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.