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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Next project..........

My next new project will be with my Australian fabrics.  I haven't cut into them for a few years so there are some new ones that haven't been used at all.

This is the whole stack.  The pile needed to be straightened but I decided it also needs to reduce in size.  I will probably cut 2 quilts at once.  In fact maybe I'll cut 3 quilts.  I think one could be just squares since the fabrics have such interesting designs.

Monday, July 24, 2017

No sewing..........

Baking cookies, cleaning off tables, finishing the vacuuming of the basement.......those were the things I was doing instead of sewing yesterday.  I'm sharing one last photo that my daughter took of me in April this year.  She wanted to document this quilt with the book it is published in.  It was a finalist in the AQS worldwide contest with the block that year being the Log Cabin.  If you want to read the story about this quilt go here.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Prep work......again..........

While I had the big roll of batting out I did some pairing of tops, batting and backing.  I am going to quilt this one on my straight stitch Babylock machine.  Here is the full view of it in my monthly recap for November 2014.  You can click on the photo for a closer look.  Here is the book that has the quilt that inspired me.

 All I have to do is piece the backs and then I can proceed to finishing all of these.

Bugs have munched on most of the blooms on the Rose of Sharon but here is one that is pretty much intact.

We ended up with 3.85" of rain in 12 hours starting on Friday night.  We got through the rest of the day yesterday without any rain.  My granddaughter was happy because they had a thank you party for all of us that helped with cleaning and painting their house so they could move back from North Dakota a year ago.  The kids were happy outside but it was too hot and sticky for me so I stayed inside with many others.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Starting to cut.........

Yesterday I decided I was going to cut the sashing strips for my batik stars quilt.  I started cutting the fabric at the top left and then decided I needed to figure out how many strips I needed.  Ooops!  I don't have enough of that fabric.  I found the one on the right that is similar in value and color tone so now I need to figure out how I'm going to handle having 2 fabrics for the sashing strips.  I was considering the beige batik across the bottom as the cornerstones.  It is a little warmer toned than it looks like here.  So....nothing got done on that quilt.
We had severe thunderstorm warnings for last night so I decided I should take some more garden photos in case there was damage.  My camera was in the cool basement and when I took it outside into the "sauna" the lens kept fogging over.  I wiped it off twice before I took this photo and it is still a little foggy.  This is one of my elephant ear plants.

One of the storms rolled through around 8 p.m. and we got 1.05" of rain.  The second storm came through around 9:45 and there was 1.3" when I emptied the gauge at 10:15. I'm afraid my tomatoes are going to have a hard time ripening with all of this rain.

 The garden is so pretty I had to take another photo of it.
The Dianthus that I planted in early June is in its second blooming.  I hope it will re-seed and fill in this area along with the Hosta and Columbines.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The day after......

Yesterday was a typical day after finishing something.  Making the decision what to work on next......so I took stacks of fabrics off my shelves and re-stacked, top fabric now becomes the bottom fabric, etc.  I neatened up 7 stacks and had a lot of fun going through it.

These geraniums are the ones I pull out of the pots at the end of the season and are put in a cardboard box in my heated garage (about 55 degrees).  In the late spring I take them out of the box and stick the roots in a pail of water for about a week.  I forgot about this group for about 3 weeks and then I went through them and threw out the dead ones and planted the rest.  I have them sitting out by my tomato plants.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Last seams sewn!..................

I worked on the Seed Packet quilt all day while my 2 friends were here.  I had only a few seams left to sew when they left and I sewed them last night.  I can see a couple small squares that could be moved to a better place but for now they will stay where they are.
I thought my design walls were 84" tall but I can see that they are closer to 82" since the bottom row is bending out.  The quilt top ended up at 68" x 83".

For inquiring minds, a refresher, here is the post where I show the inspiration quilt. 

The backyard garden is now pink, yellow and orange.  The Rudbeckia blooms are just opening and there will be a lot more yellow in a few days. 

The front garden is overgrown and needs a lot of work.  I am slowly tearing out an  invasive plant.  My 2 pots of begonias and a pot of Coleus add a lot of color.

The Swamp Milkweed is just to the right of the area in the photo above.  This shot was taken looking down at the plant from the top.  It is about 24" tall. 

We got a nice rain storm yesterday afternoon, a little over 3/4" of rain and another storm around 9 p.m., another 8/10ths.  It is more rain than I thought we would get.  I won't need to water anything for a few days.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Not a lot of progress.........

Now the vertical seams of the first five columns are sewn. After I took this photo I continued cutting small squares and need just three more.  I have a lot of holey floral fabrics!

I was near the end of the second book in the series so I spent a few hours reading and finished "The Girl Who Played with Fire".  My library doesn't have the third one on the shelf right now and that is probably good because I have other things I need to do.  My 2 friends are coming to sew today.  Thursday I will continue to clear off tables for the art quilters on Monday.