Well, summer is about to end. The school bus has starting going by the house every morning, the days are getting shorter, nights are getting a bit cooler, and we’ve started winter prep here at the ol’ ranch.
This past month, I pretty much did nothing but work on the new Block-of-the-Month quilts for Sew Sweet Quilt Shop and run the longarm, in between doing stuff outdoors. I told My Cowboy I feel like a squirrel rushing around preparing for winter!
We got all of our hay in (fingers crossed it’s enough, since there’s a shortage this year):
And Ranger got a new house!
I also did a bit of traveling. I did a trunk show and taught a workshop for a couple of guilds in the St. Louis area:
And I taught a longarm quilting class in Wichita, Kansas:
And while I don’t normally play favorites, this was the cutest student in my longarm class that day!
Because I dedicated my sewing time to the BOM, I have blocks to report! By the time I finished both quilts, I had made 68 blocks. (Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the new BOM quilts and learn more about them.)
Yesterday I went to a guild sew day where we worked making items for area nursing homes — fidget quilts, lap quilts, wheelchair quilts, pillowcases, etc. A productive day!
I also found time to squeeze in making this block for my friend and fellow guild member, Sandra, who is putting these together for a Veteran’s quilt. This block is from Pat Sloan’s “Grandma’s Kitchen Challenge” over at her I Love to Make Quilts website. It’s called Sticky Buns. Be sure and check it out if you want lots of free patterns and love to join in on Quilt-Alongs — her site is chock full of them!
So that gives me a monthly total of 69 — how did you all do?
It’s time to report in and let us all know what you’ve been up to. Leave a comment on this post, or contact me. I know it was a super busy month for me, so I’m assuming some of you felt like squirrels, too?
I have the Project page updated as far as I know, so be sure and double-check your totals to make sure I haven’t lost or missed anything.
Our block goal for September is 30 blocks (in remembrance of my Grandmother’s birthday on September 30), for a yearly total so far of 262.
The monthly prize winner for July is Katie Z., who has a total so far of 1092 blocks — she’s got a good start on round four of 350 blocks — whew! — way to go, Katie! And I think it bears mention here that she broke her hand this year, AND has SIX children, and she’s STILL cranking them out! I’m in awe.
I hope you all get comfortably settled into your fall routines, and find plenty of stitching time. September and October are my favorite months of the year, so I’m excited!
Happy stitching to us all!
Oh, before I go . . . a funny for you . . . My Cowboy was on the radio this morning! Come to find out, it wasn’t anything informational about farming/ranching — nooo, nothing like that.
The DJ issued the prompt: “Tell me a sentence you could say both during sex and at a job interview.”
My Cowboy immediately called in and quipped: “How many openings do you have?”
Yep, they put him on the air! That’s my guy!