Monday, August 30, 2010

Rain and Rainy Day Projects

While the whole eastern seaboard keeps an eye on Hurricane Earl, I can heartily say that I'm tired of rain!!! Our neighbor came across the street this morning to tell us that according to his gauge we've received 8 inches of rain since Friday morning. That's enough. It has been gray and cloudy, or raining, for days. We actually had a bit of sunshine this morning and it was wonderful. Everything is just so saturated!!! My poor yard was already in sad shape, thanks to too much rain last summer, and now all this rain is causing even more damage. I suspect it has a terrible case of root rot. Whatever, it looks pathetic. Got to do something about this or by next year ALL the grass will be gone!!

During this rainy time, I've been working on a quilt for my brother. He owns a small farm/ranch and is very much into the cowboy/farm/ranch life. Sold his longhorns a while back but still has his cows and several horses. Since the new lady came into his life, there are even more horses around the place!!

Anyway, I'd originally planned the quilt using a mid-range blue fabric and a grassy looking fabric that had gold and brown tones in it. However, upon measuring the blue fabric I discovered I didn't have enough to make the quilt. When I went shopping to see if I could find something to replace it, I had no luck. Instead I found another darker blue that also looked pretty good. I let myself be influenced to get the darker blue and also the same grassy fabric but in a colorway that was more distinct and had darker blue in it. I shoulda known better. Once I got the blocks put together, I wasn't real happy with how they looked. But, since all the fabric is already cut there is no way I'm going to take it apart and redo it. Guess I should learn that lesson with this quilt.

Here are two looks at part of the blocks in different arrangements.

The quilt is coming together quite easily and I'll be making the final layout decisions soon I think.

My birdwatching buddy will be home from California in a couple of days. Just in time too, because the fall migration is getting underway. There are reports of wonderful birdwatching at some of the nearby hot spots. Will be good to have her back.

Y'all take care.

1 comment:

  1. I think the colors go together beautifully. My sister made a photo quilt for my parents a few years back with pics from all the siblings' families and something that each of us had written. I think my mom treasures it more than just about anything. Quilts amaze me. There are so many different patterns, combinations, and themes to choose from, and each one tells a story. Have you ever been to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky? It's a fabulous place, and there's a quilt show that takes place every spring and brings in visitors from all over the world. We used to live in West Kentucky, so I was fortunate enough to visit the place frequently.

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