butterflies · caterpillars

Caterpillars and Dill

I think I get more search hits on my blog, especially this time of year, about “caterpillars and dill” than I do quilting.  Back when I first started this blog, I posted several posts about the Swallowtail butterflies and the caterpillars they begin life as, as I have dill and parsley planted, just so I can watch them.  So, I thought I’d share some new pics from the garden.  If you find caterpillars happily munching your dill and parsley, this is what they will eventually become, given the chance.  This one is drying it’s wings, having recently emerged from the cocoon you can see behind it.

This is one I saw a couple of days before.

Some consider them pests in their garden, but I enjoy watching them go through their life cycle every year.  Now, if I could just figure out how to stop the birds from eating the caterpillars.  THAT is the trouble I’m having this year.

longarm quilting

Sorry for the Absence

I’ve been so busy with Mom, and Derek’s college orientation, and just trying to keep up with my customer quilting in what little spare time is left, that there just hasn’t been much time for blogging.  Eventually, life will slow back down a bit, and I will get back into a more normal routine.  That may still be a while off, though.

I’ve done a couple of allovers for customers, and a small custom job.  Since it  almost Independence Day, I will share that one with you.

My client wanted fireworks…she plans to add some crystals to them.  I used metallic thread in the center…decided I’m not crazy about quilting with that stuff…it was pretty fussy to mess with, at least for me.  I used King Tut for the rest…love that stuff. I used my Circle Lord to do the outer border design, and for the inner border, I free handed those little spinning swirlies, in the hopes that they resemble spinning firecrackers.

Hope everyone has a great week ahead!


Good Update on Mom

We found out the bone marrow biopsy was clear.  AND…the tumor, which was toward the back of her tongue, and quite large, has shrunk so much injust over one week that you cannot even see it now!  Her doctor was very happy yesterday! Next round of chemo is on the 11th.  Thank you for all the prayers! Please keep them coming!