Thursday, August 6, 2020

I Like Thursday # 61 ~ The Light After The Storm

This is the photo I took of the sun burning through the clouds
at the end of the storm here on Tuesday .

The light was so clear and the colors so sharp.

The wind was still gusting softly and the rain was still blowing out of the clouds and trees.

For a few moments I could feel the earth breathe.

Here is a short video I took from my open back porch.

I found myself holding my breath when I took this.

It brought to mind one of my favorite quotes:

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away."

This quote is there always at the bottom of my right sidebar.

I reminds me of one of my favorite songs ...

"You'll Never Walk Alone"
 (Gerry & The Pacemakers Version, 1963)

No one ever really walks alone through the storm.


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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Frosty Fun on a Hot Summer Day

Four Blocks Done!

My Jelly Snowflake blocks are looking cool and frosty.

For this new project, I am using 

It is a hot and sunny day here, so I started my day enjoying the sunshine and flowers
 in my windowboxes though the glass of my sewing corner window.

When I turned on the iron, my sewing corner really got warm,
so I moved my pattern board over by my machine 
and turned on the air conditioner.

The four blocks for Step 1 are done.
Time to move on to Step 2.

What are you sewing today?

Hope your day is happy and safe.


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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A New Start ~ Jelly Snowflake QAL

This is my fabric choices for the

This link will take you to the fabric requirements and the kick-off post.

As this was a "Christmas in July" sew-along, it is now complete,
but if you have not seen it and want to keep it a mystery 
I do not want to spoil the reveal for you.

I have seen the finished quilts and have printed all the steps.

I did choose my fabrics when it was still a mystery.
I stayed on task, for once, though and completed my planned
Christmas in July Quiltings

For this new project, I am using 

in dark blue and zirconium for my quilt
and am doing a reverse color placement.
The blue is my background fabric.

I could not have picked fabrics I would have liked more if I had waited 
to choose after the final step was released.

Mr Scrapatch loves these fabrics.

I am planning this to be a cuddle quilt for frosty winter nights
so I have chosen this ...

in navy and silver for my backing fabric.

This fabric is very soft and you cannot feel the glitter
and it does not rub off.

I have never used glitter minky for a quilt backing so quilting it 
and washing this type of mixed fabric quilt will be new to me.

If any of you have any experience 
with this cuddle fabric for a quilt backing,
I would be very interested to hear your tips and tricks.

 It is raining and blustery here as the bands from 
Tropical Storm Isaias are passing through our neighborhood.
The air has a very warm tropical scent to it,
like flowers that only grow near the equator and warm island beaches.
The air is so humid it feels like a warm hug.

I actually love this type of day which is so rare 
in our cool northern clime.

May everyone be well and safe in the storm's path.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Christmas Quiltings ~ Summer 2020

Christmas in July has spilled into Christmas in August.
I is hot and humid outside again and I am staying cool inside
in my happy sewing place. 
The hurricane off the east coast may meander this way in a few days
but it is already feeling tropical here.
It has been a long, hot and sometimes stormy summer.

Here are the backs of my Christmas Cushion Covers.
I like to make seasonal covers for my favorite sofa toss cushions
so I only have to store the flat covers and use the pillows I have.
If you are interested in how to make this type of cushion closure,
click below for my complete tutorial:

This is the front of the new Christmas cover for my favorite lumbar support cushion
for my reading chair.

I added a bit of ric-rac to the top of this pillow for fun.

These covers were made with scrap bits and pieces

With the smallest scraps I made a coaster and a book mark.

Machine binding made quick work with the coaster and
I added a ric-rac loop so I could even use it as an ornament.

I added bits of the ric-rac to the bookmark, too.
It looks like a Christmas Candle to me now ... :)

I never used to do so, but I am finding this is a great way to 
complete some of those seasonal projects that never seem to get done
 in the busy weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I am cleaning up my sewing are today
 and trying to decide if I am want to sew more
Christmas projects or move on to fall or sew summer ...
or move on to fall.
I will see what my Quilty Muse says as I neaten up and put away.

Do you like to make Christmas Quilts in summer?

Happy Christmas Quiltings!