Monday, July 20, 2020


July brings summer with 100 degree temperatures in my area.  You don't want to go outside after 8am, so on top of the virus the heat keeps one in.  
My Cold Wind Blows wall hanging top is complete.  The birds were the perfect borders.  
I spray basted it to my batting and back and started the leaves' quilting.  I have become very fond of the heavy double stitch for leaf veins.  I just love how much the quilting stands out.  I spray baste outside, normally a very straight forward task.  However, this time I had a wasp for company, and the little bugger bit me four times before husband rushed out and took care of him.  Fortunately I am not allergic so some minor stinging and itching and within a couple hours nothing to show for my mishap but 4 red dots on my arm. 
I keep getting quilty news with all this talk about Christmas in July.  So I decided to dig through my stash and patterns for a bit of early Christmas cheer.  The pattern didn't seem all that holiday-ish but I made it once before so decided it would work.
I select this print for my focal fabric.
So it is all ready now to get the pieces sewn together and on to some quilting.  It should end up at about 15" by 47''.
Our summer garden is in full swing.  Lots of nice Swiss chard, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and squash.  
We even had this little guy visit for an afternoon.  Much nicer than the wasp.
This is Marilyn my daughter's peacock.  She also has 4 others all males.  Marilyn has been sitting on the front patio enjoying the summer shade.  She is rather snooty and has no interest in the male peacocks that all seeming to be interested in courting her. 
And sure enough here is one of those guys, sitting on the lawn just on the side of the patio.  She won't even allow him in the chair next to her.  My daughter says she is pretty sure Marilyn talked to mother duck that early this spring hatched 13 ducklings.  She having no interest in motherhood what so ever.  Smart peahen!



  1. ha ha ha....mother duck must be overwhelmed....and i love the christmas runner!

  2. Your "Cold Wind Blows" came out beautifully--lovely work on this...
    Hugs from afar-- Julierose

  3. You've been busy! I love the pics of all of your guests. Dragonflies are my favorite insect. Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

  4. The bird border on "Cold Wind Blows" is perfect. It is a really lovely wall hanging. I'm so sorry about the wasp attack. You must be tough, one sting and I'm outta there!!!!

  5. Hi,
    Beautiful Christmas all those fabrics.
    Have a great day!

  6. You are so talented. Beautiful.

    I love seeing your daughters birds. So beautiful too.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  7. HAHAHAHA - I'd say Marilyn is one very smart peahen. I LOVE that Christmas fabric with the cardinals. Gosh, I cannot believe you got stung four times. OUCH. And the border is just perfect with the addition of the birds - PERFECT. Thanks for linking up this week! ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. What a cool table runner pattern that is! Looks great in your holiday prints. Who knew that spray basting can be hazardous to your health? SEW glad that you aren't allergic to that nasty wasp sting!!

  9. Oh my word -- battling wasps to get a quilt basted ought to earn you some kind of special Quilt Hero ribbon or something! Your Cold Wind Blows is beautiful -- love the heavy stitch you did for leaf veining and the birdies in the border as well. As for Christmas in July -- well, I'm a Conscientious Objector to that trend, but your table runner is going to be lovely to have ready once Christmas season rolls around! Hopefully the world will be a bit more normal by then...

  10. Lovely runner! And congrats on finishing As the Wind Blows. That double quilting is a standout! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  11. Your cold Wind blows and the runner are both so lovely! Lets hope that thinking about Christmas cools you down?

  12. The peahen sitting in the patio chair is making me smile!

  13. Love your runner and the wallhanging. Please keep giving us peacock/hen stories. I laughed so hard and boy! it felt good!

    1. Thank you very much. Blogger is giving me fits with my e-mail replies. Yes, my daughter's pets are just too funny. They do have a fan club on my blog. So I just keep adding her pets in for their fans.


  14. Thanks for the quilting tip! I will be trying that on an appliqué project soon.

  15. That's going to be a very pretty table runner. Love your Cold Wind Blows wall hanging. The birds in the border was a fabulous choice! I'd say it looks like you'll be eating good from your garden!

  16. Hi Donna Lee, your Cold Wind Blows quilt is lovely. What a great way to use the bird panels. They look great! Thanks so much for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks and good luck with your projects. Take care. I love the image of Marilyn and her possible Romeo!

  17. I absolutely love the fabulous Christmas quilt! Such talent!

    Happy Friday!

  18. Your work is just stunning, as always. I never thought about having peacocks as 'pets'. She looks so comfy.

    Your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week is greatly appreciated!!