Over the past few weeks, I’ve finished up all the Zoom contracts that I had for my Scrap Dancing program. On the last two, I mentioned that I would be doing a tutorial on Pin Weaving. I thought I could just link the Moda Bake Shop post, but their website update appears to have dropped older posts. So, I have pulled the photos from my original pattern, and this project will be coming this week. I’ll do a tutorial on pin weaving, then a second post will assemble this bag.
Out in the back, the rhododendrons are finally blooming, a bit late. One is pristine white.
Pollinators are abundant.
There is one that is a blush pink, very delicate color. It is looking a bit ragged, and I think it may be on its way out. We’ve already cut out a big section that died, and I fear the rest of the plant won’t survive much longer. Still, it bravely put out some blooms this year.
I have been trying to decide on my next project, and I think I’d like to do another miniature quilt. Want to quilt along? I’ve decided on one of the projects from Easy Paper Pieced Miniatures.
Looking out the window one morning, I saw a bachelor herd of deer crossing the meadow. There were five in all, one is out of the frame on the right, a bit behind the rest.
They are young, with small antlers growing. They stopped for a moment to graze.
Then they moved across the driveway and into the forest.
On the veranda, I turned my little wheelbarrow around so the spilling petunias could be enjoyed from the rockers. It has been so lovely in the evenings lately to sit and enjoy them, and the view.
I decided to do a bit of baking last weekend, and made a Vanilla Coffee Cake, it was supposed to be my Orange Vanilla Bean Coffee Cake recipe, but I forgot the orange, LOL!!
In the sewing room, I realized that the State Fair is now only 10 weeks away. While that sounds like a lot of time, I need to put sleeves on at least six quilts. Doing one a week will allow me to stretch out the sewing on this, instead of waiting until the last minute then frantically trying to get them done. I had to make a new one for Twist, as it is larger than any sleeve I have right now. It may take a couple of Sunday Slow Stitching days to get this one done.
I started on the Teacups Quilt. This one is small and didn’t take a long time.
Three more sleeves made, pinned to the quilts, are ready for hand sewing. I have a tutorial on Making Temporary Sleeves if you need to do this for your quilts too.
Sitting in my chair yesterday morning, I noticed some movement of the bird feeder pole outside. I like to watch the birds from that vantage point while I am doing other things, like hand sewing, working on embroidery or using my laptop. A baby bear was trying to jump up and get to the feeder. This was the only clear picture I was able to take of him. He is small, probably under 100 pounds. I made a bit of noise, and he ran off. Thankfully, I didn’t see his mom.
Moving on to the next sleeve, I have two now done. Four to go.
At least I think it is just four, LOL!! I don’t have all my plans made yet as to which quilts I’ll show this time. The fair didn’t go on last year, so I have two year’s worth of finishes to choose from. A couple of quilts that were quilted and bound recently, like Pachanga, I need to save for next year so I won’t finish the sleeves and labels until fall. I have two year’s worth of photos to go through as well, and the limit is still just five, so hard choices to come. There are no categories for painted rocks or paper crafts, so I might not have much to submit in crafts this year. I am working on the cooking contest ideas too. I think I’ll enter my tomato pie in the Tomato competition.
Are you working on sewing or hand work projects? What are you doing this week? Have you ever entered your State Fair competitions?
Linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching.