This will be my fourth time linking up to Freshly Pieced, which is kind of a quilter's block party. Since we just recently returned from the Great American Road Trip, there hasn't been too much sewing going on yet. But I do have three Famer's Wife Quilt blocks to share, one of which I made this week.
her colors. The check is some of her fabric, I think, and the flower pattern is from one of my mom's aprons. This was another one where I drew a grid of 2 3/8" squares to make the HST's.
Now, the Holy Grail for me has nothing to do with quilting; what I'm really in search of is a clean, healthy, well-organized house (with kind, well-behaved, respectful kids, of course). Not that you'd know it from looking at it or anything. So when we came back from vacation, I realized that company's coming in less than a week and summer vacation is FLYING by, so I would need to act fast to get the house in even semi-acceptable order before All Hope Is Lost. The way things go during the school year, I don't do much cleaning. And of course, summer vacation is supposed to be for fun, right? Well, sometimes I get the nesting impulse and cleaning is actually fun. A little bit. A very little bit, and only when you pick a tiny corner of the house where no one else ever goes that you know will stay clean for a day or two. Like the basement.
unfortunate accident at the beginning of the summer. That's after I vacuumed up vast quantities of spidery cobwebs from the rafters and swept up the loose dirt and rocks a bit. Yes, about 10% of our basement walls are bare earth, and that is probably a bit of groundwater seeping up in the corner there and turning the earth damp. I've been concentrating on cleaning the storage alcove - we call it the "coal cellar" although really the old furnace burned sawdust. The last time it flooded we lost the particle-board shelving unit along the far wall and I recently bought a metal rack to replace it. So that's been put together and I'm slowly organizing stuff in there. I'm spraying the walls with a bleach-water solution to help with the mildewy smell. But what I really need to do is to clean the parts of the house that will be used by the 19 people that are coming for our family reunion next week - especially the guest room and dining room. Are they going to care about the coal cellar? Probably not. But I actually have a chance of cleaning the whole coal cellar, and there's not a chance in the world of getting the dining room neat before they get here.