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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

mid July and plodding along

I am not too sure where I got all my energy in May to accomplish what I did?  June and July have been a lot slower though I do seem to have things started here, there and everywhere.

First, I had to make a mug rug for a swap that I am in... the theme was sewing/quilting/crafting and this is what I made and it is in the mail, heading to my swap partner in the southeast U.S.





Ooops, sideways, oh well, you can turn your head!

My orange swap blocks got finished into a quilt.  The Wednesday quilting group that I belong to, swapped orange squares last year and I used them plus added more as well as a turquoise sashing to turn the blocks into a donation quilt.  I am not overly thrilled with the final quilt, not really something that I love, but it is warm, large enough and hopefully will find a home with someone who likes orange and finds it sunny, warm and comforting.




My design wall has my chevron blocks being added to the design as I get them trimmed. This is a good thing as these blocks have been hanging around way too long. 




And you see the start of another preemie quilt on the left with fun 5" squares and strips of white.

I also am slowly working on my row by row blocks and today added a few to my collection! 




And thus goes July.  Two weeks left to see what I can accomplish and finish up!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Too hot to be a sewing maniac!

Very hot here in the Pacific Northwest.  Breaking temperature records and lots of forest fires all around the province. 
I have been hiding in the basement but even feels too hot to use the iron much so I pieced a lot yesterday and left the pressing until late last night. 
Today, we had no electricity for most of the day so we escaped and it has been a complete no sewing day at all!!

I worked on a Lemonade quilt inspired by my buddy, Bonnie.  The pattern is free from the Fat Quarter shop and it was a good way to use a layer cake.  Most of my quilts of Valour have been sent to Edmonton or are ready to head in that direction so time to start making more.


and I completed 2 of my rows for the Row by Row.  One is from A Great Notion in Surrey and other from Hamel's in Chilliwack.





I played with another pattern that uses layer cakes called Double Slice and it is on my design wall waiting to be pieced together. 


Then I was happy to finally get my 16 patch put together and pressed, ready for quilting. 


The forest fires are really bad in the province and the smoke is blowing down through our valley.  It is really thick out there tonight.




So, almost a week into the month of July and nothing finished but some starts for the month.