What a week! Last week Tuesday and Wednesday it rained. And rained. AND RAINED!! Somewhere between 11" and 12". Our little town was flooded. The water was 5" deep on the lawn. The water seeped through the windows into the basement. Not a lot of water, it just trickled in and oozed across parts of the basement floor. Ours is not a finished basement so it just made a mess. I was at the camper and had to wait until the water went down enough (many roads were closed) to drive home. Ken and I did the "great fling". Ken hauled 35 large black garbage bags outside for garbage pickup. Nothing of any real value. A suitcase with very old photos (pre1940) got wet, I was able to spread them out and dry them. Only a couple photos were lost.
Much of this section of South Dakota is still flooded. The James River near Gayville SD has overflowed its banks 7 miles. South Dakota is flat, there are no places to drain the water. Many major roads are still closed, a part of I90 has one lane traffic through water.
My right arm is still giving me lots of pain. What's a girl to do when she can't sew? YOU SHOP!!! I bought a new sewing machine--
Not an expensive machine, I ordered it through Amazon. I wanted a machine to do decorative stitches. This machine has 130 stitches and it sews a very accurate 1/4" stitch. Its lightweight, so I can pack it to travel with. I tried the first 99 stitches so far. What don't I like? Its noisy. I prefer a knee pedal but this is a portable machine so no knee pedal. The old Singers hum quietly when they run. Like many things in our lives this is a "throw away" item. Use it until it quits and if its out of warranty--toss it. I am hoping to use the decorative stitches to machine bind my donation quilts, hand binding might be something I simply cannot do anymore.
I wanted to try out the machine with some simple piecing. I had Uneven 9 patch blocks started using this method--Susies Scraps. So Wednesday I slowly worked on finishing the last seams (they had been pinned ready to sew for a couple months).
The book by Lynn Roddy Brown sparked this scrappy project--
The cover photo is my inspiration. The blocks reverse the dark/light sections. Set on point it makes a great scrappy quilt.
Its a beautiful day today, the sun is shining and there's a slight breeze. Time to enjoy the last days of summer.
~Lori1R in Nebraska~