Oh my, where did August go?!? I had so many good intentions of quilting and blogging, and writing patterns. Then, real life tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, you are a mom and a school teacher. Hobbies will have to wait.” My daughter had a birthday a few weeks ago so there was a family dinner and a party with classmates. School starts here in the middle of August – yes, it’s early, but it’s too hot to do anything else, might as well sit in an air conditioned classroom! It is still surprising how tired I am the first week of school. I came home and vegged on the couch every single day!
With grand intentions of getting more sewing done in the evenings, I set up my work space on the dining room table. Now, I don’t have to worry about lights or noise next door to my daughter’s room and I can sew after she is in bed. Hey don’t laugh, it could work!
I took advantage of the holiday and tried to get caught up with the Mod Mod Quilt Along that Sophie is hosting in conjunction with the Block Lotto this year. I love her block ideas, and for the past few years, I have made a sampler for QOV using Block Lotto patterns.
Working backwards, first I finished the August pattern, Little Windows.
I was not thinking clearly though…I did the math and wrote myself a note that I needed 28 each red and blue for the window squares. Then I happily cut 28 sets of four squares. And moved on to all the border pieces when I finally remembered that I only need 14 blocks for my quilt! Luckily, the 2-1/2″ squares can go in my leader-ender project basket, and I have a stack of smaller strips to absorb those borders. But man, I felt dumb!
Then I started on the July pattern for Spokes.
I will be inserting 4 strips of fabric to make an asterisk type of design in a square of fabric. I am keeping to my scrappy patriotic theme. Visit the Block Lotto to see what Sophie has in mind for September!
I did accomplish one August goal, which was to offer a pattern for sale on Craftsy. Visit my store and find the Snowball I-Spy quilt. I have several more designs in mind, so I’d better get to work.