We have been saturated with rain! Everyone is so tired of the gray, rainy days. Our grass is getting long and I fear we will need a hay baler to mow or it will all be laying on top. I hate it like that because the dogs drag it all through the house.
My new grandson is coming to visit today and will be here all week. Oh, his mom and dad are coming too. LOL The little guy is 3 weeks old today. He is so cute and easy. He only cries when he is hungry. The new pampers have a colored strip down the front that changes color when he is wet. How easy is that?! I didn’t think I was that old but they sure do have different things than when my kids were babies. My babies are 34 and 30.
Our garden was growing like crazy. The zucchini plants have lots of blooms and that means lots of zucchini to eat. I love making bread with zucchini and we throw it on the grill for more healthy eating. I’m afraid, with all the rain, that our tomatoes will be rotten on their bottoms. We have tons of radishes, which I don’t really like but are fun to grow. We also have onions and potatoes.
The town of Hamilton, Missouri is filled with quilt shops.
This past, beautiful, Saturday, I was able to check out the Missouri Star Quilt Company. The only thing I purchased was a t-shirt that said Missouri Star Quilt Co. It wasn’t that I had trouble finding something to buy. I found so many things but, I will be going back in September so I plan on making a list of items I need to purchase! Each of the five shops I visited, had a theme. One shop was filled with batik fabrics while another held novelty prints and solids. The main shop had so many sample quilts that I almost succumbed to buying patterns and fabric. I especially liked a quilt that had clay pots with flowers spouting from each pot. The flowers were Dresden shaped. I might have to buy that kit.
There were three other shops, a grocery, bakery and antique shop. We ate at the Blue Sage Restaurant. It was definitely a special place to eat. I’d like to try the hamburger cafe next time. It will be fun to go back and see what is new.
I have been on a roll this past week. I went for such a long streak, not able to find a good book to read. Now, I just read two great books. That is two in a row!
I just finished reading What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. I was introduced to this author when I read her book, The Plum Tree. I was turning pages as fast as I could to find out what happened to the family in this awesome book. I don’t usually like to read books that talk about the atrocities of the holocaust. I am always so upset that people could treat other people so badly. This book gave some accounts of the horrible treatment people endured in the concentration camps but the book was more about how a German family dealt with the laws and regulations of a horrible dictator. The love story in this book was so full of hope and determination. I enjoyed learning how a German family gardened, cooked and even how they raised chickens. The writer’s words made me feel as if I could smell the ferns and trees in the woods. I could visualize the scenery of a quaint German village. It was an enjoyable book.
What She Left Behind reached into my love of mystery. I like to watch police news shows, Dateline and 20/20. I am curious about devious minds and the lives of people. What She Left Behind told two stories. One dealt with a teenager who’s mother was in prison, convicted of killing her husband, the girls father. The teen, Izzy, works with her foster parents on a project that deals with researching history of an asylum for the mentally insane. Oh my goodness! The things they did to people in those places was horrible. It was easy for someone to be sent to a mental hospital for what would be considered normal today. Scary stuff! The project is the second story of the book, dealing with Clara who is sent away because her father didn’t want her to marry an immigrant. She was sane! I could not wait to turn each page to find out if she was ever able to escape or let out to regain her life.
Whenever I find myself with free time, I wonder what it is I have forgotten. Did I forget to pick someone up? Did I forget a doctor appointment? LOL
I am sitting outside on our front porch, rocking away in the rocking chair. There is a small breeze and the temperature is, I am guessing, in the seventies. There doesn’t seem to be any humidity. It is the perfect setting to sit and rock.
Soon, I will get up and eat the chicken salad that hubby and I made. I diced the chicken and boiled the eggs. He cut the grapes and celery and threw everything together with some relish and mayonnaise. I tested it awhile ago and it is yummy.
I feel a little lost when so many of my favorite television shows are finished for the season. No more The Voice, Grey’s Anatomy or The Good Wife. I just surf until it is time to go to bed.
I just finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It is a fascinating, true story. I might have to read it again just to remember all the history and explanations of how her DNA fueled medical research.
Time to dish out the chicken salad.
I have not made a quilt in so long that I hope I remember how to cut fabric! I have fortunately been quilting quilts on the longarm. I am amazed at all the different quilts that have come to me to be quilted. I am honored that so many trust me to put the finishing touches on their quilts.
I thought about how hard it would be to turn over a quilt that I had put hours into and have a longarmer mess it up. It could happen. Just as a musician searches for their lx 18 to achieve live sound and music replay applications, a quilter pours their heart into each stitch of a quilt. I always take my time and listed to what the quilter expects me to do.
Some quilters want intricate quilting done on each and every block. That is very time consuming and costs quite a bit more to have quilted. When doing custom quilting, I use a lot of different rulers to come up with intricate designs that will enhance but not take away from the quilt design itself.
This is how I quilted a quilt for my Aunt Grace. Aunt Grace made the quilt and I quilted it on the longarm.
For a common quilt, I might use a pantograph that seems to sit in the background of the quilt. Many times it is hard to follow the design of the stitching as it flows from each block. This type of quilting goes faster and is less expensive. There are thousands of pantographs from which to choose. The type of pantograph I choose, often goes with the theme of the quilt. For instance, with a red, white and blue quilt, I might choose a star and circle pantograph. A quilt made for a cancer patient calls for a beautiful cancer ribbon design. A school quilt might need a tiger paw print here and there. I think you get the idea.
It is fun and I hope my customers are always happy with my vision.
Yep! It is that time of year. Hubby is down south, on the water. He is catching large bluegill and couldn’t be happier. The weather is a tad bit cold but maybe that is why they are catching such big fish.
I closed the store today and plan to go over to my mom’s house and sew all day! It is going to be a great day. I haven’t been to mom’s since she got home from Arizona. That is awful but with Mother’s Day and the Spartan Race taking up the weekends, I haven’t had a chance to go. She and I have been shopping and she has checked on my long arm quilting progress. I cannot wait to get into the “zone” and sew all day today.
I hope everyone is able to take a day off this Memorial Day weekend. I am especially grateful to the men and women who serve and have given it all to make our country free.