A beautiful day

The Woodworker and I like to go walking in the early morning hours on Saturday. Today was a beautiful day to do that!  Sixty-five degrees out, not too humid, the sun was starting to come up, and the birds were talking to us all along the way.  We’ve had a lot of rain the past two days, which we really needed.  Near where we live, there is a creek that flows under one of the main roads.  In the summertime, the police have an extra job to keep the neighborhood teenagers from swimming in the creek.  We walked by the “swimming hole” this morning, and with the added rainwater, there was a pretty good eddy going. You could hear the water rushing; it actually was pretty loud!


My daylilies have been sluggish this summer, what with the lack of rain and all.  I finally got a few that wanted their pictures taken.

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I think I need to work on my garden beds to prepare them better for next spring. Add that to my list of “to do’s.”

What is an applique’ quilt?

An applique quilt is constructed totally differently than a patchwork quilt.  With a patchwork (or pieced) quilt, different pieces of fabric are stitched together at the edges, and the more pieces you put together, the larger the quilt becomes.  You are, in essence, creating the cloth top of the quilt one little piece at a time.

An applique quilt is somewhat more fussy to make.  With applique, you start with a background fabric. Then, following patterns you have purchased or designed yourself, separate designs are cut out of another piece of fabric (normally colored fabric); those pieces are then appliqued or sewn on to the top of the background fabric.  An applique quilt can be a two-color quilt, as in the blue and orange photo you see below, or it may be constructed of many different fabrics in many different colors.

The following are all examples of applique:


You can also combine patchwork (piecing) and applique in the same quilt, as seen here in “Floral Star of Bethlehem.”