sumac back

Yay! My Sumac tree is recovering.  Funny how a little tree can draw emotion from me.


But here it comes, little leaves starting,


Hopefully it will continue to grow happily into a tree like the old one.

Happy mother’s day to all of you moms out there.  I was “surprised” with waffles and a cup of coffee in bed. And some really cool homemade ( schoolmade would be a better term) gifts.

A string heart, tissue paper flowers and a cedar bark flower.  Awesome!  And my boys said that no matter what, they wouldn’t fight all day.  Well, they tried really hard.  And did really well, but not quite.  I also did my part and tried not to get angry with them.  That’s easy when they don’t fight!  Good day overall.  Feeling very loved.

And I got to have time to sew, today and thru the week.  I am still working on my Canada quilt, but am fitting in the baseball t-shirt quilt for a silent auction for the ballpark.  Research online suggests fusible interfacing for structure when sewing t-shirts together.  Bought that.

I didn’t get any more responses for t-shirts, but got some more old jerseys from the ballpark. Still needed more to make a decent size quilt.  How about a centre piece. Yup.

Here is our logo, and my graph paper plan.


Then it was just a matter of cut and piece.


came together really well, sorry about the colour


Still not quite big enough.  Time to add a few borders. I find that this is the best way to try out border fabrics.


And it’s coming together pretty well!  I am not sure if I will leave it like this, or add a few strips at top and bottom using the blue and baseball fabrics to make a rectangle. Wait and see.


Have I mentioned before that I really need a portable design wall, rather than laying quilt pieces out on the kitchen floor.  Too many times my boys run through the kitchen and squares get blown.  Ah well, one day I may even have a sewing room again.  Until then, the kitchen floor it is.

Have a good week ahead.

Sumac down

Well it was a rough year for this little tree in my yard, and now mother nature decided to end its suffering.


We had a big storm last night and down she came.  The last branch standing took just a few pushes and it came down too.  Rotten at the base.


But the shoots we left this summer are still there and we shall see what becomes of them in the new year. And it’s right on the fence line between us and the neighbours. Hopefully they leave the little shoots alone.  They have amazing soft fuzz still.


Sumac done

dsc03694The saga of my poor Sumac continues, or maybe ends.

My youngest came into the house the other day “mommy, come and look”.  One branch/trunk of the tree was hanging right into the driveway.  M’s basketball had hit the branch and there was a loud crack.  With a push from me, the trunk came right out of the ground.


Why would it just rot at the base? Hmm. I don’t know.  I hope the new shoots that came up this summer will grow stronger next year.


Sumac Colour

Beside my front driveway lives a Staghorn Sumac tree.  Actually it’s classified as a shrub, and since it has many trunks coming up from the ground, I would go with the shrub classification.

Although the tree is not the star of this photo from a few summers ago, you can see how lush and full it gets, with bright red drupes.


In late september we get another pretty show.



But something is wrong.

Only 3 out of 6 trunks had green leaves this spring, and only one trunk was fairly full of leaves.  Now into August, it is looking pretty sad.



Pretty stark contrast against the bright green of the Black Thorn Acacia!

I was worried about it suffering from the drought, but everything I have read says this shrub is happy in poor and dry soil conditions.

But there is hope, in a new generation.


Other years we have cut all of these suckers before they get this big, but I left them when I saw the tree looking so wilty.  Did that cause the decline? Who knows.  The stems of the suckers show part of the reason for the name Staghorn.  Check out the fuzz on the stems, similar to new antler fuzz.


Any tree dying makes me sad, but I guess it is part of the life cycle.  Hopefully the new suckers thrive.

Still match stick quilting my Not a Bargello.  I have gotten to the point of just wanting it done so that I can play with something new. Soon.