Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Taking Advantage of Time

We are on baby watch for our newest grandbaby this week so I am taking advantage of time spent close to the phone.  I've tried to keep the week cleared of schedules so it has been a productive week around the house.  Cupboards have been sorted out,  lots of deep cleaning, a little gardening and some solid hours of sewing for mending and fun.  It all feels great.

Summer temperatures have finally arrived - at least warmer temps than what we have had so far this summer.  The air conditioning has yet to click on, but it feels toasty warm outside. 

My hummers are still at the feeders all day long, but we also have our orioles making appearances to share their food.  We always enjoy their cackling sound which is so distinctive.  They arrive in March and will migrate back in late August or early September. 



I'm continuing to plug away on my Just Takes 2 blocks. 



I made a quilt for the new baby.  I still need to put a label on it, but I always add a photo label with one of the first pictures of the new baby.  I love this jelly roll for a child's quilt.....such cute fabrics, so bright and cheery.



Minky was used on the back of this quilt.  I really like the look of the quilting with the minky fabrics. 



The 5th star is added to the Summer Star QAL at Temecula Quilt Co.



I've started my swap quilt for the ALQS7 swap.  I have mentioned before that I just love this swap.  It is done perfectly in the fact that you must have a completed quilt to enter.  You then get to view the completed quilts and choose your favorites from which you will then receive one of them.  The quilts I have received in the past have all been gorgeous!!!  A sneak peak.....



It's been fun to sit and hand stitch in the evenings while watching the Olympics.  I am going to be sorry to see them close.  

24 comments:

~Laurie~ said...

You've been very productive - can't tell you how much I love those take 2 blocks!! And I've just finished a baby quilt and thought about using minky on the back. I wondered what it would look like with the quilting so thank you for answering my question!! Decision has been made! I, too, will miss the Olympics - I have them on all day when my kids let me have control of the TV!

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh what a wonderful baby quilt!!! I agree that those colors and prints are bright, happy and fun! I can hear the baby chuckles of delight now :*) I've done several with minky on the back and just love it!

barcord said...

Love the fabrics for ALQS7. Look forward to seeing this quilt. The baby quilt is beautiful. I too have used the Qlympics as an excuse/reason to sit and stitch. I havent watched so much tv in years.

Fiesta said...

Congratulations!
The baby quilt is adorable.

Michele said...

We have the Olympics on right now...I will also be sorry to see them go. So many inspirational stories. You've been productive while you wait. What an exciting time!! The baby quilt is adorable :-) I also love minkee on the back of quilts. Such a special touch.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I have been enjoying the Olympics too. Love the baby quilt~ looking forward to seeing the newest grand! Have a happy week!

nancygrayce said...

I think you may quite possibly be the busiest person I know! :) Such pretty results from all you do!

I have so enjoyed the Olympics, especially the gymnastics and swimming.

The baby's quilt is absolutely gorgeous!

Have a good rest of the week!

Foolish Feathers said...

Wow you have been doing a lot! I love that Sandy Gervais fabric line (I have a couple charm square packs and scrap strips I have been hoarding), I forgot the name though. You are doing very well on your projects, especially the "Just 2" blocks, very nicely done!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a busy lady! Great quilt for baby...hope all goes pefect. I still want to do some of It Takes Two. Your Summer Stars are beautiful.

Wendy said...

You have been very busy, lots of wonderful projects to see. The baby quilt is going to be loved.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Isn't it nice to have that dedicated time to being at home and getting things done? I don't know why we don't give ourselves time like that more often instead of just when we have to! You've gotten lots done and I always feel good when that happens. :) blessings, marlene

Deb said...

Wow, I wish I had something to motivate me to deep clean. Your baby quilt is lovely and the blocks too.

Maria said...

Sew many lovely blocks ...
Love the new baby's quilt. As you say really gorgeous bright colours..
Hope the new babe arrives soon.

Connie said...

Great blocks and your baby quilt is so precious! What a special label to put on your baby quilt too!

Stephanie said...

Perhaps Grandmother's nest too when on baby watch! You're been very productive and your projects are all so pretty. We could term our progress Olympic Quilting!

Patchmaker said...

The baby quilt is so sweet . . .

Vicki said...

WOW another grandbaby on the way, how exciting. The baby quilt is so adorable and with the minky backing will be nice and cosy.

Your other blocks look great and thanks for sharing the photo of the oriole. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Nat Palaskas said...

Have a great week Mary. It's getting harder and harder to find spare moment so enjoy it. I can see you haven't waste any time here. Very productive week.

Hugs
Nat

Nedra said...

I hope there is a safe arrival, and all is well for baby and mama.
Your Juat Take 2 is coming along beautifully! I admire your diligence in keeping up with the blocks each month

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I need to move near where you live so that I can enjoy the variety of birds that visit your yard.
The baby quilt is beautiful and I like your plan for the label - what a great remembrance.
Your Summer Stars are looking so pretty!
Love the sneak peek of the quilt you are working on - great fabrics! I'm going to have to check out that swap.
Have a wonderful weekend, Mary!

em's scrapbag said...

The baby quilt is lovely. Good job! And wow you have gotten a lot done while waiting for that new bundle of joy.

Lynne said...

Love that baby quilt - so bright and happy!

Talin's Corner said...

Your baby quilt is gorgeous. And I love the idea of adding a photo to your label.

Barbara said...

You have been busy Mary and I am glad that Summer has finally arrived for you.