Evening in the Garden Quilts

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Getting it Done in August and September

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Don’t I write of these End of Month posts about every week?  Well, it is that time again, and I’ve fallen short of even my modest goals.

August Goals

1.  Finish SIL’s Coffee Quilt top.

2.  Quilt Coffee Quilt.  (About halfway finished…)

September Goals

1.  Quilt and bind Coffee Quilt.

2.  Make some fall wall hangings for my shop.

3.  Make a small art quilt from a vacation photo.

4. Revisit my Oh, My Stars UFO.

Summer’s so distracting.  And balance is good.  It would be silly to sit at the sewing machine all day and let summer pass us by.

We all know that September is the official start of the new year, right?  So I have great plans.

One thing that’s inspiring me to sew this weekend is the Labor Day Sew-In on Twitter, #LDSI  .  It’s a lot of fun to see what everyone’s dong and give and get feedback as I take little stretching breaks.  If you’re looking for me, I’m @ scooquilt .

That’s where I stole this cool idea.  Glenna posted that she used You Doodle to audition quilt ideas.  I couldn’t find that for my tablet, but I did find Picasso.  So far, so fun!

How did you do on your August goals?  I’ve probably made you look good! You’re welcome!

I’m linking up to Getting It Done at Patchwork Times.

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Sunday Stash Report: 8/25/13

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I’ve been working at getting back to the sewing this week, making six more of the Card Trick blocks each day that I could get to the machine.  All twenty-four for the center of the Coffee Quilt are finished, but I still need to assemble them and add the borders.

The only fabric that went out this week is 1.75 yards I used for these bandanas for firefighters in Idaho.  Thank you, Jaye, for passing along this link.

This week:  +0 yards,  -1.75 yards
YTD:  +114.5 yards,  -172.75 yards
Net stash used in 2013:  -58.25 yards

How are doing with your destashing?  As we pass Labor Day, I know things will settle down and we’ll start to see some progress!

I’m linking up with Sunday Stash Report at Patchwork Times.


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WIP Wednesday: Sewing Again!

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Yes, six new blocks, like this, for the Coffee Quilt.  I will was all thumbs using the rotary cutter after so long away.  I wasted some fabric, but eventually cut enough triangles to make these.  Even managed to include some yellow Mirror Ball, one of my favorite fabrics. These blocks finish at nine inches.  The weather looks to be cooling off, so I may get this top pieced before the month is out; quilted, I’m not so sure.  Twelve more Cardtrick blocks
and then mitered borders.

My sewing machine is purring away after being cleaned.  However, six blocks were all my back and shoulders could handle.  Now to catch up some on reading blogs (don’t even ask how far behind I am on podcasts!)

How are you progressing?

I’m linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


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There and Back Again

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Twenty-six days and 5960 miles later, I am back where I started after our thirtieth anniversary car trip.  DH and I rarely tent camp now, so this one was motels, restaurants, and picnic lunches. 

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We also stayed in, or at least dined in, all those great railroad lodges of the US and Canadian Rockies.  Considering that, I was glad to return home weighing a half pound less and having walked over 50 miles, according to my Fitbit pedometer. And stairs. Did I mention we were on the third floor at Many Glacier Lodge?

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We waded across the Mississippi at its source at Lake Itasca.  We admired the beautiful farms of Iowa, and the plains and mountains, rivers, lakes, and glaciers.

The weather was moderate to very cool and crisp all through our trip. I wore jeans more often than I thought I would. And wool socks in my Columbia sandals are not only warm, they’re cushy like slippers. Even the plains were not too warm.

We discovered that there are many places where you can still be without phone service, and that not everyone’s idea of “WiFi”actually works.

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I think this shot should become a quilt, don’t you?

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We saw a lot of wildlife.

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Much of the US side of the trip was a repeat of various other years, but the Canadian side was all new.  Here is beautiful Lake Louise, but I could not get the turquoise color of the water to photograph.

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The laundry’s been done, the house is presentable, I’ve preserved the most pressing vegetables from the garden and the blueberries we brought back from Michigan, and done the grocery shopping.  Today I need to pay bills and vacuum my studio in preparation for my machine’s homecoming from the “spa”.  Tomorrow, let the sewing begin!

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Sunday Stash Report: Home from Vacation

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Back from our Odyssey across America and Canada, and only 2 yards of fabric returned with me!  I am happy to report that there are hundreds of quilt shops in the northern US and Canada, but I did not shop in most of them.  DH kept saying, “Do you want to go in that shop?”, as if it would make up for the hours of staring at the plains or slogging through yet another museum or gift shop.  I kept reminding him that I already own plenty of fabric.  I did buy these pre-cuts at The Quilt Patch in Moose jaw, SK, with the idea of reproducing some of those plains or mountains in quilt form.

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On return, I found that Timeless Treasures had sent me this Tonga Treat Mini as a thank-you for the quilts I donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief.  Darn, batiks!

This week:  +2.75 yards, -0 yards
YTD:  +114.5 yards,  -171 yards
Net stash used in 2013:  56.5 yards

How is your summer going?  Getting to be time for back-to-school and some serious sewing!

I’m linking up with Sunday Stash Report at Patchwork Times.