Monday, July 29, 2013

A July Recap

July has been a less than productive month for me, at least as far as quilting and blogging go.  We relocated to the cooler mountain air at the end of June, and my daughter and granddaughter soon joined us.  At first, there was a ton of spring cleaning to do, both in the cabin and in my perennial garden.  Most of you know that I am an early riser and in the wee hours of the morning is when I get most of my quilting done, as well as read and comment on the blogs I like to peruse.  It seems my granddaughter is also an early riser; so instead of sewing, I spent my mornings reading books, playing games and watching her discover chasing grasshoppers in the field.  Needless to say, I feel July was idyllic, even if my projects are way behind! 

During nap time, my daughter and I did manage to piece the center of Izzy's I Spy quilt.
I love the hexagon shape that my daughter decided on for setting them!  Such a fresh take on the quilt.  A solid border is the next thing to go on.

Now that I have settled back into my normal rhythm of life, I have made a little progress on those WIPs.

I have started piecing the sunshine blocks for my Pennies from Heaven quilt.
You may notice that it is smaller than the original.  I know myself and the only way this one will ever make it to the finish line is if I make a scaled down version.  Besides, it will be perfect on the wall in the cabin.

Now, the rest of this post is non-quilt related, but I like to share a few pictures of our adventures for those who like to see what we have been up to.
Learning to play in the creek...
and Daddy teaching us to play mini golf.
My daughter also helped me identify and catalog a few more wildflowers,
including this Giant Lousewort growing at around 10,000 ft. elevation.

This week I am madly appliqueing the vine on my It's a Grand Old Flag.  It was supposed to be done this month.  If I work real hard, I should have the cotton applique done by the end of the week and will be back with pictures.  I need to get it done so I can get back to working on Snowbound in the month of August.   Many of my quilting friends are expecting to see it when I return to TOWQS in fall.

Hopefully, I will also find some time to catch up on a few blogs so I can see what everyone else has been up to this month.  Can you believe it is almost August!!!


14 comments:

Geoff's Mom said...

Looks like great fun! I haven't had time to spend at my cabin much but you are inspiring me to get there. Have a great day!

Kindred Quilts said...

Nothing wrong with giving up sewing time for a granddaughter and other family members... that's what makes quilting all the more special when we can tend to it! Such a cute hexie I Spy quilt! (Proof to what I just said!) Love your Pennies From Heaven WIP... great colors!!!

Darlene D said...

Sounds like a perfect month to me! Your pennies quilt is gonna be lovely!

Anna said...

I also am having to scale down some projects! I love the quilt on your banner!

Sue said...

How nice to have family time at the cabin ! I just love your pennies quilt and the hexi quilt is adorable

Elyte said...

You've been away for awhile and life moves on very quickly. Your grand daughter is such a big girl and sharing time with her must be so much fun. Still loving those lovely strong colours of the Pennies from Heaven that you combine so beautifully.

Maureen said...

I made an I Spy quilt and never thought to make the entire quilt a hexagon. Great idea! Pennies from Heaven is beautiful. The colors really pop on that background fabric. Thanks for sharing what you've been up to. What a beautiful place to be! Looks like Izzy is discovering a lot this summer!

libbyquilter said...

LOVE the eye spy quilt~!!~

Izzy is getting so big and i don't blame you at all for enjoying your early morning time with her. what a treat to be part of her discoveries.

:-)
libbyQ

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm so glad you stole a moment to post a bit. I noticed you were gone but knew too that you were likely enjoying summer. I see you have been enjoying loving life's many blessings! Oh and what a neat idea for an eye spy! You know I'm love your pennies quilt! Enjoy your summer with loved ones...we can wait.

Me and My Stitches said...

It looks like you are having a wonderful summer! Such a cute little granddaughter - and a wonderful I Spy quilt - fun! Love your PFH - I bought the book and that is as far as I have gotten!

Wendy said...

Looks like you are spending some quality time with loved ones. The hexie quilt is a neat idea.

Sue said...

Cute granddaughter, love your projects and pennies from heaven! the table topper in your header is lovely!

Lori said...

Looks like a fun July! How memorable to share your mornings with a little one.

Michele said...

What a wonderful month you've had :-) It sounds like it was lovely!!!!