Little Baskets : RSC September Color is Orange

When I had done my sewing review post, in regards to progress and finishes for the first 2/3 of the year,  I had counted up 31 Little Baskets thus far, following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month.

However when I sorted through them, I realized that 7  of them still needed circles to be sewn on, so I caught up with that in the past week.

The RSC September color is orange.

While I could eat a bazillion of these orange cheese balls ( thank goodness that big jar is not here; the DIL texted this photo as a joke )

and while I have lots of orange flowers…

I don’t have much orange in my fabric stash.  I thought to just use some peach shades that I did have.

I hope that your Labor Day weekend was a good one.  My youngest son came in from the place he rents out in the country to stay for the weekend. His roommate’s family have a farm, and two farmhouses…family were coming in from out of state for a big reunion so he just got out of their way :)

While his dog Koopa, who is two years old now still runs around the yard like crazy and jumps super-high at the crabapple tree….like this collage that I posted in June….

He does have his quieter, calmer moments.

Here, he just cracked me up as he totally rearranged the pillows on the loveseat for his convenience.

There’s been lots of good food this weekend…my garden tomatoes ( the DIL grilled them with zucchini, onions, etc. to toss with quinoa )  and fresh fruit smoothies, and pancakes and bacon for breakfast, and eating too much potato salad :)  Did you you have a nice Labor Day weekend?

Here’s wishing you a good week. I need to cut out some new templates for an Airship Propeller block ( the current freezer paper ones are pretty shabby ) and decide on another Elizabeth’s Pride block. And there is lots of yard work coming up down the line…

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Slow Stitching, Back-to-School & Gardening

I am in southwestern PA. Today was more like October 1st than September 1st! :)

It was around 50 degrees this morning, cloudy and breezy so no sun to warm you up a bit, and late afternoon when I checked, it had not gone over 59 degrees!

Starting tonight we are to begin to see the remnants of Harvey…a rainy weekend is in store for us. While the forecasters are not predicting that we’ll get much, I recall Ike being stalled over us for days on end and this area had major flooding.  Many years prior to that PA. had a similar situation with Hurricane Floyd.

But Harvey and Texas….just breaks my heart. What those folks are going through is horrific.

Here, I am just settled in for a cool and rainy weekend …probably  enough rain to make the grass that I just mowed and the weeds that I just pulled start to grow again :)

  • I have some slow stitching to keep me busy. When I did a sewing review ( previous post )  I realized that 7 or 8 of the little baskets still required circles.  So I prepped the circles to sew onto the existing baskets and prepped a few new baskets for this month.
  • I can always put more hand quilting stitches in the Botanical top as well.  The first block was echo quilted with wavy lines following background musical notes….this one will be a grid.

My oldest son lives in Missouri now, working for Boeing.  He and his fiancee and her son came here last weekend for a wedding.  Fourteen of us met up at the Original House of Pancakes for a long and leisurely breakfast.  After that they had to race off to the wedding but here is a photo that I *stole* from the fiancee off of Facebook :)

Also * stolen* are a few of my DIL’s photos to make this collage. My grands are in two different school districts. Three started earlier. One was on his way back from getting a haircut style that he’d requested.  We don’t have Kate as often as we used to but on this day all grades were represented.

Outdoors, I have tomatoes producing and grapes ripening on the vine.  The Rose of Sharon bushes are still in bloom, sunflowers that I planted in MAY are just opening and the fall tall grasses are ripening to the delight of the birds.

Because I relied so much on seeds this year versus purchasing plants at the nursery, things were a bit sparse early on, but now between the bushes in bloom, perennials, and the flowers from the seeds as well as volunteers, the entire house is surrounded by flowers and exuberant color at the end of August. A few shots as an example…

If you are not in Texas, how about you ? Have you had any effects from Harvey as it moves north or are you experiencing this unusually cool weather lately?  

Having asked that, I remember that when I was a kid, right around back-to-school time it DID cool off.  The same when MY kids were little, come to think of it.

 I have gotten so used to the hotter extended summer temperatures in the last decade or so that I’d forgotten that, or is it just me ? 

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