Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Things That Make Me Smile

Meet Kahlua, the latest of my cows for my aunt's quilt
Citron--avec un accent français, oui oui?!--"see-troh" à la stuffed up nose...notice the difference a little starch makes for pressing between these two...might've found a new love.
I'm shamefully far behind in the cow quilt.  Yellow was the March colour of the month at SoScrappy! Brown was the October colour.  You can see my first two cows here.  I also have a purple (April) one done. Although they are time-consuming, 2.5 hours at least per cow, I adore them.

No I'm not in Florida! I'm on Mettawas Beach in Kingsville, Canada, and I took this November 2! 66F/19C was the high.
Eight wheelchair quilts and the sparkling and gently lapping waters of Lake Erie
The sunshine showed up the quilting so nicely.
None of the quilts have been washed; the organizers said not to, but I'd love to see the even-better texture once they are washed up.  It was so incredibly beautiful there that I parked my butt on the sand, and just sat for nearly a half hour, soaking up the warmth on my bare arms and legs, watching the gulls, listening to the waves gently lapping the sand...so good for my soul.
Naala will do anything for food.  She loves licking out yogurt and cottage cheese containers.
Rocco licks daintily around the edge; Naala dunks her head past her eyeballs to try to reach every last drop.  When she's done, she has white "frosting" on her eyebrows, cheeks and muzzle, and we usually have to wash her face!
Update:
So I'm starting a brand new quilt, and in honour of that festive, long overdue event...
New blade.  Hot knife through butter, 'nuff said.

I hope these photos have put a smile on your face too.  Linking up with Connie at Free Motion by the River.

19 comments:

  1. Cows make me smile also. Spent my summers at my Grandparents farm. Love the paper pieced cow

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  2. I love, love the paper pieced cows. I may have to try one or two for my daughter's quilt. Your collection of quilts look so lovely laying out in the sun on the beach. It is in the mid 60's here again. Not complaining. Our Chow would hold peanut butter jars like a bear with her paws. She loved sour cream and yogurt as well. Even Smokey loves yogurt.

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  3. Love the cows. I think Naala and Stan are related as he will jam as much of his head in a cream/yoghurt pot as he can

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  4. I love those little cows. Every time I see them I can't help but think of the laughing cow cheese commercials. Sweet, Naala. I eat ice cream the same way she eats yogurt and cottage cheese.

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  5. The cow blocks are awesome. Maybe if I paper pieced more regularly, it would be a faster process for me, but it seems to take forever to make a PP block. The quilts look beautiful stretched out on the sand, and I am looking forward to hearing how the delivery of the quilts goes. And there is nothing better than being a "lizard" and soaking up some sun and Vitamin D. :)

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  6. Love, love the cow blocks! Starch. . . told you ;) LOL Your quilts are absolutely stunning in the sun laying out by the water!! Naala, haha, will be smiling all day at that picture!! Too darn funny!! Yup, your photos made me smile, right down to your pink toe nails ;)

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  7. Thanks for the smile and chuckle. :) The quilts look beautiful on the beach, and the cows are cute.

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  8. Love the cow blocks!! I doubt I'll ever make my own, but it's so much fun to see them pop up on blogs. Isn't this crazy November weather great??!! I wonder if it got any warmer where you are today. 66 is lovely, but by this afternoon, it got all the way up to 77 by us (we were northwest of Detroit cuddling our new little grandson,and on the way home, we got to eat OUTSIDE at a restaurant). Your quilts are so pretty on the beach. There is nothing like the Great Lakes as a backdrop to fine quilts. Well, there is nothing like the Great Lakes period.

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  9. Great cow blocks :) I treated myself to a new blade for my squirrel this week. No description needed, we all know what it's like and all wonder why it took us so long to put a new one in!

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  10. Loving the cows. Can you send some of that great weather East......

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  11. such a lovely post....I have a linky party too at Bits'nBobs...it is open till next Sunday....or you could come for a visit next Monday!
    Cathxx

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  12. The cows are fun and I love the photo of Nala trying to get to the bottom of the tub!

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  13. Love the cows! Also love starch. I am trying a homemade starch, so far not bad.

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  14. The last 3 days and today have been wonderful here also, hitting in the 70's!! Can't wait to see all the cows lined up!!

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  15. Ooo love the pic of the quilts near the water, LOVE that diamond one with the feathers you quilted in the white part. I wonder why they don't want them washed?? That makes no sense to me, isn't it more hygienic? Love the cows, love the silly poochies, love that black and white cat fabric LOL!

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  16. Thanks for the smiles. Cute cows, and what a happy setting on the beach for photoing the quilts!

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  17. Those cows are marvelous! :D I wouldn't mind some shore time right about now. . .

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  18. I really like your cows, I can't wait until you have finished the herd :)

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