If you just started reading my blog and wonder what in the world is going on, several ladies have donated 4" x 5" pieces to further my Thimbleberries charm quilt. It is an apple core quilt that I'm calling Seeds of Kindness.
Have a great day!
These packets are popping up like my gray hairs. Every time I turn around, there's another one...or two... Two more envelopes in today's mail. The letter carrier is starting to be suspicious about why I'm so happy to see him daily.
These are from Deb. Some Thimbleberries, and a few extras.
Jeanne graciously shared these from her stash. Am I blessed, or what?
I am going to cut out today's arrivals, then I hope to get an idea of how large the quilt (Seeds of Kindness) will be after all these additions. It takes a long time to cut pieces by hand. My hat is off to those ladies so long ago who never saw a rotary cutter!
Above are more Seeds of Kindness from Paula. I only had ONE of these...isn't that incredible? This is my 3rd batch of over 40 pieces. These are some vintage pieces...I'm not even sure Lynette would remember them, LOL! But they are so pretty.
Paula even sent me a couple I Spy prints as a bonus. She's been reading my blog and knows about our I Spy quilt fetish around here. Thanks, Paula!
The frog fabric on the left inspired my "rip it?" title. Just wanted to make you curious.
~Joan, off for a little hand quilting on my string quilt
This is approximately one quarter of Rachel's Scrappy Stars quilt. I think it should be called Kitchen Sink, because there's every fabric in there but.
Rachel webbed the top then was tired of sewing. She asked me to finish it. So here's where we are so far. I was eager to see what the border would look like on it, so I put together enough blocks to get a good idea.
Got another Seed packet in the mail today. Picture tomorrow. Thanks, Pauline.
It all started when I got a phone call after supper last night..."Hello? is this Elisabeth's Home Baked Goodies?" In the fraction of a second, I deducted that this here was a desperate person, a former customer of my eldest daughter's baking business, that said daughter who just recently started working full-time would be unavailable to bake anything quickly, that my next oldest daughter wouldn't be home until Wednesday PM, and did I want to earn a few dollars? "Yes," I answered. "How can I help you?"
The correctly-diagnosed-frantic-woman just remembered that she had agreed to bring 3 dozen "breakfast-type appetizers" for her son's teachers for this AM. Did we have anything we sold like that? Well, there's no dignity here--everything's for sale!
Early this AM she came by and picked up 3 dozen bacon rolls, with 3 extras for her to sample on her drive to the school.
Here are the stars of the show today...
Enjoy this calorie-free picture!
Ahhh (deep appreciative sigh)
The word Narcissus came up not once, not twice, but THREE times today. Kairle sent me a beautifully illustrated copy of the Daffodil Principle. I had never read it, but I did find a copy of it here (with musical accompaniment). The story is inspiring. Read it!
It moved me to go dig up and replant some of my very crowded daffodils (second sighting of the word). Spread the joy, you know! Daffodils and narcissus are the same thing. I couldn't find the correct form of the plural anywhere. Maybe narcissus, moose, and sheep are all in that black hole of non-changing plural words. I am sore all over from the digging, bending, etc. Not a pretty sight. And there's not enough Absorbine Junior in the world to make me feel better. I can barely wait to wake up in the morning! NOT!
Daffodils are the flowers that symbolize friendship. So stick a daffodil in your hat and be happy!
The third instance this word came up? During our family's devotional time, the apostle Paul, in the book of Romans (chapter 16:11) was thanking and naming many people. One of them (one of the few I could pronounce easily, BTW) was Narcissus. Ironically, we go around the room and each read a couple verses. We all sit in different places every night, but that was one of MY verses!
I wonder what type of person he was. Narcissism is "inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity" from dictionary.com, where I found out that my title does contain the 2 acceptable forms of plural narcissus. His mother must not have been aware of the meaning, because Paul's admonition was to "Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus". I'm quite sure he didn't mean the daffodil family!
Well, there's your friendship, gardening, and Bible lessons for tonight. You're welcome.
Today I received three seed packets of kindness in the mail. Above is the contents of the first one. I didn't have any of these. Many thanks to Ruth. Check out her blog.
I'll wait until tomorrow to show you another one. Thank you again for your generosity.
~Joan, off to hand quilt on old faithful until our PM devotional time
One of my new blogger friends has dubbed me Joanie Appleseed. That cracks me up. My childhood acquaintances all call me Joanie. Kind of takes me back...
I am sewing less and less. There are other things that need my attention. I am trying to do the right thing. I will have quilty projects to share here and there, but the volume will no doubt be greatly decreasing.
I'm teaching Rachel (10) how to piece. I do all the cutting, but she is doing all the sewing and pressing. She is an eager student, to put it mildly. She is making a Scrappy Stars quilt.
Also on the sewing/quilting front, I'm going to make a template for my apple seeds (isn't that what Joanie Appleseed should do?) for my apple quilt that I showed you a couple days ago. I am going to quilt seeds in the apples and apples in the triangles in the border. I made this exact quilt years ago, but it lives at our pastor's house now. That one was all hand-quilted. I still have the paper apple that I used for a template, so I'll reuse that.
I have the binding prepared, so I'll at least sew the sleeve and binding on today. The hand work will wait until later.