Do you remember the Patriotic quilt? Here it is last Friday during the Independence Day celebration at my sister's house. She lives on a farm and has a beautiful yard shaded by large trees and carpeted with lush St. Augustine grass. There were over 100 people there that day! Here are some of the quilters busy on the quilt.
There were a couple of men who hovered nearby. I think they would have joined us if given more time! While we quilted, others played "washers" (similar to horseshoes),
..went on pony rides...
...ate barbecue brisket along with great "fixins"...(baked potatoes, pinto beans, salad, watermelon, desserts)
Here's Doug with his bottle of water, and NO, the hula hoops were not part of his picnic activity!
Some just sat and relaxed!
The quilters worked until it was too dark to see well. A couple pulled out their phones and used them for portable lamps so they could put in a few more stitches! (Oh, modern technology! What did our grandmothers do in this situation?)
The night ended with fireworks, of course! I failed to get a photo of the fireworks, but there were plenty!
We left early the next morning for the hill country house where more electrical work was completed. We delivered a water softener to be installed by the plumber. The water there is extremely hard and a softener will save our new appliances from wearing out so soon. (Not to mention the lime that deposits around any faucet!) I pulled the carpet and pad out of the new laundry room in preparation for putting down a suitable floor. I also pulled up the tacking strips around the perimeter of the room. The plumber ended up putting the connections in a place that was different than we planned (out of necessity, not a mistake), so I need to make a new laundry room plan.
Oh, I saw my first porcupine! We were walking around outside just before nightfall and saw it "lumbering" down the hillside about 20 feet in front of us. He made his way to our peach tree and climbed up like an acrobat! (It seemed he was much more adept at climbing than walking!) It was too dark to get a good photo and all we had was an iPhone, but here is proof.
Well, I'll leave you with the knowledge that porcupines can climb trees! I will never feel safe under a tree again!
What fun! I love the old fashioned quilting bee that wasn't so old fashioned when it was being lit by phones. :)ReplyDelete
Now that is what I call an old fashioned celebration...quilting, summertime and family and friends...lovely post Linda...ReplyDelete
What a grand (and huge) family gathering.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful way to spend the holiday, looks like a fun weekend for everyone.ReplyDelete
Love the pictures of the quilting taking place. Looks like fun all around.ReplyDelete
I love the photo with the quilters. I have the washer game in our garage. Glad you had a wonderful day.ReplyDelete
Linda, I Love the pictures of the Quilters!! You just don't see that to often these days, work being lit from phones no less. What a spectacular day you all had!! Picture of your friendly Porcupine came out perfect, and I agree I don't think I would be comfortable sitting under the Tree either. Thanks for sharing your Wonderful Day with us!!ReplyDelete
How wonderful! I'd love to sit and quilt like that!ReplyDelete
Now that looked like a great day.ReplyDelete
Looks like a wonderful day was had by all. It must have been lovely sitting under that tree, chatting and quilting.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful way to spend the day with people and activities and food and stitching under a shade tree! Americana Bliss. Racoons also climb trees and wait for unsuspecting people...usually in the dark! I almost put my hand on a snake lizard sitting on a branch of one of my trees. Scream! Summer Sparkles and Creative Bliss Dear...ReplyDelete
Now that is a celebration. I love the quilting bee in the yard. That would be so much fun and I understand the quilters not wanting to quit. I really enjoyed your post. I will look up....ReplyDelete
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Oh, wish I could have been there! An old timey quilting bee... wonderful!ReplyDelete
How picturesque. Gotta love the resiliency of porcupines...they take for...ev...er crossing the road lol. Beautiful picutres...what a lovely day!ReplyDelete
Hubby planted a washer pit in our back yard this spring. As for softeners, my daddy sold them, so, I understand all about hard water (thank goodness it's soft up here). Years ago our dog chased a porcupine, and got quills in his mouth for his trouble. No fun! They have barbs on the ends that open when you try to pull them out. Looks like it was a fun party!ReplyDelete
A WONDERFUL way to celebrate the birth of our nation. It looked like your quilt added greatly to the festivities!!!ReplyDelete
Just a sweet way of life...and the fact that you have all that family...blessed.ReplyDelete
HI!!!! Sweet little porcupine!!!!! Yes watch out for the trees!!!!! I love it that quilters can use their phones to light up so they can quilt!!!!! That is a very good use of a phone!!!!! Gotta have them now though!!!!! Glad you all had fun!!!!!ReplyDelete
It's so fun to see those ladies quilting! I wish I saw more of that around my neighborhood. Looks like you had a great time and thanks for letting us know about porcupines climbing trees...yikes!ReplyDelete
What a fun holiday! I love that shot of the porcupine. :) blessings, marleneReplyDelete
What a fun Independence Day celebration! I hope that the porky pines move on!ReplyDelete
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