colors in her quilt. When the instructions came, I discovered that it had been made in wool. No wonder it was so deep and rich.

Elizabeth pride pattern pic

I started out with fabric, and made a few of the floral blocks and the Eagle center but then it morphed in to a sampler / memorial quilt for my son and DIL…I made it up as I went along. It was to memorialize her little baby that died at 4 months, and the fallen friends of my son in Iraq when they served together there.  It ended up being a holiday gift.

remember the fallen

I TIED it so that they would use it, and they do. It’s in their family / TV / all purpose room along with the 1857 quilt .

EAGLE SAMPLER NEW COLLAGE

Later on, I pulled the original pattern out and began again :)  I work on them sporadically. This will be the 10th little block.

I am not sure if I’ll make the center eagle block or not. I toy with the idea of a floral block there instead. Plenty of time to mull it over..

Having nothing to do with blooms or sewing, I am going to move on to ELEPHANTS! :)

The little twins wanted to be elephants for Halloween this year. My DIL’s friends made the tutus, and she came up with the rest of the outfits….this is equally cute & hilarious! :)

They are dressed up for their school parade and party.  Their mama took the photo before school.

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Rainbows and Pot Pies etc. Slice of Life : Late October

It is hard to believe that I’ll need to cut the grass again this late in October, but we had quite a bit of rain on Monday and Monday night.  The grass looks as if it grew several inches due to that.

Cooler temperatures followed.

Tuesday found me in the kitchen making chicken pots pies for a friend of my youngest son. His dad had died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday :(

LILY was at the groomers while I was cooking , but the two boys, Jugsy and Koopa, didn’t mind at all.  They didn’t have to share chicken skins and scraps with her!  This friend loves my pot pies and always asks when I am going to make one. In this case it was love & sympathy pies.

The recipe is HERE .   ( Years ago a co-worker and I had tried out several pot pie recipes. Some were quite difficult and prolonged. I came across this one and it is easy and always turns out great.) 

Prior to this cooler weather moving in, the evenings were still quite warm. My son’s pit bull loves to jump. He jumps at a branch 7 feet high in the air on my crabapple tree and oftentimes reaches it. Here is a night shot of him returning to me on the porch after a jumping spree :

He’s just pure muscle, yet in this house, the tiny little cat is the boss of him :)

My flowers were still blooming, and in my previous post I showed a coneflower coming in to bloom. Here she is in full bloom and probably the last new bloom of the season.

YET these coneflowers are so interesting and here is what they ‘morph’ in to :

coneflower-one

Meanwhile a blogger friend had recommended a Maggie Hope mystery series and when I went to my little library in search of that ( they had ONE ) I saw Amy Tan’s memoir, ” Where the Past Begins” on the New Releases shelf.

I am not sure if you have read Amy Tan, but I recall loving the “Joy Luck Club” years ago and later on, some of her other books.

I could not put that memoir down! Finished it within 2-3 days.

For most of the summer after this or that rain or storm, I’d watch for a rainbow. None!

On Tuesday October 24 just about everyone in my area was entranced by a large rainbow after a small rainshower. It was very bright and clear and lasted for a long time. There was actually a double rainbow but that portion was fading out when I grabbed my camera for a few shots.

It was such a nice early evening surprise :)

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