Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A slow start

Sheesh, it's Tuesday already. Where are the days going?

After my last post, I had high hopes of accomplishing quite a few things on my sewing to-do list.

I only managed to finish one thing. Well, I guess it's really 4 things.

I finished and delivered four aprons for hospice.

Finishing this picnic quilt will be my goal for this week. Again.
(basting, quilting and binding needed)

I was slightly more successful with my harvesting. We had marinated/grilled eggplant, squash and peppers for several meals.

I also discovered that I had LOTS of green beans hiding in my garden.

From this batch, I froze 4 quart size bags of garden fresh, super yummy green beans. (More of them would have made it to the freezer if I hadn't been snacking!)

I've also put up a couple pints of tomatoes and 5 pints of Bread & Butter Pickles.

A little slow on the sewing, but a great start on canning season.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Joining In: One Week, One Thing and Finish It Up

I've realized that I really need to spend some time digging my way out of my sewing room. There are several piles of fabric and unfinished projects sitting around. Obviously I need some motivation, so I've joined in on a couple of fun challenges.

Amy's Creative Side
First up is Amy's One Thing, One Week Challenge. No pressure with this one, just do one thing per week. I'm a planner, so being able to specify one project at a time will be great.

My plan for this week is to baste and quilt this picnic blanket:

If I can get the binding done too, that'll be even better.

The second challenge I'm joining is Meg's Finish It Up Challenge. This one will last all summer. I've gone through my WIP drawer and found some things that I'd completely forgotten about.

Here are the projects I hope to finish this summer:

Sew 4 clothing protectors (aprons) for hospice.

Bind my Vintage Squares quilt.

I started this Mama Backpack at least 2 years ago. Just need to make casings for the drawstring and sew the sides together.

Baste, quilt and bind this quilt top from June 2009.

More basting, quilting and binding. I can't even remember when I made this scrappy log cabin quilt top.

So, with some traveling and other planned activities, this should be plenty to keep me busy through the summer.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garden Update

Summer is obviously here. It's gotten hot and my garden is going crazy! Tonight, we picked 8 pounds of produce.....cucumbers, yellow squash, green bell peppers and first of the season tomatoes.

Coming soon.....peas, beans, eggplant, anaheim chiles, jalapenos and tomatillos.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

June 4th????

As usual, time has been flying by.

The last few weeks have been super busy with the end of the school year and fighting a rotten cold. Luckily, all the school stuff is finished and I'm feeling better.

Bring on summer vacation!

I have managed a little sewing recently. The BMQG had it's first swap last week. The theme was Summer Mug Rugs. This is the mug rug that I made:

I was inspired by the Accidental Landscapes of Karen Eckmeier. This was actually the second beach scene mug rug that I made. Hubby loved the first one so much that he said I couldn't give it away. It reminded him of some of the beaches that we like to visit on family trips.

I also have a new quilt in the works. And a plan to finish some of my UFOs!