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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Hand Quilting Progress / Slice of Life Early October

While we had rain yesterday and more will arrive in a few days from Hurricane Nate remnants, it’s been quite dry lately. Everything’s rather crispy.

It does not look much like Autumn here in southwestern PA yet. Very little foliage has turned thus far. We had two light frosts….not enough to change things much.

Most of my flowers are still going strong with new ones blooming every day.

I actually have some Cosmos in the back that haven’t bloomed yet!  I picked five tomatoes yesterday. There are still a few left that are ripening.

My tall grasses in the afternoon sun :

Getting used to my son and his dog being here every day again :)

I might be getting used to that, but  I’ll never get used to the horror and carnage , such as went on in Las Vegas and goes on with smaller mass shootings on a daily basis in this country.

And it is always the same pattern. Within two or three days, people start to freak out that “THEY” are going to take away their guns. No, “THEY” are not.  How about “THEY” just take away the ability to sell assault rifles or the ability to turn some rifles into them?

But it is always the same. Simplistic, black and white, and who profits?  Gun sales are always up after a mass shooting.

I have been doing a bit of hand quilting on the Botanical quilt.  I finished the Iris block.

Starting in on the next one :

Harvey, Irma, Maria….too many hurricanes. Here’s hoping that this latest, Nate, weakens and that everyone in its  path will be safe.

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