Sadie just wants to go back inside. That white smudge near her shoulder would indicate she's been rolling around where there is medicated body powder. The body powder was a hint I picked up from one of my friends (I forget who, but thank you) to deter the squirrels from eating the sunflowers. It seems to be working!
Before getting outside, I finished up the 10th of the Appalachian Memories blocks. This one took a long time.
Here are the other nine blocks I have for this quilt so far.
Just two blocks to go on this one. This morning, I'll get started on the 7th block for Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. It shouldn't take too long.
There isn't much going on in the garden right now, but there is lots of activity as things get ready for their moment in the sun. This hydrangea is very close to opening all the way.
Also, I noticed the star lily is getting close to opening. I might have a picture of the lily for you tomorrow. So, I hoed the vegetable garden and filled the bird feeders, and then I went back inside to sew.
I had in mind to work on the City Bank quilt, but then found some motivation to make a few more masks. I've wanted to make the more fitted style of mask, hoping it would fog our glasses less. I was able to get some black "banded" elastic from Shabby Fabrics, and I really like it. It comes in all colors.
I used the same free tutorial to put these together from Edyta at Laundry Basket Quilts. These were super easy to make, and her tutorial is excellent. My mask is the medium size. Mike's is the large size. He prefers the elastic around the head. I like it over the ears. When I had those finished, I made two more. When I had four masks finished, I kind of lost my sewing mojo for the day.
The only change I made to the tutorial was to top-stitch all around the edge of the mask. Since it is lined, I thought it might hold its shape better in the wash. I'm going to make one more for Matthew today. I wish I'd thought of this earlier, but this mask can be thought of as reversible. The ones I've already made are lined with a solid color, but there's no reason you couldn't use two different fabrics and have two choices. With masks a part of our future for some time, I think it's important to be fashionable, don't you? And speaking of that, our governor in Oregon has now ordered mandatory masks in public buildings in certain of our counties. We've been doing that anyway...it just makes sense. But if we're going to be wearing masks, I figure we should have some choices.
When I left Sadie to come upstairs, she was crashed out on her back.
The cat sure knows how to relax, doesn't she?
Today I'll make a quick trip into town...it's my one short grocery trip to get stuff for the weekend. I want to make one more mask for Matthew, and then I want to get back to the City Bank quilt. The weather has been so nice, and so we're hoping to eat outside today. I'm going to make up some gazpacho this morning, and let it chill in the fridge until we're ready for dinner tonight.