Sunday, June 19, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching

Another whirlwind week has passed.  I had a great weekend with brother Bill and SIL Char.  Bill did a couple of things on my to-do list.  He installed a new shop light for the garage, and actually rewired my garage and put in outlets for the garage lights so that they were not connected by extension cords wrapped around the rafters and going across the garage to one of the few outlets out there.   This week part of the Community Service shelves and stash were moved to my house.  The rest will be moved in another week after our workday at Joanne's house, the outgoing co-chair of Community Service for our guild.

Bill also redid my dryer vent so I have a device that catches my lint instead of dumping into the garage.  I am very excited about this.  My brother is so good to me!  

He also attached my cast iron trellis to the gate going into my side yard.  This area has always been undeveloped as it was where John built his boats.  But I am thinking about a secret garden.  It will take awhile but I am excited it is attached instead of free-standing like it has always been.    I didn't think of taking the picture until the sun went down.

This week at the guild meeting I was the Quilter of The Month.  I am not used to talking in front of people, but I guess I did OK.  

This week I have been trying to work on my back garden area.  It was neglected while I worked on the garage and things got away from me.  I found that my hollyhocks that bloomed for the first time this year, and were almost 5 feet tall had something infecting their leaves, that had all fallen off.   The leaves looked like they had pox.  Apparently I had some sort of rust.  The nursery recommended I cut everything back and spray with copper fungicide.  The new leaves are looking OK so far.  

I also cut back part of my foxgloves that were almost laying on the ground, and the hydrangeas have been gloriously beautiful!  Since we had been having 90-100 degree weather last week, I decided to bring a bunch inside to enjoy before they became crispy critters inside.  These past few days we have been in the high 70's but today, Sunday we are heading back up into the 90's.  

Char and I actually did spend a Slow Sunday Stitching last Sunday.  Char was working on this cross stitch.

She had gotten this far by Sunday night.

I finished this Ella Maria Deacon block

I also got this far on the CQ boho bag front.  This is also what I will be working on for this week's Slow Sunday Stitching.  

I'll be linking up to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and check out what other's are working on.  

Bill and Char left for Oregon last week to look for their forever home.  They will head back this Monday to stay a few days on the way back home to Southern California.  Tuesday we have planned a family dinner, for which I needed to pick up my quilting stuff in the kitchen and dining room.

Today, on Father's Day we will be thinking of our loved ones and wishing them a Heavenly Happy Father's Day.

 I found this on Facebook recently:

Thanks for stopping by and  hope you have a great week!


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

it looks like you are getting a lot done - and such a nice brother to help out so much. I love that arbor to the back garden it will be gorgeous

Angela said...

That gate looks fabulous and I love the idea of a secret garden. Your boho bag looks amazing! She is going to love it!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your brother and SIL are lovely helpers for you, Karrin! Sounds like you're headed in the right direction for several things. The hydrangeas you brought in look beautiful! It's definitely hard to keep things blooming (or alive, lol!) In the really hot weather. We're having that here in Colorado, too. Enjoy your stitching today!

Ivani said...

A Secret garden sounds great with that arbor and the sunset view. All your projects are comming along very well. Love your new cross-stitch kit. Happy stitching, my friend.

Deb A said...

Love the idea of a secret garden! I loved that book as a teen. Your Ella block is lovely and that cross stitch saying is oh so true!

linda said...

It's great when you manage to get so many jobs done that have been waiting around for ages, your brother sounds lovely. Those hydrangeas are beautiful and I love the sound of a secret garden. The boho bag is looking great, enjoy your Sunday. 😊

Kim said...

I love the thought of a secret garden, Karrin. The arch and gate is lovely. I always think an arch is a necessity somewhere in a garden. Your garden is looking beautiful. I also think there has to be a vase or two of hydrangeas in the home during summer. =) How wonderful your brother was able to accomplish so much work on the garage. The stitching you and your SIL enjoyed is looking fabulous. Thinking of you this Father's Day, Karrin.

CathieJ said...

Your SIL's cross-stitch made me smile. Bill really got a lot of chores completed for you. That trellis is a great entrance to a secret garden. I am looking forward to seeing that. I liked all of the photo memories.

The Cozy Quilter said...

So nice to have a helpful brother to do those jobs that you can’t do! Cute laundry room cross stitch! Your appliqué block looks great…how many more blocks do you have to make for this quilt. We are remembering our dads too.