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There really isn’t much going on new here – I did get more quilting done in the evening on Insanity Revisited.

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Slowly progress is made – but it is slow!!

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Mike spent part of the day cleaning the outside of the  camper – yes you can get on top of the camper and walk around on it, spraying it down, cleaning and checking caulking ect.  I’ve been slowly putting things away in the camper, going through things, taking things out and putting other things in.  Little at a time it gets done.  All well be ready for next month – so glad I can blog openly and know the house will be taken care of while we are gone – aren’t house sitters great!!

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It has gotten hot enough and sunny enough the last couple days that I had to spend some time watering the little garden and the log planters – I had completely forgotten about watering as it has been such an usual summer that I have barely watered anything all summer.  I went out last night to cut some spearmint and the peppermint pot looked horribly drooped over – I had to start watering right away – I hope it will look better today.

Enjoying the roses while I can.

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So many of you suggested that I bring along the final rows of Diamonds are Forever to finish when we travel and then add them to the body of the quilt when I get home.  This is a good idea and even though I have two quilting projects and the sock loom – I thought it was a good idea too as it is so close to being finished (other than a border that is)  Smile  so yesterday I got out my diagram and counted how many white hexies do I need to finish this quilt – then I got out my box of hexies to see how many I had.  I think (I say think because the photo is little and the hexies are tiny to count) I need 100 more.  I got busy printing out what I needed and was done quickly.  I think I had 105 printed out.  I am linking to a Quilters Readers Garden today and Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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I sat down and worked on it for a little bit as I would like to be done with this last long row and have it attached.

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More work on Wednesday night for Insanity Revisited – when I said I saw the half way point – that is what I mean – I see the half way point on the previous blog post photo but I am not there yet.

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This is the block I pick up on last might.

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Yesterday record low temperatures were set in Arkansas – it started the day at 66 degrees and dropped to 63 last evening – wow! can’t remember ever having a July temp that low because I believe the newsman said it was 1923 the last time it was this low? something like that anyhow.  What happened to global warming LOL.  I did have windows open for awhile and by late afternoon I was becoming chilly even though it was 71 in the house – I get chilled easily and the breeze coming in from the windows made me put on a pair of socks and closed half of the windows and shut the fans off!  I wonder what it will be like today – I’m going to visit my mom today and it is usually cooler up there in northwest Arkansas – we will see – a light cardigan is  coming with me – and socks! just in case they are needed.

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Yesterday was one of those gully washer days.  We received 3.5 inches of rain in 30 minutes!! Talk about water running down hill from our road, past our house and through the yard down through the woods to wherever it goes from here!!  Standing water in the yard for several days to come I’m sure.  And to top it all off lightening hit close to the house taking the power out – as I write this I am hooked up to the phone for internet, the generator is running for some lights and the refrigerator thankfully it didn’t heat back up and it is 70 degrees outside and we have all the windows open.  The power went out around 2:30 and as I write this last night at 7:15 we are still without power – I hope I will wake up in the morning to find it is back one.  So far we know from the lightening strike that we lost the wireless modem, a blueray player, and a dish network receiver (all were wired internet ).  Wonder if we will discover more when the power comes back on.  We have to wait our turn – we are the only ones here who lost there power and that was from the lightening –it looks like a small town north of us lost power to the whole town and other areas as well.

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All that muck and old leaves washed out from the top of the yard too woodsy to rake-down to the middle of the yard – some standing water, but I was able to walk over to the plants and check and see if anything washed out of the tree planters – nothing did – and I didn’t sink – the water rushed through so fast I wish I would have grabbed my camera for a photo but was too busy jumping  and twitching from the lightening and thunder –  Surprised smile made me nervous!

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While sitting around waiting for the power to come back on I worked on some diamonds.  I am linking to Sarah’s Confessions of a  Fabric Addict today

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Earlier in the day before the storm I got two more 16 patch blocks done and up on the wall

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And Wednesday night I got more hand quilting done on Insanity Revisited = and I have a light set up at the quilting frame so I can quilt while waiting for the power to come back on – or if it doesn’t I will go to bed and read!  So glad the night is not too hot and windows are open.  I’ll let you all know if I have to swelter in the heat tomorrow with no A/C – I guess I can always go out to the camper and have the A/C out there and cool off!! works with the generator on for the camper – but not the house – needs too much power for that.

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UPDATE:  6:55 AM no power still they say around noon – I hope so – in the meantime the windows are open and currently 68 degrees – up to low 90′s today :(

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Sunday got up to 88 degrees!! too hot too fast – but it was sunny and I have plenty of shade at my house so it was ok with me – I just wish the temperature didn’t change so drastically.  We did have to put our A/C on Sunday night to cool the house off I had the windows open all day and the temp did start to rise too much by evening to sleep comfortably.  At least it wasn’t humid!

The first roses are opening!

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The deck is cleaned off and so is the table although with pollen the way it is the table needs to be cleaned daily

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A comfy spot for reading on the porch and if you look closely in the window you will see a quilt on the bed Smile I just noticed that.

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More shady areas to sit – I have my pick of spots I know – all are good for sewing or reading – or just plain being lazy.

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I got my flower petals and circles cut out for the stripy quilt.  That didn’t take long and it was almost all I did in the line of sewing on Sunday. I am linking up to Judy at Patchwork Times today and do hope to make a little progress on quilts today especially if it gets as warm as it did yesterday.

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More plants to plant today.  I did get a little more quilting done last night but not really anything to show – progress goes slow sometimes when you are enjoying the first warm days of summer.

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All She Cooks is having a give away that is not quilt related but is a sponsored give away that helps feed America – win pasta sauce, coupons, a spaghetti bowl and wooden spoons.

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Sunday we did have on and off rain all day into the evening – they had kept saying it was going to be bad and it wasn’t – until 5 PM – we went into Tornado Warning – didn’t last long and no tornado touched down here but over close to Little Rock at 7:30 there were reports of tornado on the ground near a community called Mayflower.  There has been damage and so far we have heard that possibly 9-12 are dead maybe more – we well hear more about that today I’m sure that is about 50 miles east of us.

A very good service that I can’t promote enough is that some TV stations have a service where you pay a very small fee – I think it is $8 a year? and they do automated phone calls when a tornado  is heading to where you live.  They get this right down to your street address if it is in the warning area.   We get the phone call on both of our cells and email – so far all the time since we got this service we get the alert about 5 to 10 minutes before the sirens even go off giving us plenty of warning.  When we get channel 7’s Ned calling us we head to the storm shelter!

But most of Sunday was an ok day!  I did get my Granny’s Got Style circles prepped and glue basted in place!

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I even got 5 of the 21 appliqued in place.

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got more work done on POTC on Saturday night, next two photos and planned to do more on Sunday night.

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And I did decide to get started with some machine piecing – something easy – no cutting involved!!  Super easy.  I had a jelly roll burning a hole in my pocket so to speak.  You remember that baby quilt I showed using jelly roll strips – well I decided to make a quilt using one jelly roll – the baby quilt would only use about half of the  roll.  I decided to use the whole thing – making it longer and using this pattern in mind that I bought almost 5 years ago and I have not forgotten  – instead of pieced squares — pieced jelly roll strips – I don’t know if I will put all the applique on it – maybe just part of it – the half square triangle border? don’t know.  Mine will be smaller than this pattern – not as long for sure it would be about 42 x 80? we will see.

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this is part of the jelly roll – I just unrolled the jelly roll and placed the strips in the order they had them rolled onto my table.

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This is another part of it that was at the opposite end – started with yellows and grays

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Then it goes to these oranges and blues – I am going to sew them in this order and the flowers or whatever applique will be at the “bottom” where the yellow and gray are  – the blue indicated the “sky” maybe?

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What I have sewed together so far – hope to get more of this done today.  Kind of different I know from what I normally do – but something so soothing about putting strips together in a very easy way – Sometimes I do so many more challenging things that I just need to step back and do something easy.

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What did you do this weekend – hope you didn’t have the bad storms.

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I wasn’t in the sewing room much on Saturday – up to 80 degrees – in and out of the house all day doing house work and outside stuff.   We found three more dead pine trees and Mike thought  he would get to work on those but the one he started with was a big fat one and that was it with tree cutting for the day!  We did get more cleared up from the last tree that was cut down.  This one we will finish clearing up  during the week – a wet stormy day today from what the news tells us and maybe Monday too and then the temperature drops a little again making it cooler for cleaning up after that tree.

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When I wasn’t helping out – this was me barefoot on the deck with my feet up reading my kindle and drinking an iced drink Smile  ah the beginnings of warm weather season.  John Sandford has a new “Prey” novel coming out in about 2 weeks so I thought I would re-read the last one as I had kind of forgotten what it was about – they can be read separately (I have all of them! about 20+)  but nice to remember how it ended – and I could have skipped it – I see nothing continuing on to the new novel.

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Better get a photo of the azaleas while they are in full bloom – they go so quickly it seems

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Butterflies and bees where all over the place getting their nectar.

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The trees are all leafing out.

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I did make time in the evening for some applique and although this photo doesn’t show it as I worked more on it after I took the photo the lavender petals are done and on to the yellow.

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Friday night more work on POTC

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I never did get around to the circles for the Granny quilt – maybe today?  I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday

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And I found another cute pattern for a baby/small child – I wouldn’t put the name on it as I have no one in mind but a couple flowers or cute thing for a girl and maybe some frogs or sailboats for a boy?  I could see making a couple of these up with strips – super easy to do.

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Hope we don’t get pummeled by the storms today!  We do have a storm shelter and if we need it we will be heading to it with no hesitation!!

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