Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Little Progress



I'm all gung-ho to get these applique blocks done. Now I have to stop to bind two quilts! It's always something. The bindings are going to be off my plate by the weekend, though, so I can totally devote myself to Prairie Paisley. I mean, after all, it's the patriotic season!

I looked at this block tonight and realized I should have stopped appliqueing about an hour before I did last night. My stitches get messy when I'm tired. But there was a good movie on and I wanted to finish watching it. And I can't sit on the sofa without some stitching in my hands!

Judy posted her about her new clothesline today. I've got Mom's old clothespin bag. It's so ugly, but it's been around longer than I have so it's a keeper. I'll try to remember to post a picture of it soon.

I love the smell of sheets off the line. That kind of rough feel and hardy smell. It was so wonderful growing up when the gardenias were blooming right near Mom's clothesline. My sheets always smelled like gardenias. That is my all-time favorite smell in the whole wide world! Lavendar is a close second, even though they're purple! LOL

When I first moved to California, I spent about two months getting the house set up and finishing up my transcripts from back home. I was playing Suzy Homemaker. I scrubbed everything in that house from top to bottom every day. One day I had plumb run out of things to clean. So dug in my closet and pulled out a pair of white Keds that I wore around the house. I decided those needed a good washing, so I did. And like I did back home, I put them out by the pool to dry. About an hour later, I went outside to do something and out of the corner of my eye I saw my tennis shoes. They were all dingy gray! I was so upset. Had my first lesson in SoCal smog that day!

I'm exhausted today. I just had dinner and now I'm so sleepy. I think I'll just wait until tomorrow night to start on the bindings, and head on upstairs to read. Wanta bet I don't last 15 minutes?

8 comments:

JudyL said...

Ohh, I never thought about the smog doing that! I can grow lavender here but I sure can't grow gardenias. What I wouldn't give to smell one now! I'd love to see a picture of your mom's clothes pin bag.

Lynne in Hawaii said...

Gardenia's do smell heavenly. So does white ginger. Our white ginger is in bloom now...ummmmmm.

Karen said...

I see you are working on the quilt sampler that I like. I hadn't paid much attention to the ads for the sampler until a couple weeks ago. You are doing the setting that I thought was the best of the bunch.

Elaine Adair said...

Well, it's darling, fresh, and feminine. Very pretty.

Julie said...

I love the block. So feminine and flowery. What I wish I could grow for the small is lilac. Just love that smell, so old fashioned.

Yvonne said...

I love the block too....did you sleep well?

Nan said...

That block is beautiful, and I don't notice any messy stitches. How wonderful to sleep in sheets smelling like gardenias. I miss having sheets that have been drying on a clothesline. There's something wonderful about the crispness of them and the "smell" of sunshine.

Hannies Annies said...

wow never thought smog would make a mess of everything..I love lavender first, gardenias second, lily of the valley third..love the prairie paisley..applique and I do not go together..you do such an awesome job!