A customer came in the other day that wasn’t a quilter (can you believe it). She brought a friend that was an avid quilter and explained why we collected things, i.e. fabric. We are hunter-gathers and have to fulfill this deep seated need of ours. So the next time you are feeling guilty about topping up the stash you have at home, remember It’s Not Your Fault!
Isn’t this is brilliant! What a great way to have thread and bobbin available anytime.
No winding bobbins before you start or struggling to find one to match.
Who knew dogs liked berries? We screened off the gooseberry bush from the birds, but little did we know there was another culprit picking our berries. I ventured out one afternoon to find the dog inside the enclosure gently picking the berries off the branches. He looked up at me with that “I’ve been caught look” and scooted out. Mr. Innocent himself with a leaf sticking out the side of his mouth!
The humming birds have been a treat this year. Our feeders were very busy with bees as well, unfortunately. The new weeping mulberry has been a great perch on one side of the porch with the magnolia working out as a wonderful look out on the other side. Two little males with their brilliant iridescent green feathers and red neckties sit guarding their respective feeders. I have to say that I do love it when they duel. If you haven’t seen it, they swoop in giant u-shaped arcs in the sky. Amazing feats of aerial acrobatics!
A few weeks ago, I packed up my sewing projects into the trunk of the car and put the cover on the machine I leave behind. Boo hoo!
Leaving our summer haven behind is not what Pip had in mind. Sitting in mud puddles and chasing farm vehicles down our lane has been FABULOUS! He looks so trim and fit. Wish I could say the same!
Summer is over….but my favorite season has arrived!
Looking forward to seeing you all at the Open House, September 14th!
This summer I decided to spend a longer time at the cottage. My mom lives next door and I wanted to spend time with her. I discovered that she is a relentless gardener. It is hard to believe how she has transformed our mutual property. Out of the house at 9:00am, a short lunch break and back in for supper. There is a white lounge chair that follows her for short breaks. In jest I call it the “stretcher”.
We now have four-foot garden beds all around our two houses.All are planted with shrubs and perennials, dotted with a few annuals.
Five beds of at least 20 feet now surround the spruce trees and break up the lawn. Incredible!
Yesterday a load of dirt arrived….Looks like another garden bed is about to be born.
Meanwhile, like a typical kid, I’ve been hiding – in my loft. I’m fortunate to have an absolutely beautiful space to quilt. I have to be careful though. It‘s awe inspiring to look out the garden doors to the field, trees and ocean. Sitting on the balcony and enjoying the view can take up a lot of valuable quilting time!
I brought with me a dozen projects to work on but have settled on three’ish:
The paper pieced star we taught earlier in the year now has the company of a few more blocks, a simple jelly roll quilt with grey, white, yellow and black inspired by a friend Susan and a new project for the fall where I tried my hand at machine appliqué.
My starters and enders have been using a square quilt pattern to make a chevron quilt. This is a great way to make a second quilt and just requires a little planning. Fun!
I haven’t spent a lot of time on the computer but I did find a lovely pattern by Kim Diehl that would look awesome in fabrics of any kind. Can’t you just see this in bright modern quilt patterns with a little black and white thrown in!