Thursday, September 1, 2016

August Quilty 365 and Grandbaby's flimsy

Welcome September and the start of my favorite season of the year!  Cooler days, the harvest season in full swing, the gathering-in of all manner of the season's bounty, crisp clear skies, and the glorious hues of the sugar maples followed by the quieter bronzes of the oak trees, long rides through the countryside -- it just doesn't get better than this.

Grandbaby #8's first quilt top is now complete and awaiting backing and sandwiching, then some time under the needle.  This baby's quilt will be machine quilted since they live in an apartment with shared washer and dryer of unknown quality, and there are also pets in the family who undoubtedly will wrongly assume the quilt is theirs and snuggle into it every chance they get!

I was looking for a simple and graphic design for these fabrics, part of a fat quarter bundle.  I loved the simplicity of this pattern, as it went together quickly in those 10 and 15 minute snatches of time over several days. I found the pattern designed by Vanessa Goertzen in the February/March 2012 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts.

I love the white sashing and border fabric, the texture resembles a beautiful linen.  I hope you can see a bit of the texture in the next photo when it's enlarged.

I believe August 31 marked Day 299 in my Quilty 365 adventure. A little over two more months and the first goal will have been met!  I plan to stop at 366 circles and wait and see if any additional ones will be required to make the quilt top, though right now I'm thinking there may be extras since the plan is to place a narrow sashing around the squares and set them on point.  Haven't had time to do all the math and sketch out this setting option yet.    Anyway, here are the August circles, plus a couple of favorites for the month.




Over the weekend we harvested much of the garden basil and made three big batches of pesto to freeze for the winter months.  I also picked mostof the dillweed, cut and packaged them in freezer bags for our favorite dill bread and dill-mustard sauce for fish.  The tomato canning is in high gear these days, and I find myself wishing there were many extra hands to help with the prepping and processing.  It really has a way of cutting into the quilting time doesn't it?!

I'll be linking up with Audrey at Quilty Folk where other intrepid circlers will soon be posting their progress.

I'll leave you with my favorite tomato pick of the year so far, which alas ended up in a canning jar along with the rest of its less glamorous friends.  I would have taken this one to the county fair had it ripened a month sooner!

20 comments:

  1. Wow ... I've never seen a tomato shaped quite like that. Hopefully you'll finish up your canning and freezing and will be able to get back to more quilting. I love that baby quilt - so cute!

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  2. That's a sweet baby quilt. I like fall too. I love the changing leaves, and usually, I say it's my favorite season of the year...until spring...then that's my favorite season.

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  3. Your circles remind me that I need to get my 6-month flimsy out of the closet, sandwich it and get busy quilting. My goal has been to have it ready to share when the 365 project reaches the end of its year.

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  4. I like the simplicity of that baby quilt, too. And it really lets the fabrics speak.
    You have done well keeping up with the circles. I marvel at that. And you are doing beautiful applique on very round circles. I marvel at that, too. : )
    That tomato could be voted "most personality" in a vegetable awards show!

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  5. Speaking of grandchildren and canning tomatoes! :) I had a chuckle..a few years ago found me canning tomatoes. Now my son and DIL moved into the neighborhood and I find myself just walking down the street with tomatoes every day or two and the five grand kids down there can't get enough....no canning last year or this year unless I double the amount of plants! :)

    That quilt is adorable and I'll bet that you can't wait for the little one to arrive. Love your circles, too :)

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  6. Baby quilt #1 is a winner. It's modern and bright. You have done a fabulous job keeping with all those circles. And your artistic tomato makes me think of a duck looking over its back.

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  7. Your baby quilt is going to be so cute and those circles are just fabulous. LOVE the tomato!!!

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  8. That fabric for the baby quilt is adorable, I see the future toddler looking at all of the animals in it, like a mini I Spy.

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  9. Great baby quilt top. Such fun fabrics. Wow....you have done great on the circles....do love that horse circle :)
    The dill mustard sauce sounds yummy. Have not tried that combo

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  10. Sweet baby quilt! Congrats on reaching your 300th day! I like your plan to set on point with sashing, how large will it be?


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  11. Lovely baby quilt; will surely be well used, and washed! Your circles look good, with just two months to go; the rest should be a doddle!

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  12. A fun way to do a baby quilt! Your grandbaby will love it!
    Great work on your circles quilt too.
    LOL - that tomato is just ducky!

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  13. What a funky tomato! Love seeing the oddballs.:) Great looking baby quilt and always so nice to see the circle projects progressing!

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  14. Such happy fabrics in the baby quilt. Well done on creeping closer to your goal.

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  15. I love veggies (and fruit) gone rogue. Your tomato looks like a duck with his head turned around over his back. Beautiful circles! It's fun to see your favorites in closeup. Pretty baby quilt too!

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  16. Wow - that tomato is amazing ... A swan? A duck? Love your newest grandbaby's quilt, sweet and simple and destined to be much loved and cuddled with :*). As for those darn circles, mine have languished. I'm loving your circles shown here - such bold color and designs!

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  17. The baby quilt has some very cute fabric and will be much loved and dragged about. I think your plan for your circle blocks sounds great! It will make a gorgeous quilt - and very interesting to look at!

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  18. Adorable baby quilt - love the colorful animal print! I have also been thinking about assembling my 366 circles on point, so you won't be alone in figuring out the math!

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  19. Your baby quilt is fabulous. I love the simple design of it, just gorgeous!!! And that tomato!!!!!

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  20. I haven't myself grown a duck/swan tomatoe before. That is cool. Great quilt for a little one. I too finished quilts for my grandsons. Your circle quilt will be gorgeous with ever way you decide to set it.

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