Sewing Review : Back to that 17 in 2017 list

Back in January I joined this, that and the other organizational thing about completing quilt projects on a monthly, quarterly and yearly goal agenda. I lasted a few months and stopped linking up and just went my own way.

My original January list is HERE for my records. With 2/3 of the year gone I thought it might be a good time to do a sewing review.

While I did not work on the entire list I did tackle some of it.

  • I had 5 Airship Propeller blocks done, and just followed the Rainbow Scrap Challenge suggested color of the month and now have 12.
  • I did the same with my Little Baskets, and now have 31.
  • I had 7 Elizabeth’s Pride blocks completed and am up to 10.
Some Quilt Finishes :
  • February 2017 : Finished tying and binding this gradient quilt for my youngest son / I’d started it while participating in  a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project
  • April : Stars and Spools was completed : Applique, EPP hexies and extensive hand quilting
  • July : Tied my Quilty 365 quilt top
  • August : Scrappy Granny finished : extensively hand quilted
  • Also in this collage another border was completed for the Flower Medallion.
At some point during the early months of the winter I’d machine quilted this ( very simply ) but I can’t find a photo once I’d done that / it was given away.
whimsy table runner TOP on line
 Nor could I find a photo of the Flower Basket Medallion with the second border attached, so perhaps I’d worked on these around the same time and just forgotten to update. I brought the Flower Basket Medallion out for a photo today.
Also out for a photo is the 1857 quilt, tied and binding finished, prior to going in to the wash with some color catchers.  Scrappy Granny is down at my son’s house and that is where this one is going as well.  ( Though Scrappy Granny has not been washed as yet….the kids can use it for awhile and I’ll bring it home for a wash later on. ) It will go to my oldest son for his birthday in November.
 This Botanical Album top has been sandwiched and is in my hoop for hand quilting, with one block completed.
From that very long list of mine in January, I progressed on four projects, and finished 5 quilts, with the 6th one in the hoop.
Meanwhile, as I sat sewing the binding on the 1857 top this week I had the news on quite a bit, online. Hurricane Harvey and the devastation, the horrific flooding, the heroic efforts of the rescuers ( both professional and volunteer ) is pretty much all that I could think of. And with its second landing and Port Arthur and other areas flooding today, it just gets worse and worse.  I add my thoughts and prayers with everyone else for the people in Texas.

Slice of Life in August

A Slice of Life in August….right before the kids all begin to start back to school around here.

It was 91 degrees on Tuesday when I took the twins to a local creek. For the most part, one wades in the shallow end, and there is a little ‘island’ to collect seashells on, but there was a spot that was deep enough for swimming as well.

Late afternoon, a few thunderstorms moved through and then the temperature dropped almost 20 degrees within an hour.

We now have a forecast of highs in the mid-70’s and lows in the 50’s for days on end. Glorious!

No loud window air conditioners running, just open windows and the drowsy hum of the cicadas and the other insects that make up the August orchestra.

Peaches on the windowsill, tomatoes ready to pick and a new bloom in the mystery wildflower bed ( a packet of mixed seeds….some I recognize, this I do not. )

Indoors the light is changing a bit…I notice more of a contrast of sun and shadows earlier in the late afternoon.

I am about 2/3 of the way through in regards to tying this quilt top now. One short side and long side are done and I started the binding ; it will be less boring this way to go back and forth between tying and sewing. I am bringing the back to the front on this one.  I’ve not done that recently but I have done it on older quilts and yes, it holds up just fine :)

I thought to show you what I call The Gauntlet now :)   The bees are generally not bothered when I come in close for a photo, but when I go by with the mower they are a bit annoyed. In this gauntlet I have to pass by the hydrangea bush and two russian sage areas, all swarming with bees.

I go as fast as I can with apologies all the way through!

Some flowers on the other side….

Then on that same side, the hyacinth bean vine is climbing and growing. In the past, I have soaked these seeds for days on end to get them going, then nutured them with daily water….so I find this to be hilarious. These are ‘volunteers ‘ this year ! :)

Here is my garden surprise viewed from the porch :)

I also have two cherry tomato ‘volunteer’ plants from last year growing in the back, alongside the regular tomatoes that I planted.

If you garden, do you get surprises like this sometimes ?  

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