Friday, August 2, 2013


There are several things that I like about returning to Texas and the picture below is one of them.  Lower gas prices!!!  The price is higher near where we live, but still lower than most of the states we traveled in.  The picture was taken in Amarillo, TX.

Of course, I like it that we are getting closer to home and really like it when I see green grass instead of the usual brown grass this time of year.  Apparently, there was rain during our absence!  But, the big negative is the heat!  It will be 100° or more for the next week.  We will be staying inside as much as possible for sure.

Here are a few other things that I worked on while in Oregon.  I made about 30 of these 4" sawtooth stars which I am going to put on some pillowcases for our bed.

Then I used some of the leftover blue from my little baskets to make these 9-patches - about 23 of them.  I think I'll make a double 9-patch table runner or something with them.

One of my latest projects is knitting dish cloths.  They are so easy to make and I can work on them in the truck.

Here is my stack of little basket blocks, which I have shown you every month, but here they are all stacked up.  I had another months' fabric in the mail when I got home, so I need to get them prepped.

I'm trying to get all my stuff organized from the trip and have several important projects to get busy on, but need to clean house too.  Oh!  for more hours in the day!  What are you doing to stay cool and busy this summer?

Thanks for all the sweet comments.  I try to reply to them, but don't always get to them before I start getting more comments!  


---"Love" said...

Glad you got home safely! Yes, we did have more rain than usual while you were gone; I've not had to water the lawn yet --- just the roses. Looks like you kept your hands busy the whole time. Get some rest and stay cool! (ha!) ---"Love"

Lori said...

Welcome home!!

~Joan said...

You get so much done, even when traveling!

Janet O. said...

We have had more 100 degree days this year than ever, it seems. I know we had the hottest June on record since they started keeping track sometime in the 1870s. I've spent a great deal of time indoors. The temperate climate of the Northwest is nice, isn't it?
Those stars are so stinkin' cute. Love em! And you can't go wrong with 9-patch blocks.
Welcome home, Ruth!

Liriopia said...

Welcome home! I look forward to seeing all your work come together!


Doniene said...

Yeah!! Isn't it good to be home!!! I'm glad that you came home to "green"!! We are green here in Central Texas, too!! But I could do with out the 100 degree days!

I'm busy working on TWQ and some baby quilts. Your projects always are wonderful!!


Karen said...

Glad you' back home. Your basket pile is getting impressive!

Jo said...

There's no place like home!

Lesley said...

Looks like you brought home some seeing your little blocks!

a good yarn said...

Let's see fuel here is about $1.50 per litre which I think equates to nearly $6 a gallon. Those saw tooth stars blocks look great. That's quite a pile of basket blocks. You certainly make the most of you time when travelling.

Me and My Stitches said...

Glad you made it home! I'm sure not envious of that heat - our weather in Iowa has been nice and cool the last couple of weeks, and I love it! Hope you get all settled in soon.

Betty Lou said...

Welcome home, just in time for the August heat. We had a wonderful three day rain earlier in July with unusually low temps. Fall will arrive in a few months and our summer heat will be over and back to our wonderful Texas weather.

Beth said...

Like that you are home and to green. Don't like the 100 degree weather, that is a bit too hot.
Your stars are so cute, those pillowcases (or is it shams?) will look great.
I love dbl nine patches, an in blue! perfect.
Enjoy being home and getting back in 'home' mode.

Deborah said...

I have enjoyed following your trip and glad you are home safe and sound. I like knitting dishcloths as well. Our daughter thinks they are the best cloths for wiping up the little ones after a meal so I made some for her for washcloths too.