Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dog Days of August

It has been a lazy kind of day. Started my day at 5:30 am with all the good intentions of getting some much needed things done. As the morning progressed the day got hotter - even more humid than yesterday and I am just not a summer kind of person in the best of circumstances. I wilt terribly in anything over 24 Celsius. So I could tell today was going to be one of those days. I did watch the closing ceremonies of the Olympics and thought to myself what am I going to watch now - your focus has been for two weeks on one thing. It was my background noise when I did my needlework. Since Fall is approaching and the days will get cooler I will make a place for myself in the breezeway with the radio on.


I love this time of the year - the blueberries are in the market- my favourite berry..especially good in a vanilla yogurt with granola on top, it's my standard breakfast fare. Tomorrow I will have blueberry muffins. They are easy to make and taste scrumptious.



Of course one must sample! and of course Roby is there waiting for his fair share. He has this look in his eye - Mommy please - how can one refuse :)


Isn't the Internet a fascinating tool? For children today it is an everyday item they use with such confidence. For my generation it is something learned sometimes very cautiously and with trepidation. I think I have adapted very well and have taken to it like a duck to water. I use the Internet quite a bit and today was one of those days where I was on the hunt for information.

I am planning to do some punch needle pincushions using historical quilt patterns, so off I went to find out what I could. There is a wealth of information out there and in my travels came across this website, The Quilt Index, which documents old quilts from long ago to more current. The sources come from private collections to museums pieces. Definitely worth a look!

I always wonder at how my taste for quilt design has changed over the years. When I first started quilting in the mid 8O's, the fabrics I chose were very modern in look as were the patterns. I bought a lot of batiks and Hoffman florals. Over the past few years I have fallen in love with the traditional quilt designs and the beautiful reproduction fabrics. My shelves are now stacked with those fabrics which I use to make pillows and other items to set off my punch needle or other needlework. A great site for reproduction fabric is Bonnie Blue Quilts.

Although I don't quilt anymore it is never far from my mind and I do appreciate a well turned quilt especially when it is hand quilted.

G'night....

3 comments:

Sam I Am said...

ohhh my godddd...i'll be right over for muffins...
and look at sweet Roby's FACE in that pic!!!! HOW CAN YOU REFUSE??? awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :)

BumbleVee said...

Hi Joni... thanks for visiting my blog...

yes I do sell some of my bears and doll faces....some day I should try to set up an Etsy shop...

I have finally perfected my own lemony blueberry muffin recipe.... check it out sometime on my food blog.

Will you be ready to retire to the Maritimes next year? Susan is supposedly selling that house...

Joni B. said...

Thanks for your comment and yes I will check out your recipe for the muffins -blueberry are my favourite - time for another batch...Yes i do know Susan is selling her house - she is my cousin :) Maybe we should do tarding places :)J