Summer Fun

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.

L. M. Montgomery

When I was a child, I looked forward to June because it jump started my summer with birthday celebrations, pool parties, and watermelon picnics. Thanks to the vaccines, this summer holds the promise of being just as much fun. This summer, June has started out to be much better than last June. My calendar is filling up once again with fun visits to family, Grammy time, and Meemaw outings. We are all still taking precautions and wearing masks, but we are venturing out a bit more. I even went in-store shopping at two of my favorite fabric shops. I chose to go to these shops since they still require customers to wear masks. It was such a blast walking around the shops and buying fabric. I had no particular quilt or project in mind. I just bought fabric that caught my eye.
Luckily, the first two weeks of June have been rainy. We definitely needed the rain. Now, we are slipping into our typical summer pattern of heat and humidity. My walks have to take place early in the morning, when the temperatures are not so high. Because of the rain, everything is so green and beautiful. This will change soon.
The Meemaws are out and about again. We are starting off slowly, just meeting for lunch. This gave me the opportunity to show them the Meemaw quilt. They suggested that the quilt become a visiting quilt, so that each can have it hanging in their homes on a temporary basis.
As for the Magnificent Meemaw Musicians Kazoo band, well, we are not quite ready for prime time. It has been fun just making noise. It brings out the inner five year old.
I knew exactly how to spend my birthday gift cards. I had been eyeing a Panasonic cordless iron for some time, so I ordered one. It is just perfect for pressing seams. I love the 360 rotation.
The Temperature quilt is half way completed. Even though I am beginning to like the results, it might just become a UFO.
The 2.5 inch scrappy block quilt top and back are completed. This quilt was enjoyable to piece. I just loved the memories that came with each of the scrap fabrics that were used. My friend, Marti, has a special way of piecing the backings of her quilts. She makes a vertical strip that is off center, and it always looks so pretty. I asked if I could borrow her signature backing idea and she helped me with it. I used some of the 2.5 inch squares to make a 6.5 inch wide strip. The photo in the video does not show that there are two panels of blue fabric, one on each side of the scrappy strip. I will be taking this quilt to the quilter this week. Marti suggested I have her friend long-arm this one for me. I have seen her quilting, and I think she will do a good job. She lives closer to me, so this is a plus.
The 1.5 inch scrappy block I am making is still in progress. I need about 6 more 12.5 inch blocks. Since all of the 1.5 inch blocks are already cut, I bagged up the rest of the fabric scraps, cut squares of different sizes, and remnants, to clear my bins and start all over. There is a reuse shop, Spare Parts, that is located near my house. They take donated fabric and art supplies. I have not been there yet, but Marti has, and she says it is a great place. My old scraps will find a good home. 😉
Last year, I made a quilt that was made by piecing different lengths of 2.5 inch strip. I still had a leftover roll of these strips in my bin, and I have used what was remaining to bind a quilt, and to border the center panel of the Meemaw quilt. A little over 3 yards of this roll was still left over. I folded the long strip in half and sewed up one side. Then I cut the fold, and repeated this process about three more times. This resulted in new yardage of pieced fabric. I cut the fabric into different sized squares. One square was used to be the center of a Sawtooth Star block. The remaining squares may or may not be used for some other type of block. After cutting the blocks, I had some odd shaped strips left over. I think these strips could be used in making some improv blocks.
About a year ago, I started making the Gypsy Wife quilt by Jen Kingwell. I made so many mistakes in making the first few blocks, and I just stopped. Then, I saw the Boho Heart quilt pattern by Kingwell and Bair. Marti and I thought it might be fun to schedule a quilt retreat for the two of us and another quilting friend. If the Covid numbers continue to decrease or stabilize, we are thinking of booking a B& B and setting up a fun three day retreat. Marti will be making the Gypsy quilt, and I will try the heart quilt. In the meantime, I am studying the pattern. Maybe this time, I will not mess it up with mistakes.
June has been great so far.
I hope you are having a fun start to summer.

Random Quilt

About a year ago, I attempted to improvise some blocks. I cut fabric without rulers or specific measurements. I made some blocks that represented special places, events, and memories of my youngest grandson. There was no real plan. I just made blocks and tried to fit them into rows. The fabric I used was anything I had on hand…some quilt store fabric and some not. I wish I had not used the denim since it is so drab.
I put the quilt rows down a few months ago, because I did not know where I was going with this quilt. I had shown the top two rows to my grandson and I told him the stories attached to each block. He asked me to include dinosaurs and space, so I did. He recently has become a fan of Mario and of Pokemon, so I included them. Darth Vadar and light sabers also had to be added.
I started working on the quilt again this past Monday, and I finished the top today. I like the story behind each block, but I am not sure about the “randomness” of the blocks. I was planning to piece the remaining fabric for the backing, but that might be too busy. So, maybe I will just add a solid backing and add number appliques to represent the five  years.

Teacher Mode




This week, I will be traveling to be the Mystery Reader at my granddaughter’s school.
Today, I got into teacher mode, as I prepared for this visit.
As directed by the teacher, I have sent clues about myself to the class. The teacher will read them to the students to see if they can guess who the reader might be.
I am sure my granddaughter will know it’s me when she hears the last two clues: former teacher, and love to quilt.
I have chosen a book from one of my favorite series of Bear books by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.
Since it is November, I will read Bear Says Thanks.
In this book, Bear takes out a quilt for all of his friends to sit while he reads to them.
I will be taking my Grandma-on -the -Go quilt so the students can sit for story time.
I found a 9-patch grid template. I cut 2″ squares out of different colors of construction paper.
The students can each make their own 9-patch paper block.
Then, the blocks can be assembled to make a Story Time quilt.
I also made a November Word Bank and printed off some writing paper with autumn borders.
The students can write a story about November.
I must say, it was fun getting this all together.