It's hard to not mention the fact that it feels like we are living out our days with the blow-dryer on. Just a step out the front door and the jumbo dryer kicks on. I've learned not to go outside with damp hair, just a trip to the mailbox can leave me looking like some sort of twisted porcupine.
Saturday morning I was enjoying a bit of stitching when the electricity had a bit of an outage. A few minutes later, a neighbor stopped to let us know that we had a grassfire. Old school learning emerged and I grabbed a bucket of water and some bath towels and headed to the fire. What an adrenalin rush as the winds were blowing it towards the house!!! Fortunately it was in an area that was kept mowed and was relatively easy to get out with what we had. The culprit, you may be wondering? A cigarette butt? No. It seems it was result of a tragic mistake by a bird on an electrical transformer, jolted off and catching the dry grass below on fire. Hence the power outage moments earlier. I'd love for it to cool off, but what I really pray for is RAIN. Yesterday, over 3,000 acres burned near here. I feel on constant alert. Come on, rain!!!
It's been too hot to be going or doing much, so I have been getting some projects done.
I made this precious pink and grey quilt for an expectant friend, and a doll quilt and pillow for the soon to be big sister.
Two months ago I signed up for a doll quilt swap at The Quilt Asylum with the theme of "Circles" I had many starts and redirections and finally came up with a design that I liked - Sunday night. The swap was to take place on Monday at 6pm!!!!!! Yesterday found me frantically trying to get the quilt done. By 5 o'clock, I knew that there was no way for me to finish the quilt and make the 45 minute drive there. Thank goodness for teen drivers!!! S. got me there safe and sound, I put the last stitch in at 5:58 as we pulled into the parking lot. I really kind of liked it and wish that I'd had some time to bond with it before sending it on to it's new home.
My very skilled driver and the finished quilt - 'Love Notes'. All fabrics have dots or circles, the thin red line near the binding is an embroidered stem stitch which almost had me bleeding by time it was done. And this is the quilt that I won in the swap.
I sure hope that I can keep some sort of creative momentum going in this crazy schedule the next few weeks. Stay cool and please send rain!!!