Choosing my OMG for September was challenging. There are so many things that I want to work on.
I am playing catch up on the pretty Liberty Periodical after falling a shocking four months behind. This week I have completed the four pieced blocks...
And prepped the four appliqué blocks.
Then there is God Bless America. I have put this small lower section together....
But when I started to cut the star section for the flag stars, I was 2” short of the amount of fabric needed.
When I contacted Temecula, they were nice, admitted they knew that there was a mistake and would send more fabric next week. Everything else is cut for the flags and I can go ahead and assemble the remaining half square triangles. That should keep me plenty busy.
There is also the Wool Summer Block of the Week from Primitive Gatherings.
I only need to complete the fancy stitching on 1 1/2 more blocks. Then the finishing kit will show up.
And last of all, the new start, Remembering Mary Brown, that intense appliqué quilt. But I haven’t received the pattern yet.
But I finally settled on the Ric Rac Rug. It measures 31 x 50 and I have made significant progress.
I think that I can get the hooking finished by the end of the month. So I am linking up over at Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal.
Yesterday Blake and I went to Jam’n at the Farmer’s Market in search of supplies to install a fountain birdbath. We had never been to Jam’n and were surprised and pleased by their service and with all of the unique items they carry. We were professionally helped with our fountain supplies, including tips on installation. And then there was this.....
Isn’t this just so sweet?? I fell in love and Blake obliged by gifting it to me. He graces my newest garden bed, awaiting the company of some lovely plantings.
I have been online friends with Karen at
Log Cabin Quilter for ages. She does the most incredible appliqué, and lots of it. She and a few others have just finished the Dearest Boy quilt by Jean Cerbone (available on Etsy), and have called out for anyone interested in joining their next quilt along. They will be stitching Remembering Mary Brown by Corliss Searcey, available over at Sentimental Stitches(follow the link for a photo and more info). Can I just say, both beautiful and overwhelming! However.... I know..... but I have been thinking for awhile now that I should stitch something worthy of the time and effort a quilt requires. Something challenging and beautiful. Well, folks, this is it....packed into a package requiring me to be accountable, which is no small thing. I have committed, ordered the pattern and background fabric. I am already behind for the September start, but hopefully everything will arrive this week. Wish me well....lol.
Prayers for all of those in the path of Dorian...especially dear friend, Julia.
Christi, Ashley, Martha Ann (Rob’s mom) and I spent a good portion of the day in Gay at Ebeneezer Stone Farm. Rob blessed us with many signs of his presence...the beautiful water bird on the pond, furling it’s wings to resemble a cross, an aerial stunt show by four small planes who came out of nowhere, performed right above us and disappeared into nowhere just as quickly, and a couple of favorite songs on the radio on the way to lunch at Blackbird Cafe...one of his favorite places. We shared memories, laughed and cried.
We put flowers on his resting place...
Sang Happy Birthday and shared birthday cake.
It was a sweet day and a hard day. He is still fiercely missed by so many. We love you Rob❤️
This is their finished quilt, photo from their blog...
How could I resist? I have been diligently, for the most part, stitching along on the 888, 2” finished, half square triangles required. I am about 3/4 of the way done with them. And thus far I have only used scraps from my scrap saver system. Makes trimming up all of those scraps worthwhile!
Speaking of the scrap saver system, one of Christi’s quilting friends hands off her scraps to me. She uses fabrics that are usually quite different from what I purchase and add a little interest to my stash.
Here is one of SA’s Senior pics.
Quite different from our stiffly posed pics in formal drapes!!
Robert and Jermaine are getting along famously.
Enjoying a few days of rainfall and cooler weather here. Boy, do our gardens need it.
I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I am. You see, less than a week ago it was this....
But now I have this...
Many thanks go to Blake for sticking with me to get those cabinets assembled. I won’t say more about that...lol. It is so nice to have a place for everything in my hooking room. Now if I can just keep it like this.
Despite the above project taking up most of my time for days, I have moved forward a bit on the Ric Rac Rug.
I found several hooking UFOs while cleaning and reorganizing. My intentions are to focus on them over the next few months. Unlike as is the case with my quilting UFOs, I can see an end in sight with these.
I am not sure that Miss Mattie is ever going to grow up. At age 3 1/2 years, she is still up to this....
It’s a good thing that we love that crazy girl!!
The Grady Lunch Bunch met here for August for another planning day for our upcoming class reunion.