Friday

Floral 9-Patch Quilt - Completed

 I had so much leftover fabric in third quilt I made using these florals.

I simply sewed together the scraps making 9-patch blocks then put sashing between all the blocks.

I free-motioned the quilt and used the same backing and binding I used on my floral pinwheel quilt.

Both the quilts are have a pretty, soft look and I think they have great feminine appeal.



Tuesday

My Vegetable Garden

 My vegetable garden is in full swing these days. The hot weather over the past week has made everything just grow at a rapid pace.

I've been picking green beans every day and the peppers were so large, the plant was tipping on its side like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. And the cucumbers are so large already that I've picked 7 from one plant already.

It's been too hot to spend a lot of time outside, but my garden is benefiting greatly.


Sunday

Floral Pinwheel Quilt - Completed

I finished my floral pinwheel quilt today. I free-motion quilted the layers of the quilt and added a nice floral binding to mimic all the colors of the blocks in the quilt.

It's been close to 90 degrees these days and since I am stuck in the air conditioning instead of getting to be outside, it seems like a great time to get a little quilting done.

I don't plan on spending a lot of summertime in my sewing room but sometimes the opportunity is right.


Tuesday

Pretty Little Party Dress

I finished my pretty little party dress project and since I had cut off the skirt part of the original dress, I thought I would make it into a cute little purse to match the dress.

The dress is now a party dress ready for a fancy event. I sure hope the recipient likes it. The photo does not clearly show the sparkle in the tulle or reflect how soft the cute little dress is.

Monday

Independence Day

We spend the 4th of July at the local legion post. We start the day enjoying the parade followed by kid's games at the post. Once the kids have exhausted the face painting, balloon animal making and all the other fun things to do, we head home for picnic then come back for the fireworks.

This year's events were held under perfect weather conditions. No rain, not too hot or not too cold. It was absolutely perfect.

Friday

What's on the design board?

Here we are in the midst of summer, and I have to admit, I have not spent much time in my sewing room. I have an organic garden to maintain and I recently had a landscaping project in the works. I really love spending time outdoors in the summer so I never feel any angst about not sewing.

I have been working on a special project over the past few weeks. It's a cute little tea dress that has some paint stains on the front that won't come out. So I am modifying the dress into a pretty party dress. The colors of the dress are quite unique. The dress is not quite red and not quite pink or peach. It falls in-between the standard color wheel in such pretty tones that they are not easy to match. So instead of looking for a specific type of fabric I let chose what was available in the shades that matched the dress. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

The colors are soft and muted just like the stripe in the original dress. And since it will be a party dress, I found a nice shade of tulle to go over the top of the skirt. So so pretty. I love the drapey feel of the fabric. It has a nice soft feel to it as well. That will definitely help keep the scratchy tulle layer away from a little girl's skin.

For the entire month of July I don't expect to have anything on the design board, there's just too much to do outdoors. However, I can't wait to put this little dress all together.

Floral Pinwheel Quilt

I have two quilts prepped and ready for some free-motion quilting. I love the pretty colors in the quilts, and I am thrilled that I used the leftovers from my mother's quilt to make these.

It sure keeps the costs low when I can use up every bit of fabric available. Now I just hope to find the time to actually quilt them. After all, it is summer and there's so much to do outside, these just might have to wait for a rainy day.

Thursday

Client Free-Motion Quilting Projects

I've had 7 projects to free-motion quilt for some of my clients. These were all table runners and table toppers from a class that some of the ladies took last month.

I'm pretty certain these ladies do not need the classes, they just use them as an opportunity to socialize more than learn new skills. Their work is great, so that's why I don't think they really need the classes.

They are a bit afraid to try to quilt their projects on their own so they farm them out to me which I love. It gives me the opportunity to hone my free-motion skills and get more practice in on these small projects.

Funny thing about these projects is that even though they are small, it was a bit overwhelming to have 7 of them handed to me all at once! I am happy to report that I got them ready for binding rather promptly.

Saturday

Happiness is . . .

Happiness is spending afternoons with my granddaughters on beautiful summer days.

The warm days are limited here in Wisconsin so we have to take advantage of every moment. We play in the pool whenever we can and the girls absolutely love the water.

Monday

Mod Squad Quilt - Completed

I completed my Mod Squad quilt today. I love how the modern fabrics complemented this pattern. When I made the quilt top I inadvertently made an extra block. So I incorporated it into the back of the quilt.

I quilted this quilt using a straight-line quilting technique. I needed to use my walking foot for a change instead of my free-motion foot.  It was a nice change of pace.

The quilting complemented the fabric and the pattern perfectly. I love modern quilting and really like the results.

Friday

Wisconsin 2016 Shop Hop - Day 1

The Wisconsin 2016 Shop Hop started today and I went to 6 different fabric shops. All the shops were near the Madison area.

While out on our little tour, we stopped at our favorite Wisconsin winery, Botham Winery in Barneveld, WI. It has the best white wines in the entire state.

Hands.down.the.best.

Here's the loot I scored on day one of the shop hop! I can't wait to plan my next route to get to a few more shops...or maybe not. I am feeling quite burnt out already.

Wednesday

What's on the design board?

May was filled with many projects that did not include sewing. That doesn't mean I didn't try to squeeze a little sewing in here and there. I had so much fabric left over from my mother's mothers' day quilt, I decided it was a shame to put those beautiful fabrics back in the closet.

So I found a pattern to try out a version of the pinwheel. It was easily accomplished with charm square sized pieces of fabrics. So I cut up the leftovers into 5-inch squares. Once I had enough pinwheels, I just sewed the rest of the squares into 9-patch blocks.

I still cannot believe I had this much fabric left. And I still have more! I think I will try to piece together a backing with what is still left and probably buy another piece to make the other back.

That will finish off all the pretty florals left from this collection of fabrics. I am happy to have used them up!