So Many "Sew-Full" Things

As I have been enjoying my shirtmaking, other thiings have piled up on my "to get finished" pile.

My latest quilt, "Restricted" (for it's restricted palette challenge), has an appointment for quilting and is still lacking its backing.

The backing will feature Zebras! A find from a favorite fabric store in Anacortes, Washington called "Fabrics Plus". I can always find something perfect there. I will be adding more of the Marcia Derse's "Black and Whites", and some of the great Alexander Henry "Stockade Stripes" border fabric. I just need to stopmaking shirts!

I have to get my donation quilt, for the children in school at Seattle's Pike Place's market needs to be! The backing is flannel with frogs...not quite the right blue but it will be soft and look just fine with binding. Our Guild, Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild, makes these quilts every year. The school caters to the children of the working poor and the ages range from infants to pre-school toddlers. It's a great oportunity for me to get into a more "juvenile" fabrics mode - something that I would otherwise have no need to do. if you have a hankering to - donating to them is always a good thing!

Any quilting suggestions?

I thought that either a grid pattern or circles might work. SITD would too, but it's not a favorite style and, for this quilt, it might take longer to do than an all-over design would.

I'm working on this wonderful applique block for a dear friend. I can't show much of it because it is a super secret project. Suffice it to say that her work is amazing and this project will make a lot of people happy! Those dang little points were a bear at first but now they are second nature. I am looking forward to finishing this up soon.

I am also esgerly awaiting a real splurge. Kathy Doughty and her shop in the Land Down Under, Material Obsession" offered a BOM last year that I was interested in, but they were sold out and, at thaat time it was not certain thaat it would be offered again. Luckily it was and I hemmed and hawwed until it was almost too late again. I don't usually do BOM's, but I thought that having some fabric choices that are so different than we can buy in the USA might be interesting to see and to have. The quilt is a mixture of EPP and hand applique (it could, I suppose, be done by machine as well). It's called Sweet Surrender (?!?) It will begin sometime in August...
This small pile of fabrics is for shirts. I just finished making one from the third from the left and am beginning to cut one from he Alison Glass Fabric on the left. Next up will be a long sleeved shirt from yhe second from the left ...a luscious Island Batik rayon. Hunting for rayon is not easy... and I had hoped it would be an "easy to find" item when I began this shirt-making fetish.

So my plate is filled with needle and thread I must need to sleep less and sew more ... ummmm---no - not sleep less. Sleep is my true luxury!

Many of my friends seem to not sew much in the Summer months. They have gardening to attend to and many visitors to entertain. There was a time when this might have been somewhat the case for me, but I have always sewn all year long...though quite a bit less when I working.

Do you either stop - or do much - sewing in the Summer?

What's on your "to finish" and your "to start" lists?



  1. Drooling over the BOM. I'm on hold until we move. Love the shirts. I need to get busy and do some 'self' sewing. But I think the zebras would make a fun shirt too!


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