Last things first

I still need to write a post about our return from St Louis, but more recent happenings call out to be written first.

Like these wonderful wee quilts …

that were gifted by Sue McQuade …

whose blog Blessings of Thread is among the Kindred Spirits 
I spent some time gathering addresses for the peace pin giveaway (finding there are still some missing). Oddly, I feel a strange sense of inertia about stitching, so I’m limbering up with some mending of socks …

and worn upholstery …

and a repurposing of denim shirt sleeves into pockets for the knees of my jeans …

into which I insert washcloths as padding to provide a cushion whilst weeding …

And after weeding, I made time to ramble about, making note of spring’s progress.
The arrival of golden eye phlox …

bitterweed …

Blackfoot daisies …

blue-eyed grass (which oddly has golden eyes, but I guess that name was already taken) …

prairie verbena …

crow poison (sorry Mo) …

and dewberry blossoms strewn like snowflakes …

with their promise of sweet berries to come.
Likewise, the promise of more flowers in the graceful arch of nascent mealy blue sage … 

the star-like leaves of bluebonnets …

and buds of antelope horn milkweed …

Then last, but best, a heart of flint within a heart of stone …

with thoughts of Dee at Pattern and Outrage

– That’s a wrap 2

Retrospective (11/6)

Patch #286 Don’s boat

 

with thanks to Hazel for the inspiration.
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I’ve always loved extra long jeans. You know, the kind that drag on the ground. It used to drive my mother nuts, especially when I was an adult. But I have persisted to this day. Fortunately, my chair wrapping episode last week

led to an “Aha!” moment as I contemplated yet another pair with ragged hems.
Here’s a before and after shot …

 

along with a close-up of the front …

and a b-side shot of the 6-stranded floss that I used to blanket stitch while rolling under the frayed ends …

You (and I) will have to wait for some time to pass before I can report on such mundane matters as how the mending stands up to laundering and future wear.

Meanwhile, here’s Don’s latest contribution to our eclectic decor …

 

And since I don’t have a “before” shot, here’s a similar piece that I found on the internet that gives a sense of how it started out …

 

It’s amazing what a little bit of milk paint and embellishment can do …

 

I especially like the cloth-wrapped sail …

 

and can’t wait until we’re once again strolling on the Manteo waterfront.
P.S. Here’s what is keeping the assemblage company on the wall …

– Blue

Retrospective (9/18)

Patch #250 Ice cream!

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Last day in St Louis is always full to overflowing.

Patching jeans …

Going to swim class (and annual physicals, not photographed) …

A trip to get Lego sets (also not photographed).
And last, but not least, a visit to Fritz’s frozen custard stand. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves (and yes, there are a lot, but they were too much fun to leave any out) …












Can’t wait to do it all again in five weeks!