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August 18, 2019
The Garden, Technology, Book Recommendation, Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

THE GARDEN

At this point, the GARLIC is the most prolific crop.  The large heads are from my planned & intentionally planted bed.  The small heads are all volunteers.  Every year I think... no I mean I hope I have managed to cull all that stuff, and every year I find that well, I guess I missed a bunch.

What will I do with all that garlic?

  • I'll save a few of the large heads as seed stock and replant it in the fall.  
  • Some will be used for PESTO which will go in the freezer in 1/4 cup ...

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August 17, 2019
It's officially finished!! lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I said to myself - I'm not posting again until Danielle's quilt is finished because you would all be sick of getting updates showing so little progress.  Well, it is done and dusted and as I type it is winging its way up to Danielle in Te Awamutu.  Our youngest son and his family are going up to visit his siblings up that way, so he is loaded down with the quilt and five beanies for delivery!!!

I'm sure most of you think I have fallen off the planet as I didn't realise it had been quite ...

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August 12, 2019
It's Hot Enough to Fry Eggs on the Sidewalk--So I'm Mostly Staying Inside from Bayou Quilts

and stitching, reading, writing letters...

Embroidery
I worked on this white embroidery piece in January and February, then put it away.  


A few days ago, I had an idea about what to do with it 
and have been filling in the edges.


Mail Art

Incoming

Outgoing


Garden
It is too hot to spend much time in the garden.  With temps 98-100 and heat indexes of 105-108--a few early chores is all I want to do.  The garden is on its own for the most part.  

:)  My worms seem to be satisfied with their new home.  No more escapes.  I check ...

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August 11, 2019
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

The post Silent Sunday appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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August 10, 2019
I'm Already Tired of August from Bayou Quilts

Need some good news?  Check out this link about the kindness of strangers.  In the midst of all the bad news, it was heartening to see some of the ways people illustrate the best of humanity in small acts of kindness.


Incoming Mail

from Teresa & Ricky
from Jacque
from Shasta


Outgoing Mail

postcards to the grands
Max
Mila
Bryce Eleanor



Garden

--The hummingbirds have enjoyed the obedient plant blooms.  :)   I've never seen them attracted to the blooms previously, but they like them this year.


Cosmos in the corner.  Notice the warped fencing.

--The Great Escape!  After transferring my ...

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August 5, 2019
Summer Blue Quilts, Beach Day, & Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

Blue & White quilts are the perfect choice for summer.

This was quilted with "Tracery" pantograph.

Blue & Cream for a little softer effect.

Quilted with "Chocolate Leaves" pantograph.

BEACH DAY
This is the annual get-away celebrated by the Beach Girls (my longarm pack) for two nights to Diane's house.  If you've ever been on any of her bus trips - Diane's Destinations - you know that she is a super organizer who likes to keep her girls entertained.  This year she took us on a shopping adventure to Exeter, St. Mary's, and Coldstream.  I think we all bought stuff ...

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August 4, 2019
No Sew Blue Ridge Getaway from Heart Desire Creations

It’s been hot – really hot! An overnight to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Village of Blowing Rock were definitely in order! It has become our “go to” get away destination. And, sometimes it’s a good thing to get away from the sewing studio!

We began at the Moses Cone park where there is quite a choice of hiking trails. We chose the Flat Top Trail which was just under five miles leading up to a fire tower and then back to the parking lot. The incline, thankfully, was gradual and having the fire tower as a destination ...

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August 3, 2019
Tippy Canoe and Broccoli, Too from Nita Dances

Dear Vi, I thought you might like to hear a bit of what I’ve been doing.In case you can’t tell from the picture, I planted a garden!Actually, I created a garden completely from scratch.I purchased bags of soil, plants, and … Continue reading

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Summer Color...Inspiration from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


This is the time of year that I get so much

COLOR inspiration !



Pink Coneflower





When I walk out the front door,

I am greeted with a punch of color !





Pink Petunias





Star Lily




 Star Lily....Close Up View





Gerber Daisy




Over by the Thread Shed:


Pink Coneflowers











On the side of the Thread Shed:


Hollyhocks




 Hollyhocks...Close up View



In the Back Yard:


Pink and Yellow Dahlia





Gladiolas





Dinner Plate Dahlias...




The blooms are the size of a dinner plate 

for sure !





I spray paint metal bed frames

and use them as flower fencing.



The summer flowers have inspired ...

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August 2, 2019
Wonky Stars – Bright Beginnings from Clever Chameleon

Wonky Stars quilt flimsy first section

This month I am getting into my Island Batik Ambassador challenge really early. What a Star!

If you think that the enthusiasm is caused by new supplies, you’d be spot on! A new box of goodies from Island Batik always gets the creative juices flowing. The Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for me for August is to make a project featuring a star block of my choosing. I have long wanted to do something with wonky stars, so now is the time.

Blueberry Patch fabric collection by Island Batik.

I’ve already finished my August flimsy, and I didn’t even change my mind about what I ...

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August 1, 2019
August's Block~ Sunshine! from Quilt Doodle Doodles


http://www.quiltdoodledesigns.com/BOM-2017.html
Happy August! Summer sure is flying by isn't it! Just got back from a tiny vacation I took with mom to North Dakota to meet her 'California' cousins and see her last surviving uncle. I was hoping to see some sunflower fields while we were there but, alas, no sunflowers. I remember sunflower fields that would go on for miles back in the 70's, but I guess the farmers aren't growing them much anymore. We enjoyed driving out to the old homestead where my grandparents lived and driving by the old school house where mom went to ...

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August's Block~ Sunshine! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


http://www.quiltdoodledesigns.com/BOM-2017.html
Happy August! Summer sure is flying by isn't it! Just got back from a tiny vacation I took with mom to North Dakota to meet her 'California' cousins and see her last surviving uncle. I was hoping to see some sunflower fields while we were there but, alas, no sunflowers. I remember sunflower fields that would go on for miles back in the 70's, but I guess the farmers aren't growing them much anymore. We enjoyed driving out to the old homestead where my grandparents lived and driving by the old school house where mom went to ...

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July 28, 2019
Kaffe Fasset Chevrons, the Annual Zucchini Report, Recipe from caledonia quilter

I love bright quilts.  It must be the inner child in me.  And lord knows, enough people have told me to "grow up" over the years.  Not sure that will ever happen...

**Note - this is a Kaffe pattern, not necessarily Kaffe fabrics.
The simplicity of the design really makes the bright fabrics pop.

S.I.D. and simple motifs.

What a lovely view on the back.

So... after last week's post a friend of mine made reference to me losing my title as Zucchini Queen.  Dammit.  I picked this little guy - it's about the size of my thumb ...

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July 21, 2019
Photography... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



My daily photos, as I walk through the yard

each day, are starting to pile up,

I thought I would share some with you...

enjoy!



Welcome......top of the driveway





Hosta......after the rain





Spider Web....by the barn gate





Poppy....after the rain









Sparky and the hens





Flower bed...back yard

I use metal bed frames as fencing.




Sparky and Goldene





Thunbergia Vine...aka Black Eyed Suzy Vine






Yearling Cattle...at the back yard fence





Guest House...in the back yard

This is where I store my quilts.




 Lemonade Stand





Grape Arbor

To the left, you can see the ...

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Rosewood Quilt & Garden update from caledonia quilter

Just like with children, you're not supposed to have a favorite.  But I can't help having a few favorite customers.
This is ROSEWOOD, by Moda.  So pretty.

As usual, when I do "custom" quilting there is a ton of stitch-in-the-ditch.

When the s.i.d. is complete I go back and put in the motifs.

This quilt got lots of feathers.

GARDEN UPDATE & THE NO-ZUCCHINI REPORT

Well, this is really embarrassing.  Downright humiliating.  I have a buddy who lives on Manitoulin Island and she has picked her first zucchini.  Me?  I got nothin'.  There is no excuse for ...

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Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

The post Silent Sunday appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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July 18, 2019
The Living Is Easy...But Hot and Humid from Bayou Quilts

Some summer reading:

 Twisty doesn't begin to cover Sarah Alderson's psychological thriller.  A home invasion goes wrong, leaving Ava's daughter fighting for her life.   Loads of secrets that lead to complication after complication.   Along with Ava, I suspected almost every character.  

The timeline shifts occasionally to the earlier events, filling in a little background, but we are still misled in many cases because some of the information remains missing.




Book 10 in Joy Ellis' Nikki Galena series, which I read like gum drops with each new entry.

Dark Greenborough is a traditional festival celebrated much like Halloween ...

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July 15, 2019
Weekly update: Hamilton, flowers, and a finish from With Strings Attached

We went downtown on Wednesday to see the matinee performance of Hamilton.  It was terrific!  (It was also a test to see if Stevens could get on/off the train and to the theater (we took a cab).  The logistics worked out fine and based on that success we have tickets for a matinee for The Music Man, also downtown, next month.)









The weather Saturday was perfect for the Illinois Dunesland Garden Club's annual tour.   It begins at the library where they hand out maps to the sites -- this year, four in Zion and two in Winthrop Harbor.

We ...

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July 14, 2019
Blue Stripes For Summer & Some Cooking from caledonia quilter

I've got a really interesting customer who designs her own quilts.  Medallion quilts are a challenge at the best of times, so I was VERY impressed by this one.

The quilting was kept simple (by that I mean visually, not technically - anyone who's done stitch-in-the-ditch on a longarm will understand what I'm saying).

Oh, I just LOVE pieced backs.

You can see most of the quilting designs in this pic.

OK, here's my "brag" shot.  That clematis was so gorgeous this year.  Likely because of the cool and rainy spring.  People didn't like that, but ...

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July 12, 2019
Friday from Bayou Quilts

Interesting Articles

Want to Raise Rational Kids: Try Teaching Your Toddler Verbs.  

The connections between music and math have long been recognized, but "A new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology reports high school students who play musical instruments score significantly higher in science, math, and English exams than their non-musical peers."  (Source: Discover Magazine)

This made me happy and hopeful:  Girls Outperform Boys on National Engineering and Technology Skills Test.  I love The Mighty Girl.

Garden


incoming mail

from Annie
love the little gnomes on the back of the envelope

and the collage

Outgoing



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