Saturday, June 20, 2020

It's been a while...

Since my last post, the houses have been sitting in a tin, waiting for the silkworms to finish their feeding and free up the coffee table to test some layout designs. With little travel time into town and back, I have no take-along work prepared.

Most of my down time has been spent quilting the feedsacks in-the-ditch. I did add simple quilting in the center of each block.
Today I finished quilting around the applique on the first border.  There is a lot of empty space left over and I am thinking of what I could add in those spaces. Maybe I will finish all of this quilting and that will give me some time to come up with a plan.

I added a bit of quilting in each petal of the flowers, and put a vein in each leaf.

I tried to work without using a hoop and ended up un-quilting a section, as it was too wonky. My oval hoop is just too large and the borders are only lightly basted.

I ended up getting out a small hoop about 12 inches across and that seems to help.

I have been thinking of adding yoyos to the center of the flowers.

Those are a throw-back to my childhood when sometimes whole bed covers were made of yoyos.
(often of feedsacks too).

I saw a really nice embroidery stitch on Queenie's blog last week that also looks like it might work. It would probably be faster, but I am wondering how it might work on the back side of the quilt.
Well, I imagine it will be a while before I get all the borders this far and so there is time to think about that solution as well.

This is the season for the garden to show off,

The gardenias smell so strong, I could find my front gate blindfolded. Usually there is a problem with caterpillars chewing leaves and buds but this year all were left to bloom.

The lilies are also standing up and out. I had to tie them up as they were reaching to the west for more sun. They are all so very tall.

I had to turn the hosta planter sideways because those were also reaching out into the street to the west.

I have never had them bloom with so many stalks or this early in the year.
These were rescued from my neighbor's garden as the bulldozers were tearing it up. That was a number of years ago, but now they seem happy and used to being in a planter.

I have a few others of a different style on the north side of the house that have yet to bloom.

Days go by with lots of virtual activities. Zooming and skyping and facetiming and gotomeetings and livestreaming. My outings are sweeping the street to the corner and back ... sometimes twice a day ... and pulling weeds in the park at least once a week ... and of course hunting and gathering mulberry leaves for the caterpillar gang.
Twice I have made recordings to join our virtual choir. I have to admit I prefer singing with the group rather to my cell phone.
I have to let friends and family members know when I am going out so they won't panic when I don't answer a phone call or zoom in at the start of a community meeting
Our church will start up with a limited number of people allowed to join in person from tomorrow, but I think choir will be one of the last things to be added. I am still delivering onigiri to the homeless on Monday mornings, but as the weather gets hotter, that will temporarily end so as not to have the food go bad in the heat waiting in the cupboard for delivery.

The groups of young people that had lessened with closing of bars and karaoke places, have started to reappear in the morning hours. Most people are still wearing masks when out in public. I do not like trying to walk with my glasses fogged up. Can't see with them, can't see without them... and my ears are so wimpy it is hard to keep the masks on. I should probably come up with something that ties around the back because it looks as though masks will be part of the culture for a while yet.

So, that's about it from my neck of the woods.  I enjoy scrolling through my blog list to see how everyone else is filling their down time.


  1. It is going to be a super quilt. I love the fabric choices and exquisite applique. I too need to use a hoop.
    I don't wear a mask outdoors where it's hard to catch though it's easy to socially distance here.

  2. Lovely quilt! So impressed that you do everything by hand!
    I read that putting a folded up tissue at the top of the mask helps with the fogging up. I tried it and it hleped somewhat. It's worth a try! I guess it absorbs some of the moisture.

  3. I love the floral border! Your quilt looks like a garden under a starry night. Speaking of gardens, yours is looking wonderful! I like the added touch of the cat statue sitting among the potted plants.

    I have two masks, one with elastic around the ears and the other one I made with ties. Both are tight across my nose with a thin rim. I haven't had a problem with my glasses fogging up. Probably because I wear them low on my nose and use them to seal the mask in place which keeps my breath from escaping upwards.

    Here's a link with suggestions that might help defog your glasses:

  4. Beautiful quilt, and I love the apliquéd border.

  5. Your Feedsacks quilt is looking beautiful....lovely quilting. You must, must add yo-yo's to the centre of the flowers. I love the fragrance gardenias gift to the garden and the passerby. I must say your garden is thriving; all those varying shades of green are lovely. We have been let out down here as we haven't hand and covid-19 cases for weeks. Though I am a homebody I am enjoying getting out and about.

  6. Bright and beautiful stars and I like the butterfly in the corner;). love your idea about adding yo-yos to the flower centers.

  7. It is surprising how quickly we have adapted to all the new ways of communication.
    Your quilting is looking lovely. Great to see the progress.
    The garden is appreciating the weather conditions and looks very healthy.
    Good luck with those silkworms.

  8. Your quilt is beautiful! So much work put in! I am always amazed at how much you get done by hand when I can't even make a dent with the machine.

  9. The quilt is looking great. I like the yo-yo idea. We are getting back to church tomorrow, but only outside, and spaced 6 feet apart. If we want to sing, we have to be in a different section and 10 feet apart with masks on while singing. I dislike masks. Have you tried putting a pipe cleaner in the nose area? Bend the ends back so that they don't rub a hole in your mask, and also stitch around them so that they don't shift around. It works much better with glasses with the pipe cleaners.