Saturday, July 31, 2021

Goodbye To July With One Monthly Goal Accomplished

 July was a busy month with the garden screaming for attention, but I did manage to complete my goal for July as well as a few other projects.  We grow about twenty different varieties of hybridized day lilies in our garden.  Our garden is small, but over the years, we have divided and replanted the lilies and in July and August they provide a daily show of color.  They started blooming earlier than usual this year, but the flowers are wonderful.  The three below are: Cherry Cheeks, Ruby Spider, and one of my favorites, Spanish Dancer.  Each bloom only lasts one day, but they are spectacular.  We keep track of the number of flowers each day on a calendar.  Even though our garden is small, the highest daily number we have recorded over the last six years was 215.

My goal for July was to finish a baby quilt for Little Lambs Foundation for Kids.

My Pfaff has a lot of quilting stitches to choose from.  I used two different sizes of wavy stitches.

In addition to the baby quilt, I made four placemats from red, white, and blue scraps.

The backs of the placemats were made from four different leftover patriotic fabrics.

I started a new baby quilt using the leftovers of a jelly roll purchased at my local quilt shop.  The owner cuts jelly rolls from different fabric lines.  This jelly roll was cut primarily from Tanya Whelan fabrics.   When finished, it's destined for the Little Lambs Foundations for Kids.

I'm linking up with all of the other industrious quilters at Elm Street Quilts' One Monthly Goal July Link-up.   I'll also be "Whooping" it up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


Friday, July 2, 2021

July is Here Already

I frittered away the month of June, doing fun things like emptying boxes from the basement and attic and taking items to Goodwill.  I wasted valuable quilting time, trimming rhododendrons and geraniums after their blooms faded.  After the gardening chores were finished, it was so hot I couldn't bear to quilt in our stuffy non-air conditioned home.  It's still hot and humid, but it's time to sit next to a fan and quilt.  In an effort to finish at least one item, I am joining Elm Street Quilts' One Monthly Goal July Link-up.

It's a terrible picture, but the wide stripes are sweet little butterflies.   It's raining today so there's no chance of taking a better picture.  My goal is to quilt and bind this Quick Strippy baby quilt.  It's based on a free pattern offered on Mary Johnson's blog, Mary Quilts.  If you have never visited her blog, you really should.  She has lots of lovely free patterns.

I am linking up at Elm Street Quilts, in the hope that it will inspire me.  You can see all of the projects quilters are linking up for their One Monthly Goal for July at Elm Street Quilts.  If you need a little push, you can join in too.