Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Finish #2 for July 2024............

Now that I have my 2 finishes for the month I can sit back and do nothing for the rest of the month.... wait...I don't know how to do that.  I need to be busy.

I made the quilt top in November 2023 so this one didn't wait too long to be quilted (by longarm friend Robin).  I did the binding all by machine which speeded up the finish.

Looking back at previous posts when I was making the top, there are at least 77 different Kaffe collective fabric in it, and 2 squares of most of the prints.  It has Hobbs 80/20 batting in it and it is 66" x 84.5".  The backing and binding are also Kaffe fabrics.

Yesterday was my pacemaker check up.  I only have a few months left in the battery so I'll be getting a replacement in a couple months.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Binding in progress..................

I made the decision to do the binding on this second quilt all by machine. I'm sewing it on the back and will topstitch it on the front.

I took a photo of my computer screen, so I'm sorry it's not very clear.  This earthquake was 3 miles from my town.  I usually sleep through them but I woke up at 2:30 yesterday morning and was having trouble getting back to sleep.  The earthquake was at 2:53 a.m.  I thought a tree had fallen in my backyard. Big thump and ground shaking.  I knew my motion sensor lights (and my south neighbor's lights) would come on if that had happened.  It was totally dark, no lights.  In the morning when I didn't see any trees down anywhere I had an idea it might be an earthquake so I did a search and there it was.  My rain gauge had 2.1" in it from the storms that started late Sunday night.

There were lots of tornado warnings last night as a strong storm system moved through from Iowa to Indiana with us west of Chicago getting in on it.  I didn't lose power and I think our area was pretty much spared but the storm reports will start coming in with daylight today.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Garden yield and destash details.....................

This is my Saturday and Sunday pickings from my garden.  The tomato on the left has a scar on one side but I think I can salvage the rest of it.  I ate 4 of the little Sun Gold tomatoes before I grabbed my camera.

I thought I would get a second binding sewn on a quilt yesterday but I spent the whole day doing photography and writing my destash post for the Wandaful Quilts blog.  I didn't get a lot of fabric pulled but there is a bunch of miscellaneous items that I'm hoping I can find a home for.  This is an orange week.


Sunday, July 14, 2024

Sorting through stash.................

I'm still sorting through stash for things to destash and post on my other blog.  I'm hoping for a post tomorrow morning.

It was hot and sticky as forecasted yesterday.  We got a nice little surprise shower in the afternoon and got about a tenth of an inch of rain.  It would be nice if we could get a little more rain.  They are saying a dew point of 78 tomorrow...that is tropical humidity.  I'm glad I have plenty to do inside.  

Saturday, July 13, 2024

First finish for July 2024..............

I love making quilts with several different size blocks.  This one has 4 sizes.  All of the fabrics are Kaffe Fassett collective.  

This quilt is 63.5" x 82.5".  The longarm quilting was done by my friend Robin.

The camera once again is emphasizing the dark and light and I don't feel that the dark blocks are as dark as they look in these photos.

This is an angle photo that I took when I finished the top and the colors seem much more accurate here.  Every straight on photo I take of it is value distorted.

The backing fabric, also a Kaffe fabric, was a gift from a friend.  The binding is an older Kaffe print.  The quilt has Hobbs 80/20 batting in it.

I started making the blocks for this quilt on June 17, 2020 and finished the top in August 2020.  4 years in the waiting room before it would be finished.

Yesterday turned out to be partially cloudy and the humidity wasn't too bad so I finished the mowing in 2 sessions.  Now the temperature is going to be 90 or above for 4 days with high humidity.


Friday, July 12, 2024

Yes, it is done...................

There was one short side and a little left on a long side when I started stitching yesterday so I stuck with it until it was done..  Full photo tomorrow.

It is going to be in the 90s and high humidity starting with Saturday so I thought I had better get the rest of the mulch spread.  This is the same red mulch but in the shade it looks brown.  The bushes are my Compact Burning Bushes planted in 2021.

Every year I show this tiny yellow Coneflower.  I think it is about 8" tall already which beats last year's 6".  It has more leaves this year so I'm hopeful it will grow more.

I waited until 8 p.m. to mow the grass in the backyard.  It was down to 72 with a dewpoint of 65.  The front yard may have to wait until the middle of next week when it cools off a little.  The front yard is in the hot sun almost all day so it doesn't grow as fast.


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Playing with birds......................

I really didn't accomplish much yesterday.  Mostly I looked through the Charley Harper bird fabric and decided which size some of them will be cut.  I'm not sure if I'll use the stylized print on the top left.

Some of the prints are spread out and might need to be 8.5" squares.

Maybe I'll get some more cutting done today.

I'm still working on the hand stitching on a binding too.