Yikes, but it’s hot outside.

Boy oh boy is it ever hot. I don’t do well in the heat. Too many years living in Minnesota I guess. So my sewing routine has changed a bit. My sister makes sure I am out walking by 7 a.m. to finish before it’s unbearable. I really feel for those whose job requires them to be outside all day. Before I retired, I was always working inside in a temperature controlled environment. So I naturally gravitate to A/C, one of man’s greatest inventions.

After a recent routine doctors visit I have decided now is the time to get my A1c under control and address my weight. I have removed all processed sugar from my diet. I thought it would it would be a horrific adjustment but surprisingly that is not the case. I am striving to make healthier choices in meal preparation. We’ll see how it goes. I have also added a walking regime to my daily routine. I track my glucose daily and have a chart I am recording it to and my distance walked and how long it takes me and my weight (I am only weighing myself once weekly) I do not want to become obsessed with the scales. Hopefully these simple changes will evolve into major changes.

I am still working outside in the cool of the mornings. I was able to photograph a beautiful spider web off my deck. This was accomplished over night. Wow.

I had ordered 2 live plant nasturtium. When they arrived the package had dry soil falling out of it and when I opened it the soil was indeed totally dry and loose within and not wrapped in a moisture plastic. The actual plants were wilted and dehydrated. I immediately watered them and by morning they were looking a bit better. I planted them last night in the moonlight (hoping that would invigorate them LOL). Ever heard of moon gardening? They have new growth so I am hopeful they will be happy in their new home. I chose this particular flower because it came in yellow and orange which compliments my deck cushions. Fingers crossed they will survive and thrive.

I have been helping a friend with her projects. She is making a baby quilt and I made 2 blocks for her. One is a sun and the other is this adorable baby ducky. I found the pattern for it on Etsy and ordered it. The blocks came in 3 sizes and are paper pieced. Her quilt’s blocks are 6 ” finished. No problem, right. I got a 12″ block here and I can reduce it 50%. I am so out of my league here. Paper pieced with multiple pieces. I had to use 1/8″ seam allowances. I really challenged myself but it turned out doable and actually fun to make. The sunshine block was fun also and I appliqued it.

My goal today is to applique two outfits for the Dolly Days quilt currently under my needle. I would also like to watch the next video lesson from Angela Walters and add that to my practice quilt. I believe it will be on feathers. I’m excited at the prospect of learning the feather using the machine quilting technique.

Still planning my first camping trip in my little camper. Haven’t decided where to go yet. Had planned a trip to MN/WI to visit friends, but that has been cancelled due to the recent increase in Covid19 cases. So I was thinking maybe a day trip to a state park just to get some experience under my belt. Thinking about Mountain Home Arkansas and one of their many campgrounds.

Have a great day and enjoy your summer.

Happy Stitching



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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