At the end of June, I ended up flying to Little Rock to see my son, Brok and his family. It was a bit of a random visit and after looking over their calendar and my calendar this was the only time it would work for a visit, so I booked a flight and off I went. I got to the Little Rock airport Sunday evening and there was my family just waiting for me to walk up. That is one of the best feelings and best things to see – Hunter and Hailey waiting patiently and I’m just waving away with a big smile on my face. Hellos are so precious! They were very eager to take away my luggage and it was fun watching them.
I got to stay with them all week and it was fun. Hunter was invited to attend a summer school program that is science/math and they build things. He really enjoyed it.
The Friday before the 4th, all 5 of us loaded up and we drove to Tyler for Adley’s birthday party and for them to meet our newest family member, Bennett.
Needless to say, we had a lot of good family time. We did miss Josh and family, they were playing league baseball in Florida.
Did you have a nice 4th of July? I love, love, love firework displays. It is one of things that I just marvel at. I got to see two different ones; the second one was Macy’s display in New York via TV where it was nice and cool and no bugs! Ha! One of these days I hope to be there in person – it was fabulous on TV, just think how impressive it would be in person.
I’ve gotten a lot of sewing in here and there. I have way too many projects in progress, but that seems to be the way I roll lately.
I am working on my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends. I love the little friendship stars, they are very cute, but they do require a lot of time to construct. I received week 5 a couple of days early and I prep them with starch, let dry then trim away the centers and then match up for half-squares. It may sound a little confusing, but I do have a system and I’m plugging away.
Yes, I’m still working on my Somewhere in Time, but my plans are to finish it this week! I got the top border finished Saturday morning and I danced a jig. Sunday I got the top border sewn onto the body of the quilt, so now I need to finish the top sections where the vines join. That is on the agenda for today, hopefully I will get that conquered and then to lay out the bottom border.
A few weeks ago I even decided to play with my bow ties and make 2 blocks! They turned out very nicely and I can’t wait to play with them again. See what they look like.
Believe it or not, I am somewhat keeping up with “My Crazy Life” quilt, pattern by Primitive Gatherings. No, they did not name the quilt after me, but I do think I could be a contributor. Ha! I have 4 weeks of blocks prepped and ready for thread. I got week 5 fabrics starched last night, so I can construct those blocks – they are ready for me to trim and sew. The blocks are fun to make and I haven’t even added the wool yet, most of the blocks are very simple – which I’m really enjoying.
Last but not least, I started ANOTHER quilt! I’ve wanted to start this quilt, but since I had so many other things going I decided to wait, but when someone expresses an interest in something, then I normally re-think it. You know – strength in numbers! Ha!
During one of the sew-ins someone mentioned they wanted to do the Farm Girl Vintage quilt by Lori Holt. So a few of us worked up a schedule of days to work on the project. We decided that we would work on it by rows instead of taking a year to make a quilt – you know, 8 is a lot better than 12! I took into consideration when the retreat house was vacant and we have a plan.
I planned our method of attack, pages, blocks, sashing, cornerstones and flying geese for the border and got to work. The blocks are adorable and you can choose to do 6 inch or 12 inch finished blocks. Almost all of the blocks are constructed using the “sew and flip” method – all the ones that are a design, i.e. hen, chick, pear, etc.
Lori Holt has a blog and she also teams up with Fat Quarter Shop and the shop even has alternative blocks you can use in case you want to trade out some of them. Lori’s blog did give out a layer cake block that is cute, cute! It is a free downloadable, just note that when you download the instructions you are only downloading the cutting information. You will need her blog for the actual instructions, well I did.
Our next Farm Girl sew day is August 26 or 27th. You can use your own fabric and I highly recommend you pre-cut for your blocks. It takes a good bit of time deciding on your color way for your blocks and there are several cuts to each block. Should you decide to join us, please let me know. Another tip, be sure to bring your fabric that you choose – just in case you didn’t cut enough or cut incorrectly! (Which I did both!) I have extra copies of the book, if you are interested.
Sorry this is such a long post, I’ve been trying to get it out all month! Stay inside and out of the heat, this is great sewing weather!
I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,