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August Break: Finish

August moved out in a whirl with lovely times spent with family.

This recently departed critter was not a family member . . .

A visitor on the patio at work.

So, how many bowls of this do you suppose were consumed by families across the country this past weekend?

Potato Salad
Potato Salad

The last two are sneak peaks at works in progress.

Mini Blocks
Sneak peak #1
Star Blocks
Sneak peak #2

I hope your August was lovely.


Border Quilting

I’ve managed to fit in some time on quilting the borders. Progress is slow but getting there. I decided to go with a somewhat freeform leaf/vine motif. The contrast between the thread color and the dark batik isn’t as stark on the actual quilt. (Yes, someday I will replace my camera, or learn to take better pictures with what I have!)

Border quilting

I also received these goodies in the mail recently. Burgundy Buttons was having a sale and I couldn’t resist.

Moda fabricsMore Moda

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On another note, I read a post on Jaybird Quilts about organization and had to smile. Can I stay organized? Nope. Do I start to get spazzed when things get a little too haphazard and messy? Yup. Is every flat surface clear? Are you kidding?? Although, maybe if I put up more shelves I’d have a better shot at it. And I can relate to things that don’t have a place where they belong. That either says something about the virtues of having fewer things, or a better system for storing said things (it’s pretty much just the fabric I need more room for). Back to the more shelves idea . . .


A New Challenge

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday so far. It certainly has been busy here, and it’s been great having time off from work and school and hanging out with family. Time to play with the grandkids! Time to sew! Time to eat Christmas cookies! It’s all good.

How many more days of winter??
Need something to keep your creative self in gear through the coming months? Hurry over to Myra’s PhD Challenge (Projects half Done) and sign up quick! There’s only a couple of days left to join in. I learned about it on Thread Head’s blog. (Go on over and visit—check out the wonderful mini-quilts she’s been working on.)

I’ve put four things on my challenge list. One of them is to finish the quilting for the Quilt-Along quilt. I’ve been giving my walking foot quite a workout—lots and lots of straight (sort of) lines. Given that the pre-cut strips weren’t all 2 1/2 inches wide as they should have been, and the “creative piecing” that required, I’m doing more quilting than I might have otherwise. This baby is not going to come apart!

Squares quilt
I also plan to finish a quilt I started a while back for Project Linus.

Project Linus quilt
And I’ve designed a pattern for the Christmas fabric I bought recently. So far, I’ve gotten it cut out.

Christmas Snowballs Patches
Next on the to-do list is to finish the pattern I’ve sketched out for these Stonehenge fabrics I’ve been collecting. Aren’t the textures fantastic? I’m hoping to get to the cutting out part, too.

Stonehenge fabrics
I hope the new year brings you creative joy.