Hi Quilting Friends,
My summer break has ended, and school is back in session. I’m looking forward to a return to normalcy at school, or at least something closer to “normal” than we’ve had in a while. We’ll see what happens! I am teaching six classes of Forensic Science, with around 150 Junior and Senior students this year, all face to face. I am NOT going to miss those Zoom meeting classes, so my fingers are crossed that things remain as they are rignt now.
Since I’m back at work Monday through Friday I have less time for stitching, obviously! I’ve managed to make some progress on several of my UFO projects, so here’s my August update.
Project #7: Make a throw with my “Diamond Star” blocks
I’ve stitched another ten blocks for this quilt, bringing my total block count to 48. This was my “One Monthly Goal” for August. Yay! I’ll need another fifteen blocks to complete the top, so my evil plan is to raid Susan’s stash for a wider selection of fabrics before I make the last few blocks. (Susan has an extensive private textile collection, and she’s always willing to share with me.)
Projects #14 and #15: Christmas stockings for the Grand-doggers
I’ve created the applique animals and selected backgrounds for both stockings, with input from my son (Nathan) & his girlfriend (Gaby).
I ran out of green fabric for adding “Naomi” on the left side stocking cuff, and will add trim to match the toe after the applique is finished. Her Christmas moose is from our “Ugly Sweater Contest” collection from 2019.
Ruth’s stocking embellishments are complete, and the stocking is ready to be finished. Gaby approves, and I’d guess that Ruth will love it too. Her giraffe elf is from our “Santa’s Little Helpers” collection from 2016.
Needless to say, I’m having fun! Here’s a photo of progress, so far:
Project #16: Finish the teal, purple, and gray quilt
The quilting is finally finished! It mostly looks OK, although it won’t be a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. (That dream ended when my “artist” got hold of that blue permanent marker. Oh well! No point in crying over spilled milk; this quilt will keep someone warm and cozy, and that’s what quilts are for.)
The next task is to stitch down the binding, so that’s what I’m choosing for my “One Monthly Goal” in September. (I suppose one could call this a binding agreement, LOL!) Here’s a picture of the quilt, with the binding all ready to stitch in place:
Ain’t nobody got time for that. . .
The color for August was AQUA/ TURQUOISE. I made two AQUA “Sawtooth Star” blocks:
And I made eight AQUA string blocks:
Here’s my updated task list for 2021:
And my UFO tally for 2021, which hasn’t changed this month: