Bushels of Apples, Soybeans and corn, and airing dirty laundry...
in that order. Aren't those a lot of apples? I hadn't planned to quilt in the apples as they are appliqued and sometimes... well, it's just best to let 'em be. But these are great big apples, and so quilted they were. I decided to quilt each apple in a different texturing pattern. I think there are something like 44 apples. Hope Aunt Isobel likes them, 'cause you know what they say, "One bad apple spoils the bushel."
The yellow field is soybeans. I had to stop and wait for a train to pass the crossing near my house the other morning on my way to work. The fields were such a lovely yellow color that I just had to get out and take a picture. I figure there are people out there who have never seen a soybean field in October. Before long, the beans will lose all their leaves and they will be these bronze spikes with seed pods on them, ready to harvest. If you look very closely in the exact center of the picture- that's my house- in a field of corn and the roof of my laundry room is that tiny white dot.
About 2 months ago, one of my dryers decided that it was tired of starting up. Can't blame it, really. It had been through the wringer- no pun intended- for a number of years- it was "harvest gold" to give you an indication of how many years. 30, I think. Well, last night the second dryer decides that it is tired of pulling all the weight around here and when I got up this morning, Bill's work clothes were still wet. oh bother. Turns out it was only a broken belt on the drum. This evening Bill did a little handy man work and it is up and running, again- better than before, because now you don't have to prop the door closed with a strip of metal threshold! He took the door catch out of the first broken dryer- along with it's perfectly good belt- and put them in the second broken dryer- which isn't broken, anymore. And to top off that perfectly thrilling story, he bought me a "new" dryer that is only 25 years old.=) So I am back in business, laundry wise. The children had moved all of the dirty laundry out of the laundry room so that Bill would have room to work on the dryers and that is why you are being treated to the dubious pleasure of seeing one side of that room! So, I showed you mine and I'd like to see yours, please.