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Plaid square jungle

Monday, July 26th, 2010

My garden has turned into a jungle. Somehow this happens every July. It doesn’t seem to matter how good my intentions are. All it takes is a couple of days away, some hot sun and some heavy rain and before I know it, I’ve lost control. This morning I was out there by 6.30 before the forecast rain started, cutting back the flowers that are past their best and trying to get the weeds under control. A couple of square yards of it is looking better. I’m thinking I might just head down to the garden centre in the morning to fill in the empty spaces before the weeds have a chance to take over again. I always get bored after a couple of hours, so I’ll try to do an hour or two every day for the next couple of weeks and hopefully it will start looking nice again. Right now, even if the weather was good enough to sit out – which it isn’t – I would only fidget and look at the weeds and be unable to settle to anything.

My husband had a day off today and the two children who were away at camp last week are home again and horribly tired. We drove out to Landquart where there is a new outlet mall as I needed to buy new frying pans. Mine have given up the ghost after 20 years and there is a Le Creuset shop there. My casserole dishes and saucepans are all Le Creuset – and still going strong after 25 years and I really wanted to add the frying pans to the collection. There were great reductions; they were still expensive but as they’re guaranteed for 30 years I guess I’ll be using them for the rest of my life…or for as long as I can still lift them. They are sooo heavy – but they cook like a dream.

Afterwards I had planned a trip to the thermal baths at Bad Ragaz. Can you think of anything nicer on a grotty day when everyone is tired? I can’t. But unfortunately the rest of the family – bar my son – could. So I didn’t get to go there after all. I’ve promised a mom and son trip to a different thermal bath later in the week. I have officially given up on the rest of them. They clearly don’t know a good thing when it’s staring them in the face.

So instead I came home and finished the plaid squares for the bunk-bed sized quilt I’m making. The colours look better in the flesh than they do in the photo. I’m hoping that I can get them sewn together either tonight or later this week and machine quilted in the next week or so. This is a real comfort quilt – not a show-stopping masterpiece, but something cozy to keep someone warm in the winter when there’s a blizzard blowing outside. Sometimes I think those quilts are just the best, don’t you?

happy stitching,

Helen

2 Responses to “Plaid square jungle”

  1. Nicole Says:

    Le Creuset are my favorite pans too. They seem to be the ones I reach for over and over again.
    Your plaid blocks are wonderful!

  2. CarlaHR Says:

    Most of my Le Creuset pots and pans are still going strong after more than 25 years; the oldest one developed a serious crack in the enamel to the point where it could no longer be used. I used to bring them back one at a time from France in the days when one could still travel with more than one bag and our dollar went a bit further than it does now.
    I agree with Nicole that is going to be one wonderful, cuddly quilt.