Thursday, September 22, 2011

Where Shall We Start?

Well, for one thing, Ray is a lot more amenable after Bruno and I had a little talk with him.  It could have something to do with those several missing tail feathers, but you'd have to ask Bruno about that.

Claude is still sure the world (that would be me) owes him food in his bowl several times a day.  Even though he hisses at me and will not let me near him.

I've started another quilt.  I'll tell you more about this one later, but I'm really liking it so far.

I've cut out lots of tumblers for a quilt for a little, excuse me - big boy.  He is the foster child of a family at our church and he will be leaving for another state next month by judicial order to live with a family member there.  He's been through a lot, but he has such a wonderful personality and no bitterness at all.  I thought he might like a quilt that would remind him a bit of Texas.  (You may have figured out that I got the tumbler die for my Go! cutter.  It is so fast, and look at those cute little trimmed corners.  I have a feeling this one is going to go together easily.  Yippee!)

Four rows of the Christmas apple cores are sewn together.  I really like this one.  It goes together so fast and so well.  And then when I have enough of the curvy lines I can move over to another project.

The lemons are beginning to ripen.
I'm really glad I covered the lemon tree up so well during the cold weather earlier this.  It's hard to even remember how cold it got, it's been so hot this summer.  It's been a year of extremes.

I planted some rosellas this year.  I had read about them on Rhonda's blog, Down to Earth a while back and decided I'd try them.  Obviously they grow well here.  Which figures, since it is part of the hibiscus family.  The red things you see there along the stem are what is left after it flowers.  The flowers do not even last one day and they are not the big showy flowers of the hibiscus we are used to seeing here.  Anyway, it seems that you can make jam and jelly and a cordial from them.  It's on my list of things to do.  We'll see.

And finally, here's a little peek at what is still blooming out there.  That rain we had helped everything breathe again, I think, but we need more.  The mornings and evenings are a little cooler.  I can almost feel the promise of Fall in the air.

Hope you're finding plenty of interesting things to do and see where you are!

Hugs and kisses,


Debs said...

Your quilting is looking good, AND the garden has defied the weather.

Margaret said...

I have one flower on the Clematis .but oh so many buds, they flowere right up into the New Year and I do so like them As I do yur new projects, the Texas quilt will be a lovely reminder for the young lad.

Karen said...

Well it looks like some of the animals are under control......?
The tumbler quilt is a great idea. I am sure it will be appreciated.
Love the way the apple cores are growing.
Your garden is looking lovely despite the weather you had during Summer. You must have a green thumb!

Karen said...

had to laugh at the rooster 'talk' they can be such buggers!! Looks like that Go cutter is a wonderful tool! Your quilt is coming together so well.

Melanie said...

Love the flowers...Poor Rooster..

Connie said...

It seems that a lot of quilters are using the Go Cutters. I don't have one and don't know much about them or how they cut. I'm not a fan of curved piecing. Yours looks really really good!

Exuberant Color said...

You still have some pretty flowers. Ours are mostly gone as we prepare for cold weather. I'm glad Ray is being good now.

Susie Swanson said...

Glad Ray is being good and I love that quilt. I've got to get started on one myself..Blessings, Susie

Thimbleanna said...

Boy, you still have such beautiful blooms. I hope it's cooling down there and you can finally enjoy some fall weather. Lots of great quilts on the go for you too -- I'm especially anxious to see the tumbler quilt for the little boy!

Kalyan said...

Simply beautiful...lovely!