Lunch on our deck, shrimp and avocados and chai tea....aaaaaaaaaaahhhh
at last a beautifully warm and sunny day...
We began this morning with our coffee in hand, stretched out on our lawn chairs...
a nice quiet, slow start to our day.
We went for a short walk by the sea on the Niantic Boardwalk
resumed "The position" ;}}} at our table....we live out here every day we
are able...we have woods all around and privacy (except for: see below) and
I am working on my Pansies:
Slowly stitching and wool-gathering while watching those big puffy white clouds sail by........
Re-reading this book by Sherri Lynn Wood --I have been wanting to move
my quilting in this direction for a long time, and now that the College Quilts are done I can:
and ...looking back at my quilts, over the years, I see that I never really followed the patterns that I used exactly as written
...I always veered off in another direction--even if only a little bit...
So, because I am hesitant to just start from a "void", I will be using these four star blocks as my base and improv-ing around them -- somehow, some way--
I really don't know..I've pinned them up and need to stare at them for a bit...
pondering..........can this work even...???
Right now, I am thinking of comet tails, stars shifting across the
summertime night sky
I had originally cut a ga-zillion 3.5" squares for the centers and points in reds and yellows--(thinking of the usual 12 or so blocks sewn against each other in rows...... which is just fine, BUT....)
but now I am moving toward cutting these pieces into other pieces and then into small coin strips (?? )
Or something?? Quien sabe???
I really like that one old, mottled fabric strip in the middle and I think I shall incorporate it along with my own coffee/tea dyed strips--but I am not sure how as yet...
somewhere...somehow...oh gosh, who knows???
Strange way to work...That is why I am beginning with my good, old standby ruler-measured and straight-edged cut blocks...sort of a home base
before stepping into that void....this sounds very dramatic, I know,
but inside I feel that this is a real departure and challenge for me....
The new pieces will be free cut strips of some sort...(Sherri style) --
and we shall see how that goes!!
I come from a background of knitting (repetitive patterns and motions) and embroidery--which in my Crazy Quilt blocks did wander off into fancifulness...
At least a bit of free form work....
Can you tell that I am not sure??? how many times did I write that here???
And now for something entirely different...;)))
Neighbors and such....and only seeing your own view...ahem...
Here is where we sit for summer meals....over looking the dingle between our next door neighbors and us...which is all fine, right?? Greenery, trees, space...
Since our neighbors decided to park an old and painted bright blue school bus right in our line of sight sitting here on our deck (! I cannot tell you how annoying this is!!)-- without a thought to our view-- (they can't see it, of course :((( )...
Thom (brilliant guy that he is!!) went and ordered this
barrier-- usually used around pool fences ---and installed it
so that when we are seated--NO BUS is visible!! YAY!!
We, unfortunately can see it inside our tv room which is on the same side of
our house--a room with nine windows, a sunroom. That is just something we will have to live with I guess...
I even invited my neighbor to come and have coffee in our sunroom so that looking out our windows she HAD TO SEE the BUS! You cannot miss the huge old thing (darn it!!).
Do you think she either made any comment or had it moved...or anything???
Of course not.....silly moi to think she would even notice, right?? RIGHT!!
And so it goes....
hugs to you all on this glorious Saturday
Julierose La Blageuse (chatterbox-euse)