Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Summer Veggies and Caterpillars

The Farmers' Curb Market had these beautiful long eggplants that I love. I also bought pink-eye purple hull peas and okra and some little miniature eggplants. Buying the peas caused me to make a recipe of my family's beloved Hot Tomato Relish before I could cook the peas.
Pink-eye purple hull peas, okra, eggplant, miniature eggplant 
   I made a little progress on this black and white wall quilt, but it will take one more day (with Elizabeth asleep in another room!) to finish it.
In progress
   After my disappointment over having no black swallowtail butterflies lay eggs on my HUGE parsley plant this spring/summer, I kidnapped (rescued) four fat caterpillars from Ellen Hall's parsley when she said she had two plants being devoured by a bunch of them. I put them in a large jar with some parsley bought from Winn-Dixie, and after four days I had two chrysalises. The other two did not live. Felder Rushing, our state gardening expert, mentioned that the Eastern Black Swallowtail is Mississippi's state butterfly. This made me even happier to think I saved a couple from the birds. The butterflies should wake and shed their chrysalises in 10-20 days; then live another 6-14 days, hopefully laying eggs on MY parsley! This article and pictures confirmed my identification. I got another caterpillar from Ellen, with less yellow-green and more black, so it might not be a swallowtail. She's munching away on her very own parsley plant, so I'm eager to see what she turns out to be. (Be sure to enlarge pictures to see these better.)
Four hungry caterpillars

See the chrysalis on the right, hanging by silk thread

A different caterpillar?
    Progress is very slow on the dog puzzle. Elizabeth says this box is too small but will do for now.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

New Lights and Cats

The light went out on my sewing machine and a trip to the service guy would be necessary to replace it.  After seeing a little light strip on Stewie's Nana's machine, I ordered one. (Stewie Fulkerson is a beautiful cat with his own Facebook page.) It was tricky to stick under my Pfaff's machine head, but Elizabeth was there to investigate and help out.



Here is what the strip looks like as I am sticking it to the side and underneath of the machine head.  I ordered mine here: https://serenshop.com/product/sewing-machine-light, cost about $20 including shipping and it took a couple of weeks, was shipped from China. 

   Stewie's Nana says hers came from this site: 
Meanwhile, Tarbaby is perched on the back of my computer chair (with pillowcase to protect from sharp claws).


 Rahrah always has a guilty look on her face. I think it is those big eyes.



Sunday, August 4, 2019

August--Hot Outside, Cool Inside

After bragging about my "clean" garage, I feel a little guilty that I did not show the rest of the garage. But not guilty enough to do that. You have to have shelves to store gardening tools and such. An extra old refrigerator is also handy.
I finally got Elizabeth off this Fractured Roses quilt long enough to get the binding and sleeve on it. Then this Improv Music piece is also finished.
Fractured Roses
Improv Music
I took them to an SFA (Southern Fiber Artists) meeting yesterday. It is always refreshing to spend the day with other fiber artists and see what they have been doing. We presented little 8"x10" quilts to thank Sue Rountree for her two years as our leader. Here is mine--a ghost-quilting piece.

Jackie Watkins and I taught a Moon Over the Mountain Interleave design to the group.

I participated in a quilt exhibit called Sacred Threads last month that is held biennially in the Washington DC/Virginia area. This is a unique exhibit of quilts exploring themes of joy, inspiration, spirituality, healing, grief and peace/brotherhood. There was a section called Eye Contact: Creating a Connection, of small quilts (5" x 23") featuring human eyes, with the purpose of encouraging us to notice each other, to look at each other, to interact with each other, "to bridge the distance that seems to separate us." http://sacredthreadsquilts.com/html/iseeyou.html



Libby Williamson with her quilt
The current puzzle on my table is a picture of those old dogs playing poker. It's 1000 pieces with lots of black or blue-black that will be the last to put in. My favorite is the guy on the far right.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

July and an Empty Garage

After having 40 boxes of donated Pine Belt Quilters quilt supplies in my garage for six weeks, I am happy to say the garage is empty. The remainder was donated to the Hattiesburg Arts Council for Abigail Lenz to use in her activities with children's camps and art groups.



     I have been working on a Quilt of Valor as well as another guild project (table decorations for our hosting of the MQA Fall Gathering in Hattiesburg Oct. 25-26. The QOV is made of squares surrounded by strips--dark squares with light strips and vice-versa, in patriotic colors. Many of the pieces came from the 40 boxes of donated fabric.

     Then there were some postcards for special friends, and some improvisational piecing.


     I finished the chameleon puzzle and thought I'd give puzzling a rest, but this clown fish one looked so easy with its sharp, clean lines. It did prove fun and not a challenging as the chameleons. Tarbaby is an equal opportunity puzzler. When he wants my undivided attention, he just parks himself where I can't ignore him--on the puzzle, on the fabric, on the computer keyboard. He loves to hang his head off the edge of a table.


     But this is his favorite position of all. 
   
     It has taken almost daily watering to keep my flowerbed alive this month. I'm concentrating on hardy plants. The first New Yard Guy mowed down my mint plants. I bought four Mexican Heather plants and put two in an open area against the fence, only to have the Second New Yard Guy attack them with the weed-eater. He's no longer the Yard Guy. But this fuzzy purple plant has been here since last summer. It is up in the flowerbed, protected by the cement pavers.
   



     I participated in an exhibit this month called Sacred Threads in Virginia, in a section called Eye Contact. The pieces were 5" x 23" and featuring human eyes. It must have been a fascinating exhibit to see in person!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day, America

It was a beautiful day for outdoor celebrating, but we opted for a cool movie (Toy Story 4) and fond remembrances of Roy on the eighth anniversary of his death. My, how he loved to grow tomatoes!
He also liked to do chip carving designs on wood panels. Here is one hanging in the window in the dining room (both sides).


The painting of the living room and dining room is complete. I love the lighter look and hope Roy forgives me for painting over that beautiful wood paneling. My fiber art really shows up on these lighter walls.





I had a chameleon jigsaw puzzle on the dining room table for about a month; it was quite a challenge even though it was only 550 pieces. Size is 18" x 24". 


Tarbaby would come and hang off the table when he wanted attention. Elizabeth was content to sleep in the bowl or on the puzzle as long as she could be near.


My guild was given 40 boxes of a quilter's supplies when her health caused her family to move her out of state. We devoted lots to guild projects and charitable activities. Then we displayed everything in my garage and sold to our members and will use the money for future programs and charitable work. What a reminder for us to use our fabric so our children don't have to deal with it after we are gone.