JSS July Bee Day

We may need to rename the “July Bee Day” to “July Bee Birthday!”  It seems that there are a lot of JSS’ers blessed with a star spangled July birthday!  Thanks to Patt, our gracious hostess, for helping us celebrate!  We even had cupcakes with birthday candles!

Happy-Birthday-CupcakesWe had lots and lots of wonderful quilts for show and tell.  Sally started us off with her Forever Blooming quilt fresh from the quilter (Susan Corbett):

Sally's-Forever-BloomingMuch discussion about whether to scallop or not to scallop the border.  The quilting is exquisite with echos of the flowers and little garden critters (but no praying mantis 🙂 ).

closeup-of-Forever-BloomingJudy was working on the binding for her modern ruffly quilt.

Judy's-Modern-rufflePeggy brought this adorable Moose (pattern purchased during a recent Alaska trip):

Peggy's-MooseHere’s a close up of some of the stitching.

Closeup-of-MooseThere seemed to be lots of baby quilts at the July Bee Day… are more people born in July than any other month?  Seems like it!  Here is Peggy’s pink and brown beauty:

Peggy's-Pink-and-BrownI brought my recently complete Austin Family Album top.  I used Barbara Brackman’s Modernism fabric so I think it may be called “Art Deco Austin.”

My-Austin-Family-AlbumPatt has been working on this neutral toned baby quilt.  A challenge for a girl who loves color!

Patt's-neutral-baby-quiltShe also made this very traditional baby quilt – already wrapped around the baby so we have a picture of a picture on her ipad…

Patt's-baby-quilt---maybeKaren was working on the binding for this pink and gray baby quilt.  We all admired the design made from the change in position of the chevrons – this surprised Karen.  She had no idea she’d done that!  😉

Karen's-Baby-QuiltKaren also brought this super fun Halloween quilt.  Great pattern to use with those spooky scenes!

Karen's-Halloween-QuiltThe back of the quilt makes good use of the lefovers!

The-back-of-the-halloween-qAnd Suz brought a bunch of place mats made with Kaffe Fassett fabric.  This is for an upcoming wedding shower for her soon to be daughter-in-law – lucky girl! Lucky to get those place mats but even luckier to get Suz as her mother-in-law!

Suz-with-Kaffe-PlacematsAnd then it was lunch time!  As usual we had way more desserts than we needed but nobody complained one bit!

lunch-timeSo there you go – July Bee Day and it’s still early August!

Y’all keep cool and keep stitching!

Around the World Blog Hop

Have you heard about the fabulous “Around the World Blog Hop?”  Every Monday we are passing the blogging baton on to one of our favorite bloggers.  Last Monday, my stitching buddy Barb linked to me on her Just Sayin’ Sew blog.  Thanks Barb!  Here she is with one of her wonderful Inklingo blocks:Barb-with-another-Inklingo-

To participate in the Blog Hop, I first answer some questions and then link to the next blogger  – who will blog about the Around the World Blog Hop next Monday.

Question 1:  What am I working on?

Oh my, that is quite a question.  I keep most (not all) of my projects in these colorful plastic boxes from Costco stacked up in a cabinet in my quilt studio:

Quilt-projectsFrom the tippy top box (a 4 patch exchange with friends) to the very bottom box (quilt blocks for my JSS bee exchange) – there are plenty of projects to work on.  However I’m not going to show you the contents of each one of these boxes – just some highlights of very recent projects and one new one on the horizon.

This week I took a workshop through the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild on Miniature Baskets with Margie Payton. It was fun but very intense!  Here is my miniature basket quilt top:

Miniature-Basket-QuiltI put the quarter on the quilt so you can see just how tiny those little baskets are!

After that very small project, my Austen Family Album block of the week seemed enormous!

Little-and-BigLast month, my friends and I hit the Houston Quilt Festival.  After seeing all the beautiful red and white quilts, including this wonderful Just Takes 2 quilt, I have been once again inspired to take up my purple and white Just Takes 2 project.

Friends-at-the-quilt-showHere are blocks 55, 56 and 57.  Only 43 more to go!!!

Blocks-55,-56,-57One last show and tell!  I’ve decided to participate in Bonnie Hunters new Grand Illusion Mystery quilt, which begins on November 28.  I’ve got some gorgeous batiks for this new mystery quilt:

Fabrics Can’t wait for the first clue!  Check out her blog and join me if you can!

Question 2:  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t think my quilting differs that much from others. I like to try many different quilting techniques, from paper piecing to needle turned hand applique and everything in between. I do like to have several projects going on at the same time, so I never get bored!  If a project doesn’t appeal to me today, I’ll pick up something else.  I love to begin projects but really do try to finish them now and then too!

Question 3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

I love to quilt!  I love that I can be creative and don’t have to draw, paint or sing (I am really bad at all three).  I blog about my quilting because I’m an insufferable show off!  I love to share what I’ve been working on.  I love to share others work too – quilt shows, bee days, quilt shop hops, etc.  If I can pique your interest, make you smile or give you a tip you can use, then I feel good.

Question 4.  How does my writing/creating process work?

I take lots of pictures!  The pictures tell me what to write!  I edit the pictures in Adobe Photoshop Elements, cropping, enhancing, resizing and finally saving a version for the web.  As I go through these steps I’m actually composing  the story behind the photo.  Sometimes it is a long explanation and sometimes all the photo needs is a name.  When I write, I try to give you lots of links to other web sites, other artists, patterns, fabrics, books, tools, so on.  The internet is full of resources!  I like to share those if I can.

Passing the Baton

Next Monday, December 1 check out Postcards from Panama for the next Around the World Blog Hop posting.  Carol from Panama is another amazing Inklingo quilter!  And I just love her bright fabric choices!

This week in the US we are preparing lots of fabulous pies, turkeys and side dishes so we can celebrate with friends and family all that makes us thankful.  One thing I am thankful for is to have this opportunity to share with you!  Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Austen Family Album

I am thoroughly enjoying the Barbara Brackman Austen Family Album block of the week and while I have been keeping up with stitching the blocks each week, I haven’t been quite so diligent about posting pictures of them.  So here are the latest:

This is block 24 – called Wheel of Change for Capt. de Feullide.  Each week Barbara Brackman gives us a free pattern and some insight into the people in Jane Austen’s life.

Block-24-Wheel-of-ChangeBlock 25 is Anna’s Choice for Anna Austen.Block-25---Anna's-ChoiceBlock 26 is Fannie’s Favorite for Fannie Knight.

Block-26---Fanny's-FavoriteBlock 27 King’s Crown for King George III.

Block-27---King's-CrownBlock 28 Crossroads for Harris Bigg-Wither.

Block-28---CrossroadsBlock 29 is called Lend and Borrow for James Stainier Clark

Block-29---Lend-and-BorrowBlock 30 Caroline’s Choice for Queen Caroline.

Block-30---Caroline's-ChoicAnd the latest – block 31 is called Lady of the Lake for Sir Walter Scott.

Block-31---Lady-of-the-LakePlease be sure to check out the Austen Family Album blog for some interesting stories about these people in Jane Austen’s life.  This is a 36 week block of the week, so we have only 5 weeks left.  That’s actually a good thing, since I’m starting to run out of the Modernism fabric.

I have other Blocks of the Month to share with y’all and some pictures from the Houston Quilt Show!  Stay tuned!

Finished Projects and WIP Projects

I actually finished a project this week!  Yay!!!  It is a little wool Pumpkin Candle Mat from a pattern published by Primitive Gatherings:

pumpkin-table-matThe size is about 18″ across.  It looks great on my big leather ottoman in the living room adorned with a candle and, yes, that is a lizard climbing through the pumpkin vines:

pumpkin-candle-mat-with-lizI loved working with the wool and I am ready to start on another one!

And I took this Christmas quilt to the long arm quilter last week!  Can you believe that?  I hope to have this pretty plaid quilt on my bed by the holidays!

Mad-About-Plaid-Christmas-QIt came from a book called Mad about Plaid by Teri Christopherson.

Another almost completed project is the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:

Scrap-ScrambleI want to add some borders – a small red inner border and then a piano key outer border made up of all the fabrics used in this scrappy paper pieced project.  I don’t have enough of the red Aunt Grace 1930’s reproduction fabric for the inner border, so I’m stuck until I find that.

While I’m at the keyboard (computer keyboard, not piano keyboard) I may as well update you with my blocks of the months and weeks.

The Austen Family Album block of the week from Barbara Brackman’s blog is up to week 23 so I have three I haven’t shared yet.  Here is week 21, called West Wind:

Block-21-West-WindWeek 22 is Friendship.  This was a good block to use my red swirly stripe – I don’t have much left!

block-22-FriendshipAnd finally, block 23 is Old Maid’s Puzzle.  If you look at the layout of this block on the blog and on the Flickr group web site there were several different interpretations of this block.  You can see that I took it in a whole different direction than everyone else!

Block-23---Old-Maid's-PuzzlThreads of Memory block of the month.  This is block 8 called Jacksonville Star:

Threads-of-Memory-8---JacksI tried real hard to line up all that background fabric!

Last but not least is Le Jardin block of the month.  This is block 5 – this block was one of the reasons I signed up for this block of the month!

Block-5

Eventually I will embroider a red clothes line across the top, but it continues on into the next block with little birds holding the line. How cute is that!?!

I’ve mention this before, but next week is the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild show (September 19th and 20th) at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.  Y’all need to come!  I’ll see you there!

Blocks Blog

I really have been keeping up with my blocks of the month and the week, but I haven’t been keeping up with blogging about them!  I will do better, I promise!  But here they are all of July and half of August:

Austen Family Album – Barbara Brackman’s block of the week blog gives us a free block every week and some wonderful details about Jane Austen’s life and times.  I have six blocks finished that I have yet to share.

Block 15 – King’s Crown

Block-15-King's-CrownBlock 16 – Lucky Pieces

Block-16---Lucky-PiecesBlock 17 – Waterwheel

Block-17-WaterwheelBlock 18 – Indian Star

Block-18---Indian-StarBlock 19 – Cross Patch

Block-19---Cross-PatchAnd Block 20 – Best Friends

Block-20---Best-FriendsThe fabric I’m using is called Modernism designed by Barbara Brackman.  The flowers and stripes certainly lend themselves to some fun fussy cutting!  There are 16 more blocks in the series; I sure hope I have enough fabric!

Threads of Memory – another Barbara Brackman freebie – this one is a Civil War block of the month.  I only have one to share – Block 7 – Oberlin Star.

Threads-of-Memory-7---OberlCarol Doak’s Scrap Scramble – August is the last month for this paper piecing project.  In September the instructions for finishing the quilt will be supplied.  Here are my August Scrap Scramble blocks:

AugustI’m looking forward to putting these together!

Last but not least is block 4 of the Le Jardin block of the month:

Block-4These blocks are so pretty but very time consuming!  I need to get cracking on block 5!

So those are all my blocks to share – I started a fun and easy Christmas quilt yesterday.  I hope to have it ready for show and tell very soon!

Have a GREAT day, y’all!

 

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