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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

As Time Goes By Wool Block of the Month!

Have I mentioned like a zillion times already just how much I love, love, love working with wool?  My favorite quilt store in Riverhead, Pieceful Quilting, started a wool block of the month this past spring and I just had to jump right on it.  First we had to make the background wallhanging so that each month we could change the center.  This is August's block.  It was not my favorite at first, but I added a few things that I had in my collection of "stuff" and it looks great to me.  I kept the additions mostly green since that is the color of August to me.  Most of the perennials are done, the flowers are falling off and everything is  green. 
 Kenny and I are excited about the movie "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" that is coming out next week, so I added some green leaf trim to the chimney to remind me of the movie.  Also, I was thinking about the FABULOUS!!! book Garden Spells when I was making this one.  That is what the green is about as well.
 July was cute with the flag and little blackbirds.  These pieces are fun and easy to do in an evening or two.  Everything is portable and done by hand.
 Don't ask me why June went sideways.  Always a rebel in the group.  I added some flower buttons I had and some pink lace around the edges.  Then on the inside I used pink floss to sort of frame it and I tied a little bow in the corner.  My girlie side is trying to bust out!  Can't you imagine me as a girlie girl?  Ha!
 Just how cute is that bee!?  I love him!

 Here is the background that stays up all year.  I got up first thing this morning and put my August piece right on!  My friend Kim actually pieced all of the tiny pieces next to the August block.  I was not feeling too well when we had that class in March so she gave me all of the extras she had made and it was enough to do the whole inside of the quilt!  Behind the monthly piece it is just blue.  I used a piece of my son's curtains as the center to remind me of him.  I had to alter the curtains for his apartment and kept all of the pieces to use in other projects.
I had to show you the green dotted trim!  I think I got it when my mom and I went to Cape Cod last summer.  OMG the quilt shops there are like little villages!!  Guess quilting really did get its start there. The buttons are from Joann's or Michaels I think.  The chicken gets center stage of course!
Our Emma is getting to be a dog now!  She is the most toy-lovingest (hey, don't correct the English teacher--I am allowed to make up words!) hound we have ever had.  I mess with her mind by putting all the toys back as soon as she takes them out.  Then she drags the basket to the middle of the room and literally throws them in the air all over the room!  She is eating the basket these days too.

Summer is half over!! Going by so fast.  Last night we all went to a concert in my daughter's little town (where Kenny grew up!) and sat outside listening to an Eagles cover band.  They were so awesome!! Even the kids said they were the best! They have a concert on the town park every week during July!  We have been to two of them and had a great time.  I am determined to be outside doing summer things (sneaking inside to sew once in a while too!) every day!  The summer speeds by and then....fall!! Happy times!  Gotta go!  One of my great friends is coming over for lunch and a trip to Home Goods in a little while!  She just got a house and we will be looking for treasures for it!


sandy quilts said...

Your August block came out great! Love the green & white trim too. I also like your pieced binding on your background - your thirties background looks very "happy". This is a great wool project and a lot of fun. I'm only done with 2 months...a little behind.

Emma is sooooo cute!

sandy quilts said...

Oh, and I'm glad you are back to blogging!

Colleen said...

Your woollies look so adorable! Love those buttons too. Emma is just too cute. She reminds me of the black lab we had years ago. Her name was Velvet - because she looked like black velvet.