I have been doing lots of new things. I LOVE having the summer off but it is not so good for the pocketbook.
I finished a wall hanging that I made to practice the buttonhole stitch on my machine. I love doing this and am getting much better. I free motioned around the flowers and pots. This is another area I need practice doing.
I used fabric from my ever growing stash. This was from the pile of 1930's type fabric.....cheerful and fun.
My sewing room is hot in the AM. I have a few tops all done and waiting for cooler weather to quilt. I can do small ones when it is warm but cannot stand hot ones all over me.
I have been having a great deal of fun going through the big box of scrap fabric a quilting friend sent to me. I found a whole bunch of small pre-made blocks and put them together into a darling little doll quilt. I will take this with me to sell at the base fair in December. It should be just perfect for an American Girl Doll.
I was reading a book out back the other day. I happened to glance over at the bird bath and was amazed to see a butterfly drinking. We are having a very bad drought so I figured it was desperate. I quietly went inside to get my camera. What an amazing picture.
I decided that I wanted to make a purse for Fall. I had a lovely half yard piece of a big print. I was able to find a coordinating piece of a smaller print for the trim. This is called the Gracie Bag and I have made several already. This goes pretty quickly and is fun to make. It has inside pockets and is a perfect size.
I decided to make this Confetti In The Corner quilt in a totally different colorway. A quilt buddy...Hi Debbie...sent me a big box of fabric. In it were squares of a beautiful Rose. I chose this to be the center of the squares. I was able to pull the other fabric from my ever growing stash. I am happy to say there are still quite a few of the rose squares left for another project.
This went together quite quickly as I did not have to glance at the pattern much. I tried to look carefully and find mistakes before the whole thing is done. It is now waiting for the quilting. I think that will wait for cooler weather as my sewing room is the hottest room in the house.
I thought I would have to buy fabric for the border. I am trying not to buy anything unless it is totally necessary. I went through a stack of flower fabric and found the perfect piece. I got this at a big sale at Joannes. I would love to have bought more but this is all they had left. But it is just perfect. I have a quilt motiff stencil I bought in Paducha that will be good for the border.
I finished the sunflower quilt totally and it resides on the back on one of my couches. I love it and am making another in a totally different colorway. When I do a second quilt of the same pattern, I do not have to pay such close attention to the directions. I am working on perfecting my piecing skills and this is great practice.
I kept admiring this and then suddenly noticed a mistake on one of the blocks. There is no way I would fix this as it is very heavily quilted. Such is life.
I planted a seed garden as this is all my part time earnings would allow. It was very slow to grow this year as I think we added too much peat moss. But like most things, it did come along and it is beautiful. Other gardens in my area look tired and wilted but mine is just getting to peak. I planted big marigolds and zinnias. I will be collecting seeds from my favorite colors and plant them next year.
I donated the rest of my cocker memoribilia to a rescue group. They have an auction that raises money for homeless dogs. I kept 2...one favorite and one from my daughter. Less is just fine.