New Orleans House Project

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Days of August

My neglected blog has been calling my name all day today.  Stitching has taken a back seat to some other activities over the past few weeks, although the Quilt Muse has not been completely quiet.  In the meantime, I'll share some of the other miscellany that has filled my days.

We had a new floor installed at our camp.  Although we didn't do the actual installation, we had to pack up and move lots of stuff in preparation.  Now we get to put everything back!  The new floor is engineered plank, which I guess is the latest term for vinyl flooring.  It is supposed to be impervious to doggie wear & tear and if covered with flood waters, able to dry out and be re-installed without problem.  I hope I never have to report on how it holds up to flooding, but I will report on the doggie wear & tear in a couple of months!

Last weekend, while rummaging in the closet for Quilty 365 fabrics, I had a fit of organization and straightened several fabric drawers that had become totally unruly.  It was great therapy to pet all kinds of fabric and discover several forgotten friends!
The drawer of brights/tropicals was out of control, so I did my best to get everyone to play together nicely.
 I'm especially proud of the blue drawer.  This one is always overflowing, so I moved all the really dark blues to another drawer and sorted these by multi-colored prints and shades.  Woo-hoo! I can actually find what I'm looking for in this drawer now.

A little estate-saling happened last weekend.  I scored some vintage napkins, a linen tea towel with rabbits and a Lily Pulitzer drawstring bag.  The napkins could easily find new life as tote bags.  Not sure about re-purposing the drawstring bag, but Lily fabrics are a favorite, so it had to come home with me. 

It turns out one of my all-time favorite recordings was made 60 years ago this week.  Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong went into a recording studio on August 16th and along with some other extremely talented musicians, set down all the tracks for this recording in one live session!   There is really no video here, just the recording in its entirety.  Take a listen as you stitch or when you're unwinding from a long day.  They don't make 'em like this any more!

Are you still reading? Well thanks for sticking with me!

You may have heard we had some rain and flooding here in South Louisiana over the past week.  The flooding occurred (and continues to occur) to the west and south of New Orleans.  The areas hit by unprecedented rainfall are not prone to flooding - in fact, some of the areas are considered high ground - so most of the residents do not have flood insurance.  Not only have folks lost their homes and all belongings, but in many cases, their workplaces were severely affected, too.  

The company I work for is headquartered in Baton Rouge, one of the affected areas.  Fortunately, the company offices were not directly impacted, so employees all have jobs to return to.  Unfortunately, many of my co-workers have been affected and are dealing with ruined homes and vehicles, loss of simple necessities like clothing & food and the infrastructure of their neighborhoods is shot.  

Louisianians are tough and resilient folks.  We've been through this before and we'll survive, but it's going to take time to heal everything.  Please keep us in your prayers!


  1. I am so sorry for all the people in the flood waters. It is so devastating and you have all been through too much already! My thoughts and prayers are with all of them. I love your organized drawers. You'll probably never see that on my blog, but I enjoy other people's organizational skills! Thanks for the special music. You are so right, it doesn't get any better than that!

  2. Angie - glad to hear you are okay. We have been following the catastrophic flooding too as the company I work for has a large site in Geismar, LA. Many of our colleagues have lost their homes or suffered a lot of damage. Very sad. On a brighter note.. I usually only listen to jazz in my sewing studio.. and Ella is one of my favorites!! Prayers to all of those effected by the floods.

  3. Thanks for letting us know that you are safe and sound! Thank you for posting that lovely recording, too.

  4. I was hoping that you were not in the flooding. Really tough for all those people. Wishing them all quick recovery.

  5. The photos of the flooded areas are hard to wrap your head around to truly know the devastating effects of all that rain. One half of the country is burning up and the other half is under water. It's been a harsh summer. Glad you had time to do some organizing. It makes sewing time so much better.

  6. So sorry to hear about the flooding. Must be so difficult for so many. Your fabrics look so neat and tidy...nice work!

  7. That flooring looks great. It looks very much like what we have in our kitchen/family room. It is the highest traffic area in the whole house and is bearing up well since it was put in 5 years ago. So sorry to hear you have had flooding all around you. Hope you and yours stay safe and dry.

  8. Sounds like you might need that water resistant flooring!
    I wish I would have a fit of organization!

  9. I've been thinking of you and so many friends in LA. I am glad to hear that you have stayed dry. It is devastating to see the photos and read the stories online. I am happy know that my family and friends have managed to escape the worst. Thinking of everyone there!

  10. The flooding is devastating. The loss and trauma. Hoping the folks who need help, get good help. On a happier note, your fabric drawers look great;).

  11. I like how you've arranged the fabric in your drawers, mine is stacked, I think I need to rearrange to get a clear view of what I have.