What a Historic Month we are in now!!!
July 4 is actually my birthday 💖…
and when we celebrate our Independence as a Nation here in the USA so….
Today… July 6 is also my Gaga’s birthday… she passed away in 2004 but is fondly remembered each July 6… just 2 days after mine! I like to think we look a bit alike too 😀
Here is a Birthday wish someone left me on Facebook…
for me and my Gaga and you if you have a July birthday too!!!!
Isn’t this a cool mix of applique 😀
Here are a few of my birthday goodies I got…
First from my LQS…
Then I woke on the 4th to find this from my honey 🙂
My post for my facebook friends from a photo I took on our property 🙂
And if you look close.. there is a flag waving far off… that is our post office!!! lol
Here is a current photo of me… with a tag I added on Facebook 😀
And HERE …. I I I I
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are the photos of the divided caddy I made for my friend Debbie I told you about in my last blog post…She received this yesterday in the mail so I was so excited to share it with you!
It has pockets added to each end for keys and cell phone when she is on the move with her stuff! She loves bright colors and pink and yellow are faves as well as green… I used from my stash only for this … the handles are black wide ribbon from my stash too!!! The insides are also covered in matte vinyl fuse like the one I made for my honey to use for his shaving gear… this one is a bit bigger and much more sturdy though in it’s construction 😀 I am well pleased… this is made by a video on YouTube by Sewspire 😀 Andrea makes making this very easy to understand too!
Before the tutorial… I want to share my progress on the quilt I am hand quilting!!!! I am linking this hand quilting goodness on Sunday to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday post … HERE
(had computer issues so didn’t link up until 5:30 pm EST USA … sorry!) Go see Kathy and Congratulate her as she enters her 7th year as a Sunday slow stitch linky boss 😀
I am about 57% completed with the hand quilting in these photos…
And here you can see what I am doing in the star blocks with the chalk lines I follow then spritz away the residue of chalk when I have stitched the wavy lines ….
Above you can also see how I am big stitching the swirlies in the sashings…. using a black perle cotton 12 wt.
The swirlies are from a stancil that is a bit LONGER than the space I had to fill … soooooo
This is how you make a stencil fit YOUR space <<< TUTORIAL
Here is my stencil over the sashing… see how the sashing is about 1/4″ shorter on each end than the stencil??
While in the above position… mark the center parts of the stencil… but not the outer parts of the swirlie or whatever your design is… that way the center parts are centered!
Then below you will move each end to the desired spot and line up with the lines already marked… I am using a water soluble marker for my marking…
Here is a closer up view… I am marking the other end now… the stencil does not have to stay straight on the sashing but the end you are marking must be right in place! mark carefully 😀
Now that all parts of the stencil are marked… it is time to fill in the “legs”… the legs are the parts where the stencil is held to the base and left gaps in your swirlie! 🙂
Now you can see my swirlie marked well… downsized to fit my sashing with legs filled in too!
Feel free to click on any of these photos to enlarge them to see those blue lines more clearly… and scroll back up to see the stitched and spritzed away markings of my sashings…
Another consideration I realized after marking the first row of this stencil was the orientation of the swirlies… so I put the center loops facing my blue blocks on all my swirlie designs for consistency… just a thought for your stencil marking too 😀
Now a look at our Lazy Daisy homestead and future and present harvesting…
First here are some not yet ready peach, apple, grape, and blueberry!
And here are some ready to enjoy squash and tomatoes from our garden 😀
Here is a crane we have seen several days recently…
And a closer up view of the sandhill crane… native to this area a friend who lives here told us 🙂
Love these vibrant fuscia / purple conical blooms on this bush!
And a corkscrew willow in full glory!
A look back at our home sweet home…
And the grist mill and edge of the pond where we often stand to feed the fish their high protein floating food 🙂
And a look from the other side of the pond toward the back of our home…
And the back porch with the blooming hostas all in a row!
We finally finally got a North Carolina tag for our Cassie… she is legal and so are we… now true North Carolinians and happy to be that!
And in closing…
A bit of patriotic quilty inspiration I saw online this week!!!
A Very inspirational saying to add to your thought process today as you leave this post and do your own thing…
A wish from me and my honey to you and your household ❤
Thanks for visiting !!! Have a blessed weekend 🙂
Happy birthday! Even thought you were born on the 4th of July, don't let anyone call you a \”Yankee Doodle Dandy\”. We know you are a \”Grits\” (girl raised in the South.) Your new home looks amazing!
I'm glad you had a great birthday. What is the license plate looking thing you got from the quilt shop? Is it a license plate… I love it. The stencil tutorial was good… smart idea to make it work. Your tote for your friend is adorable; I'm sure she is tickled. How exciting that your garden and trees are producing. I ate my first red tomato yesterday from our garden. I may fry up some green ones this weekend. Enjoy your weekend!
somehow I missed this post – glad to see your garden is producing and the fruit trees too– my garden is not doing well this year and I doubt I will be canning any tomato sauce – I picked 6 tomatoes yesterday and there are no more near ripening so these will go in a salad. Love your tote and hope you had a great birthday
Happy Birthday!Thanks for the stencil tutorial…. that was interesting to see how you do that. I haven't worked with stencils for a while, but bought one recently.Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!