Sunday, September 23, 2018

Non-Happenings

Bumper crop of Black-eyed Susans this year

It's a busy season in Allie-ville right now - can't exactly tell you why.  I was going to do a blog post a week ago, but my card reader died, couldn't get the pictures off my camera!  Fortunately they don't cost much, and Amazon had one just for me.

Anybody know what bird this is?  They were everywhere the other day.


All the critters are frantically running around, gathering for winter.  We had a most unusual heat wave, and in one day the temps dropped almost 30 degrees, now we're definitely in autumn.  Time to find all the jackets.

I finished up my Garden of Contentment, doing the binding while watching the coverage of Hurricane Florence and praying for all in the path.


I don't watch cable, they're far too dramatic for me.  I don't even have cable.  Not sure why the binding on this took me so long, my heart just wasn't in it....but it's done, and I love it.


Someday I'll hang it up.  The walls in this house are plaster, so I've been very slow to hang anything - just utilized the holes already in the walls.

I did pull some very old fabric that I want to use to make couch pillows.


I'll cut the panels and use a matching red for the backs.  I wish there was more of the stripe, there's not enough to go around all four.

I picked up mum the other day, and spent a little time with her, she seemed to be really rambling - and when I got home, I thought it over.  I think she's alone too much.  Our friend Shirley, who just lost her oldest daughter, is also alone too much - as is my best friend.  I decided to do something about it.  I rearranged my sewing room, into more of a sitting room, and I'm going to start having teas for us.  We can sit and visit, or work on projects, and just socialize.  Maybe I can come up with projects for us to work on.  I can't wait....

Shasta from High Road Quilter sent me a lovely ATC that she made.


I love it.  I want to get a tiny frame to put it in.  Thank you Shasta!!!  She has been a good friend and I will treasure this.

So that's about all for me today, I'm doing more reading than stitching lately.....maybe as the cooler weather draws in I'll get my mojo back.  Always good to have the iron on all day when it's chilly, lol.  Take care my friends, and enjoy whatever season you're in...see you soon!

Love,
Allie





23 comments:

Michele McLaughlin said...

Allie, I love your quilt! The colors and work are fantastic! I think it would be wonderful for you to have your ladies for tea! You are so lucky with your sewing room that you ahve the room to do that!!! I think it is a wonderful idea! I don't know the bird but it sure is pretty! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Kate said...

Allie, I'd suggest that bird is a 'flicker'. Your idea of having teas is a wonderful one. At Happy Hour on Friday one of our older neighbours joined in, she's 88, and she said how much she enjoyed coming to HH for the socializing and went on to mention a problem for older folks is that there aren't enough people to talk to. By the way, our Happy Hour is just that - a happy hour (or two) where you can have a drink or not, have a nibble or not and just enjoy the conversation.
Definitely feels like fall here and there were snow flurries last evening - too soon for it to be this cold. ^^

Dolores said...

Hi Allie, Same weather here but then again, we really aren't that far apart. I'm glad you finished the binding because it's such a pretty quilt. I love your idea of hosting a tea for those who are alone a lot. I'm sure it will be something they look forward to. They can sew, knit, crochet, embroider or whatever while still taking part in the conversation (or not.) I don't know about your birdie but I wish we had some here. We do seem to have some blue jays and cardinals every once in a while but that's about it.

Cathy said...

Definitely a flicker. They are in the woodpecker family. We had loads of them up north.

I love your quilt. It turned out really nice.

Hugs

Little Penpen said...

Hubby says its a flicker too. It sure is pretty. I have tried growing black eyed susans at three different houses, and still haven't had any luck. I have a tiny plant now that seems to make miniature flowers... not doing much. I love the fabric you are going to use to make pillows for your couch. AND I want to come to tea and sit with you ladies! What a great idea! Have you ever tried the command velcro strips for hanging things on plaster? I have just recently started using these ( I have drywall) and they are a game changer for sure! I've seen people sew the edge of one strip onto their fabric and then stick it right to the wall. Your quilt finish is really pretty. I'm working on quilt binding this weekend too. It's one of my favorite things to do. :-))

Karen said...

I like the seafood fabric. Unique and will make marvelous pillows.

Jocelyn said...

Your quilt is beautiful! And I love the idea of having tea with your mum and friends. It's a lovely way to help them feel less lonely.

Ellen said...

I have some of that stripe....must have used it as a binding. It was prepped on the diagonal/bias, and it is 2" wide by @ 100" in length. If you would like it, free of charge, send me mailing info. All the pillows wouldn't have to match exactly, right? Ellen Simmons

Tammy said...

I think your tea is a marvelous idea. As we age it gets harder to make friends and enjoy them. Too many home and family obligations. And women get lonely for women talk. And creating thinks is awesome . It is good for the brain . Forces you to think and process ... I think you ladies will have a grand time. Love your quilt. And your bird is a beautiful one indeed. My mom is a bird watcher. And has tons of birds daily at all her feeders and flowers.

Karen Schurr said...

A sitting room! What an excellent idea, Allie. You're such a thoughtful lady. And I love the colors of this new quilt. So bright and cheerful. So happy to see your post. Glad you found another card reader. :)

WoolenSails said...

The binding looks beautiful on your quilt, really came out nicely with the various blocks.
I love your panel, and fun for a pillow. I have so many pieces I made and need to make into things, think I am set for Christmas smalls for gifts, this year, lol.

Debbie

Lin said...

What a beautiful bird - I hope you find out what it is. Your quilt looks gorgeous, I hope you find somewhere special to hang it. Sitting around chatting and sewing is always great for the morale! xx

Jeanette said...

Love your quilt, just beautiful. What a lovely idea to have tea with your Mum & friends, i'll join you in spirit as i miss having people to sit & sew with. 😊. Hugs, xx

Little Quiltsong said...

Your quilt is so lovely! Hope you can hang it soon. We used to put a little bit of scotch tape on the spot where the nail would go - to prevent the plaster from chipping. The heat has really been constant here too this summer, and then, yes the temps dropped suddenly, but so thankful for the cooler mornings now. Now I can go for walks again ;)! Your idea with teas and sewing sessions sounds cozy and fun. Enjoyed all your pics and lovely post, Allie!

Deanie said...

Your bird is a Northern Flicker, aren't they pretty? A type of woodpecker that eats ants and beetles, and therefore, spend a lot of time on the ground digging for them.

Natureluvr57 said...

That's a beautiful Northern Flicker Woodpecker. I get them as well as the little Downy woodpecker and Red Headed Woodpecker. I put suet out and they all love it. The days are getting shorter and I have to cram more stuff into the day before nightfall. We had high 90's, feel like 100+ all summer. I think we got one day where the temps fell to the 70's and then a couple weeks ago we got 4 days in the high 70's. The problem was the humidity was almost 100% so it was still uncomfortable. Last week we finally started having more fall like weather. 70's & 80's and the humidity not too bad but not very low either. I've been doing a lot in the garden. I love Fall most of all but it seems so short and we know what's around the corner-winter. I don't mind it too much if there's not a lot of snow. Love the look of snow covering things but I'm the only one shoveling and it's not fun. If there's not much snow I do look forward to crafting more but if I have to shovel it takes away from crafting time. Take care.

Linda said...

Might be a yellow shafted flicker. Maybe a juvenile. Tea and company are always perfect. Good for you!

ptrmom said...

Well we are all in agreement that it is a flicker. We don't get them here, or very rarely do. I guess it's too hot here for them. Maybe in the winter I will see one.... ??

Love the quilt. Just lovely. I've been doing patchwork slipcovers for the couch pillows. No quilting, just patchwork. They brighten up the living room nicely.

Great idea about the sitting room and inviting your mom and friend over.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

The bird is Northern Flicker and just like your deer, we have them here too. They are shy and tend to stay near trees for cover.
I love, love, love your quilting on Contentment. Wow.
I wish I was handy to drop in your get togethers. It is something I think I need too.

KaHolly said...

What a wonderful idea! The ladies will love it! Norther Flickers eat bugs out of the ground instead of trees, even though they are woodpecker cousins. They are beautiful birds!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

What a wonderful idea for a sit and stitch - and I'm sure it will be a greater blessing to everyone than you imagine. A good GOD idea, Allie.
LOVE your completed quilt. I have all the blocks stitched but not pieced...it will happen now that we have our home and can begin to settle soon. Right now I'm about 90% through the unpacking but needing to sit down often as we are wiped from exhaustion.
Give mum a big hug from me. Love you dear friend. xxx

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Don't know how I missed this post. Your quilts are gorgeous. Also love that bird.

Anonymous said...

Hi Allie love your quilts your work is always beautiful .. we have lots of birds around at the moment ,but I haven't seen this bird before,it's a lovely looking bird I wonder what it is.Sounds like you had a lovely sewing day,hope you have an awesome week my friend xx

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