Today is the 4th of July 5K and town festival in the little town that my parents and sister's family live in. My son, husband, sister and niece all ran the 5K this morning in the crazy, record breaking heat that the middle section of the country is experiencing. Everyone survived and we have made it back to Grams' house and the air conditioning!
June's UFO was my spiderweb blocks from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville page. I had no delusions of having a finished quilt by the end of the month - but I think I made good progress. I was able to piece 10 star blocks - so that will make two completed rows!
My 11 year old son has already laid claim to this quilt as his future couch quilt!
I also made my self put the binding on my 2011 guild mystery quilt in time to take it to the monthly guild meeting. I love the colors in this quilt.
I spent four days quilting my black and white block of the month quilt. It took longer than expected because of I wasn't thinking clearly - I pieced the back out of 14" squares to save myself from buying 6 more yards of fabric. All those seams combined with TONS of seams on the front make for lots of thread breakage. I also decided to free-hand a different design in each of the three outer borders. I was very glad to get that one done - now it is sitting there waiting for the binding. I can hear Nina snickering all the way down here in Alabama!
Wednesday morning as me and the kids were getting ready to leave the house to run errands, have lunch, and go see Madagascar 3, the phone rang. It was a lady whose quilts I have quilted before. She had two quilts ready for me to quilt for her granddaughters. She lives on the far opposite corner of town from me so she gladly met us at Target. When I asked when she needed them done, she said she would like to have them by the 5th. We were leaving town on the 29th and not coming back until the 4th - so I told her I would do my best, but I wasn't making any promises. Late Wednesday afternoon, I started pinning the first quilt on - with the help of Ian. Ian only hung in there for about 10 minutes - mainly because the lady had sent sheets for the backings - and the thick seams were a booger to pin through. I made myself get up Thursday morning and get them both finished up. Ian stayed with me most of the day, just talking about whatever popped into his head. We discussed the difference between banks and credit unions, the fires in Colorado, going to Papa's house, and accelerated 6th grade math. He did help me pin on the second quilt and was amazed at how much quicker it is to unpin a quilt than to pin it on in the first place! The lady was thrilled to get them back so quickly - and I was glad to have some spending money in my pocket!
July's UFO is my birthday blocks from our guild birthday group last year. The blocks are all made and I have the backing fabric - so I just need to get the top put together and get it quilted. I should be able to completely finish it this month!