"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Independence Day! And belated OPAM

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This picture is from near my hometown, and I hope to be visiting there in a couple of months!

To my Canadian friends, Happy 150th Birthday!  I've so enjoyed seeing all the quilts that were made in honor of the celebration.  It's nice to see people who are so proud of their country.

We've had a house guest, so the sewing has slowed down a bit, but he left this morning, and I'm planning to tear into more quilting.

I finished this just in the nick of time for OPAM.
It's called "It takes a village" designed by my friend Elizabeth Angus, and was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of McCall's Quilting.  I knew I'd get around to it eventually!  I'm not going to drag DH back outside again for another picture, but there's a big flower that has now been attached to the top of the third vine from the left.  And the outer border contains the best feathers that I've ever   done.  I think there may be hope for me!  LOL!

Here is another finish from Pam Buda's Prairie Women collection.

Pam encourages the use of "make-do" fabrics in these quilts, because prairie women wouldn't have had access to perfectly matched lines of fabric - they made do with what they had on hand.  A couple of the women in our group just can't bring themselves to use the make-do fabrics, but I think it's kind of fun.  

The 13 place mats that I made have already been donated to Meals on Wheels, and I forgot to take pictures.  They were made mostly from donated batting scraps and fabric 'scraps'.  Some people give away very generous "scraps"!  I started a small patriotic wall hanging on Saturday before our guest arrived, and it will get quilted and hung today.  Then I plan to quilt a larger quilt.  Stay tuned - it's a beauty!!

My sil and I took a little road trip on Wednesday, visiting 7 Quilt shops.  I forgot to take a picture of the loot before it was all put away.  Nothing major, but some fat quarters for 3 different projects, a couple of spools of Aurifil thread, a book, and the pattern for the patriotic wall hanging.  I went with a list, and mostly stuck with it.  But I still spent for than I had budgeted!  Isn't that what always happens?

Kayaking and nature photography happened this week.

We found a Lily Pond, and there were so many gorgeous wildflowers that we had to go back a second time.

Have a happy and safe 4th to all my American friends!!       Sunny


  1. You are from SD?! Me too! Just got back from visiting family and friends. Have a good trip!!

  2. Wow great finishes Sunny and happy 4th of July xx

  3. You know me--I love those nature photos--great captures--and isn't great to see finishes--cause then you can ask yourself--which project do I want to do or finish next!!
    enjoy the moments, di

  4. It Takes a Village and Prairie Women quilts are wonderful. I like the 'make do' attitude too! Happy 4th of July to you!

  5. I love "make-do" quilts. They are always so interesting to look at. It's also nice to know that there is a story behind each piece of fabric.

  6. Great to see your lovely finishes. House guests do get in the way, no matter how much you enjoy them. Your Village quilt looks wonderful.
    Sounds like you have been out and about and busy quite a bit. Perfect weather for it!

  7. Oh my goodness I LOVE that house quilt!!!!! Gorgeous! Love your Prairie quilt too, I love make-do quilts. Great pics of your adventure!

  8. from what I can see of the Feathers, they look great Sunny, well done!
    Fab pic of the dragonfly, your camera is clearly a very good one to be able to capture such images x

  9. Love the It Takes A Village quilt. Your nature photos, you are very talented.

  10. Yep your feathers look really good. I just can't seam to master them
    Lovely 😊 make do Quilt too.
    I always enjoy kayaking with you both...thanks...

  11. I noticed your beautiful feathers on the border of your quilt. Remember when you told me you didn't know how to quilt - now look at you! Such pretty quilts.

  12. Lovely quilts! And such pretty flowers and critters... you take great photos! xx


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