It may have been mild for Oklahoma in June, but we are warming up to normal temps for July – very hot –had a couple of days in the 100s.  Our garden has already burned up except for the okra.  The okra plants are healthy looking but are not producing.  In 50 years have never had that happen before, so no okra to put up this year.   I did manage to put up all the green beans, asparagus, and tomatoes I will need for the winter though.

My husband and I have also been busy helping our oldest granddaughter look at houses, condos, and townhomes with the goal of finding one she could afford in acceptable condition in a good neighborhood near the school where she teaches.  She finally found a house in excellent condition within 2 miles of her school and the perfect size for her first home.  We moved her in the last weekend of July.  She is very excited about being a homeowner.  She texted me a few days after moving in announcing that she believes she was born to be a homeowner because she is having a blast organizing and whipping things into shape.  She’s so funny.

In spite of all the canning and running around, I did manage to get quite a bit of sewing done.

  • My weekly goal of three quad Log Cabin blocks was met with 15 blocks completed. I now have a total of 125 blocks stored in that nice big white box waiting for the remaining 67 blocks to be completed.  Wow!  I’ve now almost finished twice as many as I need to complete.  But that upper left one is way too pale and will most likely be replaced meaning that I will have to make an extra to take it’s place.  Just what I wanted – to make more of these blocks.  Not!  LOL

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  • I ordered some titanium embroidery needles to use when I stitch the appliqués onto the placemats I am making for Christmas gifts. I was reading an article on stitching appliqués that have been applied to the fabric with fusible web.  The titanium embroidery needles are touted to easily go through all layers without getting gummed up.  Well, not so.  Maybe they don’t gum up as much as regular needles but did gum up.  No problem though since I have my Goo Gone ready when I need it.  I have stitched down the appliqués on 5 of the 14 placemats and have quilted and bound 2 of them.

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  • There were no window treatments in my little sister’s new living quarters, so I took her old ones from the other apartment and remade them to fit the new windows. I also used some old draperies given to me by a niece to make a privacy panel to put behind the sheers in the bedroom window.

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And the kitchen curtains I made for her last month but forgot to take a picture:

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  • A friend of our granddaughter gave her a sectional sofa which was in sad shape. Their dog had chewed through the upholstery on one corner and left about a 12” x 18” section bare all the way to the wood frame.  Wish I had taken a BEFORE picture.  Oh, well.  So my husband and I went to JoAnn’s Fabrics and found a piece of chocolate brown vinyl that matched closely enough that one has to get very close to see the difference.  Then we cut a piece of foam to fit that area and covered it with the new vinyl stitching it to the old vinyl at one end, stapling it to the frame at the top and the bottom where it doesn’t show, and tucking the other end into a joint between two pieces of the frame.  Looks great!  Then we replaced those too tall, too hard pillows that were across the back of the sectional.  I bought 3 body pillows from Walmart.  When our granddaughter came to the house, we had her try them out to make sure they were to her liking.  She loved them.  Next step was to find fabric to either match the seat cushions (which also needed work) or fabric that would coordinate with them.  We picked up Haylee (the granddaughter) and headed back to JoAnn’s.  It was Friday the 13th but our lucky day.  JoAnn’s had the exact upholstery fabric that was on those seat cushions.  Can you believe that?!!!  So now the seat cushions are spruced up and the body pillows covered.  Then for throw pillows we picked up a piece of fabric that made 3 pillows, and I took the covers off the old pillows that were once the back of the sectional to make pillows 4 more.  I had also saved the armchair covers from the 2 dark brown recliners we gave Haylee a while back and made a couple more pillows.  Found all the pillow forms reasonably priced at Walmart.  We saved the couch!!!  LOL  And here is Aspen enjoying it.

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So the past two months have been spent mostly on sewing, upholstering, and quilting for my sister, our granddaughter, and our nephew.  I’m hoping that nothing else comes up so that I can get the placemats done that are this year’s Christmas gifts.  Do you sometimes find that you spend more time on other people’s projects than you get to spend on your own?  What am I saying?  Most of my projects are gifts for them anyway.  LOL

Happy crafting,

Lana

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