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October 6, 2022
Thursday's Three Free, Gardening, Quilting Tilda, Apple Love and Turkey Time from Canadian Needle Nana


That tree canopy was where I was chasing a Barred Owl yesterday. Caught two glimpses of it as it moved totally silently through the trees. I crawled through a lot of undergrowth and bushes, craning my neck, trying to find it. No luck but happy to know one is still around.
Recent frost warnings turned into actual morning frost a couple of times so I got busy and prepared my plants to bring them inside. Here I'd moved them to the veranda and at night I throw a sheet over them.  They all grew a lot over the summer ...

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October 5, 2022
Rescued Quilt, "Floor Basting" Tilda, OMG, 30 Pies, Neat Ikea Purchase, Garden Finale from Canadian Needle Nana

 On the wall now, sewn for a child perhaps...this hanging I bought at a thrift shop. I liked the maker's free style...three rows of mostly plain blocks with appliqued figures sewn over it. I thought the big eyed owls cute and the toadstool and mouse neat. Closer examination showed two pieces of fabric featuring horse backed riders in red coats. I like this primitive kind of improv style too and I'm glad I "rescued" it. Have you ever rescued a fellow stitcher's work too?

I have the fabric for the backing of my redworked birds ...

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October 1, 2022
More from Monticello from Quilts....etc.

The gardens – it is hard to narrow down what photos to share here – so many plants and what a lovely vegetable garden.  The vegetables are sold in a shop on the grounds part of the year and I think some are given to employees but I’m not sure on that.  I really do […]

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September 23, 2022
September In the Garden from From My Carolina Home

Even though the garden is winding down, we still have a bunch of tomatoes ripening daily. The vines are looking a bit ragged, with some dead leaves and branches, and I need to clean them up a bit. But the tomatoes themselves don’t seem to mind.

I still have several more clusters of grape tomatoes, ripening slowly. These are so sweet, and will turn fully red indoors, so I pluck them at this orange stage so the critters won’t eat them first.

Looking out the kitchen window as I made a cup of coffee this week, the deer ...

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September 19, 2022
Best Birthday Gift, Garden Pinks, Tinned Fruit Talk, Hand Quilting Challenge, Majesty Adieu from Canadian Needle Nana

Another week and September is moving along. Early morning walks in noticeably cooler temperatures.  Darkness also closing in earlier in the evenings. I don't mind this and Ned says he loves it. I too love the changing of the seasons.

Autumn brings pinks and mauves to the garden...hardy sedum bearing heavy blooms these days.

A visitor snapped through the old sewing room screened window. Hydrangeas touched by colder temperatures turning pinkish.
And another taller variety of sedum...
I buy a lot of fresh fruit which I enjoy but it is quite expensive. I also rarely buy mango or ...

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September 13, 2022
Gardening and Cooking from From My Carolina Home

I am happy it is September, and I know fall is coming because my toad lily is preparing to bloom. These buds are growing larger, and cascade down the leaf fronds. I have three pots of toad lilies in a three tiered stand.

There are going to be a lot of blooms this year. The leaves are turning brown in a few areas, and I think it is because they got too much sun. This is a shade loving plant, and next year I need to move it to an even shadier area of the veranda. Still, it seems happy ...

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September 10, 2022
Noriko’s Star from Quilts....etc.

More basting of hexies has been done.  I tried to organize my box for hexies needed for the first star point – there are still many more to baste for just this one section.  If my count is right I will need about 200 (give or take) for each of the six star points. If […]

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September 1, 2022
Piddling. Just piddling. from From My Carolina Home

Oh, finally, it is September. First day of meteorological Fall. Tomorrow the Apple Festival begins, and I am looking forward to the unofficial start of the autumn season in our small town. On the veranda, I have one last dahlia that has bloomed.

It was time to cook the weird squash, the only one that the garden produced this year. A helpful reader advised treating it like a winter squash so that is what I did.

It was very difficult to cut apart, much tougher than a butternut or spaghetti squash. It was closer to a pumpkin in density.

I ...

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A Hexie Day from Quilts....etc.

I had another Lemoyne Star block all laid out on the table to sew and then never got around to it!  I just didn’t feel like sitting at the machine yesterday but I do want to get it done today. But I did work on hexies.  The last two sections of these colors are thread […]

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August 29, 2022
Noriko’s Star from Quilts....etc.

Section four of Noriko’s Star was finished yesterday early in the day before it got hot out on the porch  – thought I’d take a photo of it outside with the citronella plant And on the floor all stitched in – two more sections to go before a big star will start to form which […]

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August 22, 2022
A Little of This and That from Quilts....etc.

A light rainy day kept me mostly inside yesterday – I did get out to take a few photos of the flowers that are still blooming but other than that I was cleaning the sewing machine – it was in need.  Although this photo doesn’t actually show all that I pulled out it does show […]

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August 21, 2022
Sunday Chat – Garden, Kitchen and News!! from From My Carolina Home

Well, it has been quite a week. The temperature was so cool one morning this week, that I put on long pants and a sweater before going downstairs to the kitchen for a cup of the industrial grade jet fuel that I call coffee. Did I say cup? I meant 3 cups. Three oversize cups, just to be clear. As I lingered, enjoying the cool air, someone we all know showed up for breakfast. I got a chance to try the new camera that My Sweet Babboo bought for me. My old one died, and it has been a few ...

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August 19, 2022
Carpenter’s Wheel from Quilts....etc.

The orange carpenter’s wheel block is done and I moved blocks around a little to distribute light colors a little more and this way looks better I think with only two blocks moved I think.  Next month for sure I will do a light color to add to the mix.  Linking to Wendy’s Quilts and […]

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August 16, 2022
Flannel & Piecing from Quilts....etc.

I settled on a quilting design for Yuletide Gatherings and decided to keep it very simple – one reason is that hand quilting on flannel is slightly harder to do because there is more thickness and the second reason is going around curves and feathers is harder on my hands – I have come to […]

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August 11, 2022
Unfinished Business from ... Cat Patches

A few things have happened ahead of schedule, while some things are in wait-and-see mode. As for me, I'm trying to turn off the parts of my brain that have a lot of practice thinking up things to worry about. Toward the end of the day yesterday, I realized I hadn't taken a single picture of anything for today's post. That always prompts me to take a walk around the house, where there's always some good blog fodder.

Let's just start with the echinacea that are having their moment as stars of the garden. The ...

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Unfinished Business from Cat Patches

A few things have happened ahead of schedule, while some things are in wait-and-see mode. As for me, I'm trying to turn off the parts of my brain that have a lot of practice thinking up things to worry about. Toward the end of the day yesterday, I realized I hadn't taken a single picture of anything for today's post. That always prompts me to take a walk around the house, where there's always some good blog fodder.

Let's just start with the echinacea that are having their moment as stars of the garden. The ...

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August 9, 2022
Delight and Disappointment from Cat Patches

It's hard to know where to start this morning. Mae and I had a lovely morning at the dahlia festival yesterday. I have quite a few flower pictures to show you. The news about the basement is where the disappointment lies. Here's what I'm thinking: I'll tell you about the flowers first, and save the basement woes for the end. If you're sick and tired of hearing about the basement (as am I), you can skip that part at the end. Deal? Deal. 

Okay, flowers first. Thanks to those of you who identified the flower ...

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Delight and Disappointment from ... Cat Patches

It's hard to know where to start this morning. Mae and I had a lovely morning at the dahlia festival yesterday. I have quite a few flower pictures to show you. The news about the basement is where the disappointment lies. Here's what I'm thinking: I'll tell you about the flowers first, and save the basement woes for the end. If you're sick and tired of hearing about the basement (as am I), you can skip that part at the end. Deal? Deal. 

Okay, flowers first. Thanks to those of you who identified the flower ...

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August 8, 2022
Biding my Time from Cat Patches

You're probably waiting on tenterhooks to see if the carpet will be laid in the basement today, aren't you? No? Well, I sure am. As Monday morning's minutes pass with no notification, it's looking increasingly unlikely. Sigh. Even Mike, the eternal optimist and most patient person I know, is losing hope that the job will be finished before we go. There's no forcing the issue, except that they will have to move the furniture back into the house by week's end, finished or not. Also, we haven't paid them for anything, and so ...

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Biding my Time from ... Cat Patches

You're probably waiting on tenterhooks to see if the carpet will be laid in the basement today, aren't you? No? Well, I sure am. As Monday morning's minutes pass with no notification, it's looking increasingly unlikely. Sigh. Even Mike, the eternal optimist and most patient person I know, is losing hope that the job will be finished before we go. There's no forcing the issue, except that they will have to move the furniture back into the house by week's end, finished or not. Also, we haven't paid them for anything, and so ...

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