Weekend in Review: Rain.

 Rainy days were made for napping... just ask Lily. :)

This weekend brought rain... lots of rain. But that's okay~ things were starting to get a little dry around here, so the garden, grass and flowers all got a good drink. I'm sure the bees were happy to be able to fly out of the hive and down to the ground for water... a very short trip for them. And the sheep were loving the cooler temperatures... 
The biggest news around here this weekend was that the spillway was opened at Norris Dam, which is just up the road from where we live. This is a very rare occurrence and only happens when the water levels get so high they have to "lower" the lakes around here. It's an awesome sight... people drive for miles around to see it because it is like a huge (and very loud) waterfall. I think I overheard someone on the news say that there are something like 15,000 gallons of water per second coming over the top.... no wonder it is so loud!

I think Lily was afraid we were going to throw her in for her weekly bath... *grin*

 Thanks to the weather I got to spend some quality time in my sewing room with Ruby. 
You remember Ruby don't you... 
the new sewing machine Hubby got for my anniversary present? 

I tried my hand at making some pinwheel blocks for the first time....

Don't you just love this fabric?

But I wasn't too sure how I was going to like the blocks of different colors and patterns together, so I decided to try making a row of the same color with a contrasting border. 

Here is what I came up with...

The bottom border in not sewn on yet, so that is why the red blocks look too big. 
They will be smaller once the border is finished.
Now I'm in a pickle because I can't decide if I like this better than the different blocks together..... what do you think?
It is just going to be a small 9-block wall quilt...

Oh, and I also started working on a little doll dress.... 
but you will have to wait to see who will be wearing it.

Happy Monday!


  1. i am thinking Lily may have a new bonnet/dress. i like the blue and white best, if i were buying it would be that one. Lily looks sooo adorable with her blanket... Baby has one to

  2. Lily sure is a cutie with her blankie.. We got over three inches to Paula. Like you said, can't complain we needed it.. I'm so looking forward to sunshine.. We live near a dam to and they are letting it off.. The water is quite high in the lake now..Sure do love your quilt pieces.. Started one myself but it's on hold as usual.. Hope you have a nice week. Hugs, xoxo

  3. You put that on Lily and she'll be taking you to Norris Dam for a dip.

  4. That was a lot of rain - we had a river in the dip in our pasture for a while, but like you said, we needed rain. I've been at Norris Dam when they let the water out. I couldn't hear a thing but the water. It's really impressive.

    I love those quilt squares. The pinwheels look perfect.

    Have a wonderful week!

  5. Oh, how I wish I could have seen and heard the release of water! I know it is such a powerful experience. Lake Red Rock in northern Iowa does the same thing and on the occasions we've been there, I was awestruck! There are pelicans that gather as well as eagles. And fishermen, too. It is just like constant thunder. I love it!
    I can see Lily be a bit shy of getting near that water. That'd rinse the soap off right now!
    Love your pinwheels and I guess my OCD would want all the squares to be alike but you are so creative--why not make both and test them out to see which one you like best?!!!


  6. You both have the perfect plan for a rainy day. Lily looks ever so comfy snuggled in her "nest."
    Oooohhh, the fabric pinwheels are splendid...I am eying the perfect points as well!
    Enjoy a joyful week, and sending buzzzy smiles to your bees.

  7. Forceful water like this scares me, so I'd be standing WAY back from it.

    The blue blocks are pretty; I'm just partial to the scrappy look. I think I recognize those beautiful prints. :)

    Are you making a dolly? Hope so!

  8. My favorite is blue blocks if it is going to be a wall hanging, a full size quilt would be ok with the variety of blocks.

  9. i like the row of blue blocks together! so pretty.

  10. Lily feels the same way I do about rainy days, lol! That is alot of water:O

  11. We don't blame you. We don't like rainy wet feets either. Mom is putting the new machine to great use. Beautiful pre-quilt
    Benny & Lily

  12. What ever rain you suffered through this past weekend, is now is my neck of the woods. So the dogs napped and I fiddled around and totally lost a whole day. Nothing like a mental health day to get the creative juices flowing. I love that you are Ruby have been busy making wonderful pinwheels. I do admire the fact that you can sew! May you have sunshine the rest of the week. Lucy says hi to Lily!

  13. Lily looks so sweet.. And that hat is just made for her.. grin..
    Love your sewing and I think the all colored one has a bit of UK influence.. smile..

  14. That one word did sum up our weekend in mid-Tenn...Rain!
    My personal opinion...I loved the variation pinwheel,,,,I think it looked more country (if that's what you're going for)
    I had forgotten you had such a super cool machine girlly,,,,,it's a hot rod fo sho!

  15. Lily is so cute! Love your sewing machine and what sweet fabric choices. We had lots of rain too and we were forced to stay indoors and get a lot of unpacking done!
    I've missed you - hope you have a good week, Paula.

  16. I love the scrappy blocks. They go along w/the feel of real life pinwheels. I think the blue would be better with a different color of washing...brighter maybe. How about pinwheels all in the same color family but varied fabrics? I see several pinwheel quilts in your future!

  17. Sashing....auto correct gets me every time.

  18. I love Lily....she is so snuggly looking. Your sewing is so beautiful, Paula. I wish I could be as neat as you are.....I'm afraid my sewing is... well-primitive!

  19. Lily sure is a lovely dog. I like the fabrics very much. Glad you all got rain that refreshed the good earth. Your farm is so pretty.
    Glad you were able to get Ruby out and do some sewing.

  20. Lily entertains me. :)

    I just wish I could get the sewing thing down...I admire you so much! :)

    Can't wait to see which lucky furry family member will be wearing the dress!

    Thanks for the chicken info too!


  21. Hi Paula, that Lily is my kind of Gal, she knows rainly days are for napping, and sewing, your quilt squares are so lovely, the color combinations are beautiful! love the photo of the dam.
    Enjoy your week.

  22. What an awesome weekend! If Lily ever needs a New home....lol

  23. Loving Miz Lily...and I KNOW that hat is for HER?!!Hahaaaa
    Cool Sewing!!

  24. Oh how I love your sweet Lily. She has snaggly teeth just like our Boxer, Rowdy has. Flat faced dogs are simply the best! xox

  25. Lily looks so comfy that it makes me want to nap. Lovely pinwheels! The yellow fabric has a Scandinavian look to it that I really like.

  26. I love your pinwheels- you do perfect piecing!! I'm partial to the multi-colored one, myself... reminds me of old-fashioned feedsack quilts.

    and if Lily is going to be wearing that bonnet, you must get a photo! :)

  27. I like them both! The varigated one is so cheerful and the navy and cream is so sophisticated! About about TWO quilts?

  28. Ooooh, love seeing that machine getting a workout! I had to take mine in because I had some thread shredding inside because I was trying to use up an old spool. Shame! :-) Didn't take but a minute for her to locate the problem and sell me three spools of good thread in the color I had been using! :-) I like the stripping with the squares. I think that will be really pretty. And that doll cap is precious.


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