This month has gone by in a blur, and August will no doubt be the same, with a hopeful harvest of tomatoes, garlic and at least some squash, and more blueberries. This has been a tough summer for gardeners in these parts with incessant rain for much of the month, flooding, hail damage, etc.
My quilting mojo has been at a low ebb of late, but I did manage one small finish and two more baby/young child quilt tops pieced.
In the finished department, a baby boy quilt for our quilt ministry, already on its way to its destination, a newborn who is battling several physical issues in the NICU of a nearby city hospital.
Backed with a Peter Rabbit print.
Quick and simple ditch and serpentine machine quilting.
This baby quilt is my 'mini' quilt for the month, since there hasn't been time to create a true mini.
The second project is a baby quilt for our neighbor who is expecting a baby girl sometime in September. I neglected to take photos when it was in the planning/piecing stage, here it is layered and pin basted, the ditch quilting was started this afternoon.
The soft pinks were difficult for me to photograph accurately especially with the light from the windows. I had 8 or 9 pinks in my stash, mostly some old-fashioned prints, that I'd thought would work for this one, though they seem to wash out more than I'd like compared with the brights in the panels. I'm planning on using more of the purple/pink shot cotton for the binding to I hope contain the paleness and keep the whole from fading into nothingness. Hopefully the dimension added by the quilting will also help.
At the other end of the color spectrum, I was
roped into asked if I could make a quick child's quilt last week. A search of the stash revealed an older circus themed panel that just begged for some colorful action! Starting the design process:
And three days later, voila - finished top! So glad I spent a couple mornings at quilt ministry last spring sewing together all those little leftover HST's from a camp donation quilt of around three years ago. Perfect for this project! And there are still more in their swiffer box in the parts department awaiting another project. The completed top:
Better yet, turns out the quilt is not needed at the moment, so I can enjoy it for awhile until its turn for quilting comes along. I will say that I am well and truly pleased with this one, it's even better in person than the photos. And since it's no longer a rush job, hopefully I'll find a great backing fabric for it too. Though the one from the stash would work just fine, it's just not what I'd like to find for this joyful quilt top. And apparently it really wants to go to a mystery someone in the future. It had best make up its mind soon, I think this one will be a difficult one to let go.
And on a closing note, guess who stole the first zucchini squash from the garden?