Monday, July 23, 2012

Odds & Ends




The weekend was good...it's always nice when you feel a little caught up and ready to start a new week on Monday! I was able to sew something just for fun and decided to do a tutorial for the project above which I'll be posting later this week.


I finished my Bees Knees July block for Nedra. Nedra is using the Spin Cycle pattern by Allison of Cluck, Cluck, Sew...and I had so much fun making the block that I'm going to have to buy the pattern!



And, I finally drew a winner for last weeks Blogiversary giveaway...thank you so very much for all of the lovely comments about my little painting project in the laundry room! Congratulations to Karen who won the Collections for a Cause Friendship Layer Cake. Karen, I'll be e-mailing you! 

For this weeks 4th Blogiversary giveaway I have another layer cake and fun coordinating panel from the Salt Air collection by Cosmo Cricket for Moda (pictured above).  This is such a fun line...I'm actually working on a fun quilt with these fabrics right now! This giveaway prize is being provided by one of my terrific sponsors, Quilt Essentials (one of my favorite "go-to" places for on-line shopping. Sina is absolutely the nicest...her prices are terrific, and the shipping is fast)! Just leave a comment on this post with your ideas for making the most of the last month of summer...which here in the northern hemisphere is just right around the corner! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

123 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Actually the last days of summer are the start of a heavy 'vendor' season. So I will try to grab some peaceful early morning quiet time on my front porch or evenings curled with my fuzzies who will miss me.

Johanna said...

I can't believe how quick this summer is going! I have not even made it to the beach once yet. I guess I better hop to it!

Nedra said...

I love your Spin Cycle block and am really looking forward to receiving it! (remember to sign your name in the gray area) thanks Sherri!

ScienceMel said...

Hiya. The last month of summer for me is moving time - from Washington State to Washington DC with a drive and a few National Parks en route. Hope you enjoy your August.

Sallie said...

Enjoy the daylight during the last days of summer (more cookouts and snowcones)and get some quilt flimsies done so they can be quilted during the winter. Thanks for the giveaway!

Janet said...

I'm planning a morning run a few times a week. It's quiet and I can enjoy the flowers before I start into another busy day with the kids at home. Another lovely giveaway!

Ullhärvan said...

This summer sure is going fast, and I haven't even had a swim yet! The weather hasn't been the best but I'm off to Crete in a week and will sure find some nice and warm weather!

Jennie said...

We only have one more month left? Yikes! My husband is finally home from his internship, so our summer is just starting. We're going camping at least twice and playing at the water park a few times. I'm going to steal a few sewing days with friends and then I've got to get planning the fall!

Christy said...

This last month of summer, I am getting ready to send my only child to college. Busy busy. :)

Lisa Ann said...

Is it almost August already?! For the last month of summer I'm hoping to get some Fall projects planned and spend much more time in my sewing room than I did for the first months of summer!

Shelley said...

Here in the Seattle area summer has only just arrived. We go crabbing almost every weekend with family and friends - a great way to share the last month of summer.

Karen said...

My summers are always crazy because of work, but the end of summer hooray is the Iowa State Fair! LOVE the fair.

doodlebugmom said...

Summer always goes so quickly! I am seeing a neurosurgeon tomorrow, I am hoping and praying he doesn't want to do surgery on my neck...if he does I will be spending the rest of summer worrying or recovering.

Izzy said...

I actually have 2 weeks off work in August so I will spent lots of time with the kids doing all kinds of fun things! Then it's going to be all about getting ready for back to school.

Lisa Marie said...

If I can finish a few Christmas projects in August then I feel less pressure when September arrives and I think "how can it possibly be fall already?". Also a weekend getaway or two reminds us that we did have some fun in the summer. We've got a weekend in New Orleans planned.

Annelies said...

More time at the beach. Used to be it was about getting a tan, now it is about getting some PEACE!!! And speaking of which...would LOVE some pieces of that wonderful fabric. Great giveaway!!! XXX

pianomama said...

I am officially living at the pool with my six kiddos! Not getting much quilting done - but the kindle sure has gotten used:-)

Auntie Pami said...

We haven't had summer yet. But, I know the kids are shaking in fear--the back to school set ups are in the stores!

Terriaw said...

Looks like a fun weekend with so much sewing. I love that block! The last month of summer, already? Aah, say it isn't so! I still have so much to do in the 6 weeks before my fall classes start.

Strlady said...

I'll be going to visit my daughter and spending the week with her! I can't wait!

Karen said...

hmmm Summer is a distant memory for us in the Land of the Long White Cloud! It's just rain, rain, rain at the mo'. But I do have it to look forward to in 4-5 months time....yah!!!!!!

Julianne said...

Play play play in the pool with my grandbaby!

Mary Ann McKay said...

LOVE that Bee's Knees block!

SD and EJ said...

I want to go hiking and take my kids swimming and to the zoo and have a million picnics. I'm pregnant (with my 3rd) and my poor kids haven't had much fun this summer since I've been exhausted and sick. Hopefully this last month will be better than the last two!

Karen O said...

For the last month, I will be going to Minnesota Quilters and see Sandy Klop speak, do some shop hopping for the big Minnesota Shop Hop, and take my kids to the amusement park. My son has never been, so I am excited to bring him.

Mary Ann said...

LOVE that Bee's Knees block!

cherylj said...

We are relaxing and taking a family trip this month. I am actually making (well starting soon) a quilt for my daughters new big girl bed using the spin cycle pattern with fabrics mostly from Sina. I agree that she is fabulous to work with. I love her create your own fat quarter bundles.

Kim said...

Argggh! It's almost the last month of summer! I'm going on vacation for 2 weeks, not sure where yet. And I just purchased water park tickets for half price. Yay!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Cute block! The last days of summer will be spent getting the kiddo's ready to return to college. Always lots of last minute trips to the store. LOL Love the giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

Cathy said...

Looking forward to seeing your tutorial! This spin cycle pattern is very popular, it seems to be on lots of blogs ATM!! May have to give it a go myself!! Enjoy your day

Polly said...

As I just retired after 34 years of teaching, I've decided to use the last month of summer using some of my collected school fabrics to make some new quilts to put out in September!

Katherine said...

I'm taking an extra day off a week for the rest of the summer to spend some time with my kids. Helps keep my older two sane after watching my youngest and the youngest is bored now and needs some structured outings! Really though it's just an excuse for me to leave the office and enjoy the sun! Thanks for the chance at the giveaw.

mindingmomma said...

This last month of summer is busy for us as we are moving and I want to get a top finished and ready for binding before school starts.

jmniffer said...

I am going to make the most of my outdoor time (not a snow lover, at all). I will be by the lake, in the lake or on the lake as much as possible while the water is warm enough to enjoy. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Amy said...

I plan on being outside in the shade with my 3 month old son! Looking at the gardens grow and eating my tomatoes and basil. Must enjoy it before fall and the snow flies!

Mama Pea said...

Loving this fabric. Please pick me! Summer is whizzing by. I'd like to make the most of it by SEWING a lot. I've had no time in the sewing room, and school's about to start again. Ack!

Mom2RyandSis said...

We have a wonderful vacation
planned with my S.I.L and her kids can't wait :) Thanks for the chance to win!

LC said...

I love Salt Air so very much! All the prints happen to match my living room really well, and I'd love to make some patchwork pillows.

I'm trying to make the most of the last of summer by stuffing myself full of watermelons and peaches and trying to get to the pool as often as possible.

Joyce Carter said...

For the last month of Summer, I would like to spend some time outside on my deck reading or doing hand work. This Summer has been so hot that I could't stand to go out side so I would really enjoy that.Thanks for the giveaway.

Leah said...

These last few months of summer will be filled with lazy days at home then topped off with a week of camping in the mountains. I am excited to go camping, but not excited for my summer to be over. I think I like the kids being out of school as much as they do. :)

Maxine said...

More cookouts...going to the park...walking early morning..trying some new blocks..clean sewing room again..having company..just enjoy

Rachel said...

I'm headed to a high school reunion, which should start the last month of summer off with a bang! Then, when that's over, I plan to do more sewing and more reading and generally just enjoy the downtime before I have to go back to work in late August. I'm not looking forward to the start of the new school year; the end of the last one was tough!

Teresa in Music City said...

I plan to enjoy my grandchildren as much as possible before they have to run back to school! They grow up so fast, I feel as if I need to slow down and enjoy every minute!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I say get out the calendar and schedule everyone in that you want to spend time with before summer is over and make it happen!

Margaret said...

The kids and I are going to the pool more often for the rest of the summer. :)

Margaret said...

The kids and I are going to the pool more often for the last month of summer. :)

CJ said...

Can't wait to see your tutorial!
DH and I are going to finish up the summer by spending two weeks volunteering at a Christian conference center on the Oregon coast - tough duty! Our daughter's wedding was a week ago and it was WONDERFUL but we need some time to unwind from that - the beach is gonna be great!

Sue said...

I would like to finish my summer with more sewing projects being completed ! Thanks for a chance at your wonderful give away !

Laura said...

This summer has gone by so fast! I am trying to spend time with friends and family while we still have a slightly lighter load over the summer

brooke said...

August will be filled with more swimming and hopefully a little more sewing...I get antsy when I don't get enough sewing time in!

brookeali(at)hotmail.com

LM said...

We're trying to rent a cottage to enjoy some boating and fishing.

hiyacinth said...

I make the most of the last days of summer by staying out of the heat and sewing night and day and dream about being cold enough to wrap up in a quilt.

Patchwork and Play said...

When I know SUmmer is fast coming to an end I always think back to all the things I wanted to do and try to make as many of them happen! Enjoy your great weather! Means our downunder Spring is not far away!

Lucretia said...

unfortunately I will be quilting less over the last few weeks of summer :( I got a new teaching job and I have been getting the house ready to sell. I sneak off when I can to sew. When we move I will have to get back to sewing as much as I can before school starts :)

-Lucretia

Becky S. said...

I am just trying to keep cool for the rest of the summer. I will be sewing my Spools quilt and watching the Olympics. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

SpartanBabe said...

Wow. I haven't had a quiet weekend all summer! I plan on having Grandma watch the dogs and spend a quiet weekend at home before the summer is out. During the week-harvesting and putting up the bounty of our garden. That Salt Air is great! I love those labels :o). Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Heidi Staples said...

Mostly I just want to spend these last days playing with the kids and enjoying time with my husband. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

Lynne Tilley said...

I am so very lucky to be able to end my summer by enjoying our brand new granddaughter born 4 days ago. She is our 2nd grandchild by our youngest daughter, so we have two beautiful granddaughters now. So lucky. I hope everyone has as good an ending as I do !! :)
tilleybl@aol.com

Laurel said...

Planning grandgirls and then a grandboys sleepover at grandma's house before school starts on August 8th. Then I'm off for a bit of learning myself at BYU Education Week. This summer just whizzed by!

lia said...

I will enjoy this last month of summer; it's still vacationtime here. Hopefully we will have nice weather and lots of ' lazy' days. Greetings lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

Sue Bone said...

We have only just started school holidays. My 50th is next week and then we're going on a Baltic cruise.

Carrie Siegfried said...

It's sad, my daughter is starting school in almost two weeks! Summer is almost over (except the dreadful heat here in AZ). I think that fabric could make a great picnic blanket though. :)

Ruth B said...

One more month of summer means one more month of heat! I love the spring and fall but unfortunately they last only about 20 minutes. But the extreme heat and the extreme cold are hard on an old lady like me! I hope to have some cooler days so I can be in my sewing room again. Life with no A/C is a challenge!!

Bev Arason-Gaudet said...

I plan to use August to celebrate both my birthday and my youngest son's birthday. And hopefully have some time to clean up my sewing room before the busy fall season arrives. Love your blog!

Bev Arason-Gaudet said...

I plan to use August to celebrate both my birthday and my youngest son's birthday. And hopefully have some time to clean up my sewing room before the busy fall season arrives. Love your blog!

KMSC said...

I plan on attending an embroidery retreat in Sisters, Oregon in August and, since summer doesn't end until September here in the Pacific NW, my husband and I plan on visiting our daughter and son-in-law in Seattle for a few days.
Thanks for the giveaways!

KMSC said...

I plan on attending an embroidery retreat in Sisters, Oregon in August and, since summer doesn't end until September here in the Pacific NW, my husband and I plan on visiting our daughter and son-in-law in Seattle for a few days.
Thanks for the giveaways!

Hildy said...

First I'll heading to turkey in two weeks for a friends wedding! But here in munich normally arond the last september/ first october week we have some really hot late summer days ... which is a good thing because that's when we have octoberfest;-) Hope you have a beautiful summer, too!
Thanks and greetings from germany, Hildy
hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

Anne said...

Congratulations to Karen! :o)

As for the last month of summer ... here in Scotland we're still waiting for our summer to start. We have had rain, rain and more rain. Oh well, at least I can watch the Olympics from Friday!

Michelle Hudak said...

I promised my daughter we'd do a backyard camping "trip". We set up the tent, roast marshmallows and read stories with our three dogs in the backyard. It was too hot this past month to do it but the weather is cooling down and there's no better time than this week, I think.

shel704 at aol dot com

Wendy said...

What do I plan with the last full month of summer...a bit of travelling, a bit of hosting, lot more quilting, and just generally soaking up the carefree days of summer.

kt said...

We are planning on visiting some of our state parks this month, as well as enjoying lots of time in front of the TV watching the Olympics--about the only time we do sit in front of the TV!

charlotte said...

The end of summer brings my birthday. I am taking a week of vacation time to celebrate and sew, sew, sew.

Dorian said...

The end of Summer is birthday time for two of my boys,so they'll be some celebrating (one turns 18!!). It all means jamming... as the blackberries are ripe in the last days of August. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

Jocelyn said...

I plan to stay inside so I don't melt and work on some unfinished projects!

Lori said...

Well, now that all my flowers have cooked to death, I'll have a lot more time to sew!

Wanda said...

It seems like it's been a really short summer but I'm finally going on vacation. Yeah! Thanks for the giveaway.

Nancy H said...

End of summer, I'm frantic trying to make samples for fall quilt classes. Salt Air would be a great surprise for my friend Frances and her baby Jonah, with his sea themed nursery! Love your blog. Nancy H.

Slowpoke said...

Going to stay inside away from the heat and continue to sew my WIP's.
Also August is a multitude of birthdays in the family, so I expect
some celebrating.
Lovely shop and Lovely fabric. Thank you for the giveaway.

Abbybeth said...

I will be spending the last of my summer competing at a couple of Highland Games (I'm a dancer and have dance students also competing)and spending time with friends. The Spin Cycle block is so cute!

Jen said...

Hopefully doing lots of swimming with my little girls...it's been so hot that we've mainly been inside.

Siobhán said...

Love your Spin Cycle block! I am jonesing to do that one, but promised myself that I'd get a few other things finished before I get started.

The summer here in Ireland has been non-existent--I think you guys in the US are getting any heat that we might have gotten! LOL Still, we plan to take in a boat show on Galway Bay and maybe the oyster festival. I can't believe how quickly the summer has flown.

Carrie P. said...

can't wait to see your tutorial.
Happy anniversary on your years of blogging too.
I just plan to stay where it is cool. August can be brutal in NC.

Meredith said...

It is so so so so hot in Texas!!! Summer is my favorite season though and I hope to just enjoy the rest of the summer. Congratulations on your wonderful blog!

Terrie said...

Love salt air and cannot wait for your tutorial !!!!
Honestly I am just soo sad th summer is almost over this year. Back to school not being my favorite time of the year !!!! We will be using the pool and BBQing as much as possible in the next month or so!!!!

Glynette said...

Unfortunately we only have 1 week left of summer vacation. My son is in the competion marching band and he attends band camp (10 hour days for the 3 weeks prior to the first day to school). So for our last week together we' ll go sit on the beach and visit "the happiest place on earth"!!!!!!!

Denise in PA said...

Salt Ait is awesome! Thanks so much for the giveaway! With the remainder of the summer, I want to make sure we take time to sit outside after dinner with the pup, make sure I make all of my "summer" meals and there is lots of quilting to get done!!

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Darlene said...

I still can't believe it's been four years. Time does fly!

I'd really enjoy winning Salt Air - thank you for another wonderful giveaway.

Anxiously looking forward to your tutorial.

Donna said...

"last month of summer"...boy don't we hope so. The heat in Iowa has been debilitating. But whether snow or drought we quilters stitch through our days (& nights?). Hoping to finish one or two UFOs before winter's serious quilting begins.

Mary said...

The last days of summer will be spent at the Missouri State Fair and finishing up projects here around the house in anticipation of back to babysitting my wonderful granddaughters when school starts again for their mommy.

Terri in BC said...

Happy blogiversary! It feels like summer just begun here on the Wet Coast, so I hope it lasts well into September.

Kay said...

I had surgery 2 weeks ago & so have not been able to sew, but I'm doing better now & have another 3 - 4 weeks recovery time before I go back to work. I'm hoping to catch up on some projects & get my Schnibbles done. Happy, happy Blogiversary to you!

Marcia W. said...

Our last days of summer will probably go through September here in Florida. We are still picking fruits and vegetables and putting them up in the freezer. We are arranging our schedule around the afternoon storms and daily power losses. Hopefully I can finish a few quilty presents in time for birthdays.

Linda said...

Spending the rest of the summer enjoying time with family and to do a little quilting.

carol l said...

I will be glad when the hot temp's of summer are gone and the cool days fall are upon us.
Carol L

Betty said...

Sewing up a storm, because I can get more accomplished in the summer! And hopefully going to spend some time with my son and daughter in law. She is trying to learn to sew and wants my help. : )

Bari Jo said...

August already? Well... if I was smart, organized, disciplined (hee) I would be getting some Christmas gifts done to beat the rush... in the meantime... I think I will enjoy these last lazy days of summer and put my feet up a little and hopefully start a new quilt project this next week! Thanks for all the fun giveaways! :O) Can't wait to see what the tutorial for the week is! The fabrics and picture sure look cute!

Terry@ iluvmybugs said...

The last month of summer will be filled with outdoor fun...golf, rock hounding, sightseeing etc (with some quilting indoors when it's too hot to be outside). Thanks for the chance.

Linda said...

HELLO! MY! WHERE HAS OUR SUMMER GONE? WE WILL PICNIC AND VISIT FRIENDS+ENTERTAIN OTHERS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE THE WARM IS GONE!
PLUS I MUST GET A LITTLE MORE QUILTING IN! THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Joyce said...

Its beautiful in Maine right now! Would love to win, thanks for the chance.

Helen L said...

WOW! it goes too fast!! I'm working on dr. visits for a sick daughter, i want to can some peaches, and I'm helping at girls camp next week. And it's my husband's busy time at work, so I'll be making deliveries for him so he can stay at the shop and keep sewing. Yes, he sews!! He does what I call industrial upholstery: he makes equipment covers for the wineries around here. He can sew better than I can!!!

Cotton Blossom said...

The last month of summer includes swimming, sewing, biking, sewing, grilling, sewing, getting ready for back to school, sewing, etc., etc. My how time flies!

Patty said...

I like the spin cycle block, last month of summer will be to finish up some projects around the house and getting some much need sewing time in.

Cecilia said...

I will be recovering from having two of my granddaughters, both under 3, visit with me this month. :-) Being able to quilt again will be a nice way to finish out the summe.

NancyL said...

Oh my goodness, I don't need a reminder that summer is almost over! We haven't done any kayaking or biking yet! I'm looking forward to next month when my daughter and her family come visit us in MN from San Diego, and we will be with the other 3 kids & their families too! It will be a large group of 10 adults and 9 grandchildren--can't wait!! We are blessed!!

Janice said...

I am going to try to spend the last few days of summer getting some sun at the beach. I have done very little relaxing this summer.
Thanks for the giveaway.

LindseyAnne said...

I'm going to spend the first part of August watching the Olympics - I even have tickets for one night in the main stadium. But I hope to sew while I watch from home. The summer has only just begun here in Hampshire, UK.

Ariane said...

I'm so looking forward to the month of August to come around! We are renovating right now, and I'm hoping to have it done by the middle of August. We added two rooms in our basement, and are moving my daughter out of her old room. This room will be my new sewing room and I can't wait for it to be done!! And get back into sewing again!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!!

Deb said...

I'm actually looking forward to temps below 100, since we've had that for over a week now, with no moisture! Looking forward to watching the Olympics too!

aiah23 said...

My last month of summer will be spent trying to clean up the house before my husband's birthday party, organize and clean my office/sewing room, and work daily on my son's stocking for this Christmas.

Chris said...

Congrats to Karen!

To make the most of our last few weeks of summer we are going to a Home school conference, visit the creation Museum outside of Cincinnati, start painting inside the house, have a few more swim/beach days with my kids and grandkids, and clean and organize my school room so its ready for our new year! WHEW!!! That makes me tired thinking about it all! :)

Becky said...

Even though it is HOT, HOT, HOT here in Atlanta, my teacher friends report to work on Monday. Students report the next Monday. Kinda sad:( I'm hoping to take some early morning walks, possibly a short trip with Dear Hubby. Take care!

Becky said...

Even though it is HOT, HOT, HOT here in Atlanta, my teacher friends report to work on Monday. Students report the next Monday. Kinda sad:( I'm hoping to take some early morning walks, possibly a short trip with Dear Hubby. Take care!

Diane said...

Love your Farmers Wife blocks, finished my blocks last year and decided to make 2 nap quilts with them. I'll be spending the last month of summer quilting in my cool basement sewing room.

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jesop84 said...

Even though it's been extremely hot here, I can hardly wait till later in August. That's when the family will go to the beach for a week. And I love your Farmer's Wife blocks.

jesop84 said...

Even though it's been extremely hot here, I can hardly wait till later in August. That's when the family will go to the beach for a week. And I love your Farmer's Wife blocks.

Emma said...

We have only had a week of summer so far, and it looks like that may be it! UK weather at its best - you got to love it! Love your farmers wife blocks.

robinh said...

We are savoring final days of our beach vacation, then head back to the slow build up for the beginning g of schoolmfoe all of us. I look forward to some lazy days at home with my teenaged daughters, back to school shopping trips, sewing time, family time, pool time in the evening with our family. Summer 2012 has been good!

SewLindaAnn said...

Here in Georgia the kids will be back at school in a few weeks, but the weather will get more humid and hot with each passing day. I'll be making the most out of my time at the gym and the a/c at home:)