Applique ( 1857 Album ) and Hand Quilting

Late afternoon on the 21st, I was working on the last 1857 Album block for July.

I was wondering where had July gone already in regards to sewing projects, but then I remembered that I just hadn’t sewn much at all in the beginning of the month.

The 1857 Album project started in January. I downloaded blocks but did not start work on any until February. Then I played catch-up and have stayed caught up yet I am pleased to be done for the month as I miss working on other things.

This collage shows the first set of 12 ( done by April at some point ) another round done a few weeks ago ( ?) and the latest four. The lighting changes outdoors…the color of the background fabric is most accurate in the top photo of the first 12 blocks.

1857 Album blocks THUS FAR collage

Something else that I’d been neglecting for awhile was hand quilting. I started back on that…I am hoping to get this center portion completed soon and move on to the spools.

quilt in hoop

It’s been extremely hot and my grandson’s birthday is on Saturday the 23rd.  On Friday morning I was up at the crack of dawn getting the cake mixed and in to the oven to beat the heat ( no central air here ) as well as making a large batch of potato salad.

Saturday morning will be devoted to decorating the cake.  And I’ve not done that since my OWN kids were little so it should be an adventure.

How did this little one end up being seven years old ?:)


( Son home from Iraq for his birth / photo taken at the hospital by my niece )

I’ll be joining up with other Slow Stitchers at Kathy’s Quilts on Sunday.  It is a nice link up  for any projects that involve quilting, hand sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.

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Will this help beat the heat ?

It’s been hot and aside from a few short torrential downpours days ago, very dry here. The weather forecast just shows higher and higher temps as the week rolls on and I know that it is going to be even worse for some of you.  The weather site is calling it a HEAT DOME.

By the weekend, I would surely love to jump into a snowdrift. I pulled some old photos from years ago to cool me off.

March 25 Snow

Snowfall early morning March 5

neighbors tree

More backyard Snow Feb 2010

Smoke Bush BURIED snow Feb 2010

Snow Feb 2010

Jugs clearing path snow Feb 2010

Here’s hoping that we’ll all get some cooler temperatures soon…how is it in your neck of the woods? ( I am in Southwestern PA. )

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