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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Four Petals and Tulips

So far, so good with having some time off to get going on some projects here... first up is a hooked rug titled "Four Petals". It is an adaptation of an antique rug. I picked this up from The Old Tattered Flag while at the Lancaster hook-in this past Spring.

I finished the punching on the doodle that I had started a month or so ago. It is titled "Tulip Doodle" and is also a purchase from The Old Tattered Flag. I do have an idea of how I want to finish this piece... just need to put the time aside to get going on it! :-)

That's all for now... I figure if I do quick posts when I get the pics uploaded... it will save me from postponing writing a super long post for months on end! ;-)

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!


Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day

Wishing everyone a glorious Independence Day! I hope you are all enjoying some sunshine, picnics... and (once darkness falls) some super fireworks displays!!!

We had a relaxing 3-day weekend here at our home! We spent Saturday cruising around in our 1967 Buick Sport Wagon... visited with friends and enjoyed some good eats at Chick-fil-A!

Sunday was a quiet day indoors. I took a good part of the day to organize my wool, fabrics and sewing supplies. Since July is the month I celebrate a Birthday... I decided to take a few days off from work this month... for the sole purpose of giving myself some extra time to sit and hook/punch/stitch! So stay tuned for plenty of pics of (hopefully) completed projects!

I did some shopping for some special items in honor of my Birthday... Let's start off with an absolutely gorgeous (and very well crafted) Make-do Strawberry Pinkeep... hand made by Julie of My Primitive Heart!

Next was some fabrics from two of my favorite designers.... a half yard bundle of Wild Orchid by Blackbird designs...

...and a half yard bundle of Blue Barn by Laundry Basket Quilts! Yes, both purchased from Fat Quarter Shop.

And since I can't seem to pass up anything by Blackbrd Designs... I also signed on for their newest BOM, "Raven". Yes... Inspired by the famous Edgar Allen Poe poem and stitched using their Wild Orchid fabrics!

And since you simply can not be a "July Baby" without an extra appreciation for the Red, White and Blue... I also signed on for Heartspun Quilts (Pam Buda) Star Spangled Liberty BOM!

Whew! I should be plenty busy for the next year... or so? ;-)

...so now that the shopping is done... it's time to get stitching! :-)

But wait, there's more!!! Not shopping... but another favorite hobby of mine... local car shows... come take a look-see!

Ahhhhhh.... Summertime is here!

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Josephine and Peach Roses

It seems that as the more sunshine and warm breezes we have... the more difficult it is for me to sit... so there has been little stitching going here... I did manage to finish the Josephine quilt! :-) It's been finished and pics have been taken for awhile now... just needed to sit and start typing up a post!

So... here's the scoop:

The pattern was in the Spring 2014 Easy Quilts magazine.

Designed by Kimberly Jolly of The Fat Quarter Shop.

Kit of fabrics purchased from Fat Quarter Shop.

Finished size 50" x 61"

I used Dream Wool batting (one layer). I haven't ever used this batting before, so I have yet to find out how it washes. I can say that it is a light and fluffy batting that has a soft drape. Washing may happen this weekend, so I'll update that in a future post.

The quilting was mostly done "in the ditch". All straight lines with the walking foot. 50wt Aurifil is the thread. I have not ever free motion quilted... so, until I get to practice that on some scraps... the next couple of quilts will also be quilted with a walking foot.

After completing this quilt, I've decided it's going to be my "experimental/practice" quilt. I may go back and hand quilt some test designs in the center of the stars... I may free motion different designs in each block (for practice)... and I may even use this quilt to test some of those marking pens & pencils (especially in the white areas)... better to find out which ones really disappear.... before using it on one of those future (complicated and heirloom) quilts! ;-) Yes... this quilt will definitely be used!

One final update for today... remember the rose that turned into a snack for a deer one autumn afternoon?

Well... it has returned to bloom again this year!

Please excuse the weeds... I haven't really done much to the garden this season (yet)... maybe this weekend. :-)

That's about it for now! I hope to be posting more often (and soon)... July is my Birthday month... so I'll be sharing the shopping, foods and festivities here... yes... I've already started celebrating even though it's still June! :-)

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!


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