We had a really broad mix of weather today… rain, sun, wind, and some hail. And my new yard maintenance guy came for the first time and I’m really happy with the job he did. I have a big yard… a full half acre with the house situated toward the front of the lot. So I have a lot of grass! It’s a lot to take care of. I stopped trying to do it all myself a few years ago and it was the best decision I ever made! It leaves me more time to be creative.
This photo was taken during a late afternoon hale storm.
I had a full day of meetings today, but even with the weather I managed to get my two walks in. It was so beautiful during our evening walk. The skies had partially cleared and the sun came out. Spectacular and so fresh!
It was raining after dinner so I hit my sewing room and quilted one of the panels for the blue and orange bag I started last night. I just love how quilting transforms these panels!
After our walk I quilted the second panel, made the handles and got the body of the bag constructed.
Here’s the other side of the bag. I actually prefer the first side because the orange corners of the curvy block define the block more. This one kind of blends in with the borders. I could have just put a thin orange border around that block to define it.
Here’s a few detailed photos of this bag. I really like the curved and cut blocks. Even the bottom of the bag is interesting. I’m just loving this fabric combo!
It was fairly early when I got this done, so I decided to look at some fabrics and choose a lining for this bag. I didn’t look very far or very long. For me, there’s only one choice for the lining.
It just has to be Kaffe’s Paisley Jungle in tangerine. It’s one of my favorite Kaffe designs. I use it a lot and have a pretty good quantity in my stash so I don’t get nervous when I use some.
Here’s a look at how it will work with the blue Aboriginal fabric pockets.
Good grief! It’s so gorgeous!!!
I received a package today from Wanda at the Exuberant Color blog. She generously sent me some “ugly” batiks that she thought I could use for the quilt sandwiches of my bags. She also included a little bag of prettiness, two KFC fabrics, because she didn’t want the package to be all ugly!
I will definitely put those batiks to good use, and those KFC fabrics are out of print and I don’t have any of either one of them. I’ll use them for something special.
If you’re not familiar with Wanda’s blog, you should definitely check it out. Wanda has provided a lot of inspiration to me over the years. I think I’ve been following her blog for at least five or six years. It’s one of the few blogs that I habitually check every day.
My friend Trudy sent me a photo tonight of that tiny lamb that I was holding on Saturday. Here she is with a yearling ewe and it’s lamb that was born yesterday.
This photo is a really good illustration of just how little that lamb is! But she’s standing and able to nurse, and this first time mother is letting her nurse, with a little encouragement! The lamb is still staying in the house at night and Trudy said that when the lamb hears her voice she screams to be fed! I think she thinks Trudy is her mom!
And Trudy’s old dog Jill has taken over tending the lamb who is in that crate. Jill’s mothering instincts are definitely kicking in and she wants that lamb to love and keep warm.
Here’s Jill getting her fill of that baby.
It makes me happy to see that tiny lamb doing so well.
Trudy still has a few ewes that may be pregnant. But it’s likely that she won’t be seeing any more lambs this year. She has 97 lambs!
I’m taking a good portion of tomorrow off work to do something pretty unusual. I will share more about it tomorrow. I hope I don’t regret it…