Midweek, Midsummer
Embroidery August

Unusual August Weather

BookI wandered off to Springwater Designs in the middle of this afternoon to pick up a new book. I managed to take a good look at the projects in this book from a publisher's promotional video - which convinced me to buy. :) I really like several of the projects and am eager to try some wool applique the next time I'm rustling around for some hand work. Bright, clean, 'modern' designs. :)

The weather has been remarkably mild for early August here in eastern Maryland - temperatures in the mid80s to low90s, blue skies, mild humidity. Doesn't  happen often. :) It's bound to get hot and swampy again before the end of the month but you have to enjoy the days as they come!

As has become usual for me, I've been dithering along, sewing a bit of this and a bit of that. This month is my turn to be 'queen' in the Stash Bee block exchange group. Thanks to my friend Barbara, I asked for Disappearing Rail Fence blocks ... so I spent some time early this week getting my ideas down on paper and setting up the tutorial info for my hive (#4). It will be fun to see what kind of blocks I get! Here is one of my sample blocks:

Beeblock

I made one new-to-me block pattern for a friend and want to make another. I enjoyed this pattern and it was much easier than I expected to create - I can see myself dipping into this design. :)

Circleblock

I've been trying to make progress on catching up with my chicken scratch embroidery snowflake blocks, too. Finished this one yesterday and started another one today:

Newsnowflake

Newsnowflakeclose

Yes, eventually my embroidery blocks will get washed, pressed and blocked to smoothness ... but I have to take a picture as soon as I finish something or I plain forget to record it. :) I did figure out that I have been calculating the size of my background fabric pieces incorrectly (which explains why they've been coming out a bit smaller than I'd like:). I'm starting to think about how I will set the blocks eventually when they are all embroidered.

When I dropped by Springwater today I bought fabric for two other projects as well as my book. I took the top I pieced for my sister and found a backing print I liked to go with it ... and bought a batt. I am thinking to have them longarm her quilt as I've never used their services before (I like to know the work of many of the local quilters so I have choices). Since her birthday was in early July, it will be a late gift in any case.

I also bought some prints to use for making the 16 Halloween swap blocks that are due October 1st. I chose a design last week, and have purchased the background fabric, and now I'm gathering the materials for the remainder of my block. I'm eager to get going on that so it will be finished in good time. I keep _saying_ I won't do any more swaps ... and then jump into new ones with both feet. Sigh. :)

There were lots of other pretty fabrics to distract me in the shop, of course. I bought five fat quarters from the new shibori-style print collection from Moda - have a hard time resisting indigo. :) Had to close my eyes and avoid the row with bright Kaffe collective prints. Leave some to buy another day!

Other than my two hours or so afternoon sewing each day ... I read and eat and cook and do very little else. I did manage to see my (non-surgical) orthopedist early this week. He prescribed a course of steroids that seems to be calming down my 'pinched nerve' in the neck (thanks!!) ... which means I can do more as the pain is going away. Whew!

Gotta get outside  more ... the yard desperately needs weeding and I'm losing all weather tolerance.

:) Linda

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