Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Test Blocks

I have been playing with my red and white fabrics as I plan for a quilt retreat later this summer.  This weekend I completed two test blocks of a double nine-patch pattern.  I am still trying to figure out how to work pressing the seams so the blocks will nest. These don’t.

We woke up Tuesday morning to the wonderful sound of rain, a rare occurrence this time of year and our temperature maxed at 98 degrees.  It was the first day below 100 after a 15-day string.  So, today I am very grateful for the much-needed moisture and slightly cooler temps. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Cool Way to Spend a Hot Day

Hubby had promised me an outing this weekend and did he ever deliver!  We drove to New Braunfels for lunch with our daughter and youngest grandson.  (The oldest is stationed in Yuma, AZ which is even hotter than Central Texas.)

Then, while the guys ran an errand and watched a movie, Julia and I went to the New Braunfels Guild’s Quiltfest.  Julia has an art background, but no particular interest in quilting.  She was a good sport, though, and let me have a nice, leisurely visit without complaint. She even bought a wreath for her office door from the boutique.

This guild is older and bigger than my home guild and offered up a lot of inspiration.  Of course, I also had to give the vendors some business too.

It was a great way to spend a 102 degree afternoon.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Long time no blog, because, quite frankly, our extreme heat is just zapping the energy from me.  Also, many of my works in progress are long-term and repetitive and I'm running out of ideas for photographs.  So, there you have my excuses.

I have been working, though.  My English paper pieced hexagon quilt is growing.  These units of three hexies are pinned on the design wall so I can play with the arrangement when I finally decide I have enough.  It has at least doubled in size since the last photo I posted May 27.

I also took 15 completed anti-ouch pouches to the July Guild meeting bringing my 2018 total to 75.  The project coordinator estimates that it takes an hour to construct each one.  I think I may be a little faster since I’ve been making them so long and do them assembly line style.  I probably spent 8 to 10 hours making these.  Someday I will try to keep track of my time just to see.

Finally, I have also been busy making these tissue holders for retreat gifts.  I have made 30 plus so far. Mine are made out of cotton.

My Aunt Mary used to make them by the dozens every year and she always generously shared them with me to use as gifts for friends.  She preferred brocade fabric.  When it became hard to find in fabric stores, she accepted the donations of friends’ cast-off formals.  I still have a few that I treasure as a remembrance of someone who had a lot to do with my love of sewing.

I’ve been tracking our days over 100 degrees this month.  We had an unusual respite with some rain early in the month, but it has been dry since then.  Our highs since last Monday have been 101, 103, 106, 105, 106, 106, 108, 112 and 104.  This is the first day we don’t have a heat advisory in effect and the predicted high is only 99 degrees.  Needless to say, I am grateful for a working air conditioner and the ability to enjoy a craft indoors.

There have been several wildfires in our county.  So far, they have been contained with no lives or homes lost.  I know all this is minor compared to the extreme weather happening in other parts of the country and the world at large.  

So, my friends, I hope you are successfully coping with whatever challenges you face and finding time to do something that renews your spirit.