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

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Rain Day, Quilt Day


Hi everyone! We are having a rainy morning finally, though the skies are blue again now. And I had a cleaner come! She is a very good vacuumer, 'nuff said? Mo is exhausted from supervising her for the hour and a half she was here.

Catching up, as Fall does begin tonight at, I think, 9.30 PM. I am not a fan of the early darkness. Mo's fall sweater is almost done! Only took 8 years so far.

I finished hand-quilting Best Friend/ Scotties. 

I cleared space on my sewing desk finally. I do like having some open elbow room, even a little free space is less claustrophobic! [The room is small.]

Finishing touches on Giraffe and ready to hand quilt.

Began handquilting Monday I think.


I came across these stars on Instagram. I wish I'd made my Winter Marsh stars rotated a partial turn like these, much more interesting and dynamic. Too late now.

I finished and pressed Cartwheels, sent it off to Lori C to make her magic at Quilters Imagination. This antique quilt is similar in feeling. [internet pic, not mine.]

And : 

Just musing,  THIS is a masterpiece. Oh I would love to create a frenetic fun fabulous quilt like this.

Many readers liked this funny vintage Schoolhouse. I only use it for a week each year if at all, as it is so red and white in effect. On close inspection as I folded it this time I believe it is made with 1950s house dress prints, not 30s to 40s aprons and frocks as it was sold to me. Purchased years ago when quilts were expensive I think I paid 600.oo for it! Let me know what you think of the date?

I regret I have not begun Lori's sewalong. Just felt too bad, so much pain.  I feel like, "I love you, but get in line!" We'll see. 

I also washed and prepped a bunch of off white solids for tea and rust dyeing, a la Julierose, also previous post. Then could not find the tea! Must have accidentally tossed it when cleaning out the fridge before winter storm stock up. [ugh I had pasta and oatmeal from Covid Lockdown One.]

My friends went to the huge Flea Market Extravaganza in Springfield Ohio this week. I am so jealous. Look, all my stuff I love and collect.


I ended up cutting back my Zinnia garden to the roots. These were the last I rescued.

If you are bored w my flowers these are prob done for this year, lol.

I hope I can save seeds from this gorgeous albeit small bright lime green cutie.

The volunteer coreopsis continue on their third bloom, providing lovely ''cheddar and rust" fall blooming color. A few cannas still too.

 Instagram artist to admire. Doesn't her painting evoke my deck garden, so pretty.

My journal page this week:

Happy Fall!



gone to the beach...

This is my view on clear days. Note the huge container ships, so lightly cargoed that they are almost entirely above the waterline. 

I'm still reading Adrift [previous post] and looking at this ship I think, No wonder so many containers fall overboard in rough seas.

And from Penny and Nicky in South Africa, their springtime beach and birds.

A black oystercatcher!

A willet.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Ponderings and some Quilting


It's a scrumptious summer day here!

Every summer day we wish away, yearning for ''cozy crisp autumn",  is a day lost forever---a day unsavored, a day closer to what I call the long cold lonely winter, and a day closer to the end of our time here on earth. It is essential, I believe, to enjoy and value each day--for what it is, not for what the internet tells us it should be. 
XXX NO pumpkins til October XXX

That said Mo and I have had a few less than perfect days.

Yesterday we were immediately driven off the deck by swarms of biting gnats and yellow jacket wasps.

My neighbor has a fig tree with a lot of unharvested ripe-to-rotting fruits and it is really a wasp magnet.

poor Mo!

Then today the peaceful silence was broken by the stench of diesel? leaf blowers and plumes of toxic dust from outdoor tile cutting for a nearby rehab. The tile guys wear respirators, but Mo and I had to come indoors or risk lung damage. below, Mo guarding us from the tile guys!

As a tiny nod to September halfway point, I changed my coffee table runner from this much-loved old runner in Caribbean blue,

to the darker indigo runner made with seashell toile and Japanese indigos. Also moved the big wicker pineapple into the dark antique wooden bowl. That's it til October 15!

This week was my bimonthly IV clinic day at a new location. My friend drove me to help me find the place. There actually was a small amount of parking--a two-hour towaway zone lot, as is street parking there. The treatment takes 4 hours; how awful to come out [in the future] and find one's car towed.

Over the weekend I worked to get Giraffe ready for quilting as I recuperate, but no.

I decided I was too foggy and could not do nice enough work on Girafe, especially starting in the center, very visible.

So I dug out a very old project. 

I was reminded of this cutie by Lori's new sewalong. This Scotties quilt is from Little Quilts too. 

I never considered it a UFO, an unfinished project, as I had made it celebrating my previous Pug, even though he was not a Scottie.

And when he died I was so heartbroken and set this aside.

Now I can finish it maybe. Poor quilting will go lost in that black plaid. The Doggies are all quilted, just a 1/2" section left undone. It is so old I see I was trying out the machine buttonhole stitching on my then-new/now-old Brother machine. Maybe I'll add a pug plushie and give it to a little girl for Christmas.

Here is my new morning tea book. I love it though it is very repetitious. From Amazon used books.

Do you call multiple Lego bits  "Lego" or "Legos" ---the book is British, but Lego as a plural is jarring constantly. I always say LegoS.

My beach doesn't have much plastic; I don't think I ever found a Lego piece there.

This is last week's doodle/scribble page.

I was so excited to have a hummingbird come to my cannas. Maybe they are migrating?

Less excited to keep seeing these posts on my weather feed. Far away, yes, but ya never know. This week we are watching Fiona.

Back soon, enjoy these September days.



gone to the beach...


PS: Your thoughts?---Conundrum: my Friends count on FB dropped by one. I lost a friend. My ''friends" are cyber friends, quilters usually and a few book friends. I wish I knew who left me. And why.