Thursday, July 23, 2020

quilts, kids, and critters . . .

Still slogging away in the new un-normal.  I don't know about anyone else, but it all still feels so surreal. Work is normal (hours), so there's that, but nothing else feels the same.  Strange.

I've been working off and on in the Nook.  Our stitcher's group collaborated on a quilt for one of our ladies who's been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Everyone contributed blocks (á la Lori Holt), one of our very talented ladies (and one of my affirmation group besties -- Sarah) did the layout and made it into a marvelous flimsy, and another of our talented ladies quilted it. Then I got to do the binding on it!  I love doing binding!  The entire process is soothing.
Doesn't everyone stow their 'to be stitched down' binding like this?!  LOL! The quilt itself was scrappy, so I did a scrappy pink binding for it, which I'd never done before. I was really pleased with how it turned out!
And the quilt itself is a stunner.  I just adore this layout . . . 

My SASSY! group (Sweet Affirmation SisterS Yay! -- there are three of us; Sarah, Gail and me) is currently into sheep and lambs.  We share photos and videos of sheep (and all things Welsh & tea) and we're planning a field trip to local 1818 Farms to meet this pretty little thing . . .
Her name is Baby Girl and she was born this year.  So cute!! Anyway, one of us found a quilt advertised with sheep on it . . .
which (along with the heart quilt) prompted me to be inspired to create . . .
Bleating Hearts (EQ concept).  Coming soon to a Nook near me.  ♥

I'm missing my California crew.  They're able to get out and about a little bit.  Kim sent me this sweet shot of the kids berry picking . . .
I think they grow faster because I don't get to see them often enough.  Liv had her first tap recital this week . . .
Holy cow -- when did she turn 16?!?  She's a natural performer and I was able to see video from the show.  She stole it!! ♥

My local crew paid me a visit at work this week.  Since I knew they were coming, I was able to provide a little surprise . . .
Everyone loves petit fours, right?
Right!

Things have stayed very slow at the camp.  The majority of our summer bookings have cancelled, so it's been quiet.  On the human front, at least.  On the critter front, it's been pretty busy--probably because of the lack of humans?!  We've made friends with a grey fox couple (they mate for life), who visit regularly . . .
Aren't they beautiful? I want to pet them so badly.  They're my 'puppies'.  They have a den (or two) nearby, and I've seen kits, but they haven't brought them to the 'feeding station' yet.

We also see the raccoons pretty frequently, but this juvenile has decided to make himself very much at home.
LOL!  Brazen thing.  He spent three hours one afternoon hoovering up all the bird seed. In between rest stops.  Ha!

When he was finished, Mr. Squirrel came in as the clean-up crew.
I don't believe a single bird ate seed I put out that day.  #truth

Lastly, still working on my Peppermint Purple blackwork SAL.  I'm behind about twelve weeks, but still plugging along. 
I love the way the colors move through the designs; it's so pretty!

Keep on stitching!

:)

6 expressed . . .:

Linda in Calif. said...

Oh what an enjoyable post. I love the way the colors move through your blackwork too. And the most enjoyable picture is your little girl with the colorful mouth! It matches her dress. lol Love the animal pictures too - just such a delight this morning.

Karrin Hurd said...

Great to see you back! Adorable pictures of the grandchildren and animals! Lovely quilts too!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

What cute little lamb and quilt! My husband and I watch Sandi Brock (https://youtu.be/6A7FTsUM_6o) on You tube she is a sheep farmer in Canada. They are so darn cute!

Janet O. said...

Oh, you are a hoot, Denise. Of course, we all store our binding that way--or we will from now on!
That is the most adorable little lamb, and I love the quilt pattern you drew up in her honor. Bleating hearts--LOL, perfect.
I think the photos of the little girls (and boy) are much cuter than the grey foxes.
The racoon looks pretty casual up there on his perch. Your blackwork piece is so beautiful, but if I study it too much my eyes cross. Don't know that I could stitch anything like that.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Things are definitely UN-normal!! I love your Bleating Hears quilt - so cute! I love lambs too and this little one is just adorable.

I know you miss your distance babies. Such a cute tiny dancer! Our (not so) tiny dancer was unable to have her recital as usual but just started back rehearsing and will have an abbreviated recital. Unfortunately only four people can attend, but I think they are going to livestream it from Shelby County Arts Council. This will be the first one we've missed since she began dancing (with her mom's dance teacher!!). I think she was 3-4 when she started. This coming year she will be on the Elite Competition team. She's so graceful and a really good dancer. Hopefully next spring they will get to compete again as all but one of their competitions was cancelled this year.

We have a fox family that lives nearby and come around and seem to want to play with our dog. They've had a few friendly close encounters anyway! However, they will freak you out screaming like a human at night!

Great to hear from you, Denise. Have a great rest of the summer. School will start back here soon. My daughter, who is an SLP, has to go back on the 5th of August, but the kids not until the 19th. Guess I'll get some extra GiGi time with them! I'm a little concerned with them all going back since our COVID rates are climbing so.

Kate said...

I agree, the new normal seems pretty surreal. Unfortunately, it's going to be the new normal for a while longer I think. A very fun post. Love the heart quilt for your friend, I hope her treatments are going well. The sheep is adorable and so is the quilt. How do kiddos grow up so fast. It seems like just yesterday they were little babies. Hope you are getting in lots of Nook time and surviving the new normal.