Friday late afternoon, prior to Memorial Day, after just covering tomatoes, lettuce and green bean babies, flower seedlings, etc. with blankets and towels and pots and pans and old tablecloths due to our forecast of frost and a temperature of 38 degrees tonight….here’s my sewing post for the week. It’s a bit extensive since it’s almost June and I want to keep track of what I am doing for the rest of the year :)
( Meanwhile I wonder how many non-gardeners drive by wondering “what is going ON there? ” )
Last year, I thought it would be fun to work on a quilt with small blocks having some simple applique. I had seen a few people working on the Stonefields quilts but I did not want to pay the high cost of the pattern nor commit to something that extensive.
It did inspire me to start on something, though….I thought baskets, hexies, simple flowers and shapes…whatever struck my fancy or whim and that I’d call it my Whimsy Quilt.
Well, it fell to the back burner but I recently brought the pieces back out and determined to work on it again here and there.
All of the pieces are older aside from the butterfly which I appliqued this week.
I have another hexie ready to applique…they take me awhile. I’d finished this one a week or two ago, and plan on sewing it down for Slow Sunday Stitching.
Here is one in the works, though it too, is from a week or so ago. It’s about half-sewn at this point.
- I had stopped working on the red and green applique block as I was not happy with the buds. The templates provided in the book really didn’t look like the quilt pictures. The two that I made from those templates looked pretty wonky / dorky to me.
- I found better ones in a different applique book and while I was at it, I dragged out books and magazines to trace some other templates on to freezer paper for this Whimsy quilt that I may complete in the next decade:)
- Here and there I’ve been sewing more hourglass blocks…though this pile is from a week or two ago. This week I sewed a few more granny blocks; enough for the first row. I included my dog Lily in the collage since she was out in the yard with me when I snapped the photos. It was a sunny afternoon and quite welcome after 3 days of rain.
For Slow Sunday Stitching, I can work on the hexies mentioned above or hand quilting or both.
While I had purchased some colored quilting thread for this quilt last year, I did not see that I had any hot pink thread anywhere. I had two shades of purple, though…light and dark. I decided to just use the light shade for the pink areas. I don’t think the color shows in this photo and out in the sunlight it looks more periwinkle / blue than light purple.
Slow but steady progress : )
Meanwhile, my youngest son goes off to the beach with some friends for the week, and caring for this guy is split up between me and a friend of his. I have morning duty…feeding and walking or bringing him home for a few hours. He’s a bit older and bigger than this picture. He was here the other day and I took him into the backyard to run around for a bit…got him going and I think that he ran for a good 10 minutes straight, full energy, high-speed, non-stop. Talk about celebrating life :) Do you ever notice that when you play with a little kid, puppy or kitten that after awhile YOU are 20 years younger? It’s magic :)