Monday, July 29, 2013

July Finishes

Boy, how do I love summer! We have such long winters here, that when the weather is nice, you just need to make time to get outside. Again. And again. And again. Until you just can't stand the cool weather any longer.

I have been hiking - made a personal best for a hike with friends to Boulder Basin and the Boulder City ghost town. 7 miles round trip - all uphill with about 2,300 feet elevation gain. Glorious, glorious trip, with all the wildflowers in bloom. Well worth the bruised toenails from slipping around on the shale rock.
Top of this peak is10,800 elevation.

I did get my Autumn Table Runner quilted, the binding on, and completely sewn down. It's on my table now - I think I'll just leave it there until Thanksgiving, lol!

I also got three Halloween table runners all completed for my Etsy shop, and am now working on two long, long (72-inch) table runners for Christmas. They are more traditional with poinsettias, lots of gold leaf and sparkling red and green. Those are quilted and now just need binding, which with the  180-inch diameter for each one, will take a lot of evening tv viewing to get those done!

Fun Halloween runner with black and lime green ric rac

But maybe the most arduous task I've done this month is to make 65 new microwave hot packs for the shop. Talk about a lot of work!  Just like anything we do when it comes to sewing, everything takes at least twice as long as you figure it should.  But I've got some really great colors and patterns, and these should sell well and make wonderful Christmas gifts. (The past two years have taught me that I need to look well ahead of the season in order to prepare seasonal items. July and August are Christmas months, don't ya know?)

That's a lotta hot packs!!!

Today I am quilting a quilt I made as a Tester for a new pattern designer.  Can't wait to show the entire quilt . . .  just waiting for the word!  Having fun with that one. Then I have two more quilts to quilt this week, and I can then start a new project for August. Whew. Guess I'd better remember to pay bills, since the 1st is in just a couple of days.

Hope you are enjoying your summer. I imagine it goes by too quickly for all of us!


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  1. looks like a great place to hike.
    love that leaf table runner. I would leave it out too.

  2. Glad you are finding time to get out and enjoy the season. I saw your hot packs are still selling. This should keep your etsy shop full for a while!

  3. Enjoy you summer! Love the mountain picture. 65 hot packs!! Wow you have been busy! :)

  4. Wow have you been busy!! I wish I could have done that hike with you....although the altitude would have done me in. I remember doing craft shows.....make plenty!! Thanks for sharing.
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