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 quilts...so 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.
Image result for i found a quilted heart
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?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

I like Thursday: July 25, 2019

I Like Thursday is a day to appreciate the good things in the world.
The heat wave that has been plaguing us and most of the country has passed and we have had a few days of tolerable weather.  The garden is full of weeds and some of the plants have literally burnt but hopefully the worst of summer is behind us.
It's nice to be able to sit outside and watch the butterflies visit the garden.  We do miss our butterfly bushes this year.  One had to be taken down because it had self-sowed too close to our rhododendrun and one had an ant nest living in it.  My friend Linda and I are going to purchase some this fall to add to our gardens.  I found an interesting one that is tri-color.  If you have this one or know anything about it, could you let me know ?

Perfecta Trifecta Butterfly Bush - Quart Container - Healthy Bushes & Shrubs
The good news is that there are lots of fresh crops of tomatoes, watermelon, and corn in now.  I've been loving watermelon the last few weeks.  It's just so refreshing in the heat.

I finished one little sewing piece this past weekend and am busily binding another quilt and doing some small embroidery pieces.  I've done a lot more writing for the Suffrage Centennial and even cleaned straightened my sewing room.

What have you been occupying yourself with during the heat waves?
Have a great week and be sure to visit LeeAnna for more positive posts.



Thursday, July 18, 2019

I Like Thursdays: July 18, 2019

Greetings and Salutations!  Can you believe it is mid-July already?


It's"I Like Thursday" day and time to post positive happenings.  Our hostess with the mostess for this day is LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color, visit her here for other happy posts!

My favorite word of the week is estivating.  I told my neighbor Scout and I were hibernating during our heat wave and he said "No, you are estivating" which essentially means the same as hibernating but occurs with animals in the summertime during hot or dry weather.  Do you hide in the a/c during heat waves?  

I've been doing some sewing (none of it done yet) and catching up on business paperwork.  Scout and I took one road trip last Saturday.  My girl is so good in the car:
Once I put the key in the ignition, she sits patiently in the back and enjoys watching the world go by.  We had an especially fun trip to our friends' house when we encountered a flock of geese on our journey.
We were on a particularly busy road with lots of trucks when a group of geese decided to cross the road.  They just began to walk across the busy road as trucks and cars screeched to a halt.  I mean, forget complaints about the entitlement generation, what about the geese of today?  

I started laughing because they just seemed to feel they owned the whole road.  Scout is in the back seat getting excited by the birds, I'm asking them, "What is wrong with your wings?  Isn't the hot macadam burning your feet?"   And meanwhile, they are ignoring all of us.

We hadn't gotten a quarter mile from this encounter when another group of geese started crossing the road.  The poor guy in front of me is swerving to miss them and they aren't even flying away at that--just flapping their wings as if to intimidate the automobile.  My friends laughed like crazy when I told them what happened.  Apparently this a pretty common occurence near this particular industrial park.  

Every year in the garden I seem to have a new variation of rudbeckia in the garden--that I hadn't planted but just seem different.  The new one this year appears to have polka dots around the center of the flower.  Here's a close up:
Here are some of the varieties growing now.  I probably post these kinds of pics every year but they delight me:

I like Otis!  He's my mom's neighbor new puppy and pretty little boy!  Scout doesn't seem to interested in him when they met but she was distracted by another dog there she loves.  Isn't he adorable?

Wishing you a happy week full of joy and peace!







Monday, July 15, 2019

The Young are at the Gates.”
                                                                        --Lavinia Dock, Pennsylvania Suffragist


Open the gates and join us as we celebrate women’s suffrage!


August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote!

Beth Bacher and Michele McLaughlin are celebrating the anniversary of the 19th Amendment with a new program, By the Chimney No More, a year full of giveaways on the Pennsylvania Piecemaker blog, and The Suffrage Centennial Quilt Challenge

Don't worry if you don't know much about suffrage!  We'll be sharing lots of stories and even showing some examples of quilts we've made!

Details about the challenge are here.


For information about the By the Chimney No More quilt program, email us at allentownquilter@gmail.com


Thursday, July 11, 2019

I like Thursdays: July 11, 2019

Good Morning!  It's time for I like Thursdays hosted by our friend LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color, please visit other positive posts at her blog here!
Scout likes her new turtle toy.  It's been pretty hot and she needed a new indoor toy to play with and this has lots of squeakers.

I like some new recipes we've been trying.  Our favorite right now is "canned salad"; I saw the recipe on the Food Network show The Kitchen and it's been a big hit with us.  My mom liked it but doesn't eat beans so she substituted pasta for the beans and loved the results.  It's a nice base recipe that you can alter as you like.  We used Olive Garden light salad dressing instead of the oil and vinegar and my husband (who loves that dressing) went nuts for this.  It's very refreshing these days!
Here's where you can find the recipe:

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/canned-salad-5271198

We visited Beth and Bob last weekend and she made a wonderful treat for my husband, who is gluten intolerant.  Triple Berry Crumb Bars was a wonderful recipe for him, he misses pies this time of year and it was a fantastic dessert for him.  Recipe here:

https://iowagirleats.com/2018/05/11/triple-berry-crumb-bars/

Our new climbing roses bloomed this past week and were lovely before the Japanese beetles ate them!

One of my favorite novelty fabrics:
Which brings me to my next question--have you seen a lot of ladybugs in your garden?  I haven't seen any this year which is somewhat bizarre considering past years and how much time I've been working outside.  Perhaps this is why the pests are so bad this year.  Have you seen in a lot--or any--in your garden?  I have seen one preying mantis so that is a good thing.  I'm just wondering how things are in your garden...

Well Scout and I are off to take our morning jaunt before the heat gets worse!  Have a wonderful day!



Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sweet July Sewing

Did you have a nice holiday weekend?  We did!  My hubby was actually home and we had nice visits with good friends!

It's July and the heavy gardening has stopped for now.  I can only work so long in the heat and humidity until it makes me feel ill.  That's okay.  I've put in a lot of hours and now it is time to appreciate some of the fruits of my efforts:



And appreciate some small things like the dewdrops on this lemon balm.

July is traditionally when I used to begin my Chrismas sewing.   It's not unlike blizzard months.  Sometimes when it is really hot and I step outside the silence is amazing.  People are hibernating in their homes appreciating the wonderful invention of air conditioning.

My family has enough quilts and Christmas items for a lifetime.  Now I just sew for guild programs and my stash of donation quilts that I like to keep on hand.  I've already bound two quilts for the By the Chimney No More program and am now working on binding this piece:
Years ago, my friend Janette taught me that is always good to keep some extra lap quilts for gifts when needed.  This will go on that stack.  

The only bad thing is that the attic (where I machine sew)  gets too hot to work on by about 1 p.m.  So sewing has--for the most part-- replaced the morning work of weeding.  I hand sew on the main floor of the house in the evening hours when we watch television.

What are you working on right now?
Have a great day!