Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Fun

With the arrival of August my thoughts turn to the end of summer.  School will start soon for the children and it seems as though they just got out.  Guess that is the "old" in me coming out.  ;-}

We've been taking advantage of the sunny days with a little family beach time.  The water temperatures are still quite chilly (around 61*) which is giving us our cool and foggy summer this year, but the sun feels great.















I'm still plugging away on my Takes 2 blocks.  I am now ready for today's set to come out.  I finished the one applique that has been nagging at me too.  Gosh, I really hate am not good at needle turn applique?  It's a learning process, but my mind is not processing it very well.



Therefore.....it was fun to turn to my mindless sewing of Great Granny squares.  I finished my 20th block, put the borders on it and it is ready to be finished.  Yeah.  The colors do not show up well, but this is such a soft and pretty quilt.



The fourth star to the Summer Stars QAL also got done.  I love these little things.


If you want to see a fabulous idea for a quilt block you need to go visit Sandi's blog today.   Tell me......does that not make you want to make one for each day of the week?

27 comments:

Connie said...

Looks like the family is having a wonderful time at the beach....even if the water is cold! Beautiful blocks and your granny square quilt looks beautiful and delicate!

Vivian said...

I envy your family beach time. No such pretty place around here--just brown grass and short corn and sad gardens. Looking at your photos is refreshing change from the view out our windows.

Yours is the first granny square quilt I've seen put together. Love your chosen colors -- fresh and relaxing. These blocks look like a creative way to use some of my squares, currently just sitting quietly in boxes. Much better to turn them into granny square blocks.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The beach looks awesome.
Love your great granny quilt - so peaceful. And your little Summer Stars are all just beautiful!

Deborah said...

Lovely beach photos! I'm really taken with your granny square quilt. I agree with Mary....it's so peaceful.

Bonnie said...

I agree with the other gals, the granny square quilt is very special. I have not quilted in a very long time, but you inspire me!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Lovely family....looks like they are having lots of fun....I love your great granny quilt!!

Quilt Hollow said...

I always tell you what a blessing to have such a family as yours. Gorgeous quilt top! It makes me want to get mine together quickly.

Pokey said...

the beach looks fun, how nice to have family time!
All of your sewing looks great, those take 2 blocks, and the Temecula minis, but oh, I do have a soft place for your Granny Squares! You have chosen a beautiful, soft collection of prints, and it is framed so nice with your rose print-well done!
:-}pokey

Vicki said...

Always nice to go to the beach, listen to the ocean and smell that wonderful sea air.

Love your granny quilt, those soft colours are just so soothing, it makes you want to curl up with the quilt and take a nice afternoon nap ;-).

Joyful Quilter said...

Your Great Granny quilt is beautiful! love the colors!

I will not start the Summer Stars QLA (your's are too cute with the stars(?) in your stars) I will not start the Summer Stars QLA...I have to say that to myself every week at least 10 times.

Carole said...

Lovely pictures! Yes summer is flying by! Looks like you have been getting lots done! Lovely projects you have going! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Maria said...

Nothing nicer than spending time at the beach and the photos aways look great...
Lots of lovely sewing. My favorite is the Granny Squares.
I also don't like neeelde turn...

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I'm jealous ... I want to be at the beach, even if the water is cold! ;-)

I love the Great Granny Squares! Such soft, pretty and relaxing colors!

nancygrayce said...

Except for the water temperature, I thought for a moment those were Florida beaches! Gorgeous beach days!

I think the granny quilt is so pretty! Have a great rest of your week!!!

Ginny said...

Oh what fun on the beach--such special days! Your Great Granny looks wonderful! Soft and cuddly! I will have to check out those Summer Stars--not that I need another project ;)

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Looks like it was a fun filled day at the beach with the family.
I, like you, do not do well with needle turn applique. Your blocks look beautiful!!
Absolutely love the Great Granny squares quilt. All those blue and yellows are so pretty.
Have a wonderful weekend, Mary!

Carrie P. said...

What a perfect day to be at the beach.
I just love your granny square quilt.
I need to catch up on my stars.

palmtreefanatic said...

I love summer! I love Summer pics, and the family having so much fun:)

The quilts are so nice!!!

Michele said...

What a fun time with your lovely family! I feel like the kids just got out too. Only a little over a week of summer left for us! Your blocks are wonderful :-)

em's scrapbag said...

I love the beach!!! We will be heading to a beach house in one week and I can't wait. Looks like your family had fun durring their beach stay.
Your blocks are lovely. You are probably too hard on yourself when it comes to needle turn. The granny square quilt is beautiful and calming. Lovely choice of colors.

Ivory Spring said...

Oh my goodness, Mary! Your quilt projects are SOOO pretty. I especially like that top left block in that first quilt picture. You did great!!

I keep saying this, but you are truly blessed with such beautiful kids and grandkids!

Shocking Hocking said...

love the granny - we're waiting for the sun here - it's winter downunder and it's been bitter in melbourne!

Memoirs of Me & Mine said...

I feel like summer has flown by! Great pics!

http://www.memoirsofmeandmine.com/

lindsey said...

Great family photo's and beautiful quilting!

Little Lady Patchwork said...

You applique looks good!...I have a love/hate thing w/applique, I love the look of it but not so much doing it! I get easily frustrated w/needle turn.
Stefanie

Lynne said...

We've had an early spring for the past couple of weeks but winter returned with a vengeance a couple of days ago with snow on the nearby mountains and freezing strong winds! I'm looking forward to summer which officially starts in December but it should be warm from late October onwards!

Barbara said...

Great looking beaches and family time.