I would love to say I am lounging on the couch eating bon bons and shirking off anything work related before I have to travel again but no.
Tree Damage and Ongoing Construction
Remember the tree that fell on the house? Well the house is put back in order and the construction on the abode itself has been completed (just done).
What you do not know is that the tree damage extended to half of my landscaped garden. A very big mess.
The massive tree wiped out three other medium sized trees along its downward path and smashed them to the point of oblivion leaving absolutely no signs of their existence. There is not one single clue as to where these beautiful specimens once stood.
I think you can guess what happened to the flowers and shrubs. They were probably pounded into the ground and I believe they are somewhere in China now along with the entire grassy area of lawn. Only a muddy swamp remains where it was once lush and beautiful.
So I have had to commit a considerable amount of time, while the weather has been good (mostly), to reconstructing and replacing the damaged landscape and garden. Those who know me well are shuddering at the thought of me and outdoor power tools. I have a reputation for committing bodily injury to myself with gardening tools.
I am in the midst of digging out and constructing a massive waterfall garden too that I have put off for ten years because of quilting commitments. I will share pictures when it is done. Right now, it is rather unexciting to look at unless you like big holes in the ground.
When the rain comes in and halts my progress on the reconstruction, which hasn’t been much, I have been working on creating a large quilt that has been designed with the Margarita Block(s).
I have slightly altered (updated) a few of the elements but below is the original prototype that is in demand to be a pattern. So much fun to work on.
I want to have a new BIG quilt completed and ready for the Margarita Block workshop at Empty Spools Seminars/Asilomar in 2016. The “More Threadplay with Applique”, Session III March 18-23 Workshop.
It has been awhile since I have had anything new that is full size and appliqued. The wholecloth was a diversion, a fun one, but now it is time to get back to my serious passion of Applique.
The next Naturalist’s Notebook block is designed and ready to become a reality in fabric and thread. An up close view of a Primrose and the long awaited dragonfly. For those of you who don’t like birds, this block has NO bird.
Just a partial hint.
The Last Child Graduates
My daughter, the youngest child, is graduating high school and that has also kept me busy and dare I say, just a little bit sad? Everyone told me they would grow up fast and well, they did. Apologies to Jenna who does not want her picture up on my blog but I am a proud mom and I will endure her punishment as a result because of that pride.
Off to England for the Month of August
I also leave for England for almost the entire month of August. Which means, no orders can be processed and shipped during that time since I am a company of one.
This will be a great trip and a fabulous itinerary (Thanks Val!). One of the many stops will be to attend the Festival of Quilts held in Birmingham. You could call it the UK’s “Houston”.
I am traveling with my quilt buddy and good friend Val to many, many places and checking off some of my bucket list destinations too! Call it the ‘Thelma and Louise go to England’ trip. For those of you who are Downton Abbey fans, Val scored in demand and sold out tickets for tea at Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey).
I will tip a pinky salute to you from across the pond.
My husband’s birthday is in August and I promise to celebrate it for him while I am in England and he is home holding down the fort. Isn’t that thoughtful of me?
I will have to make the event a good one so I can tell him how wonderful his MIA birthday party was! Hmm, maybe I will use his credit card to pay for it? <evil grin>
My birthday is really really close but I will probably spend it working on the waterfall and then relax with a cool Margarita in the shade. Believe it or not, that sounds like a great birthday to me. Quiet, uneventful and in the garden.
Now you are somewhat caught up with where I have been keeping myself and why I have been so quiet.
When I return from England, I will have a short turn around time until I leave for a teaching trip in Australia in September at Berrima Patchwork. I am so looking forward to seeing Tamsin and Sue and all the friends I have made in Australia. I love it there.
No quilt in the Houston show this year but I will be traveling to Festival to hang out and have fun with my quilting friends. Phew, this year has been busy!