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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Solstice ~ Welcome Summer

Hi! It's June 21st, summer solstice, summer begins---but the days grow shorter---too soon, too soon. Summer arrived in perfect fashion today...a hot billowy wind, an afternoon by the pool, a very fast rain squall.

raining so hard we can barely see the beach

and... and then!---

a rainbow. I do love a rainbow. A double rainbow!


As the storm moved east, a new rainbow formed, a full arch, with a faint second hoop above.

It was very hot, the flea market was a waste of time and gas. But I was tempted and went ''just to see". Mo got a new baby pool.

He isn't sure.

Maybe he likes it, maybe not. But it cooled him down.

Here are my recent quilt blocks:

This is from Primitive Quilts magazine. It's a sewalong in four parts by Jan Patek, called Spring Break.

I am renaming it Summertime. Mine will have a lot more blue, deep raspberry rose, bitter yellow. Celebrating Mo's and my anticipated many and happy summers together.
The kitty sells it, right?

magazine photo

This is my central medallion.

And I started my baskets for the next round, but got sidetracked this week. My baskets will have stars and the branches will have a bud, you know how much I hate leaves.

The blues in the corners will be in the cornerstone double nine patch blocks. No stars, because I don't want to hide this beautiful blue print [can always add them at the end].

The machine stitched blocks, the cornerstone double Nine Patches, were planned to be worked on today, as we were supposed to have monsoon rain, from TS Bill. Up from Texas, paid us only a brief visit. So we had instead an outdoor glorious type of day. This is my new little beach sewing kit. Love the happy colors.

All that was missing was the pool boy with pina coladas, too bad.

And here's an update on Pokeberry, also by Jan Patek. These are my May and June blocks.

The quilt is put together in large segments so the berries can be sewed onto relatively small sections at a time. I hope to complete the upper right corner including the berries, in July, and the bird tree, plus the eagle sub, this antique T block.

I promised my blog friend Cathy I'd do a little page here to show how I get sharp points on my stars. Me, of all people! Self-taught but it does work. Prob get that up by Wednesday, I hope.

I ordered the books Album Quilts of the Ohio Miami Valley [not right title], one by Rose Cummings, one by Anita Shackelford. [Lori of Humble Quilts and friends are making it now, or have just made it.] My friend BJ and I may work on these quilts together after the first of the year. We both have pioneer family roots in that part of Ohio. I know I'll do the quilt in the original red/ green/ cheddar/ tan---but wouldn't it be amazing in all blue /  indigos?! BJ and I both collect new and antique indigo fabrics. A quandary. I don't think I could manage two.
The rain has gone, the sun is out...Mo and I will take a long evening walk to celebrate this best and longest day. I hope you too had a wonderful day.



gone to the beach

This is the jimson weed or datura, in bloom. Pretty but toxic.