Yes I know – you all knew I couldn’t NOT start a new project right? LOL – really all of my projects right now need to be finished by hand – my poor fingers need a break – especially my thumb on my right hand which is aching a bit lately from all the projects – a little applique, EPP you name it and it is a project being done by hand.
Luckily I realized I needed to get busy and make a quilt for a raffle in October for my daughter’s work place – they are always short of funds and need more – the public library! I have made quilts for them before – I think this will be the second or third time – I think I will make it full size. First I checked with Melanie to see if they wanted to do a raffle this year – she checked with the boss, sure thing they would love it. Then I picked out a pattern that I knew I could do all the cutting from my dies for 12 inch blocks – I found one that I liked that has a pattern evolve from 4 – 12 inch blocks set together – and of course you can repeat, repeat, repeat making a full size or more (or as little as a baby quilt)
Yesterday I was busy getting the fabric pulled that I decided to use and it needed to be pre-washed and/or soaked – I had used this fabric before for a quilt for my grandson and the scraps had been put in a scrappy quilt and it had bled in places so it had to be done. I was lucky quite a few years ago with a purchase of two bundles of the same fabric – someone messed up the order and they sent me 4 fat quarter bundles and when I let them know about they told me to keep it. So I had 4 large fat quarter bundles that I had originally ordered on sale at almost two for the price of one. I am still using it up!
I am talking of this colorful bundle of fat quarters called Dimples – the other stack of polka dot neutrals will be used also but not the black piece. And if I don’t have enough of the colors here – I have one more bundle!
At first I thought I was ready to start and had things all out on the table and then remembered the bleed from the scrappy quilt some had went into. Halt – better get those fabrics treated first!!
Out to the workshop I went to find my big pot – got water to boiling, added fabric and my Retayne – first the blue and greens, then the red and oranges, then the yellows and browns. Group by group they were treated and soaked, rinsed thoroughly and then dried, starched and pressed. Each group had bleed!
so now everything is ready to start cutting today. I’ll show the blocks after I get going.
We were lucky and had rain two times yesterday – first thing in the morning and then again in the late afternoon. Two and a quarter inches all totaled. I shouldn’t have to water the garden for awhile now as the temperature and the humidity is to get much better – I am ready for sure. Yesterday morning after the rain I went down to the garden and got tomatoes and cucumbers – the red tomatoes are from a couple days ago and have been in the basket while – the others were picked though as they seem to ripen faster in the house this year.
Sunflower heads to be dried – I thought I would save some of the seeds to plant next year for flowers. These are too big for the dehydrator though so for now they are sitting on a plate – I might have to try drying these in the oven on a very low setting – anyone try that? The sunflowers in the garden were planted about an inch or so deep and they have held up well – I will need to be digging some little holes to drop seeds in next year and there are plenty of places to do that around here!
July’s Craftsy Class Sale has started – today through Sunday at midnight. Over 500 classes under $20. Good time to take a look!!
Thanks to all that order through my links on the sidebar for Craftsy and AccuQuilt – I do appreciate it.