Wednesday, July 6, 2011
And the heat of July brings the hillside alive with these naturalizing Day Lilies. Gosh they have been on the farm as long as I can remember. From yellows, light and dark oranges, to rusty browns. It is a shame they are short lived, but with so many of them they are a sea of blooms for the next month.
The Rockin Robin Quilt along has started - see side button
The Modern Quilt Contest as just announced the 4th entry - Express Yourself
Tonya's paper pieced Heart blocks
And Blocks for Kaaren
'Cookie Crumbs' - July's UFO for Judy's Challenge List
Sunbonnet Sue - UFO for one of my yahoo group's challenge list.
Our 'bricks' made from our 3.5" squares are now being combined with a solid brick - 3.5" x 9.5". I'm using from my stash and made 30 blocks. (180 squares) The solid bricks took a little more than 3/4 yrd so I would plan a yard for safety and errors.
I pressed my squares (when forming my twosie bricks) in one direction, so when I add the solid piece and sew, I make sure those seams run facing me to keep the seams from bunching when they run under the pressure foot and feed dogs. Smooth sailing!! Then I 'set the seam' with a hot iron - press the seam to flatten the threads and supple the fabric. Then I press the solid brick out. Makes for a flatter, smoother seam finish on your completed block. You have just made a variation of the Broken Rail Fence block. Play with lay outs - I will have my top sewn together for next post.
AND A BIT OF FUN
One day when I was feeling sad,
I found a little frog upon a lily pad.
I took him home and named him Tim,
I put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim,
He drank up all the water,
And gobbled up the soap!
And when he tried to talk
He had a BUBBLE in his throat!