Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’

Robin Williams

Well, I guess the party is already over. We had a few sweet, spring days, and now we are preparing to end the week by hitting 100. Spring was nice, while it lasted.

I purchased a monocular that has kept me busy and happy. I used to use binoculars when I went bird watching, but often times this made me dizzy. The view with the binoculars was good, but the monocular has more distance. It is easier to hold, and it doesn’t make me dizzy. The monocular came with an attachment for the phone, and I thought it would be great to take pictures. However, I have not figured out how to use it correctly. The attachment is more for setting it on a tripod. Usually, when I bird watch, I am moving around. The directions state that one should not walk while viewing through the monocular. I guess they were talking to me. 😁 With this monocular, I am able to scan the area where I hear birds, then I can spot them and get a great view. The red-tailed hawk is still residing in a neighbor’s tree. It seems the hawk, and the neighbor, are used to people stopping to gawk and admire.

These past few days, I have been focusing on making fabric books. The first one I made was a fabric pocket journal. As a teacher, I had my students make all types of books. One of the favorites was an accordion book, so I decided to try to make one out of fabric. I had a Marcia Derse fabric remnant and used it for the backing of the accordion book. The top was made from a grunge fabric remnant. Fabric and fusible were cut into 8.5″ x 26.5″ strips. I used the smaller pieces of fabric to make pockets. One of the panels has an envelope that I made from fabric. The back of the envelope is not sewn, so it forms a pocket on the panel. Figuring out how to clasp the book closed was a bit tricky. I rummaged in my button bins and found a loop/buckle type thingy that I used to thread a Moda selvage through. It wraps around and then it can be tied.

This week, I plan to go walking with my Meemaw friends. It has been a very long time since we have met. We will mask up and social distance, but at least we can be “together” for a bit. The Meemaw quilt I designed and pieced is with my quilter. My friends have not seen it, but we have talked about it. Since I am not planning on making three more Meemaw quilts, I thought it might be nice to make a fabric Meemaw book for each one. Each corner of the quilt has a bird that represents each one of us. There is the Bossy Boots, the Wise One, the Idea Bird, and the Sweet One. I used the same technique that was used for the larger pocket journal, but I cut the fabric and fusible into 2.5″ by 12.5″ strips and thread sketched each one of the birds on the panels. Ribbon was sewn on one end and on one fold, in order to wrap around and tie. I will be giving the mini-books to my friends tomorrow, as we meet at the Botanical Gardens.

The other day, I was thinking of my childhood home that was located just south of downtown San Antonio. It was formerly a duplex that had been turned into a 2 bedroom, 1 functioning bathroom, and 1128 sq. feet house. My parents moved there in 1952 and paid monthly for this house that cost $9,000. Sharing one bath room with two adults and three siblings wasn’t easy. Both my parents worked, but this was still a monthly expense that hit the budget. The house had a big front porch, where my parents and my aunt, who lived next door, would sit each night. All the kids played in the street until we could no longer see the lit cigarettes moving along with the conversation from the porch. Much of my time was spent day-dreaming as I sat on the porch pillar throughout the day and in the evenings. This week, on the news, there was an article about this neighborhood. The neighborhood is now considered a historic area, and my old house is now worth close to $400,000. My parents moved from here in 1973, and I can still hear my dad saying it was a mistake to sell this old house. 😊
I was hit with memories of living in this house, so, I made a thread sketch. I did not like the results of the first thread sketch, so I decided to cut the house and make it into an applique. I collaged some fabric, and embroidered the windows, and the bricks in the pillars. I also thread sketched my dad’s 1952 Chevy. I loved that car. We used to have a dilapidated garage in the backyard. I used to wonder when it would just collapse. Apparently, the original garage structure has been updated and renovated. The mini quilt square was hand quilted. This was a very fun project to make.
It will be nice to “Party” with my friends in the gardens tomorrow.
I hope you are enjoying a fresh, delightful spring.