Quote for the day:
We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics. ~Bill Vaughan
Hello to everyone who stops by my blog today...
I've been doing some quilting and some decluttering and I will share both with you today!
As was posted in this post I have been working on "bug jar" quilt for my grandson, Andrew. Last week I initiated a swap of bug fabric on a quilting forum that I am on. Saturday I received the first of the fabrics in the swap and immediately sat down and made them into blocks! :) I am now up to 21 blocks for the quilt!
Here's a picture of all but one of the blocks as I have them on my design wall. (This is not the arrangement they will be in for the quilt...this is just a place to put them and admire them while I make more blocks for the quilt! )
Aren't those bugs just the cutest things???
Not at all like these...
Which leads me to my decluttering...
The moth pictured above is an Indian Meal Moth...yes...those kind that live and grow in grain and grain products...
Well...if you haven't guessed by now...our pantry got infested with them. :(:(:(:(:(
So today I went through and checked everything that was grain or grain based...and ended up throwing out probably $50 worth of food from the pantry. Every box of cereal had to go, all crackers, nuts, etc. Even things I had stored in plastic Tupperware and glass jars with "airtight" seals had to go. So far the only thing I've found that wasn't infested was stuff bought within the last two weeks, and for some reason...all the instant oatmeals seem to be okay...we've seen no sign of them in those.
Basically, I filled 2 big black garbage bags with infested food and a couple of the storage containers. The storage containers that I want to keep will be washed with bleach before being put in the dishwasher.
No...I didn't get any pictures...I didn't want to gross you out that much.
I've also ordered from Ebay some pantry pest traps to put in the pantry. When I've used these in the past, I've had no problems with infestations. Looks like I need to go back to using them continuously.
On the "up" side...the pantry really needed to be gone through and now it is no longer bursting at the seams! LOL That's one way to clean out the pantry. See...there's always an optimistic way to look at things! :)
Now, onto a lighter, happier note...my Ebay auctions of the Pfaltzgraff dinnerware end this afternoon. So far, 2 out of the 4 lots have bids on them. Hopefully, at the last minute the other two lots will get bids, too.
That means that as soon as I get payment on those, they will be leaving my house! YAY!
Now...I'm off to put my whole cloth quilt in the quilting frame so I can get started hand quilting it. I've been wanting to do one of these for YEARS and finally found a reasonably priced queen-size pre-printed top when we were in Georgia in May.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term "whole cloth quilt"...it refers to a plain piece of fabric that is heavily quilted and the quilting design is what makes the quilt...not the fabric design like in a pieced quilt.
Here is a picture of the quilt top I bought. It is solid white cotton and the design you see in the picture will be quilted with white thread.
Just to show you how truly insane I am...the diagonal lines in the center and around the edge were 2" apart...which I thought was too far apart. So I went through and added lines between the already printed lines...so now they are only 1" apart! LOL...Yes...I know...I am insane. BUT...you heard it here first! LOL
Thanks to everyone for stopping by my blog. Please leave a comment to let me know what you "released" into the wild today.
Have a GREAT day,