Thursday, September 1, 2011

August stitching in retrospect

I'm linking up today -- for the first time -- with a Fresh Sewing Day over at Lily's Quilts.  As a new month begins, Lynne and many linklings blog about projects and activity from the outgoing month.  Despite some moaning and groaning about all the work I'm doing, I actually did a fair amount of stitching this here it goes: my August in retrospect.

The month began with a Natural Dyeing workshop at The Workroom.  The quilting cotton, silk, linen and wool yarn I dyed early in the month will definitely be making some return appearances here...but for now they're stashed away.

There was a lot of hexie making and hexie contemplation going on this month.  At the beginning of the month I spent some time staring at the Loulouthi hexagons I had made for Lynne and Gayle's Hexalong.

By mid-month I had completely rethought my approach, and started making "constellations" of hexies.

And currently the hexie constellation quilt is still growing, albeit at a slow pace. As always, let's just pretend that the beauty of the hexies is enhanced by a backdrop of urban decay (aka my garden patio).

I managed to finish two bed-size quilt projects from earlier in the summer: "In Bloom" for my mum

and "Sweet Pea" for little Frida.

I stalled a bit on the Mystery Quilt (I will catch up, I will, I will!), but I managed to pull together some blocks for the Farmer's Wife Quilt-along.

I made a good start on a Garden Fence quilt that will be -- must be! -- completed this week.

Oh yes, and I made 20 cloth napkins.

Hmmm...that was a bit, wasn't it?  Just writing this up makes me want to take a nap, but it also makes me want to sew -- and the sewing always seems to win out against the sleeping!

It feels a little bittersweet to think that summer is (essentially) over, and I need to set some realistic goals for myself for the months to come.  I'd love to hear what others are hoping to achieve this month -- I know for some the beginning of a school year is a welcome relief, and for others of us it means that things heat up.  What will you be doing and making?

And if you're not yet ready to stop reminiscing about August, linger at Fresh Sewing Day for a while.

Fresh Sewing Day


aksherry said...

I am so impressed at how much you got done!! Life is crazy right now with school starting, volleyballs games (several a week) and more company coming next week.
But... once winter hits next month, things should slow down and I can get back to my sewing machine. I miss sewing!!

quirky granola girl said...

holy moly, you've been busy!! 2 quilt finishes, gorgeous hexies, fwqal plus more?! way to go!

LizA. said...

Wow--you sure managed to get a lot done. I wish I could say the same. What sewing I did get done was mostly not-fun stuff. Screens for the sliding door and front windows on our VW bus, port a potty cover, insulated cooler cover....stuff like that.

I like where you're going with the Hex-A-Long. Once we get back from the week long camping trip we're about to take I WILL get back to that and the Farmer'sWife.

Isisjem said...

Wow you got so much loveliness done in just one month!

Judith, Belfast said...

What a productive month you've had! Lots of lovelies here! Jxo

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Good grief - do you sleep?! Great makes, by the way - love them all!

What Comes Next? said...

you have been busy! Wow! I love your hexie constellation quilt!

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

Thanks for all the comments! It has been an incredibly busy summer around here, with no time off (other than one weekend away) -- and I really think all this sewing has helped to keep me balanced. I appreciate all your comments :)