Lazy summer days

Hello again,

Our family is slowly settling into a summer routine.

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I love Hollyhocks!

The temperatures have been very hot these past few days ( after a quite chilly start to June!) and I have been holed up either in the air conditioned house, or by the pool. There have been playdates, and trips to the library, chauffeuring kids to work when necessary, plus all the other usual every day kind of stuff, so needless to say there has NOT been a lot of creative time around here. I think I really need to find a hand project to work on at night, but instead I have rekindled my love for books and have read 2 in the last week! I have always loved reading, but had gotten out of the habit of reading novels, opting instead for magazines or quilt books. Somehow novels are more relaxing, if that makes any sense at all?!

I have managed to do a little bit of work on my Tulip Festival quilt blocks and now only have 5 more blocks to go!

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Tulip Festival blocks by Farmhouse Quilts

I am using the Quilt as You Go method, so while I am appliqueing the tulips, they are right away being quilted too. ( Appliquilting!) And while I really need to get back to my giant Log Cabin quilt because I would like it to be cuddled with this summer, the strips have just been sitting there, waiting patiently for me to get back to them….I will, I promise!

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Giant Log Cabin blocks by Farmhouse Quilts

So, although I really shouldn’t have started another project, I couldn’t help myself when Wendy of Four Peaches FabricΒ send me this lovely bundle of Fat Quarters, along with this cute pattern!

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fat Quarter bundle curated by Four Peaches Fabric

You will have to stay tuned for this one, because Wendy will be doing a giveaway right here on my blog, just as soon as I can get this quilt done to share with you all!

Remember this bundle of fabric that I shared a few blog posts ago?

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fabric choices for I Love Home BOM

I can now share that I will be a participating blogger in Jacquelynne Steves’ Block of the Month called I Love Home!

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I Love Home BOM

Just like Jacquelynne, I love my home, so this quilt really appeals to me! If you would like to sign up to participate you can do so by going here. As usual, the program is FREE and there will be lots of great prizes given away, so why not join in the fun?! I will be sharing my version of the blocks right here on my blog, so if you are not an email follower, why not sign up right now so you don’t miss out ( just go to the box in the right hand margin where it says “follow me by email”!)

Finally, over in the Facebook groupΒ we had a challenge of using yoyos ( or Suffolk Puffs ;)) this month. It was so fun to see everyone’s creations, all so very different and unique. Make sure to go check them out over there! (And while you are there, why not join our group? We love to see each other’s work and are really supportive and FUN~ we love to tease one another about our various “addictions”!)

Finally I’m going to leave you with some pretty pictures…nothing to do with quilting, but I have to share my love for flowers and old houses once in a while!

Until next time! Happy Creating!

8 thoughts on “Lazy summer days

  1. Ooo Monique, so many lovely photos – I love hollyhocks but haven’t had much luck growing them, and those stonework houses are amazing! I too have a weak spot for gardens, especially cottage style ones with lots of flowers 😊 cannot wait for jacquelynnes house BOM and adore your fabric choices. Hopefully I’ll have time to join in at the right time πŸ˜ƒ I’m also an avid reader but at the moment have been reading more crafting books. I splurged last night and ordered a Tilda Doll book – I’ve been pining for Tilda doll kits (the sweetheart bumblebee doll is gorgeous!!!) but the book seemed a more valuable yet affordable find 😁

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  2. Love the hollyhocks. They won’t grow here in Arizona. Too hot! I am so excited for Jacquelynne’s new quilt. I love house quilts. Looking forward to seeing your version.

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    1. Thanks Joyce…my Hollyhocks are giving me a run for my money, that is for sure….I think it is too WET here in PA. But I’m stubborn and I’m going to keep trying different varieties until I find one that works. Looking forward to seeing your version of the BOM too!

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  3. Lots of lovely pictures! It’s so exciting to hear you are a participating blogger in Jacquelynne’s BOM! I’m going to try to join in but it depends on me getting other BOM’s caught up. I will at least add it to my pattern collection! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see your Four Peaches quilt with all that yummy orange fabric!

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  4. Love the photos, yes I can understand your love of garden and old homes. Like Sky I also love cottage gardens with their rambling loveliness. Cant wait to see how the “new improved RED” quilt turns out. Am also looking forward to Jaqueline’s BOM. Great post as always. Thank you.

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