Summer Has Arrived

Fourth of July for me earmarks the truly beginning of Summer. I know that I will have 2-3 months of humid and sometimes scorching weather that will follow causing me to retreat to the coolness of air conditioning. In my estimation air conditioning is one of man’s greatest inventions together with the washing machine as well as the Sewing Machine. There are others of course but A/C and washing machines top my list. Retreating to the coolness allows me the privilege of spending time in my sewing room otherwise known as my happy place. Well let’s face it, I’d be there anyway. I don’t need an excuse, that’s just where you’ll find me these days.

That being said I began my day finishing the Zebra block for the Savannah quilt. I wasn’t well yesterday and missed out on the fireworks with friends or finishing this block. Medicine side affects are a real pain.

Stripes the Zebra

I then made my Saturday Sampler quilt block for August. I know, overachiever, but it frees me to put away my sewing machine to work on applique, my true passion. This time my block actually measures 12-1/2 x 12-1/2. So proud of me.

Once that was completed, I watched the video from Angela Walters’ quilt along (I have to confess that this will probably be the 10th time I’ve watched it) and proceeded to practice Lesson # 1. I am pleased with my results. Getting more practice everyday with my Bernina Q16, and building my confidence and adding more skills.. I’m attempting to work my way up to quilting a full or queen size quilt. Not quite there yet but working on it.

Now, the fun can begin. I get to start Dolly Days or as I call it “The Paper Doll Quilt”. How many of you remember the Betsy McCall paper dolls that came with McCall’s magazines. That is what this quilt reminds me of.

I have chosen the fabrics and prewashed them. It is time to cut and start prepping the center Doll. So excited to get started. Now that is how I plan to spend my day today. What are you doing today?

These 2 will provide the framing around the center doll.
This is the background fabric that all the outfits and the doll will be appliqued onto.

Happy Stitches

Sissy

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About Sissy Malone

I've been actively sewing since Jr. High School. But specifically drawn to quilting since I was 17/18 years old. My grandmother was a quilter and I became fascinated with the process. I fell in love (awestruck) is a better word viewing applique quilts by Gladys Rashka at the Minnesota State Fair in the 70's. A love affair was born of applique quilts. I still machine piece, but am always drawn to applique. I took classes learning different techniques and also traveled to California and studied a whole week at Asilomar with Elly Sienkiewicz. Quilting is my passion. I am always open to learning a new technique but still rely on handwork. View all posts by Sissy Malone

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