QUILT INFO

This is the first block from the pattern "The Milkmaid's Album" which was designed by Betty Alderman. Out of print pattern.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cacti and Baskets

Time for sharing more blocks for Linda Brannock's "Flowers" quilt I am making.  The first block pattern is called "Cacti" and is a very prim version of a cactus style plant.


The next block is not a flower but a section of three baskets.  They were to be paper pieced but not my favorite thing to do so I do them applique style.


Cathy at "Big Lake Quilter" will be sharing pictures of her blocks.  Pay her a visit to see them.

We made it through Hurricane Irma.  We may need a new roof though no shingles are missing and a cable on the pool screen enclosure broke.  A couple parts of spouting came loose and blew into the yard.  A skylight is leaking.  It did not leak much but the drops landed on a quilt that had some red fabric and the red ran.  Odd that the wall hanging had been washed and the red did not run at that time.  The lake behind us came way up into our yard but did not get as far as the screen enclosure for the pool.  Our street flooded and the water came up into our yard as far as a big tree that is in the front yard but did not make it to the house.  Thankful that the rains slowed down during the night and the water began to recede.  We were without power for about 18 hours and without water for part of a day.  Then a boil water notice after that.  There are still people without water and power so we feel fortunate to not have had to go without for a long period.  It was uncomfortable with the heat and humidity and no air-conditioning.

We were not able to find any bottled water to purchase before the storm.  A tip was given on the newcasts to use large zip lock plastic bags, fill them 3/4 full, and freeze.  Then they could be thawed for drinking water.  I did that but the water tastes like thawed ice which I am not fond of.  It also helped keep the freezer cold when we had no electric.  We have eaten out three times since the storm.  Many restaurants, gas stations, and stores are not open yet.  The restaurants open are all using bottled water.  The restaurants that are open are very crowded with people who are either without power and water or are tired of being stuck in their homes.  One restaurant we ate at twice was charging $2.50 for a bottle of water.  We heard a lot of people grumbling about the price when they got their bill for their meals.  Our daughter brought us some bottled water yesterday.  One thing I discovered is that we no longer have a manual can opener and I need to find one to have on hand.  I used to have one but we could not find it.  That meant changing a meal plan during the power outage.

I had filled one of the bath tubs with water before the storm so that we would have water to flush the toilets with if needed.  We could have used the pool water if necessary.  Parts of our community are asked to only use water for personal hygiene as the waste water lift stations are not fully operational.

We have a lot of tree leaves, branches, and twigs to pick up out of the yard but is is too hot and humid right now to deal with it.  I will stay inside and work on quilt projects.

We are thankful that we made it through the storm without too many problems.  Friends and family scattered throughout Florida experienced the same kind of problems as we did but nothing serious happened to any.  We are glad.

Karen




17 comments:

  1. First, you know I love your quilt block!! I am so grateful that you are safe and OK after that terrible hurricane. I was watching, holding my breath, hoping that you were making it OK. Funny that the rain made that quilt run...wonder if the rain were slightly acidic!!?

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  2. Glad you are safe and did not suffer too much damage!

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  3. Karen I love your blocks. I think the Cacti block was my favorite one to make so far.
    I'm so glad you have water. Glad damage to you property was minimal.
    Hugs

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  4. So relieved to hear you are safe. The cactus block looks so whimsical. The bags of water in the freezer turned out to give you a double blessing, keeping things cold as well. So many lives are changed forever by this storm.

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  5. So happy to hear you made it through o.k. It will be a long road to recovery for so many, but I am thankful you are safe and you are able to work on some quilting projects. Love the cactus block!

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  6. So glad you are okay! I was wondering how you fared. Love the blocks!

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  7. Sooooo happy to hear you and your family are okay. Was holding my breath that you came through Irma on the other side.

    Terry

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  8. Karen tus bloques como siempre son muy bonitos!!
    Me alegra que toda la familia y amigos estén bien.
    Veo que tenéis mucho trabajo para hacer en los días futuros
    Gracias por compartir estas experiencias,
    Congelar agua aunque no guste es una solución para emergencia,¡¡ahora mismo busco mi abrelatas manual!! lo colgare con una cinta en un lugar visible.

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  9. Good you made it through the hurricane with minimal damage and inconviences. Strange about the few drips of water causing the red to run in your quilt. What's up with that!

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  10. Good you made it through the hurricane with minimal damage and inconviences. Strange about the few drips of water causing the red to run in your quilt. What's up with that!

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  11. So happy you made it through the storm without too much trouble. We were really lucky on our side of the state.

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  12. I always love your beautiful blocks! I am so glad you came through this epic storm! We even had some tropical weather from Irma in the northwest corner of Alabama, but mostly it was just 3 days of steady rain. I hope your repairs aren't too severe!

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  13. So glad that you are safe and sound. I feel for you with all the hardships. Hang in there, maybe your lives will get back to normal.

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  14. So glad to hear that your problems as a result of Irma were minor. We had rain and a bit of wind here in western GA, but nothing to speak of.

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  15. I'm so thankful that you're safe - what a terrible storm!!!

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  16. I hope all is back to normal in your world! I cannot imagine living under the threat of hurricane season!!

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