I have had the whole month of June off and let me tell you, it has been productive. It has been rehearsal for retirement, and shown me that when that pesky day job is out of the way I really can get a lot done! :-)
So among the things I have accomplished with my time off -- getting some quilts finished and drawing a lot more designs. First, here is the July free Block of the Month - a little early - posted and ready to download on the BOM page (see the tabs at the top).
This is one of my favorite blocks, and it goes with so many of the other designs. It really makes a great alternate block, and has such a fun and feminine look.
I am working on another BOM for my quilt guild and really enjoying it. It is in art deco style applique florals, and so far it is going well. As a sneak peek, here is the first block.
Its a bit different from my usual thing! But I am having a blast doing these.
I finished a baby quilt for one of my son's friends who just had a baby. This is a design she picked out and I made it up. It was sew simple and fun to make.
This is the first quilt I have done on my new Martelli long arm machine. Worked great and sooooo easy to use. It is a sit down machine and the circle you see hanging on the arm slides down and sits on the fabric. The gripper on the back holds onto the fabric and the knobs on the top make it easy to move. I even did all the stitch in the ditch with it. It was actually easier and just as accurate as my domestic for stitch in the ditch. Go figure!
This is a version of my Vintage Sampler quilt that they did as a BOM at my LQS. They just did 30 of the 42 blocks, and all in 30's fabrics. I designed a special setting and border for it, and now it is hanging up in the shop, and patterns for it are selling well. The sample was done with hand blanket stitch around all the applique. Faith Gordon made this one and did a fabulous job! Can't wait to see it quilted.
I also got my vintage sampler back from the quilter. WOW did Brenda do a great job on it. But then, she always does. I just have to put the binding on and finished the block embellishments. I will post a picture as soon as I can get someone to hold it up for me! hahaha.
Its sunny and hot here in Kansas today. Kitties are curled up on the chair next to me, and last night I got to baby sit my adorable grandbaby. He was 5 months old yesterday and we had some serious "Grandma Time!" Love that little cutie to bits.