This is the “Tribal Cat Felix” from Hatched in Africa. It was fun making it come to life. Their designs are so well done and make one look so good. It took about 40 minutes to stitch out after I had decided to put it on this shirt and then the time to choose threads – so perhaps it was about 2 hours to alter the looks of this shirt. And I love it on this little denim to;p. I wish HIA had a small version with much less detail to put on the front and maybe in time, they will.
I didn’t quite finish all of June as I didn’t get the Sparkling snowmen done for Judy’s challenge. The others I did finish. Now for July is seems there are more that I want to get done, but there is strawberry jam to make and pickles to start preserving, the tomatoes are starting to ripen, the garlic will need to be pulled in about two weeks, and the garden is needing watering 3 or more times a week. Plus there are 4 birthdays. However will I fit all this into a month that is always shorter than I need. Summer is here and I am loving it. So I’ll do what I can.
Linking up to Elm Street OMG with the Winter woodland paper pieced fox.
Patchwork times #12 will be to finish the binding on the sunbonnet Sue that has been quilted.
Washington state quilters to finish the Sparkling snowmen
My Hatched in Africa challenge will be to use one of their designs on something, but as of yet, I haven’t decided.
Have you committed yourself to some challenges this month? If so, I’d love to hear about them.
Embroidery Library had this fun retro watering can on sale. It was so fun looking, I felt a need to purchase and embroider it. It was a nice interlude to all the “normal stuff”. Hop on over to their site and see what a wonderful selection of designs they have.
Just look at how big these geese have grown and so fast! They are over much of their shyness now as long as it’s only me and the fence is between us.
DH is feeling better, so I took part of the day and embroidered these jeans. Each design takes about an hour and a half stitch-out time. These designs are from Hatched in Africa (HIA). The one on the left is “Pink Jumbo lilies” and on the right is “Iris Jumbo”. One just can’t go wrong with their designs as they are so well digitized.
And I thought you might want to see the clowns take a “selfie” the one on the right is our youngest and the other young one is her DH.
Recycling day – Amazon, we wish you would collect all the cardboard that you bring here. The car is as full as it can be and hopefully the driver can see out. It will go to the recycling place in the morning.
It is terrific to have a sheep who comes when called. Ava (in pink) and her son went out through the gate when I drove in. DH found her and opened the gate. No response until I called her. Then she was so happy to come in. Another great thing is that she is an alpha to the group. When she runs, they all want to see what she has found. So she is helpful in that way as well.
It was a wonderfully warm day again, but our helper spent 6 hours cutting nettles, so that they wouldn’t bloom and create more trouble.
And the new washer arrived. It has been test driven and is so quiet, one barely knows that it is running. Our last one could be heard throughout the house when spinning.
I tried to digitize this, but I’m at the very beginning and it was sunny outside and I can come up with as many excuses as a child as to why nothing happened. I got nowhere on this today and there are 7 days and a pot holder to do. I will learn, but you won’t see much in the way of results for awhile.
Jeans – one more thing off the list – well, not quite, because I still need to stitch up the inseam. This stitch out took 2.5 hours of stitching. The design is from Hatched in Africa called “Jacobean Jewels #1669″ It would be pretty to add the crystals, but I think they are pretty just the way they are. For each pant leg, I combined two designs to make the design go farther up the leg.
In addition to that, we visited a neighbor who is in the hospital. She is 91 and should have better care than she is getting. Tomorrow, she is being transferred to a hospital in Seattle. After heart valve surgery, we don’t know how long she will be there or where she will be transferred next. She’s been inpatient since the first of April and very tired of it.
Tomorrow, we will try to put more coats on sheep and then for the near future, I may be spending more time visiting with Alice in the hospital.
I am surprised I didn’t hear from more of you about how much you are getting done that you didn’t realize you are doing. Keep listing. You’ll be surprised.
You know someone is walking really close behind you when they step on the back of your sandal. She does wait at the door when I come into the house, though I think if given any encouragement, she would love to come in. Her nose is frequently in my hand and sometimes checking out the pockets.
Daughter gave me this cute knitting bag. My guess is she was tired of seeing the Ziploc bags in which I was constantly carrying the knitting. So now this bag carries the beginning of a new pair of socks. Perhaps I can find the instructions soon and put them in the bag as well.
I also took apart the legs of 2 pair of jeans in preparation for adding designs on them. If you have ever had to remove the original stitching, then you know why they hold together so well.
Today’s frustration was that I hire people, tell them exactly what I want and after 1/2 day’s work, they tell me that they are done for today and will come back next week or later in the week for another day. Today, I was privileged to have 2 people help with the clearing and one to spray fruit trees and whatever else needed doing. The fruit trees are sprayed. She lasted 4 hours today and will be back to work more tomorrow. The others- one lasted 3 hours and the other 6 hours and they want to come back next week for a day. Is this something new? I mean the sun was shinning, which has to be better than working in rain. How does one hire people who are willing to work all day and several days until the job is done?
These humming birds are for the neighbor’s 90th birthday next month. They are humming birds digitized by Hatch in Africa. (I’m sorry, the link above is not working, but you can google is as they have many beautiful designs.) I was told a party was being planned, and since she is sometimes in a wheel chair, I think this lap quilt will be a good size for her. The next time I have, it will go on the quilting machine.
I finished quilting this piece today as well. It still needs to be trimmed and bound. Here is an up close of the quilting.
I neglected my walk today and spent another entire day in the studio getting these 2 quilt to this point. Tonight will be an earlier to bed night. Tomorrow I’ll have to be out and about food shopping etc. Perhaps this weekend I can catch up on the walking again.
Sewing Snowmen and snowflakes has been an all day project which obviously isn’t finished yet. The digitizing isn’t perfect . It’s a learning process. Even so, it is so very much better than if I had just done a machine zigzag around each of these pieces. It took a lot of time to cut around the fabrics before I could continue to sew. I need to get my Scan n Cut learned to make this faster. Now that I’ve taken a photo of this with the sashing, I think I may have to change that. It has the same aqua/turquoise, but just doesn’t seem right. I will decide later.
It will not get finished as I have other embroidery that must be done tomorrow. A neighbor is turning 90 in April and needs a lap quilt for in her wheel chair. So that is a priority tomorrow.