I was invited to a friends house for lunch last week. She was kind enough to share her families handmade quilts. Some unfinished tops and quilt blocks all waiting for her to finish or pass on to the next generation of quilters. I can see the care given to these quilted pieces of art. It was nice to see the variety of feed sacks and shirting used in each piece.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.