Thursday, September 12, 2019

"I like Thursdays": September 12, 2019

So sorry to have missed last week's posting.  I was under the weather!  Scout commiserated with me in bed.  How are you today?  It's hazy and hot and humid here in eastern Pennsylvania.  Today is Thursday and time for Leeanna's "I like Thursday" positive posts.  You can visit more blogs by visiting Leeanna's blog Not Afraid of Color.

In the garden, we are in desperate need of rain.  The butterflies are gone now but we have a number of small moths hitting the flowers, especially this kind:
I tried to find the name of this kind of moth.  It might be a Silver-Spotted Skipper (don't you love that name?).  They are constantly dancing around the garden and bumping each other off the flowers.

We are in desperate need of rain (storms keep circling our area but very little falls here).  I spend most of my time outside watering.  Blooming now:
A great bush, even the leaves are fragrant and the bees adore it this time of year.

This flower is native to Pennsylvania and I planted it years ago to amuse the grandkids :)

On Sunday I was well enough to go on a brief tour of some of the historic houses in our neighborhood.  Our favorites were the first and the last house we went to that featured arts and crafts architecture:

 Moravian tiles on the front porch of our friend's house!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

I Like Thursday: August 29, 2019

I can't believe it is Thursday already!!  Wow!
Why does time go so quickly at the end of the summer?
Time for an "I Like Thursday" post 
hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color!

We've had good weather this past week.  It was actually a lucky break for me.  My sewing machine jammed up late last week and while it was getting serviced, I worked in the garden.  Time to get some beds ready for moving plants this fall!
One of my neighbors sent over a set of lanterns and I'm finally figuring out where at least one of them will go!  They are weathered and worn but I love them!

Also a good time to appreciate some reblooming!
Scout has been happily assisting me in the garden when she isn't napping :)
Our suffrage project continues on at the Pennsylvania Piecemaker blog.  Last week Diann won a set of batik fat quarters and turns out, she is the same Diann at Little Penguin Quilts who participates in "I Like Thursdays" too!  Congrats Diann!

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

I Like Thursdays: August 22, 2019

Good Morning!  It's "I Like Thursday" sponsored by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  Visit her blog for other positive posts!

We are nearing the end of our fourth heat wave this summer.  Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler.  I finished binding one quilt this week so far:
This quilt was made of leftovers and scraps.  I used the last of the nesting doll fabric and the orange fabric and just about used up all the aqua.  It's so satisfying to use up fabric!  

What do you think about when you are sewing?  I usually end up thinking of my next project as I sew.  I'm working on an I-spy quilt and would like to make a lot more of them.  They make great donation quilts!

The peegee hydrangea tree is blooming and as always, full of busy bees and butterflies.  This time of year it is just swarming with happy insects!

We are also enjoying all the butterflies in the garden.  They seem to enjoy the zinnias just as the flowers are opening:

Today I'll be sewing and visiting with my friend Linda.  She is a gardener too and called last night to suggest we get together today since tomorrow will be great gardening weather!  Should be a fun day!

Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!  Hope your weather is good too!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

To-Do Tuesday

Good Morning!!!
I'm posting as part of Roseanne and Sue's "To Do Tuesday".  

We are in the middle of another heat wave but I'm still managing to get some weeding in.

It gets really hot in the attic where I sew so I prepared a bunch of projects to work on before the heat wave.

I have two quilt to bind and some hand embroidery to do on some blocks:
Scout is annoyed we are not walking more.  
She is constantly interrupting me as a bind:

And early in the morning I can tolerate the attic enough to work on this baby quilt:

I found this kitten fabric in my stash and am making this one for my cousin's new grandbaby.  I love this fabric and had forgotten all about it.  I had just enough fabric to make the quilt:

I also have business things to do and some letters to write.
Perfect things to do during the heat and humidity.
Well I hope you have a great day!
Stay cool!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

I like Thursday, August 15, 2019

It's Thursday and time to fill the internet with positive energy!  I Like Thursdays is hosted by LeeAnna; be sure to visit her for more happy posts!

I like Dahlias!
I don't have many but I bought a few at an end of the year sale at the nursery.  They are cheerful and happy and I'll get them again!

We have a cold running through the family right now and I've caught it.  I haven't done much gardening but I'm enjoying the zinnias that are blooming these days.

Last week our guild had a program which featured the quilts of different members.  I was particularly inspired by Karen's baby quilts.  The older I get, the more I seem to gravitate towards visual simplicity; it's why I loved her baby quilts--especially this first one!

I'm going to make some baby quilts using the top photo idea.  We have a new crop of babies coming in the family.  I actually prefer to make quilts for kids when they are toddlers because I can make them bigger and more fun.  These days, parents don't seem to use baby quilts but grandparents always want me to make their grandbabies I do!

Speaking of simplicity, I finally finished binding this quilt; I've been sporatically sewing it all summer.  It will go on my donation quilt pile:

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

I Like Thursdays: August 8, 2019

Good Morning!  How are you today?  It's Thursday and time to post positive things as part of LeeAnna's "I like Thursdays" day.  You can read more positive posts at her website!

I like marigolds!  Go figure, I've been gardening here for decades and never used them before.  I like that the foliage stays nice (unlike cosmos or zinnias) and it has a fresh scent, not overly sweet.  Definately going to use this plant again in my next garden!

We were certain this butterfly bush had died but it is back and even flowering which is such a nice suprise!

Scout has played a few more times with Otis, the puppy that lives next to Mom.  He's a bit mouthy and wild yet.  Scout isn't really sure what to make of his biting her collar and his attempts to get her ears.  Fortunately, he tires easily after a few rounds with Scout!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

I Like Thursdays: August 1, 2019

Can you believe it is August already?
Welcome to "I Like Thursdays" hosted by LeeAnna.
Visit her for more positive posts on the internet!

I live in a neighborhood full of many creative people.  
This week I adored the creative signs that someone posted for their yard sale last week.  Here's one example:

The butterflies, hummingbirds, and finches are all active in the garden these days.  The cleome is blooming:

And so is the Swan Hydrangea:

 I remember talking to one nurseryman who didn't like the bush.
He said he didn't like the way the flowers hung down but that is exactly what I like about the Swan.  It's like a tree laden with fruit but heavy instead with large flowers:

 Scout is finding the heat challenging since she usually gets quite a few walks during the day.  We've had to limit our walks to early mornings and twilight when the pavement is not going to burn her paws.  

Still, we find things to do with her.  She visits some of her dog friends and scampers in their yard for a few minutes until Mom says it is too hot to be running anymore.  This past week, she got to play with Otis.  Otis lives aside of my Mom's and is about 2 months old.

Today begins our year long celebration of the suffragists over at the Pennsylvania Piecemaker blog.  

We are kicking off our celebration with a giveaway and hope you join us over there!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Sewing Kindness

Roseanne over at the "Home Sewn By Us" blog is one of my favorite bloggers.  Her kindness radiates through her blog and lights up my day.  She recently blogged about making a table runner for a friend who had given most of her stash to Roseanne and Sue.

I have a pretty good stash of fabric and friends have often come to pick out fabric they need for a project:
One of three cabinets.

Scout says: Wait what about this fabric? Yes some here and some vintage fabric there: 

 But if you look closer at the fabric, you'll find that a lot of it is fabric that is fairly old, like these blenders from the 1980s.

To be honest, most of it was donated to me.  For years, friends and their friends would ask me to take fabric from loved ones.  The fabric had belonged to late members of family or quilters who had to give up sewing for one reason or another. 

When this happens anymore, I just encourage folks to donate the fabric to a quilt guild or a sewing group who does donation projects.

But when I was building my stash, I always tried to make something for the person who had sent the fabric my way.  Sometimes I made the person a wall hanging, tablerunner, or quilt.  Just something to remember their mother or aunt who had passed on.

Often people didn't want anything back at all so I would make things to donate.  I'd still send them a thank you note but always enclosed a photo  of the projects I made with the fabric--like Teddy Bears and premie quilts for kids in the hospital:

One of the best stash distribution ideas happened in my guild, The Crazy Quilters.  Years ago, when a member passed, our guild sold the fabric for a special cause.  The late member had two cats she adored and when a family agreed to adopt both of them, special members of our guild (hello Lorraine and Sandy!), sold the fabric for the care and upkeep of her cats.

I'm an old quilter now and most of my family has had their fill of quilts and sewn items.  I choose to use my sewing now partially for the business, but mainly for donation quilts.  Besides making guild donation quilts, I've been making lap quilts. When a friend or acquaintance tells me of a family or friend who is battling cancer, I like to send a quilt over to them.  From what I've heard the chemo rooms are often a cool temperature and the quilts are a wonderful way to forward a hug from a stranger.
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Recently I heard about the "I Found a Quilted Heart" project.  People anonymously leave quilted hearts with messages like "I need a home" and "You are loved" in public places.  It's a really cool idea and you can read more about it here.  It's definately on my list of things to make in the coming year.  What kind of donation projects do you like to make?