Hello summer….?

Hello there,

I had so been enjoying the cooler temps, the crisp smell in the air, and the anticipation of the cozy season ahead, and then…..summer temperatures returned! What is up with that? Today daughter and I went shopping for pumpkins and decorated for Halloween and I was TOO HOT! If the pool had still been open I might have been tempted to jump in! Yep, that  is how hot it was! And tomorrow it is supposed to be hotter still….that is just WRONG! I mean, here we are, past the middle of October and I need to dig out the shorts again?? Nope, I refuse. So even though it was too hot to be out working so hard today, daughter and I did manage to make the place look sort of creepy/spooky and ready to welcome Trick-or Treaters on Halloween night. Take a look:

Because today was dedicated to decorating the porch and lawn there was no time for any quilty fun, but I have been so very good about sticking with a single project! This is the Cozy Christmas sew-along that Lori Holt is doing over on her blog.img_3959Isn’t that pattern too cute?! It is a FREE pattern, but you do need to buy the templates in order to make the shapes.  When I started mine, I wasn’t sure what color scheme I wanted to go with. The pink background in the original did not appeal to me ( not to mention that I didn’t have an appropriate pink in my stash~ darn that fabric diet!), and white seemed so “safe”. So I decided to go with a lilac-y background.004Here is my little snowman. I still have to sew on the earmuff buttons, but they needed to be on there for the picture! A lot of the blocks need buttons but I want to wait until after I quilt to add those so they don’t get in the way. For the outer blocks I tried going scrappy the way Lori did, but it just didn’t work for me. The whole “star” got lost, so I decided to just use red and green fabrics. I tried mixing those up within the blocks, but that didn’t look right either, so finally I decided to alternate my blocks with red and green.Phew! So many decisions! But I am very happy with the way they are turning out. At this point I have just 2 left to go. And then I will decide whether I want to make a 3 by 4 layout, or maybe just a 3 by 3? I think this quilt is going to hang on our wall and a 3 by 3 might just work better for our space….

I am really hoping to get a lot of work done on this quilt this week! It would be great if it could be ready in time for the holiday season :).Here are all my completed blocks so far:

 

So,  because I have been so VERY good about sticking with one project there really isn’t a lot to share this week.  Add to that the fact that we visited oldest son at college this past weekend too so there hasn’t been a lot of quilting going on. But I would give up quilting any day to visit one of our kids 🙂14717253_10154602805865522_8777517417454069866_n-copyHere are three of them being goofy 🙂

I do have a surprise for you all:  I have decided to hold my very own giveaway…yayy! I had so much fun going to my favorite quilt shop and picking out this prize. I hope you like it just as much as I do! It IS a bit summery, but considering the temperatures here this week it seems very appropriate~haha.007Here is is! A mini Sail Away pattern by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts, which finishes at 18 by 38 inches. Isn’t it darling? And for those of you south of the equator it will be perfect season wise, won’t it?!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. I will choose a random winner by next week and will announce her ( or him!) right here in my next blog post. This is open to EVERYONE and I do love to hear from my international followers so be sure to leave a comment!

Well, that is all for now….happy creating 🙂

 

23 thoughts on “Hello summer….?

  1. How kind of you to consider all of us in such a sweet way! I absolutely love the giveaway. We are having a new home built and it will finally be ready in December (almost 2 months late!). We have decided on a nautical theme for the house and this would fit right in.

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      1. No I have to many sew alongs now. I told myself that I could not do any more until I finish some I am doing. Couple of months and I will be looking for some new ones. Also, I am not that good with appliqué – I know I need more practice 🙂

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  2. Love your quilt design in terms of alternating red borders with green borders. You have solved my quilt dilemma!!!!! I love the idea is scrappy but do not want it looking disjointed either. Hope that makes sense.

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  3. Love the colors you have chosen for your Christmas quilt! Gives it personality. Hot here in Tennessee, also! Love all of Fig Tree patterns. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. I love your quilt blocks! I signed up for a different Christmas QAL, but I haven’t managed to make any yet. Too much quilty goodness out there! I’m taking my son to visit a college this weekend. So not ready for that! Love that you are doing a giveaway!

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  5. Love your Christmas Quilt. I live in Idaho and we are having a wonderful Fall this year…. the trees are turning beautiful fall colors and the days are cool and crisp….

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  6. I would love to trade you falls! We have had about 5 inches of snow, in central Alberta and our crops are not all in the bin yet. We are supposed to get, some warmer dryer weather this weekend so I hope the canola harvest will be on again. Love your blog!

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