Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Lots of sewing, no photos........

I had just two seams left to sew in the Double 4 patch by the time I went to bed last night.  I should have a photo of the finished top tomorrow.  I also sewed the last 16 blocks for my One Block Wonder which I will be starting a layout on today.

This is my potted Dahlia plant.  I was going to put it in the ground but ended up putting it in a pot with some Periwinkle Vinca vines from my garden.
The hanging pots in the backyard are happy.  We got .86" of rain by 9:45 p.m. last night and more to happen overnight so I won't need to water them for awhile.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Final layout........

I made the final blocks and rearranged a little so I could start sewing this top together.  This is more true color than yesterday's photo.

Here are the buds on the Balloon Flowers.  They look a little like hot air balloons at this point.

As the buds get larger they start turning color.  In past years I have had pale pink ones in addition to these periwinkle blue blooms.

The coneflowers are opening.  The bugs start eating the petals within days of blooming so it is hard to get a good photo.  This one is probably fully opened this morning.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Double 4 patch progress...........

After sewing the last batch of blocks yesterday I decided to try to figure out a layout.  I am short 7 blocks with light corners so in the last batch I sewed I should have caught that.  Most of the cutting mistakes were on light blocks too.  I have 5 ready to sew this morning so only 2 more to cut.
My tomato plants are officially as tall as I am now and I haven't given them any fertilizer yet.  There are lots of tomatoes too.

The balloon flowers are opening.  I pulled out all of the primrose because the Japanese beetles like it.  That actually made more room for these beauties.

They are such a pretty shade of periwinkle blue.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!............

I chose the last 5 pairs of fabrics for the Double 4 patch and got them cut and ready to sew the 4 patches.  I was too tired to finish them last night so I'll work on them today.  Yesterday was another beautiful day.  I got my cactus plants all outside finally.  Then I dug up some renegade Asters that wanted to grow right next to my sidewalk.  The problem with them is that they lean over the sidewalk when they get fully grown.  They are going to a new home today.
I wasn't quite at the right angle to snap this photo of a butterfly (upside down) getting some nectar from a Milkweed bloom.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Starting the layout.........

After errands and mowing my whole yard in one shot it was time to start working on this Double 4 patch quilt again.  This is one block of each of the combinations that I have sewn so far.  There are 4 blocks of most and 3 of the ones where I cut 2.5" sections instead of 4.5" or the other way around. There is enough for four 4 patches in one strip of 2 fabrics sewn together if I don't make any mistakes.  I need to sew 5 more combinations of 2 fabrics to get the number of blocks that I need.

I also need to sew these 16 blocks for my One Block Wonder quilt.  Play day for the layout is next Tuesday.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

June recap.........

As usual I left my finishing until the end of the month but I met my goal of having 2 finished.  The flannel quilt is a couch quilt and the Trip Around the World is a twin size, about 75.5" x 99".
 I finished two quilt tops in June, both full of luscious summer colors.  

I'm still knitting dishcloths because it is so calming, easy to pick up and do a little on between other things.

I'm going to look on the bright side for 2015 - instead of dwelling on the half that is gone I'll look at the opportunities that are ahead in the second half of the year.  I hope I can finish 18 more quilts to match the 18 finished in the first half of the year.   Of course I want to start a dozen too (or more!).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Finished just before midnight........

It was so late when I finished the binding and I tried to get a good photo but it isn't the best.  I'll try again today because I need to do my June recap too.

 I used 2 different batiks on the back and made a cutting error so I had to add a strip crosswise too.

The little bunny was back yesterday sitting on one of the large rocks and eating weeds.