Dave’s Aurora 2017

Dave’s Aurora 2017

Friday, July 19, 2013

Want a little peek???

It isn't too often that I get the opportunity to make baby quilts - with 2 nieces expecting their 2nd babies within a month of each other later this year...when I spotted this fabric group at Hancock's- Paducah - well - it seems like a perfect fit for little ones who will be close cousins. One will grow up in Brooklyn where Mom, Dad and big sister own The Brooklyn Kitchen and the other little one will be raised in Florida along with a big sister and parents who focus on healthy, organic foods.

McGregor's Market from Quilting Treasures - an easy to put together free downloadable pattern online at Hancock's or direct from www.quiltingtreasures.com

How many of you grew up reading Peter Rabbit stories? Remember how he used to get into mischief in Mr. McGregor's garden patch...his siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail and drinking camomile tea to settle the tummy...

I love the little printed panels - they have a vintage appeal to them straight from the earlier books.

But first things first...working on Aunt Reen's first mystery quilt from May (yes - I know its late July...) This will end up going to a nephew and his wife as an overdue wedding gift.

Squaring up the HST's is made easier using my revolving cutting mat!

I get scared knowing how far behind I am in everything...

The summer afternoons have been way too warm and humid for this heat sensitive quilter, and the cool a/c air of the house brings a welcomed relief. Being in the sewing room is a good place to be for now.

Thank you for your good wishes for our little Molly...she is moving around so much better but concern remains high for the cause of her elevated liver panel numbers. More tests being done and continued meds while we keep a close eye on her. It has been a busy 2 weeks at Taylorsoutback in addition to some medical procedures for Mr. Outback, one of which involves 27 stitches to the cheek area for skin cancer. We go through a lot of sun screen around here! The medical staff said I could remove the stitches next week but my close up vision is not the best and when I mentioned the use of a seam ripper, Mr. Outback grew somewhat pale...so we will let a professional handle that!

Back to some piecing on that wedding quilt while Mr. McGregor's garden fabric is in the dryer...times 'awastin'

Have a good weekend and thank you for dropping by to visit at Taylorsoutback....

Pat

 

 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A normal day....

Which is what this new entry was to reflect but unfortunately the weekend did not give us normal days. Our little Molly, the 9 year old sheltie - the sable girl to the left in the photo (on the right sidebar) became very ill on Friday and when we got her to the vet, her temp was 106 which is really serious and life threatening. After 2 days of meds, constant cooling towels and wonderful care at the small animal hospital the news is encouraging and if things continue well we can bring her back home. Our silver girl, Kelsie, lays in the hallway waiting, knowing something is not right in her world...

Hopefully then our days will return to normal....

....in the garden...watching the snow peas blossoming and anticipating that first crisp burst of flavor that no grocery store ever comes close to...

....as usual - here it is July and the first tomato has yet to form...always a race with Mr. First Frost in September...quite a few flowers though...

....making strawberry jam from just picked berries...

....quilting....finding renewed enthusiasm for any progress, no matter how slow, in the gentleness and soothing feel of handquilting...

!....and rediscovering some favorite words...

"Normal Day" - Mary Jean Irion

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.

Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.

Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare & perfect tomorrow...

Let me hold you while I may,

For it may not always be so....

(To read the entire essay written by Mary Jean Irion - go here)

http://tinalewisrowe.com/2012/04/23/normal-day-was-written-by-mary-jean-irion/

Wishing each of you the blessings of a normal day - wherever you may be, whatever you do...

Pat