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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Summery Things and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  My visit last weekend with my grandparents was wonderful.  I've always treasured my time with them, but this pandemic has made me appreciate it even more.  Since they left, I've been busy sewing blocks for my newest quilt.

This is the Moroccan Star block that I showed last year as part of my stint as a guest designer for the International Association of Quilters, and I figured it was time to turn the block design into a full quilt.  I threw the blocks up on the design wall without pressing to see how they look, and I have to say that I love how they're coming together.  They just look so summery to me!

I also spent a good chunk of yesterday peeling and slicing peaches to freeze in simple syrup.  Peaches are one of my very favorite fruits, and when the daughter of one of our friends was selling 13 lb. boxes of peaches for a fundraiser, I just couldn't resist ordering one.  These were picked on a farm not far from here and delivered within just a couple of days, and are hands-down the best peaches I've ever eaten.

But... thirteen pounds of peaches is a bunch!  Once I got them, it suddenly occurred to me that there is absolutely NO way we could eat all of them fresh.  Thankfully, they were delivered before my grandparents went home, so they took some back to share with my parents.  That still left me to figure out what to do with fifteen peaches (still more that we could eat before they start to rot).

A few of them went into a cobbler right away because it just would have been a crime not to;  and the rest were all packaged up with a light simple syrup and frozen.  Now, I can have a taste of summer even when the weather starts to cool off!

It occurred to me yesterday that I have had houseguests three out of the last five weekends.  All fantastic visits, but I am looking forward to getting back into a more normal routine, and that includes getting back to more regular sewing time.

Last week's party had plenty of eye-catching quilts.  Check out this scrappy flying geese quilt by heARTs Creations-

This quilt by Linda at Flourishing Palms is so cheerful and fun!

This scrappy improv goodness is by Sew Preeti Quilts-

This quilt, called Containment, is by Vasudha at Storied Quilts and has a really powerful message.

And I love the soft color palette in this quilt by Better'n Dog Biscuits-

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  1. Your blocks are beautiful!!!! The peaches look pretty delicious, too!

  2. Your Moroccan Star blocks are divine and those peaches sound yummy and refreshing!

  3. Your Moroccan Stars are looking amazing, Kelly! I'm so glad you got to have that time with your grandparents. I no longer have living grandparents, and there is so much I wish I could share with my Grammy (her name was Grace and she used to make a big fuss when I was little, calling me her "namesake!").

  4. Love your Moroccan Stars quilt, well done!

  5. J'adore vos étoiles marocaines. Merci pour tous vos articles tres interessants. Bel ete !

  6. I'm so glad you have had friends/family time! Those peaches caught my eye right away! My daughter has a peach tree and yes, they are so delicious fresh! Your blocks will make for a beautiful finish, I'm sure! Looking forward to your progress. They are truly stunning.

  7. Thanks for thinking my Jiggle-Joggle-Jee quilt is worthy of being shared! That means a lot to me, especially as I intend to cut back (eliminate?) quiltmaking for a while. I have too many quilts, And with other fabric-made items attracting my attention, I'll keep busy. Have fun working on your lovely Moroccan Stars!


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