There I was, minding my own business, enjoying the summer heat, the beautiful breezes, the fireflies, the mindless reading, the white wine spritzers, crickets, sunsets, grilled vegetables, even the sweat beading across my forehead as I cut fabric, when I realized I needed to do some food shopping. So off to the store I went.
This is what I saw on August 1st:
Fall is my least favorite of the seasons, because it is the end of summer, and summer, for those of you who know me, is me.
I'm officially putting the brakes on all this fall stuff and back-to-school uh-ohs. I hope you are too.
Between my bird-watching, star-gazing and early-morning-coffee-drinking-in-the-backyard(ing), I quilted.
From Barbara Brackmans's Encyclopedia of Quilt Patterns, this pattern is Boy's Nonsense (#2811), originally published by the Ladies Art Company (#153) between 1895 and 1897. Apparently, boys have been guilty of nonsense for quite some time. Between the Art Gallery Fabrics, the Carolyn Friedlander Carkai, the Cotton + Steele Paper Bandana, the Kona Cotton and my favorite Quilter's Dream batting (Request), this was a true pleasure to hand quilt with my Finca Perle cottons, even on hot July nights. It measures about 38" square. It is for a little boy who will be arriving at the end of September.
I sent a quilt to Alissa Lapinksy of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, for Quilts for Pulse. I am sure you know about the wonderful project, but just in case, here is the link.
The heart pattern is from Allison at Cluck, Cluck Sew.
Three of my closest friends helped me baste this. I highly recommend basting with friends. There is a lot of loving mom karma in this piece. It measures (50" x 60").
I also started a few new pieces because I find hand-stitching relaxing, and if was committing to eight nights of watching political conventions, I had to have some handwork.
I started an election quilt last November, but it just wasn't doing for me. I had to move on. Hexagons are enormously rewarding.
I want the summer to s-l-o-w down.
This quilt will be a tribute to a long ago summer memory. I hope to show you more progress soon.
Let's all slow down, shall we?