I think my tractor's sexy.

 My oldest is going through a country music phase.  I'm not a fan.  I was a fan in college, along with everyone else, during Garth's reign over the airwaves.  I like classic country - Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty - only because it reminds me of my grandfather playing it on 8-tracks in his old blue Chevy pick-up.  There's a song that was recently out called  "She thinks my tractor's sexy".  It's kinda catchy and when my son sings it, his contrived twang and enthusiasm make me laugh. 

We have a tractor that I, quite frankly, thought we didn't need when we bought it.  We have a little over a half acre.  Do we really need a 48" mowing deck?  Well, yes we did.  I LOVE using that tractor!  I have to admit that I enjoy cutting the grass - I have since I was a kid.  It's a sort of zen-like activity for me - mindless, repetitious, productive.  And with the tractor, I can do that while seated.  Ah, I love that thing. Cuts grass, hauls mulch or firewood in the matching green trailer, plows snow in the winter and is just generally nice to look at parked under the treehouse in the backyard.  I'm a country girl at heart, I guess.

 I haven't really cut the grass in what seems like a few months because it's been so dry here and everything is dead.  I got on the tractor today and chopped up the leaves that had fallen in the backyard.  It was nice to do something mindless for a few minutes...

 My order from FabricWorm came - I got this FQ bundle mainly for the elephant and hippo prints.  So cute!  No real plan for them yet - just like that they're now in my stash.
rOssie has this PROCESS PLEDGE thing on her blog - when I read it a few weeks ago, it just clicked with me.  How many blogs out there just show their finished projects with no real thought process, creative process or angst over projects?  I am a tortured quilter - I deliberate and change my mind and scratch my head and start over a hundred time for each of my projects.  Doesn't anyone else do this?  Well, rOssie says we should show our "process" more and I agree!

This quilt is for my stepmonster.  She's battling esophageal cancer and she's very ill.  I wanted to make her a quilt that is sunny and bright and is the right size to carry along to her chemo treatments. (More on this story later) I'm using 4 Art Gallery fabrics, an Amy Butler fabric and a Kaffe Fassett.  I started this quilt the other night and I really like how it's coming together.  Will post pics when I finish piecing the top.

 These are some of the blocks I'm doing for a commissioned baby quilt.  I made this quilt a few years ago and really loved how cute and easily it came together - mostly from scraps. Before I became a fabric snob, I was never really that excited about my scraps.  Now - I love them!  I got this pattern from a magazine.  I need to make 7 more of these.

My dad is a Steelers fan. (Pronounced Stillers in Pittsburghese) I wanted to make a lap quilt for my dad for Christmas and the black and gold theme was the first thing I thought of.  I thought about doing a masculine quilt like the ones in City Quilts (Cherri House), but I kind of have a goal of making as many projects in Denyce Schmidt's Quilts book - so I chose to do Ice Pops. Will start this quilt next week.

So - whatchoo workin' on?

1 comment:

  1. You got some cool quilts in the works! A chemo quilt sounds like a very thoughtful and useful gift. Kinda wrap 'em up in love type of gift :)

    I'm working on a quilt for my niece and it's just stars, stars and more stars. I'm having a ball seeing how the are turning out.


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