I've been enjoying the summer and not taking much time for blogging or sewing. I did get in my sewing room today for a couple of hours, but just worked on projects already started. Our garden is bursting with veggies, we've been overrun with three different kinds of squash for a couple of weeks, and now we have about a million beans that need picking. We had them for the first time tonight and they were sooooo good. I wish we could have the luxury all year of picking food from the garden for our meals. This picture of my design wall will give you an idea of what I've been working on. I'm still not sure how I'm going to set the star blocks, but I'll probably be going with what's on the wall, on point alternating with blocks in a variety of prints, with an floral applique border of some kind. The Christmas quilt is going to take a long time, but I love how it looks. I'm behind on my blocks of the month, I'd better get to work before the month ends! Hard to believe we're already close to the end of July. The weather is feeling a little more like summer, but still pretty mild. We're getting a good rain today, much needed. The tiger lilys have been growing outside our back door since we've lived here, I just love them.
Lastly I want to show you the basket I bought recently from folk artist Peggy Gaines. I guess I should have taken a pic from the side, too, so you could see that it's a long basket. I guess it's supposed to be put on the back of the toilet so you can keep a roll hidden in each side and it has room for kleenex in the middle. It's too cute to hide in the bath, so it's on my kitchen counter. If you want to see a couple more awesome items I have from Peggy, just type "Peggy Santa" in the blogger search box in the upper left corner. It's dangerous for me to visit her store because I want to fill my house up with her art. Almost as bad as going to the quilt store!
Not much sewing has been going on, but we've been making lots of jam! We have a bumper crop of black raspberries this year & my hubby was sweet enough to bundle up and brave the wilds (and the mosquitoes) to pick them. My daughter & I also visited a local orchard and picked lots of tart & sweet cherries, so we're getting a good start on filling up our freezers with jam. And we still have lots of fruits to go!
Since I haven't any new quilt work to show, I thought I'd show some of my vintage linens, just a couple for today. My mother-in-law was passing on some linens a while back & I ended up with one of these, and my daughter with the other. My daughter was kind enough (I think she got tired of all the weeping and begging) to give me the other. I'm not sure how these were to be used, but I believe they would sit on top of a pillow when the bed was made up. The look like pillowcases and are the same size, but don't have a back. It seems to be a common design, I've seen it a few times before, but it does seem a bit of an odd sentiment to stitch up for decorating the home, doesn't it?
I should take some pictures of the veggie garden soon (I think we'll have enough veggies to feed the entire county) but in the meantime here's a picture from another garden. I love monarda, especially the red. I bought plants a couple of years in a row that were supposed to be red, and when they bloomed I was disappointed to find they were actually purple. Finally I have red bee balm & plenty of it!
I hope you're all enjoying your summer, or whatever season you happen to be in at the moment. I'm falling behind on my blog reading, but we're supposed to have some rainy days coming so I hope to catch up!
Here are more pictures from the quilt show in Shipshewana, Indiana. I tried to be so careful about getting the information on the quilts, but I'm sorry to say I missed the boat on this one. Isn't it a beauty, though?
This is Shades by Marilyn Peters of Kendallville, Illinois. I love the colors she chose for this, lovely.
This is another Barbara Perrin quilt, Empty Nest-Two. I wish I'd measured those squares, they're pretty darn small. I did take a pic with my hand held up for comparison, but the picture looked pretty dorky, so I left that out. Another amazing quilt.
A little closer....
This is a close-up of the border. Wow.
My full sized picture of this one didn't turn out, but my daughter has a picture of it on her blog. I wanted to show you these close-ups, though. It's 9-Patch Strip Tease by Doris Goins of Kendallville, Indiana.
This is another quilt by Barbara Perrin, Sunburst Serenade. Wow again. This is Paisley Stars by Cheryl Baker of Middlebury, Indiana. Love the colors on this one, and the paisley, of course.
This is Batik A La Zig Zag by Nancy Scott of Berne, Indiana. Batiks are so great.
My daughter showed this one on her blog, but I wanted to post my close-ups of it. It's not at all my kind of colors & I'm not too into modern art, but on closer inspection I was knocked out by this one.
Check out this hand quilting, yowsa! It was made by Michele Shepherd of South Bend, Indiana, a wedding gift for her nephew.
Another close-up of Still Water.
This is a close-up from the quilt Past-Time Ladies by Fay Mack & Debbie Van Kuiken of Villa Park, Illinois. The full quilt is on my daughter's blog. I wish I'd taken picures of every block.
One kind of strange thing that happened was when I looked through my viewfinder at the Boston Commons quilt, the purples were all blue! I've never had that happen before. Weird.
And I'll finish up with a couple of pictures of the vendor's area. Hope you enjoyed the show, I sure did!