Almost Summer

Its already hot here in Virginia. Thanks goodness for my sewing room and AC.

I worked madly all last week to finish a lap quilt for a friend of mine in the hospital. They are Scotty dog fans and have 2 sweet puppies. Since John can’t see them I made a quilt so they’ll always be around. This was a fun and easy quilt to do. Started it at the Country School Quilters Saturday sew day and finished it up in time to deliver it on Fathers Day the following Sunday.

I’ve also been busy making fidget mats for the CVAMQG community giving project. I’m up to 8 so far. Now I think I’ll make some walker tots. I started with a baby quilt that I made from left over pieces of hand dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh. Beautiful fabric. I cut the top up into quarters and added some playful bits and sandwiched it up.

On the garden front the flower boxes and pots are doing well on the deck. Love all the colors! We’ve been enjoying dinners out there once the sun is behind the trees.

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The Sun is shining!

And I love it! The air is chilly and refreshing, beautiful fall day. I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff and took a wonderful trip to Asheville NC this summer for my mothers 90th birthday. We all gathered there to celebrate. Biltmore is well worth the trip.
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This was the view while we ate breakfast, just wonderful.

I made several charity quilts this summer and have a pictures of one of them, this one is actually quilted, bindings on and labeled. It is a pattern by Brenda Ratliff from the Modern Quilt Guild website. All our members made blocks and we had so many we made two quilts. I forgot to take a picture of it finished, but here’s the top on my design wall…
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working away

And having fun!

The Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild is doing a quilting bee with Carolyn Friedlander Envelope pattern. I started mine on a Tuesday night and by the end of that weekend I had a top. This was a fun pattern and it went together very nicely. I decided to use bright colors and white a back ground. Now I need to quilt it. Or should I say add it to the pile.
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Wanda and Ann were also working away on theirs.
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The storms that came through were pretty wild. I was outside and looking west ish doesn’t look good…Lots of rain and wind, but no damage. Just lots of standing water.
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Monday already….

Time is flying around. Its the middle of May and not a lot of finishes going on. Plus its been so rainy I haven’t been able to get many good images. At least that’s the excuse I’m using. Maybe the fact that I don’t have many quilty things finished is due to me adding another hobby. I’ve had a drop spindle for a while but never really tried it, after the Powhatan Fiber festival this spring, I pulled it out and gave it a try. The dark purple is the first one and the lighter blue is the second. Of course now I need to figure out how to “set the twist” and ply it. Its not super even but I really like spinning.
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We got a little surprise in the mail this weekend.
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Two spring cookies made by the people at Butler’s Orchard up in Maryland. They didn’t last long. Made a wonderful desert, almost to pretty to eat…almost.
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If you’re anywhere near Butler’s Orchard you should stop by and check they out. They’re a family run farm going on the third generation. It started with my Aunt and Uncle and now my cousins and their child run it.

I’ve been working on a lot of place mats and table runner for the bizarre in the fall. this is one of them. I have lots of block so this may turn into a lap quilt.
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