Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Seed saving. Literal and not.


I went to the gym this morning, just like everyday, and noticed the hundreds of dewy spider webs on the tennis court fence.  I always notice wet, drippy spider webs in October.


On my drive home, I went down the list of things I wanted to accomplish today in my head. As I let Harpo outside, I grabbed containers to collect seeds. I collected Cosmos, Grape Hyacinth Bean,  Marigold and Zinnia seed. I always gather the dry, crispy seed pods in October. 



Later this afternoon, we will drive to see my youngest run at a cross country meet and hope to see some elk while there. I want to hear them bugling. We always make a point of stopping to see the elk in October.

The rhythm of the seasons. The ritual. It was ten years ago that I first wrote about saving seed here. My girls were much younger but I'm hopeful that those "seeds" are planted in their memories. That they've saved them. That they too are noticing the dewy spider webs, crispy seed pods and the call of the wild.

-dana


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stitchin'


My sewing machine is in the repair shop and has been for several weeks. But I'm still stitching.

-dana

P.S. This is a pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery called Sweet as Pie. I mean, it's pie. How could I not? #weeatalotofpie

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Creativity is contagious






My fifteen year old daughter is cool. The other night she wanted to drive up the road to photograph flowers near sunset. Cosmos are beautiful. But pink cosmos, at sunset, with gorgeous mountains as a backdrop, perfect weather and a stunning blue sky? That was alright.  But jumping in the car to chase a creative endeavor with my kid? The BEST.

-dana

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A scrappy trip around the world quilt beginning



Back in 2013, I made my first scrappy Trip Around the World quilt which, as it turns out, I never fulled shared here. I remember liking the clever way the blocks were made and recently decided to make another one. This time with mostly navy prints and one bright pink, yellow, orange or white fabric in each block. I love the overall effect and look forward to completing this one.

Have you ever made one?  I used this tutorial.

-dana

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Catch up of happenings




Over the last weeks and months I've:  Done yoga on the boat dock. Spent a weekend with friends sewing. Watched the sunflowers bloom and fade. Spent lots of time as a passenger in the car with my youngest as she logs hours behind the wheel. Filled the hummingbird feeders more times than I can remember. Tried to walk my stubborn dog every single day even though at some point this summer she has decided she no longer wants to go on daily walks. Watched the total solar eclipse. Made (and ate) lots of pie. Finally took my sewing machine to be properly serviced. Dropped my oldest off at college. Gulp.

-dana

Thursday, September 14, 2017

My obsession with zinnias








I grow zinnias every summer. I love that they grow like crazy without any special attention. They flower all summer and keep in a vase for weeks. I'm especially obsessed with how as the blossom ages, the color fades in the most beautiful ombre fashion. I tend to take a billion photos of my zinnias each year, as evidenced by the screen shot of my camera roll above. This year I decided to extend my obsession to fabric and thread. A zinnia quilt!

-dana

P.S. Zinnia quilt block pattern is by Lori Holt.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Moda Skill Builder Blocks


Can you spot the September additions to my quilt? You might know that each month since February I've been making blocks as part of a quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop. You can find the free pattern (here's a kit!) and video tutorials on the first of each month from Fat Quarter Shop.

I made the five Starburst quilt blocks for this month. And, guess what? I only have October's blocks left to make and then November is dedicated to assembling the quilt!

-dana