Friday, November 21, 2014

Grammy Squares Meets Nosegay

Hello Everyone,
I've been playing around with the border for my Grammy Squares quilt.  I think I've got it!  A nosegay made out of hexagons with a few ribbons.  The fat ribbons on the top are going to be trimmed down in the final version.

Nosegay is such an odd word.  Is this cluster of flowers a joyous moment for the nose?  How about calling it eyegay?  Or hexigay?  Whatever I call it, I like the look.

I also made 15 more ornaments for some more table runners.  I've pulled out every piece of plaid fabric I own to add to them.

Today there will be bows!

Now a Mazey story.  Yesterday at O'dark hundred, while I was at the table posting to the blog, Mazey started growling.  She never growls.  She almost never makes a peep except for her excessive burping.  I let her go out on the deck which is elevated high above the ground.  As I watched her from the dining room window, she started to tremble while looking through the railing at the ground below.  Then I started to tremble.  I went outside to get her back inside, and I saw what scared her.  Not a bear as I first feared, but a very healthy-looking coyote.  Neither barked or howled or made a sound.  Their eyes were locked on to each other until the coyote overstayed his welcome then strolled off into the woods with that, "come hither" look.  I think it's time for "the talk" about the birds and the bees.  Mr. Joe called Mazey's veterinarian immediately to make a very special appointment.....soon.



  1. Just a note regarding coyotes. Since we live in NM, they are everywhere. And, of course our golden Toby always wants to be everyone's best bud. One day while hiking, a couple of coyotes came up to Toby and he thought they wanted to play. Hubby called him back but saw in the distance, the whole coyote family watching. Hubby feels that the coyote family wanted to make Toby "dinner." A pack of coyotes can easily overtake a dog-even a golden so beware of coyotes getting too friendly. Out senior citizen golden Chewie, who is now gone, was hiking with us. When we turned around, there were a few coyotes very close to him following us up the trail. Hubby threw rocks to scare them off but they just followed us at a discreet distance. Chewie was too old to fight off a coyote pack. Am sure that again they thought of Chewie as a meal. Just remember, a family of coyotes can and do bring down deer and young calves. Glad to hear Mazey was afraid of the coyote!

  2. Your nosegay is perfect for the border !

    You are really going to town on the Christmas ornaments ! I need to make some of those :-D

  3. Coyotes caused my friend's golden to lose her tail. They lure dogs into the woods and then attack. My friend's dog ran away but one of them bit off the end of her tail. They are very dangerous. So glad Mazey is okay! Love the quilt!

  4. Oh dear...our little girl is growing up...& I do remember the coyote we saw just around the corner from the cabin, much better looking that the little scrubs we see here. They probably eat well around the neighborhood.
    I love what you're doing with the Grammy Squares border! It just keeps getting better and better! Can't wait to see what you're going to do with all those ornaments! Now, here's what Wikipedia has to say about Nosegays..."A nosegay, tussie-mussie, or posy is a small flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice. Doilies are traditionally used to bind the stems in these arrangements." I find that last bit rather inspiring...

  5. Brilliant, Lynn! I wonder if the nose-gay has something to do with smelling and the pretty flowers and becoming giddy? (wink)! It's the perfect addition. Oh those darned a child we would come face to face with them in our pasture. They could hold a stare down so well. We were afraid they would go after the horses. Good that Mazey will get a little nip-tuck ;>)

  6. Love the nosegay, even if the name strikes you as a little quirky. And as for Mazey, I can relate. For the first time in my life I came face to face with a coyote in our back yard this summer - a very healthy looking one. Not sure who was more startled, it or me.

  7. I love your Hexi-Gay! Great addition to your Grammy Squares quilt. Please watch Mazey! We had wolves show up in our yard one winter night and never saw one of our dogs again.

  8. I love the nosegay on the corner of your quilt - it really is the icing on the cake! The coyotes have been fairly thick on this side of the Sierras too and I see them on the driveway and through the pines quite often. We always yell loudly and chase them away but they are wicked sneaky critters always looking out for unwary dogs or cats. Thank goodness for your high deck and for Mazey's sharp instinct that these are bad 'dogs'. The little trip to the vet is a good idea!!

  9. Your hexigays are just perfect for the corners. I wonder if you or Mazey were more frightened? It sounds really scary to me, but then, we both know I'm a big wuss when it comes to wildlife.