Thursday, July 3, 2014

#61 Summer Mood...Mode?

Seriously there is so much I want to do this summer, I made a list and everything......but I just can't seem to stay focused.
Is it the intermittent sun and warmth we are getting, along with what we have started to call, "Tornado Tuesdays"!!
Or the pool that was relined only to have the pool heater fritz out!!
Or kid (adult, really)  and the stuff that comes with....
Or continued quilting frustrations....
Or the internet bill that arrived, that was 4 times its normal cost......
I don't know, but I am seriously needing a jolt, to bring me out of this slump!!! (bad mood, lets be honest, lol)
So I am hoping that writing it down and putting up pictures of the things I have got done will make me smile!! Hope you like it too!!

Here's What I've Been Up To:

Made Home Made Spray Starch: I don't have a lot of experience with starch, but It works great as far as I can tell, and a whole lot cheaper.
Recipe is here

Finished the 4 Nested Churn Dash Blocks and some extra single ones

Finished the Moda Trifle Dish Rows, with Kate Spain SunnySide!! I am loving this quilt!! Now to decide on borders!!

 Summer+Sandles=Manicure (cute little daisies on my big nails!! :)

 This happened....what, WHAT?? Oops row 5 forgot two end pieces; row 2?? OOPS, so need to read instructions better, missed trimming my blocks! Which also explains why the pattern didn't join up properly, along with the fact that I appliqued my petals wrong (eek)! So my pattern became a flower instead of an orange peel!! lol Sometimes you just have to roll with it!!
But it all worked out in the end with a few revisions!! I couldn't be happier, and in a few years won't even remember that mine isn't exactly to pattern. Lol

Bought my first spools of Aurifil!! My machine loves it, which means I love it too!!!!!

And I won a Tshirt!!! so excited to wear it!! Thanks to the Online Fabric Store

I also received the 3 books I won, participating in the Mini Medallion QAL!! Thanks to SewMamaSew and Stash Books!!!
The last of my churn dash blocks are together so now I need to get that top sewn together!! Excited about this one too!!
 And next project will be......From Amy Smart's (Diary of a Quilter) new book, with fabulous RJR Batiks (Jinny Beyer Lagoon line) and Cotton Supreme Solids!! Whoop Whoop!! This is going to be awesome!!

Ok, it's working, I'm already feeling better and smiling!!  Thanks for dropping by, hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter for my down under friends) and a great 4th of July for my southern neighbors!! I enjoyed my Canada Day by relaxing and you guessed it, some sewing!!!


  1. Thank you for the idea of homemade spray starch. I am sure the more "vintage" ladies remember doping this but I never thought of it.for quilting. I am glad to see there is someone else who knows how to pull out of a bad mood--count the good things in life! I really enjoyed your row-by-row. I have had in mind to organize one for my guild but I have been TOO BUSY, and then the quilt shop owners came up with their national one. I have put it on the back burner for now. Keep writing, I like to read about your progress.

  2. If I am frustarated and making a lot of mistakes, I walk away and do laundry ( God knows there is always a load to do) or take a walk. Summer time quilting is diffrent from the winter. I find I like to do small things so I can get outside more. In the winter I do the big quilts. Enjoy your summer, maybe go swimming.

  3. Love all your quilty beauties!!! You have been very busy this summer...I need to get moving!!!

  4. Your Trifle Dish done in Sunnyside is GORGEOUS. I just love Kate Spain fabrics. Thanks for the starch recipe.

  5. I love the fabrics you used for your Trifle Dish. It looks beautiful.

    I am going to give the spray starch a try. The last time I made it the solids seemed to settle on the bottom of the bottle, but I did not heat it first. Thanks.

  6. Your trifle dish looks fabby. Well done on getting it finished too! :-)

  7. Oh my goodness...your Trifle Dish quilt is amazing in Sunnyside!! I love that line. Just perfect :)

  8. Your Trifle Dish quilt is AWESOME! I just love it. I adore how you put together the appliqué blocks - I thought it was intentional until you fessed up in your post :-) Also, those nested churn dash blocks are fab. How do you get so much done?

  9. That trifle dish is soooo pretty!! And Aurifil is awesome. I never have any problems with it. I am so in love with that thread! LOL!

  10. How is the spray starch working out? Thinking of making a batch to see how I like it. And I, too, love aurifil. Never any problems when using it and it comes in so many pretty colors!

  11. Love the quilt, and always remember it is YOUR quilt, it doesn't have to come out exactly like the pattern. Love it!

  12. I like all your Churn Dash blocks.


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