I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 23, 2016

Porch Quilt / P2 Update August and September

Hi! Show and tell time for P2. This was a BIG assignment this time. Three big lollipop flowers in star studded crocks,

plus other fillers---Moon, Star, Basket.

Love the Basket, love this fabric.

There were also two large squares that just called for an unpieced large floral. Instead I made a couple of fill in blocks

Sixteen patch, random fabrics.

And a Kite.

The kite's tail will be appliqued to the block[s] below it. Then after the quilt is quilted, I'll add three dimensional kite tail bows. Unless the block does not work with the rest of the blocks, in which case I I'll instead do some sort of pieced block.

I love kites and wanted to include one as a summer memory. My dad and I used to make our own kites. Some were tiny, smaller than the palm of your hand and we used sewing thread on spools for the strings. One year we made huge box kites! We used leftover Christmas wrapping paper for the paper sides. And though my own kids have outgrown kite flying, I enjoy seeing the many kites here on my beach. Some are go-cart kites that pull wooden vehicles. [scary!] and some are surf kites that haul the surfers high in the air.

I hope my Kite block works.

You may recall last P2 posting I asked about storing blocks for quilts in progress. Most of us just do the Baggies thing. But I did find these great boxes on sale at Michael's craft store. They are 14.5'' x 3.5'', perfect! Neat and clean too. Inedible for bored doggies [Mo adores Baggies zippers!], fairly waterproof too.

PS Blogger says this is my 800th post! Should I celebrate? Have a giveaway? Or...?



gone to the beach....

Tomorrow when Lori posts her version and her Linky is set up I'll add a link for Humble Quilts, so you can see everyone's P2s.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Summer's Last Hurrah

Good evening! Just now the sky and ocean and beach put on a lovely show for us, for the last sunset of Summer 2016. I am waxing nostalgic for  a summer that really never was, for me...and ignoring the two more hot months to come.

Instead I enjoyed the moment. What a gorgeous, soft summery sky it was.
Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.'' [unattributed quote]

Besides my pt sessions I am taking a short walk every day. I try to go out with Mo and his walker to start.

Of course then they go on and I slowly return home.

Mo and I did look for some signs of Fall. Just one bright yellow leaf, on the very green grass.

Seed heads on the ornamental grasses.

A new and somewhay ugly fountain in a public space. [Seems to me it should be set into the ground with banks of flowers around it.]

When I'm not home for Mo's afternoon walk, I've been walking towards the beach. My goal is to be able to go to the October fleas.

It's very dry this year.

But Monday's thunderburst coaxed the beach roses into bloom.

Rose hips are more likely in September---bright green like tiny Granny Smith apples.

In the dunes are large flocks of odd carrier pigeons. hey find something there to feed on, and leave many tiny tracks in the soft white sand. Autumn migrations have begun.

Goodbye, sweet Summer. Welcome, Autumn!



gone to the beach.....

Monday, September 19, 2016

Out and About

Hi! How is everyone? As I slowly improve and can walk a little I've been getting out with my best friend L. One day last week she asked me to go with her to the Fabric Mill to order new drapes for her living room. L has a lovely home and a generous budget, and she is always rehabbing and redoing. It's fun to tag along!
Off over the many bridges I mention often.

It's lovely and the air smells salty and so good, even on a hot day.
This back road reminds me of Cape Cod, around Wellfleet. It's a bit brown and dry this year, no rain. Many of the bushes are bittersweet and in November will be bright orange.

We took the ''scenic'' route because that's where her GPS sent us! Not direct but no traffic.

This is the shop we went to. I should say warehouse!

Bolt after bolt of the most gorgeous silks, linens, velvets. As a quilter I've gotten used to simple cottons, but oh what a joy it was to see such treasures. [I adore fabrics of any sort, of course.]

I've had a hankering for tartan throws and pillows this winter, what do you think?

This was my favorite group, especially the blue. Raw silk with densely embroidered flowers.

I'd love to make a whole cloth sofa throw, in velvet, with a silk backing and silk batting. Wouldn't that be cozy.

Years ago this store stocked quilting fabrics, but not now. This was their entire selection of quilting cottons, comic and Disney, and out of date. {Shrek?].

They also have mill end cuts and I always enjoy looking for yardage at 1.99 a yard, for quilt backings. That day I didn't buy anything though I see a couple of possibles now in the photos.

Back home again through the marsh road. The water looks odd and bulgy, see? It was a very high tide that day.

Some other fun outings...we found and explored a new to us grocery store. Nice!

And we stopped in the pet supply store to get bully sticks for Mo. I got him this adorable sweater. Sadly the neck is too tight, has to go back. Disappointing. I'm afraid Mo might be an XL!

This week I have physical therapy appointments. I feel they are counter productive, as the exercises cause my hip joint pain to return along with the weakness in my legs. But I am being encouraged to ''try". [Do a bridge! /// No. Just.... No.]

Have a great week!



gone to the beach.......

The Fabric Mill, Long Island NY