Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Southern Festival of Books

Yes, its that time of year again!  The Humanities of Tennessee has announced the authors for the Southern Festival of Books. 
Who's on my list?  Kimberly Belle, The Last Breath, Matthew Guinn, The Resurrectionist. Tim Johnson, Irish Girl, Bridget Lancaster, Cook's Country, Robert Morgan, Gap Creek, and Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisters.  With more than 250 authors scheduled for the event it will be difficult to choose which author to hear. 
Here is the link to the Festival  If you enjoy reading, attend a book festival--and don't forget the food trucks. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

About those Hexies

It's hot!  The summer heat is driving me indoors!  This is Deb's hexagon Grandmother's flower garden.  The finished pieces are 1".  With the hot, hot weather, I have returned to my hexagon project.  There is something very relaxing about hand sewing.  Am making progress on my first star, I will reveal the first star soon.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bloom Days

Whew!  It has been hot with lots of humidity!

So far, the flowers have been loving it.

In spite of the cold winter, the daylilies prove themselves to be dependable.

The rains bring a mixed bag--good for the flowers and good for the weeds.  The mosquito's have been vicious.

When I haven't been pulling weeds, I have been working on completing and finishing projects.  

I keep telling myself to enjoy the summer because I could be complaining about the cold temps snow and ice.  We humans are never satisfied!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fourth of July Weekend

Three day weekends, aren't they great?  We went to a baseball game--the Sounds won!

The game took an unusual turn when the home plate umpire was struck in the forearm.  Ouch!  Poor fellow, he immediately when to his knees.  This is a discussion between the team managers and remaining umpires on how to proceed with the game one umpire short.

The mascot was dressed in his patriotic Uncle Sam outfit.

There was lots of rain on the Fourth, but it did not keep the neighbors from celebrating.  There were bombs bursting in air in the wee hours of the night/morning.

Thank goodness Miss Callie Mae was unaffected by all the noise made by the fireworks.

With an extra day and all the rain, I took advantage and finished Currants, Coxcomb and Rose by The Goode Huswife.  

Three days weekend, they are great!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wool Applique

I treated myself to a new book--Wool Applique by Rebekah Smith.   Her applique is detailed and her stitching techniques bring the wool/piece to life.

This is one of my favorite designs from her new book.  Rebekah brings this patriotic design to life with the different stitches.  An otherwise flat design becomes dimensional.

Antique Pomegranates
Ginger Sanchez

In a couple of weeks Liseanne Miller with P for Primitives will be coming to town for a Beat the Heat workshop. My  project for the Beat the Heat workshop is going to be this table runner.  Gulp, let's not talk about the length of time this piece has been in my stash and waiting for my attention.  With Liseanne's guidance and Rebekah's book, I hope I can bring this piece to life.  One of my new tricks for keeping the blanket stitch evenly spaced was to mark off 1/4" on my thumb. 

Some of the best parts about Beat the Heat Workshops:  shopping, good food, laughter, beautiful projects in progress and completed.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gathering with the Reunion Group

The Red Deer Sampler
Stitched by Linda 

Saturday was gathering day for the Homespun Reunion Group.  Gathering Day is so much fun--there are beautiful finishes to see, delicious food, laughter, ideas, and sharing.

Linda also stitched this basket full of goodies.  Aren't those strawberries awesome?

Apologies--I'm not sure who stitched all this stockings, they will be wonderful for Christmas and can be enjoyed for many many years.

Delilah stitched this quilt--her Granddaughters love it

For all the cat lovers--great job Cathy.

Lori found this hand pieced star quilt while shopping at Goodwill--it was $6.99.  It will be hand quilted by one of Lori's friends.

This is Lori's tumbler flag.  The binding follows the outline of the tumblers.

Gathering Days-Fun Days.