Christmas in July - Week 5

I'm having one of THOSE weeks.
The AC broke - twice. 
{It's only been over 100º every day for over a month. No biggie.}
At the hotel on Sunday, I couldn't connect to the internet, but something sure managed to infect the laptop anyway. So now I'm erasing the hard drive. And poor Nettie the Netbook is STILL at the repair shop. 
{Three people + 1 PC = arguments over whose turn it is to play Plants vs. Zombies.}
The DVR broke twice, the Keurig has been short-cupping me...
So, basically, not much sewing this week.
Christmas Kaleidoscope is done because I cut the borders wrong. I pieced the backing and mopped the kitchen floor in preparation for basting. I even have a plan for the quilting!
The center of Christmas Stars is pieced. I finally ordered fabric for the borders, too.
Er, I'm going to have to find a picture to trace onto this, because I forgot that I can NOT draw.

So since this is the last Friday in July, the summary is...
1 quilt pieced/basted
1.75 wall hangings pieced
1 table runner pieced

And now it's almost time for Quilting August!

Design Wall Monday - Week 30

I was going to make a joke about how this is my design wall...
But then this happened...
And now I'm too hot to be funny.
The actual design wall is Christmas Stars.
I was going to do a second block like this one, but now I'm thinking about just putting them together as they are. I like the middle star that I won't get by breaking up the blocks.
 I can still use the strips of 2.5" blocks I've already made in a border. I'm going to get something else for the first border, though. The white up there has roses and isn't very Christmas-y.

However, there will be no sewing, of the dress or the stars, until the AC gets fixed!

The cats have the smartest plan - get as flat as you can on the tile floor.

Preferably near a fan.

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Christmas in July - Week 4

Several finishes or nearly finished this week!
The Kaleidoscope Quilt-Along is nearly finished. I have one border cut, and I'm going to add a second border of the red holly berries.

 I made the blocks for this in my quilting basics class two years ago, and just needed to fix the borders and iron the poor thing. Not that hard to do as leaders/enders for a day.

Haven't made any progress on Christmas Stars - my LQS's fat quarter sale is tomorrow, so I will either find something there or order the sashing tomorrow.
And I haven't had a chance to sketch out any embroidery on the table runner I made last week, but I did get a book on embroidery techniques from the library. I'm not in a hurry - I have a long car ride in August to stitch.
One more week to clear off my Christmas project shelf!

Work in Progress Wednesday - Week 19

I have a finish, woo!
Well, a piecing finish. I'm adding applique hummingbirds to the corners.
Christmas Kaleidoscope is mostly pieced and on the floor. Which means...
Time for a cat inspection!
I just need to piece the fourth row, then the rows, then the borders.
I have a couple other Christmas in July projects finished/in the works.
I pulled out Frolicking Pinwheels out for leaders/enders. 
I've also been doing some organizing.
 All my scraps are sorted and labeled. The other stuff is vintage sheets and pillowcases, or my horribly disorganized clothing fabric. That's my next task now that my quilting stash is in order!
The boxing and labeling extended to the playroom. Why do we need a 16-quart bin of Play-doh supplies??
Untouched This Week:
Awaiting Quilting:
I think my goal for August will be to quilt this pile. Less fun than Christmas in July, but necessary!
In Planning:
Cars Quilt (the Dude)
Hunter's Star (my sister)
New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 0
In Progress: 11
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Design Wall Monday - Week 29

Finishing up the Christmas Kaleidoscope.
There's another row below and another to go on the side, but I ran out of room.
Everything needs to be squared to 12.5" unfinished before getting sewn together.
Hmm, I need to move one of those red/whites in the fourth row - three in a row isn't very scrappy.
I already have one of the borders cut, so this should finish up quickly. Which is good, since my sister is coming at the end of the week to help entertain the tonsillectomy patient, and she won't let me use the sewing machine while she's here. (Except to make her a dress.)
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