Monday, July 25, 2011


Hi Everyone - This weekend, my brother, sister-in-law and their dog, Pepper, came for a visit. What a fun time these pups have together. Duncan & Pepper are rough-and-tumble together and Hamish pretty much stays out of the way. He really adores Pepper but will only approach her when she's lying down for a rest. Then he sidles up to her head and just looks at her longingly, as if saying "I love you soooo much!!!" Of course, she could care less - oh, poor Hamish :o( And he's such a cute boy!! Pepper loves to chase the birds in our yard - she's got some pointer in her, I'm sure. She bounds across the back yard with delight and the birds scatter. They don't know what that ball of energy is coming at them - you see, they're used to two little black bundles who can't even reach half-way up the fence - not much of a threat there. After a good game of "chase the birds" and "chase each other" a well deserved rest is in order!! That's Pepper at the top, Duncan and Hamish - they are right in front of the fans getting a good cool-down and nap - what a life!!

Hope you all have a good week - it's still hot here this morning and very humid, but the weatherman promises a cold front moving through this afternoon with some possible RAIN - oh, please, please, please - bring us that rain!! Keep smiling and enjoy your day -

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Quilt Show

Hi Everyone -

Our quilt guild had their show this past weekend - it was a great success and lots of fun. On Friday, I was part of a demonstration of Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts. Some of us sat and stitched and answered questions. We had a lot of interest and one lady will probably join our monthly group at the local library - how great is that!! On Saturday, I white-gloved for a couple of hours. We had some beautiful quilts, but my camera wasn't working very well. I do have photos of the two quilts that I entered, though. This first one is from Blackbird Designs and is called "Holly and Mistletoe." I made it for my sister-in-law this past Christmas. It is machine pieced, hand appliqued and machine stitched. It took me a long time to get it done, but I think it was worth it. This was the first time I did scalloped borders and they were pretty easy - I was expecting more of a challenge with them, but the directions were great and I had no trouble.

The second quilt is called "Celtic Knotwork" and was a mystery quilt on-line - there were 25 blocks and I am really pleased with the outcome. I love mystery quilts and am working on one that our guild sponsored for this past year. I'll post a photo when I get it finished.

Hope you are all having a good summer. It's VERY hot here - up in the high 90's with high humidity - and no rain. The lawn is like straw and I'm trying to keep the garden and flower beds watered. Hope we get some rain soon - so far there is none in the forecast. Hope you all are keeping cool!! The "boys" are staying inside and sleeping in front of the fans - Hamish has decided that he likes to sleep on top of the air-conditioning vents - smart dog!!

Take care and keep smiling -