Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summertime, some charms and a grand dogger!

Do you remember when I purchased the Summertime kit from Primitive Gatherings?  It was at the Des Moines AQS show in 2011.  A friend and I each bought the kit and our plan was to get together monthly to work on it, that way we would push each other to actually finish it.  Yeah, was a great idea, but my friend is way too busy and we got together TWICE!  We've talked about it several more times, but she just has a lot going on.  Believe it or not, I have actually worked on my blocks sporadically, but now...I am almost finished!  Here are my blocks on my design wall

Woo hoo!!!!  I actually do have the 12th block all stitched, but I haven't trimmed it yet.  Now I just have to decide on the fabric for the sashing and borders.  What was included in the kit is confusing me (imagine that!).  I think I'm going to change it up a bit from the kit, and I'm hoping to work on it this week.  I don't want this one to sit as a pile of blocks, like so many others.  Am I the only one who does that?  I have piles of blocks that are all finished and just need to be sewn together.  Why do I not just finish them?  I guess if I do then they will just sit in the "need to be quilted" pile!  I do have 3 quilts at 2 different quilters right now, so that is a good thing.

For those of you in the Charming program, I hope you have received your newest charm - if not...don't look at this next picture!
 My U.S. customers received the flags, and all international customers received the pineapples - a few of them are below...

If you remember, I was in Omaha on Mother's Day, so I got together with my mom last week.  We went for lunch and I bought her a big hanging basket of begonias.  I'm not usually a begonia person, but I really thought these were pretty.  And, on Mother's Day (when I was gone!) my son came to my house and left a huge basket of flowers in my sewing room for me.  Here they are hanging on the deck...
Aren't they pretty?  And, my daughter took me to lunch at a really yummy Mexican restaurant.  So...even though I wasn't here for "the" day - there was still lots of celebrating!

And what is a post without a fluffy?  Well, this time there is a fluffy that you haven't seen before!  This is Jada  - she is one of my grand doggers.  She has a sister, Lexi, but she didn't pose for the picture. I should have gotten a picture of them both - my daughter has taught them to sit really nice for the camera.  Isn't Jada cute?  She is such a sweet little dog.  Although, Ozzie and Callie fail to see that sweetness! 
 And some wildlife - I don't know how well you can see the geese, but there are 5 babies swimming between the mom and dad.  I just love watching them - the parents are always on the lookout and really get moving if the dogs or anything else starts coming their way.
 And the last wild animal for the day!  Miss Callie trying to help me iron.  I thought this was funny, because CC used to always do this, but Callie never did, until now.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Loving your quilting blocks so far! Just gorgeous!!!! Also...loving that bowl full of flags! I can't believe how many of those you can whip up!

  2. Oh, yummy! Those blocks are beautiful, Julie!
    I love my flag charm--I'm tempted to wear it as a pendant with my flag pin for the next little while--we'll see.
    My favorite animal pic is Callie "helping" you! : )

  3. Woo Hoo! You are on the home stretch. Your blocks look fantastic!!
    Those charms are adorable. I can't imagine how you made those all yourself.

  4. Great blocks...Woo-Hoo!!! is right :) Your flag pins are wonderful, too! Delightful post!!


  5. Oh Julie - your blocks are wonderful! Nuttin' wrong at all with changing up the setting! Can't wait to see your quilts at the quilters, too. Jada is so sweet looking and Callie....well, maybe it's her way of saying she really misses CC ;>)

  6. Julie- love your blocks and your story! So many times we make a plan with a quilter to keep on track and it doesn't always work. But you have done a great job! Jada and Callie both look like sweethearts!!! -Debra (

  7. It's amazing how much you accomplish~you are on fire girl! Beautiful quilt~I never noticed before the little black bird in four of the blocks. Your view from your sewing room is awesome~so peaceful~cute how mom & pop are at the front & back of the babies. Jada & Miss Callie are sure sweet!

  8. You should be proud of those yummy blocks!! I think it is a great idea to switch up the kit fabric and 'make it your own' - FUN! No pressure or anything but I look forward to seeing it finished ;-)
    LOVE the flags and pineapples, and the fluffies too - but I admit I have a fave there!

  9. Great job on your quilt! You are so close to a finish!!

  10. I'm behind on blog reading but I really like your blocks with the black background/sashing shown in your photo - I just think it sets off the other colors nicely. I'm usually in the minority tho!
    Hello Jada and Lexi! I'm not sure how much help Callie is with the ironing but I'm sure it's fun to have there there :)

  11. Wow! Your summertime project is looking wonderful! Great job!

  12. I just love all your charms Julie! I'm wondering if it is too late to join in on your Charming club? And do you have any flags left? I'm one jealous girl here!!!!