Back to School

Two years ago I had a fun idea and arranged this photo shoot with my middle son, DIL and her three kids. It is still a Facebook classic, lol. They have so many friends between the two of them that they re-run it every year for laughs :) And we did win a local newspaper contest with it, though it didn’t make any of us rich :)

I have five grands, and the other two are in a different school district. THEIR back to school date has been pushed back to Sept. 4th, due to renovations at the high school.

Today the DIL captured that with her three looking sad in the middle and the other two that were still ‘free’ on the right and left of them.

So I saw three of them off on the bus and the other two and I walked dogs for awhile. It was a fine crisp and chilly morning too! I woke up at 5:30 to 55 degrees! What a nice break. That’s my kind of weather.

My youngest son is doing well ( thank you for all of the support ) getting back to work, staying clean, visiting his dog here and taking him for walks, looking for a new job and said that he’s laughed and cried more in the last few weeks than in years…..letting his true emotions through and being comfortable and even happy with them!  I think he may be staying on the recovery road. He’s attending N/A meetings when he can/ has a sponsor, etc.

Life’s not without its constant pushbacks though. His car broke down today and he thinks it is the transmission and with a new job starting on Monday he was in despair.  A friend can loan him an old car if he can buy a battery for it…everyone is pulling together :)

That’s it for now / just a quick blog update. I wish I had more time to visit around but I’ll catch up eventually :) Please have patience with me :)

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.

EAGLE SAMPLER NEW COLLAGE

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

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Sharing at : Savvy Southern Style / Art and Sand