Saturday, June 16, 2012

June Update


Things are going quite well.  I'm feeling better, although not completely done with the pneumonia yet.  Polly and I have been working like mad on projects for an upcoming deadline.  So, you know what that means..... no photos yet.  Well, we do have one photo.



This is Gibby, keeping me company on the sofa while I quilt.  I've been quilting a queen size quilt for the last few weeks and it CANNOT end soon enough.  It's a bit warm.  I'm hoping to finish quilting today and binding tomorrow.   All the while, quilting on this large quilt, I am thinking about small, portable, cool projects.  Hand piecing, hand applique, English Paper piecing.........  Which brings me to this.




We found these beauties as International Quilt Market last month.  New English Paper Piecing by Sue Daley and the templates needed to make this purse - Shannon's Bag - which is featured in the book.  Just comment on this post before Tuesday, June 19th at midnight and you could be the winner of these great prizes.  Comment about summer heat, portable projects, keeping cool, or about anything at all.

Here's another thing..... we just found out about this new Mystery Block Of The Month which uses our fabric collection - Clermont Farms.  It looks intriguing!

Oh, and the deadline for projects Polly and I are working towards - it's very exciting.  There is lots to tell..... when we can tell.  They will be trips, publications, exotic travel, more fabric and patterns, exotic travel......... Well, you get the idea.  I'll start posting about those in the next few weeks.

Laurie


48 comments:

pdudgeon said...

i'm staying indoors mostly to keep cool in the Summer heat, and making lots of iced tea.
that book certainly looks great, and i could definitely use a patttern for a new purse!
keep on taking it easy, give Gibby a pat for me, and hope you kick the pneumonia bug soon.

scottylover said...

Gibby looks like he is enjoying keeping you company and doing a very good job! I have a full size quilt I have been hand quilting on over the past year, and I know what you mean about HOT! :) I pulled it out the other day and have decided that even though I want it done, 90 is too hot to have a quilt over your lap, even with the A/C on! :)

Love English paper piecing and will be on the look-out for these items at my LQS.

Feel better quickly!
Sandy A

Jacque. said...

Hope you're feeling back to yourself soon...pneumonia is nasty! Turned the air on last night...humidity drives me insane. {well, pushes me closer!} Thanks for the opportunity!

Sharon S said...

Working on hand quilting a folk art appliqué quilt using pearl cotton. First time using something other than quilting thread. Liking the rustic look with the wool batting. I'm very intrigued by the exotic travel. Hmmmm, can't wait to see what's up!

Marian said...

English paper piecing is so portable - great to take along on vacation. I hope you are feeling better soon, in the mean time, crank the air conditioning while you are sitting under that quilt!

Anonymous said...

My daughter and I are working on a portable ragged edge quilt. Something different for us. I like it because I can cut out all of the pieces while traveling in the car.
Thanks for the giveaway,
Mary

Mimi said...

I am working on making some hexies for a project that I started awhile ago. It IS too warm to be working on just about any size quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these great patterns

DebrafromMD said...

We are having wonderful weather for this time of the year, but the real heat is supposed to come soon. I will miss some of the worst of the August heat and humidity because a friend and I just booked a cruise to Alaska .

Beth said...

I am TOTALLY hooked on english paper piecing. I have gotten into some charm swaps to have more variety in my projects and just ordered more hexies today as I am running low. EPP is perfect for travel, lunch hours and anytime I am "waiting". It sure makes the time more pleasant. Thank you for the opportunity.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Living in the deep south, as you know, we have heat almost all year round. A/C is the biggest help for staying cool. That plus Chick-fil-A Sweet Iced Tea :-)

LesQuilts said...

Hi!
Thanks for the great giveaway!
Hubby and I are leaving on a road trip in a few wks!
I have a few BOMs with needleturn applique to work on!
With a/c in the car and travelling thru the mountains and seeing snow will help keep cool! I have to get a few sewing projects to hold my tools in the car done and the suitcases packed and we are ready!
Take care, Leslie

Me and My Stitches said...

It's nice that you have such good company while you quilt! I don't like the heat either - I choose to stay in the air conditioning! Glad you are feeling better.

Lindy said...

I love English paper piecing! Right now I am hooking a big, very hot, rug...oh to be in English paper piecing land.....

ledamewood said...

Thank goodness for the genius who invented air conditioning. I love applique for portable projects, but have wanted to try English paper piecing - hoping I win to give it a try.

Hilda said...

Hope you keep cool! I am addicted to English paper piecing and doing a large tumbling blocks quilt that way now too.
All the best :)

the girlfriend gap said...

just finished machine quilting a jean quilt with flannel backing today. it was a hot job twisting and turning. glad to be finished! English paper piecing looks like something I would like to try. I found a small box of hexagons at goodwill one day. they need some love : ). thanks for a chance to win these lovely items.

Suburban Stitcher said...

Looks like an interesting book! I've been spending LOTS of time at the pool with my kiddos...and loving every little piece of summer.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

No wonder you got sick--you need a vacation! I love to do English Paper Piecing--the book looks like one I will have to have. Thanks for the link to the mystery quilt. The first block looks pretty nice and I have a good sized Minnick and Simpson stash to burn through after I choose my reds for your cute EPP bag in APQ. Or maybe blues. I am thinking of using an embroidery hoop for the handles. Too weird?
Karen in Breezy Point

Janet said...

Ooh, fun! That book has been on my wish list for a couple of months! And thanks for the link to the mystery quilt!

Alta said...

Hope you get all better soon. I've never done any paper piecing, looks interesting.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

We are lucky and blessed to rarely have an issue with the summer heat. We live on the North side of the lake since the breeze is from the South most of the summer, we get lake cooled air! Wish I could bottle it and send you some.

Lisa said...

Usually we have cool ocean breezes, so like many here we do not have air conditioning in our home. It's usually on the hot side a few weeks during the year...those weeks are perfect for English paper piecing! I am anticipating your upcoming posts on your newest projects. ~~Lisa

Cyn said...

Usually by now we have hot, hazy and humid weather here in Central Maryland. Not this year! We have unseasonably cool weather for this time of year and it's wonderful!

I like to keep cool by sitting out on the covered deck in the evenings and listening to the sounds of the night.

Cynthia

lori said...

Your dog is too cute! I have a chocolate lab who pushes on to my lap when I sit on my couch and quilt or do hand work! I get so hot with the quilt & her head in my lap! But, she's too darn sweet to scoot away! Really enjoy your blog!

Mary said...

It is good to hear you are feeling better. Take care of yourself. I love the new patterns. Thank you for the chance to win. The pattern for pp is right up my alley now. I am really enjoying the handwork this summer.
Mary

karen said...

My hot weather summertime project is a dresden plate applique quilt I've been working on for quite some time. I get distracted & put it away for months at a time, then get it out & work some more. I need to finish it this summer!

kjb139 said...

I'm happy to hear you are feeling better and nearly mended!!! I hate having deadlines when I'm not feeling 100%!! Looks like most of us will be cranking up the AC this week. I've been working on a grandmother's flower garden and a yo-yo quilt for a few summers when its too hot! They make wonderful portable projects!!!

Kathy

Linda said...

Would love to try English paper piecing while sitting on my summer porch on a warm summer night. We finally got a few drops of rain last night to cool things off a bit. Can't wait to see what is coming next!

sue said...

Time to turn on the a/c. Hope you get feeling better. You have some great comppany there in Gibby.

Kimberly said...

I love hand sewing and always love sewing doing the binding on a quilt, but I've always been afraid of applique and paper piecing. It just sounds intimdating to me.
It's been so called here in Winterport, Maine I'm wishing I had a quilt ready for binding!

Anonymous said...

Get well soon.
Thanks for the chance to win. Love handwork. Have been making hexies, so addictive.

Darlis

Jo said...

Even though it is hot outside, I am motivated to hook lots of red, white, and blue rugs in honor of this great country of ours!!

Bari Jo said...

Yes! Your idea of cooler, lighter projects sounds wonderful! Binding a finished project is soooo hot right now... so I was crocheting a small lap afghan and wow - was that ever hot, too.... I was just thinking about EPP! I think I need to dig out my hexagons! Love the project giveaways - looks like fun! :O) Hope you are feeling better!

quiltnmaryf said...

I am working on a Moda Bake shop table cloth pattern for a wedding gift...Thanks for the giveaway!

Carol Sc said...

So, are you as frustrated with "Papa Grande" as I am?! The boys of summer have been all over the place --- lots of hits, no hits --- I "almost" stop watching sometimes. Hope that quilt is off your lap --- it's supposed to be even warmer this week!
quiltschon@att.net

Debby said...

Eastern NC is having "true spring" this year! Our temps are nice and we have had an adequate amount of rain for a change! The cooler temps are nice since I have been working hard to complete the borders on the Wool Crazy based on my husband's family farm.

kathy said...

What an adorable picture of Gibby!
Oh how I wish we would have summer here in the Pacific NorthWet. It is raining again today and I think we've seen the high 60's once. Ugh. At least it is quilting weather!

Donna said...

Summer heat has hit central Iowa ahead of the official 1st day of Summer. My indoor/outdoor cat Casey is cooling it indoors with me. I'm making plans for the family to celebrate my oldest son/DIL's 25th anniversary this coming weekend.

Lee said...

Its been hot so a portable project would be good for me, and also because we are leaving on a drive to Michigans UP. Maybe it will be cooler up there! thanks!

Helen said...

I live in a very hot, very, very humid climate which is miserable for June, July, and August. It doesn't deter me from quilting, but my choice of projects does change and I quilt inside, in the AC as well. I enjoy hand piecing, applique, and machine piecing. One thing I find I don't do in the summer is hand quilt unless its a very small quilt, then I wouldn't be detered. EPP is a very portable project and I find it desirable for that reason. The Australian designers do a wonderful job of desinging beautiful quilts based on this method of quilting and Sue Daley is tops in that field. I really adore a lot of her patterns and I would truely love to win your give away. Thank you for being so generous to offer the chance. Right now I'm working on the applique of your Christmas Past quilt which is also a plesure and a terrific pattern. Is that pattern based on an antique quilt?

Helen

Marcia W. said...

My mother has been sweating while hand quilting -- now she is ready to cut her binding. I've been too hot to do much except sewing hexies -- my way. So would love to win this book etc so can learn to make them the EPP way! It's in the high 90s -- looking forward to some rain as is terribly dry.

Sandy said...

Watching the crops grow.
The grass is getting brown and needs more rain.
Summertime heat, that's what air conditioning is for

tnthomas1 said...

Summer projects for me mean simple. I like projects that I can pick up and put down quickly. When I pick up the project I can begin where I left off without any problem. I don't do any quilt binding in the summer to hot here in Texas.
Sherrell
Tnthomas1@att.net

Regina C. said...

I started a grandmothers flower garden a few years ago and I love to do paper piecing.

SheilaS said...

Gibby reminds me of our cat, Mansfield. If I am working on a quilt-he is there, literally, on top of whatever I am working on. Nobody ever said that quilting was going to be easy! That English paper piecing book looks neat!

Joanne said...

Still waiting for the summer heat to hit, it's coming soon. Thank you for the chance to win.

Buckeye Quilter said...

It is HOT here in Columbus, OH. I can't wait to hear about the exotic travel. I am crazy about the new movie, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in India! I had to see it two times so far. I hope you are going there. I entered a contest to win a trip to India, but, I must not have won!. I would like to win the paper piecing book. Get well soon. Connie

Susan W said...

Hot here today. 88+ w/high humidity and binding was on today's to-do list. I was finishing up a quilt and was happy it is completed. Tomorrow morning I get to mail it off to it's owner. Happy, happy, Joy, Joy! Very glad to be out from under the quilt. I worked on some English paper piecing in reds.However, my mind keeps taking me to the freezer ,where some wonderful lemon gelato awaits my ice cream scoop!

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