Friday, August 26, 2011

Iowa Girl - quilted

I machine quilted and finished up Iowa Girl a few weeks ago. I don't know what it is about this quilt, but I just love it.

School started this week in our district. Where has the summer gone?! I have yet to post my Hop To It block for this month. Since the next block is due to be posted on Wednesday, I'll just show both (hopefully). Thanks, Mel and Sue, for hanging in there with me.

We've been enjoying summer to the fullest with family picnics, grandbabies, gardening, and beating the heat. I've already started to cut back some of my perennials since the sun has just about burned them up even though I tried to be faithful with watering. Our experiment with container gardening fizzled out. Most of our tomatoes ended up with blossom end rot; there are only two that look promising. We had one zucchini from three plants. The easiest vegetable to grow, and we couldn't do it. Fortunately there are lots of farmers in our area with produce to sell. We've already put up half the corn we need and will be canning peaches this weekend.

Thank you for the kind comments and emails concerning my last post about Mom, Dad, and the wheelchair quilts. I've been sewing like crazy in order to have a nice stack to take to the nursing home when I attend Mom's care plan meeting. Some of my quilt friends have offered to help, and I love that they care. I want to finish up this project as soon as I can. I have other quilt tops to work on, and there is a road trip coming up in September to an area quilt shop. It just doesn't end, does it!

It's been a great summer; and in reading some blogs, I can see that a lot of you have had good ones, too. I'm hoping things slow down soon, though, now that fall is just around the corner.


Melanie said...

My dad loves peach cobbler. Your latest project is a beauty. I cut my block out last night. Have a great weekend.

Christine said...

I just love your newest quilt, Mary!

Have a blessed weekend!

Sue said...

I love your quilt, Mary. It's really beautiful. Don't worry about your blocks. Mine are never on time! LOL

I am looking forward to fall. The summer has been a good one, but I need to slow down :)

The Old Parsonage said...

Hey Mary
I can't wait for the fall to get here - cool days and cooler nights - yeah!

Love your latest and greatest!

Enjoy your weekend!

Siobhán said...

Oh my GOSH, Mary, your quilt is gorgeous!! I love it. Great finish!

My SIL has had great success with her container gardening which makes me want to try it. I suspect the cool climate here has a LOT to do with it, though!

Enjoy your weekend!

Angie said...

That quilt is beautiful! It brings to mind a pattern that I had dog-eared in one of the earlier Quilt Sampler magazines, and haven't thought of again until now. LOL So I'm on a mission now to find that magazine...

Pokey said...

It's a real beauty, Mary, one of your heirloom quilts for sure. It's not hard to see why it's a favorite.
Blessings to you ~

Elizabethd said...

What a lovely quilt that is, such a pretty design.
We are picking more courgettes (zucchini)from one plant than I can cope with! I'm having to be resourceful with recipes.
Just caught up with your previous post, such a lovely idea.

Karen said...

The touch of applique looks good with your Sister's Choice blocks. I have a stack of those type blocks that I have never done anything with.

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Gorgeous quilt, Mary!

Summer did fly by quickly for us too but that's okay... I'm ready for fall. =]