30 July 2013

Summer update

It's funny how a summer that feels busy to me can seem boring to my children.  At dinner tonight, Antonio remarked that the summer has been lonely (read "boring") so far.  This, after a six week visit from his grandmother, a mini-vacation in Twain Harte with a side trip to Yosemite, July 4th with family friends, day-trips Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Francisco, a couple of trips to the movie theater, and a week-long "summer camp" here at home with friends.  What's a girl gotta do to keep her kids entertained?  Sheesh!

Now that our guest is gone and things have gotten back to normal, my sewing mojo is slowly returning.  Lots of progress has been made on the binding for Goose Creek, thanks to an encore showing of Sharknado on Syfy, and some late night "Arrested Development" on Netflix.

This quilt should be finished in a day or so, at which time I can get back to Kieran's quilt.  Or my own quilt.  Or this chair.  Or curtains for the kitchen.  Or something from this book...

On the fabric stashing front, I made a little purchase at Joann's this weekend.  Upon walking into the premium fabric section, my eye was immediately drawn to these prints:

I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were a collection called Rosette from Juliana Horner.  It's the first collection from Anna Maria Horner's eldest girl.  Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  There are four prints not represented here because I didn't buy them.  I'm thinking to go back to buy this one and this one.

In other summer news, I can't believe in a few short weeks Antonio and Martina (or as Kieran calls them, "Big Kids") will be back in school.  Martina's last year of elementary and Antonio's first in middle school.  I think I just got another gray hair. 

17 July 2013

Midsummer Sewing

It feels like forever since I've sat in front of my sewing machine, but in actuality it's only been a week.  I took a short hiatus to run "camp" (which was pretty much a week of playdates at home) for my children and two dear girls of close family friends.

The plan this week was to baste and quilt Kieran's brick quilt, but the last of the blocks from the Love Circle rolled in this week, and I feel compelled to finish the do.Good Stitches quilt first.  Especially since I have two completed d.GS quilts waiting to be sent off to Wrap Them in Love.  Horrible, horrible... but they really will go out as soon as I finish this latest one.

And so, that is the only WIP on the books this week.  Here's a parting shot of the Sorry!-inspired Goose Creek quilt top:

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

08 July 2013

One step closer

Two Fridays ago, I received an invitation from the gals of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild to attend their Sew Day.  I jumped at the chance- the siren song of a clean, uncluttered space with just the sound of sewing machines and quilt-focused chatter proved too strong to resist.

I worked very industriously on Kieran's brick quilt (there's a nice in-progress photo here, courtesy of Anne).  The entire top should have been finished, but poor planning after laying out the blocks the night before required that I work on one row at a time instead of chain piecing everything at once to keep them in "random" order.   Note to self- next time, number the blocks!

Most of the top was sewn up before I left Sew Day (it was 4 rows shy of completion).  We've had an extended heat wave in the Bay Area, and my "sewing room" (a.k.a. the front entryway) traps heat.  So no sewing for me since then.

Thank goodness the heat finally broke over the weekend and we're back to mild California summer weather.  I spent Sunday afternoon sewing with a quilty friend and finally completed the top:

More poor planning regarding the quilt back requires a few days' wait until the backing fabric arrives in the mail.  Maybe I'll have a finish by next week. 

And how was your weekend?