What a glorious July we’ve had – beautiful weather has meant lots of time spent outdoors walking, swimming and just sitting quietly reading. Now, on the cusp of a heatwave with high humidity, I’m happy to be indoors for awhile, appreciating the AC.
Today I dragged out a box of quilt tops my mother made. We have several more – grandma’s flower garden, postage stamp and log cabin, but these are the ones I had tucked in a box in my closet.
She loved piecing her quilts together by hand and some of them actually had over a thousand pieces. I’m afraid my experience with quilting involves sewing a few squares together. When I took a look at these quilt tops today I thought I’d try my hand at a few pillows for the patio and deck. Of course, my squares are being sewn together on my sewing machine and many of the squares don’t match up perfectly in the corners, but that’s okay with me – perfect, I’m not. I’m just happy to be working with these bright summery fabrics. If I decide to quilt them, however, I will do that by hand. I love sitting and sewing. It’s almost meditative, very calming. Thanks, Mom, for the inspiration.
Hot days call for cold salads and that’s what was on the menu today. We had spinach and a beautiful tomato from the farmer’s market and with the addition of crisp turkey bacon, hard boiled eggs, grated cheese and croutons made from half a leftover croissant, we had a delicious and healthy spinach salad. The only thing missing was the mushrooms, but it was tasty just as it was. I love the light and easy meals of summer – there’s another farmer’s market in a nearby town tomorrow so I’ll have to stop by for more summer meal inspiration.
How about you? What are you cooking on the these long, hot summer days? I’m always looking for new ideas so feel free to share.
I hope you have a beautiful and inspired week!
Love to you,