Design wall Monday

I wouldn’t say I had a relaxing weekend but I did get a lot done. This long July 4th weekend was the deck restore weekend. Well actually its been the last 2 weekends. This was a ton of work but it sure made the deck look 100% better. Well worth it. After a week I can put the table and chairs back in place.
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It wasn’t all work and no play…I did do some sewing. I got 12 more “Talking Turkey” blocks almost done. I have a total of 20 blocks, thats where I’m stopping, lol this block has a lot of pieces. Once I add the borders it will be a large lap quilt. I also started a background for this months ATC, July’s theme in Poetry… This summer is flying by.
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MIA Mondays…

I keep forgetting to take pictures of all that I’ve done, (or should have done)…
This weekend I finished this on point 9 patch star top. My friend Ellen and I cut the strips for this 3 years ago, LOL I think its about time I got mine sewn. Stills needs to be quilted. I’ll  put it in the “To Be Quilted” pile, and see if the quilt fairies take care of that for me.
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A girl can wish can’t she. I really like this pattern.
Another finish for June’s UFO challenge at Quilting Adventures I’m calling it Looking Back. I really enjoyed adding all the beads. I should do more of this, its fun and its small 12×18.
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 done one more to go!!!

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unbelievable weather

The perfect summer day, highs in the mid 70. But it won’t be long before its 95 or higher…
Worked on my June UFO, I always forget how long it takes to do bead work, until I get into it. I spent a good bit of time deciding on what I wanted to do and then more time finding the right beads. I made 3 small mirrors (3/4″) encircled with beads and sewed them onto the surface. Then I started adding beads, beads and more beads to make them look and feel like they belong…still have 2 more to do but I like where its going. Another couple of days and I should be done…
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Another Perfect weekend

Had a wonderful weekend! Went to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens on Saturday, plenty of blooming flowers and tons of butterflies from all over the world in the butterfly house. It was hard to get a good photo, they were flying from flower to flower. Some of their wings were a little beat up, but still beautiful. We had a nice lunch in the Tea House, good day.

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In terms of sewing not to much got done. I did get a good deal done on the scarf I’m knitting. Its knitting sideways, you cast on 241 stitches, so far it looks pretty cool, I don’t know the name of the stitch. This was some of the yarn we got at the fiber festival.
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The only sewing thing I got done were the borders on my Shenandoah Star table topper. Really like the darker blue green strip around it, perks it up a bit. Like it so much better then the brown border,  here
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Perfect Weekend

Had a great quilting class in Williamsburg on Saturday with Barbara Cline. We made the Shenandoah Star. I really liked the technique and Barbara is a great teacher. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her, grab it, don’t miss out. We sewed like crazy and 3 of us got the top done. I’m thinking of putting a dark border on mine, but I may look for a darker aqua batik to go around the outside instead, not sure yet…
And look its not rainbow…
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I also worked on more purple string blocks for Talking Turkey. 38 down 82 to go, these are the corner triangles for the block.
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Design Wall Monday

Had a great weekend! Mom and I went to the Powhatan Fiber Festival, so much yarn, wool, fleece and animals, didn’t know which way to turn. And yes we did buy more yarn and wool fleece for felting…how can you resist all those colors and textures.

I did get some sewing in, worked on my Boxy Star top from the Bonnie Hunter class a couple of weeks ago. Really like how it turned out. I changed it a little…didn’t sash the blocks, put them right next to each other, it looks a lot different then Bonnie’s.
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you can see where I started here it was a great class. One more in line to quilt, that makes 4 or 5 tops ready to go… Now onto Talking Turkey and its millions of pieces…

On a more outdoorsy note the dogwood tree I planted about 15 years ago is loaded with blossoms, first time ever. It usually only has a handful of blooms. Its wonderful to see.
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Design Wall Monday on Tuesday…

Forgot to take pictures over the weekend so I had to do it this morning. Didn’t do much sewing over the weekend, but I did get some tomato plants and flowers planted. And since it was raining this morning I couldn’t get pictures of the plants, but they are loving this rain. The only thing I did get done sewing wise are 2 rows on my red & black top. I need to figure out a name for this one. Its kind-of based on a pattern called “pane by pane”. I’m really liking this top, love the Marcia Derse fabrics. It will be a good size lap quilt when I’m done somewhere around 82″x99″…so I guess that’s closer to a full size. LOL
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