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Sunday, July 21, 2013

a juicy slice of watermelon for Slow Sunday Stitching

the community fireworks display just about goes off in our front yard which is very convenient for us and beautiful to see but some of the people who view it don't remember to take all of their trash home with them when they leave. the morning after the event the wonderful daughter, grand-dog suki and i went out and did some neighborhood cleanup with the intent of keeping an eye out for bits that might work into her postcard for this month. i also had put aside some other bits of this and thats from packaging, etc.
i wanted her july card to be a memory card of the great holiday time that we shared.

it's almost finished and i'm not going to reveal the whole thing just yet but i would like to show you a stitched felt watermelon slice that i added to this card. yes, we did eat lots of watermelon on the 4th and with our recent weather being so hot i have been craving some more. besides being a traditional food for the summer holidays it always tastes so good and is so refreshing on a hot day.

this is my offering for Slow Sunday Stitching. it's a macro shot and this tiny stitched bit is actually only about an inch and a quarter from edge to edge and three quarters of an inch from top to bottom so you are really seeing some up close detail in this shot. i stitched a seed for each person that was here for the holiday including one for grand-dog suki. it was fun to make and i hope that it makes you smile and reach for a slice of this fun summer time treat.
if watermelon isn't your idea of cool summer goodness, share in the comments what makes you feel refreshed on a hot day.

for some more slow stitch eye candy join in over at  Kathy's Quilting for this weeks Slow Sunday Stitching event.

while i'm on the subject of wonderful daughter's postcards i will also show you the completed june card.

if it seems familiar that is because she really liked one that i made recently for her uncles birthday. i decided to make another one that used some of the same elements within in it for her.
hers  has a bit of embroidery worked in as well as a stitched edge treatment. mostly paper but some paint and brads found their way in along with some stamp art.
that crane cut-out comes from the Audubon Society. i love getting their magazine and this crane shows up a lot on their solicitations.   companies spend a lot on advertising and sometimes it's really beautiful so i hoard it away (oh yes, i do have those tendencies) for future projects.

some recent gifts include:
~ice water. LOTS of ice water.
~communicating with my mom on a nearly daily basis
~a frilly pink hollyhock debuting in my garden
~bunches and bunches of daisy's and black eyed susan's in a riot of summer bloom
~enough energy to make a little bit of daily progress on a path project within the garden that i have been thinking about for a long time

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

slow sunday stitching

i'm stitching another set of prayer flags today. these are being made with thoughts and prayers for my mom who has recently lost her husband.

if you are interested in seeing what else is being slowly stitched today hop over to Kathy's Quilting for this weeks Slow Sunday Stitching event.

i've finished my doll size random sampler. you might even recognize some of the orphan blocks and bits of leftovers that i used from other projects. i partially deconstructed one block, added that bit of vine applique that you see on the left side and added a few extra leaves to blend the border into the center. other than that i didn't have to do anything but set it together and quilt it. i was very happy to find that bit of leftover primitive vine to add to this one. it's finished measurements are 19.5 x 15.5.
i think that this little quilt is going to be a gift but i'll soon be working on another random sampler;  to cover the fireplace during the months when it's not being used . . .
it's a fun format and a great way to use up some odds and ends that haven't found their way into any other project.
i'm amazed at how long it's taken me to get it done. i guess the garden has been getting most of my attention this summer.

  recent gifts include: 
  • homemade watermelon "slushies"
  • several days to enjoy a visit from my wonderful daughter
  • an evening spent listening to local musicians