Seven more days until I get a third estimate on air-conditioning. Bad news--reviews of ductless heat and air say one should rely on back-up heating. Too bad for me, my back-up heating doesn't work. Good news, I have a tiny space heater that is very efficient and I can buy another this coming winter.

 Also good news, hot weather is very good for sitting still and working on very small projects that don't entirely cover your lap with a huge heavy quilt. 

Back to the elephants! This is number 7. She's a bit wrinkly, but will iron out nicely, I think. Lovely color dots but terrible batik fabric. This was some of the cheap stuff. 

Number 8 is red but not ready.



So, I wanted lavender tea, like I posted about last week. But when it came right down to it, none of the grocery stores on my errand day had any. It was so hot, I came home, despite the fact that I wanted the lavender tea because it is so hot. 




Happy Saturday! I have the day off! I hope to attend a Hand Sew group for my guild. Here is some doggie fun for the weekend. 

From Sisters 2017, this is a Round-Robin quilt submitted by Catherine Garner of Portland, Oregon. 

Notice the barbed wire fence around the pup.

Garner worked on this quilt with friends from Anchorage: Cathy Beattie, Janna Chandler, Linda Hartley, Lael Marlow, and Elise Rose. 

I believe the dog was the beginning of the project. 

The quilting was done by Marybeth O'Haloran.

I always think I would like to participate in a Round-Robin group, but I'm not sure if I have the confidence in my ability to see a project through to the end. I would hate to let someone down.


Back to the Sisters Quilt Show.

This quilt was made by a Pat Busby, a member of Cover to Cover. 

The quilt is called Fall Harvest.

Cover to Cover members all read the same book and then make a small art quilt in response.

You probably guessed that the pumpkins caught my eye. Also, look at those flowers!

They read MY KITCHEN YEAR by Ruth Reichi


Today's post is from the 2015 Sacred Threads Exhibit in Haysville, N.C. This quilt was made by Susan Leonard from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. I especially like the Kantha style stitching and the special, ethnic fabrics.

Susan Leonard's Artist Statement:
"In my adult life, I have finally come to trust others. This was not the case in my childhood. Different from my independent, youthful self, I now embrace community.  I have formed and joined circles to support my art, nurture my spirituality, and to provide periodic coaching.  

These are my Sacred Circles.  My piece, SACRED CIRCLES, is a composition of gifted fabric from my Sacred Circle of artist friends.  Silk from Thailand, India, France, and the United States - all from friends - is blended together and represents my love, respect, and joy in community with these amazing women."


Here is something especially for my QuiltyFriend and my old Applique' group. These are pictures of a quilt hand quilted by a Mennonite Ladies' Circle, photographed at the 2017 Sisters Quilt Show.



Ease headaches with iced lavender tea. 

I found out about it HERE

I've been having a lot of headaches and the heartysoul.com website explains how the tea can lower heightened blood pressure. 

I expect to give it a try in the next two weeks.
I don't have any food-grade lavender, but I know where to buy it bagged.


MUSSELS to make you strong enough to power through the day!

Monday Mantra thought for the day.

We have really enjoyed our UtahFamily's visit. 

We got to go to the beach and I stepped into the Pacific Ocean. 

I did get a picture of some of the people I love feeling the 57 degree water circle their toes.

I wish I had thought to take a picture of my own feet in the water. 
Not like the Atlantic beaches I know


Hello, I've missed you. 

Former SouthFloridaFamily-now-UtahFamily is visiting and we spent some time looking at where I work. 

I was proud to show off DONNA, dressed by my very talented co-worker, Sandy. 

I wish I had a photo of the pleats under the overskirt. It is a lovely creation.

Although I haven't lived in Florida for eight years, I still have connections there, largely via Facebook. That's how I found out about Tropical Storm Emily. I'm sorry Florida had all the rain. I miss the rain. Unless you live here, in the Pacific Northwest, you probably don't know we are having what is becoming our annual heatwave, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

It has been a challenge to stay cool, but we are doing it. I expect to have air conditioning installed this fall--hopefully by winter, because the heat does not work in some of the rooms and the HVAC guys will take care of all of that. 

I love my 1960s townhouse style condo, but I do not love lack of air conditioning. It almost kept me from pursuing its purchase, but I had looked so long at so many unsatisfactory pieces of real estate, that I thought I could work with this one flaw. 

Besides, I thought I would have worked out the air conditioning issue by May. Instead, I have some amazing new plumbing. Certainly a bigger priority.