Happy July 5th-- the day we and our children are exhausted and perhaps a little sunburned, but hopefully still basking in the glow of fireworks and long hours swimming.
We had a fabulous holiday swimming and having a cookout with some friends earlier in the day, then watching the neighborhood fireworks with my parents. They boys always do really well at the pool, but John being with us meant that I could do more swimming rather than just lifeguarding, and it felt so good to really move in the water. A sparkling blue pool is definitely my happy place, and I know we'll only spend more and more time at the neighborhood pool as the boys get older.
While the boys napped in the middle of the day, I, as usual, headed to my sewing room. My original plan was to get going on the first Grandma's Kitchen block, but I immediately got sidetracked rearranging my space. As I mentioned Monday, a generous local quilter has donated a Tin Lizzy 18 to Quilts for Cure that we'll be picking up on Saturday. I've named it Leopold, and now there's a nice space waiting! I have to admit, I'm stinkin' excited to have bolts of fabric (most of which is destined for various QFC endeavors) out of my closet and onto my bookshelf. All the heart eyes.
As I also mentioned on Monday, my Perfect Fit test quilt top is DONE, and I'm totally in love. Below you can also see the versions made by Indigo Kennedy (@vagabondindigo) and Caro Giunco (@carochristi). I'm still making some pattern publishing related decisions, but the pattern will be out very soon!
My other big accomplishment this weekend was finishing all the blocks and sashing units for my En Provence quilt, which was the 2016 Quiltville Mystery Pattern with Bonnie Hunter. I totally changed the colors, and I LOVE it so much.
It's super scrappy with lots of fun things to find in the fabrics (hedgehogs, faces, silverware...). I still have to get the top together and the borders on, then after I've had some time to get the hang of the long arm, I'll be quilting this for our guest room bed.
I finished the binding on the Florida quilt on Sunday, and I shared the front on Monday, but I wanted to let y'all see the back. Also, Jem is the cutest little photobombed and wanted so badly to help Daddy hold up the quilt. Jem is arguably the biggest fan of my quilting and will point at any quilt and declare, "Mommy make this!" I don't think he's realized yet that other people in the world sew quilts too!
I guess my Grandma's Kitchen Quilt (Pat Sloan's new block of the week) is my only actual "WIP" this week as we usually think of them. I have a couple things I'm still quilting, but since I lack good photos, I'll save those for Monday. I've made the first block (see top), and I'm already super excited for the rest! As you can see, I was hustling a bit too much, so my points didn't match perfectly, but we'll just call that "endearing" and carry on. Also, I hope to be adding another WIP to the list this week as I finally decided on a pattern for all that yummy Cotton + Steel Wonderland fabric I bought way back in the spring. I'm making a quilt for our room, and I'm getting really excited about that, too!
That's all for now, folks! I'm hoping to be back here on Friday, but if not then, I'll see you Saturday morning for the Newsletter (sign up here to join the fun!) and on Monday for our first #MachineQuiltingMonday! In the meanwhile, follow me on Instagram @stringandstory to see what I'm up to. I'd love to be quilty Instagram friends!