It’s been a “few” weeks since I posted. Summer is a busy time. I continue to volunteer once a week with the ladies at the assisted living facility and they are gradually completing placemats. They are using the “quilt as you go” method to piece the placemat tops. One lady did two placemats in last weeks session; while another has worked on her’s for two weeks. It’s not a race; but I don’t want them to grow bored with the project. These placemats will be donated at Serendipity Quilt Shop for their “Meals on Wheels” campaign.
I bring them home after they finish stitching and do the trimming; top stitching and binding.
Some of the stitching is a little shaky so I figured top stitching the seams helps them to “hold together” and be a little more durable. I chose some of the pretty variegated Superior thread and fun machine stitches.
It is fun to help them along and see the pieces they have chosen from my 3 boxes of strips that I have been taking. I keep cutting and adding to the strip boxes during the week to get more variety!
Sometimes the strips end up on a bit of a wonky angle like the center one in this picture; other times they are intentionally put on the diagonal. When they do that, I know their creativity is showing!
So far 8 of the 10 I had planned are completed. I asked the activities director if she would consider a “field trip” to the quilt shop this month so the ladies can “drop off their donation” to the Meals on Wheels placemat drive. Waiting on an answer!
This afternoon is time to go again and show off their work to them; and hopefully get the last two ready to trim. I made sure to do “my bit” right away last week when we got home from volunteering. Again thank goodness for my hubby and his willingness to go and help with machines etc.. (I might leave him home today as the grandkids are coming over “from across the bridge” for the holiday week and are arriving mid day. )
Speaking of grandkids and holiday week…..I can’t believe it is July already!! We made plans with my daughter and her family to come for the holiday week. Hard to find a week where they can get away from all the activities a young family has scheduled. This is the perfect week! I came up with a “plan” for the celebration on the 4th of July involving fireworks and a park and a car show, so something for everyone, I hope, to enjoy.
On Saturday while I was scrolling through my email; I saw a cute project on the Bernina newsletter, “We All Sew” ” page. The pattern is called Star Bean Bag Toss and is intended to “go outside” to play, take along to a picnic etc.
I thought it would be perfect for the coming holiday and had to “get busy” to get it made. I got the background cut out and stitched together on Saturday and some of the stars cut out.
After dinner on Sunday I finished making the rest of the elements and layered them up to attach to the background. Some fast raw edge applique stitching with Superior threads Red-white-blue variegated thread (Yes, I know the points aren’t’ perfect…but its done….before the holiday!) I decided to skip the whole binding thing and do a turn, so I put the three layers together, sewed around the outside edge, and turned it right side out. I stitched completely around the edge 1/4″ away to close the opening and give it a finished edge. I quilted it using a wavy stitch on my machine and echoed around the stars.
It needs a good press before we play; and I need to get busy to make the bean bags. I think I will get the grandkids involved with that tomorrow!
This was a fun fast project. Hubby will tell you that I disappeared into the sewing room around 7 last night and did not reappear until 1:30 am….hey….I was having FUN!!!
I’ve done a little other sewing too on my Scrap Dance Minuet project. The “final step” was revealed the 2nd Friday in June. I’ve been “assembling units” so I can make the blocks. (Pattern info on From My Carolina Home )
I’ve had 2 quilt bees in June and got some of the blocks made during both bees. I think I have about 20 made now, just haven’t put them all back up on the wall for a photo. I have 56 to make so am about 1/3 of the way there!
In between this sewing has been lots of bike riding and pool time. My “Strava fitness app” indicated that I rode my bike for a little over 8 hours and 63 miles in June! WOW….won’t bore you with the maps but just know that I am getting a lot of use out of my bicycle; and enjoying the company of my husband along the rides. We have gone to listen to “music at the pond” and bands on the rooftop and are planning for a car show in July. I am also working out details for my next cruise coming up at the end of August. I guess that is why the blog has been so quiet!
Do you have any fun plans for the holiday?