Sometimes finding a title for a blog post takes longer than writing the thing. Well, not really, but it’s a roadblock for sure. I have been all over the place with life lately and not as focused on the quilting world as I’d like to be. So here’s a little update on what’s happening in my world this summer.
We’ve been enjoying a lot of time at home and taking short trips here and there. We’ll be going to Austin next weekend to celebrate our granddaughter’s 6th birthday. We’ll be watching her t-ball games and babysitting one night while mom and dad get some alone time. Aside from the Texas heat, we’re exciting for the visit!
I’ve also been spending time at my parent’s house helping my mom recover from a hemorrhagic stroke. She’s now at home with my Dad, and my siblings and I are tag teaming with home-care. They live 2 1/2 hours from me and they don’t have internet, so I’m limited with any work I can accomplish while there. I’m in that stage of life where my parents are aging and they can often require much more personal care. It’s a mixed blessing and I’m happy that they’re still here to see their 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren grow and flourish.
Our vegetable garden is in full swing and I’m harvesting tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and greens. I love the summer produce! Farmer’s markets are a Saturday ritual so we can get all of the fresh fruit while it’s in season. I made triple berry jam last week and I’ll be cooking up some apricot cobbler this weekend. I’m eating lots of fresh salads and cooked veggies to balance things out!
Our backyard is also playing hosts to some beautiful monarch butterflies and their caterpillars. I planted milkweed several years ago and it’s been paying off finally. We rescued one chrysalis from a poorly positioned spot and brought it inside. It was so fun to watch it morph and finally emerge into a gorgeous monarch.
Currently we have a caterpillar that we brought indoors to rescue it from some suspicious wasps. It has now become a chrysalis and we’ll wait for it to emerge in another week or so.
In Austin, Texas, our granddaughters found some big caterpillars in their backyard which turned out to be black swallowtails. They also constructed a butterfly house and brought the caterpillars inside to watch them change into their chrysalis and then butterfly form. What a beautiful lesson to witness in your own backyard!
Now for some quilting. I finished two more blocks for the Red at Night 2 BOM that I’m co-teaching at The Granary. Both of these blocks contain a “corner beam” unit that requires templates to make. I found a different way to make them (which I’ll share in a future blog post) that eliminated the templates and allowed me to oversize them and trim to the perfect size without using a specialty ruler.
I don’t have a design wall, so I taped the nine blocks (so far) onto my bedroom wall to see how they look together. I’m using a fat quarter bundle of Kismet by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics. I love these colors together and the dark background is fun (but challenging). The blocks will eventually be set on-point and there will be 13 of them.
My co-teacher, Dianne Sheppard, is working with a southwestern color palette and I love how hers are looking together. It’s so fun to see the same quilt made in different colors.
I’m also working on a quilt that will be part of a book hop at Meadow Mist Designs. Cheryl has just released her second book titled Just One Charm Pack Quilts, and I absolutely love it! I am a charm pack junkie and I was so glad to be asked to join the book hop. You can find links to all of the blog hop participants here. My turn will be July 27, but I can show you a little sneak peak for now.
As a quilter and the month turns to July, I always think of Christmas in July. This year has thrown me a few curve balls so I haven’t been able to come up with a new project. However, I am going to re-work a quilt block that I used in my free Nordic Mini Wall Hanging Quilt Along into a larger quilt block that can be used to make a quilt or table runner, etc. I call it the Nordic Star block and it will finish at 12″. Hopefully I can get this to you by the end of the month, but we’ll see how it goes.
I hope your summer is going well, and I appreciate you spending some time to read my latest update. Have a great weekend and happy quilting!