My long time friend author and fabric designer.... Linda Lum DeBono is going to tell me about the new book with Martingale that she organized. It is called "A Flair For Fabric" and she gathered a whole group of Henry Glass designers to contribute. All the book royalties are being donated to Red Cross. I'm excited to learn about this!
Nancy Mahoney and I are digging deep each month in 2014 to bring you a single topic in our chat. This month we are talking about how to look for a new sewing machine. There are some key items you should do. What would you like to know?
Award winning quilt maker, quilt judge, author and amazing person, Karen Kay Buckley joins me! I am thrilled to have her share how she approaches quilt making, tips for applique and guess what? She taught my mother-in-law how to quilt!
Over the last few years as we were traveling we'd zoom past cotton fields. Sometimes the fluffs were very tiny, and sometimes they looked ready to harvest. The common denominator for this was always the ZOOMING. The fields were on the side of the highway and we never found a good place to stop for a close up look.
That all changed a few days ago when Gregg pulled off for a break (coffee, gas, and a side trip!)
We were actually headed to the Good Earth Peanut Company just down the road. We had their Virginia grown Peanuts recently and were in LOVE with them.
But this was between Us and the Peanut shop ... COTTON!!
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Glorious.. lovely.. SOFT and fluffy... so much cotton!!! I shared a collage at the time and learned a lot from you on Facebook about your experience (or not) with cotton fields. And I learned it grows in Arizona! I don't know WHY that surprised me.. but it did.
It's actually pretty clean on the stalk. This kind of surprised me, but this batch was newly popped and ready to be harvested. Seems there is a cotton gin down the road and next time I'm going to look for it!
Then we headed to the Good Earth Peanut Company which is pretty darn adorable. Very welcoming! The lady inside shared samples with us, told us about the peanuts.. and then.. of course.. we mentioned cotton.
She said I was more than welcome to go close to that field.. AND there was pile of picked cotton the the front porch. I would I like to take it with me?
REALLY... how fast COULD I get out that door?
It is MUCH softer than I excpected it to be. This looks like it has gone through a harvest as it had dirt and sticks with it. I kept it and someone suggested putting it in a glass ornament for the tree!
When you visit to buy Peanuts, go in late November.. and buy the peanuts AND the Butter Toasted ANYTHING .. you can't go wrong!
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