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June OMG Complete

My June OMG was to make 16 Tall Tales blocks. I made 20 regular blocks and 11 larger blocks. Here are all of the blocks I have made, some from 2019 and the bulk from this year.

I made eight of those larger blocks over the past week.

That leaves me two larger blocks and one custom block to fit my original design vision. I think I may expand that one more row and add another custom block and (six?) more regular blocks. I need to do some calculations and make sure that I have enough of the background fabric to do the setting.

My quilting week was a bit odd, more on that below. Here's what I got done (more than planned, so that's a plus).

Carol's Macaron Mystery, quilted with Sugar & Spice.

Amber's baseball quilt, quilted with Play Baseball. This is the panto I said I wouldn't recommend using when I used it on her friend's quilt. She was okay with how it looked and still wanted me to use it on hers. We also decided to go with the bold choice of red thread, which doesn't show much on the front, but stands out on the solid white backing. If you use Intelliquilter and want to give this design a try, turn off dwell and size it a bit larger, so that the baseballs are at least 3". That seems to help.

Haley's sampler quilt, quilted with Rolling Hills in the "echo" format.

Amber's bargello quilt, quilted with Hiding Out.

We made a quick weekend trip to see family. My niece and I made a key lime pie and my sister made an angel food cake. My daughter was having a hard time cutting her piece of cake and I looked in the pan. Look what I found! 😆

My kids and I had fun playing games with my niece and nephews and I hope all the kids made some nice memories. My husband worked really hard to help my parents get a room redone after some necessary repairs. We also managed to squeeze in a quick visit with his parents. It's so hard to arrange everyone's schedules and make it up there anymore. 

The round three carpet that was supposed to be happening this week has been postponed until the end of July due to one of their people having COVID. That kind of threw me off because I'd planned out all sorts of things to work around that. Oh well, we're pretty good at rolling with the punches around here, though I have to admit that I've been in pretty low spirits with all the news coming out the past few weeks--not just one topic, but all of them.

We haven't been great about taking care of the garden this week. It needs more water, but we were gone. I did get a tiny green bean and pea harvest.

Something, likely a chipmunk or squirrel, ate half the blossoms on the zucchinis. Ugh.

The indoor herb garden is...well. Out of control, I guess. Maybe I should have been pinching some of these back?

The flowers are coming along. We need to weed the lower garden and do tree removal on all of the gardens. I thought it was the squirrels planting all the walnuts, but I watched a chipmunk run back and forth in front of the sewing room window all afternoon yesterday, moving walnuts. It's supposed to be hot and rainy all weekend. Not the best weather for weeding. To be honest, most weather in the summer here is not ideal for being outdoors.

Finally, Cheryl at Meadow Mists Designs is starting her Melodic Mystery Quilt Along soon!  This is a free monthly quilt along (her eighth annual).  Instructions are posted to the Meadow Mist Designs blog on the Thursday of each month. There are lots of prizes, including free quilting of your Melodic Mystery by yours truly. There is an active Facebook group to quilt along with and even a sneak peek option for those who would rather the design not be a mystery (that would be me). Visit the Melodic Mystery page for more information about the quilt along, schedule, sponsors & prizes, Facebook group, and un-mystery option.

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation.

Tall Tales Week 3

I'm making great progress on my Tall Tales blocks. I have all 38 small books made. My goal for the month was to make 16 and I have completed 20, plus changed out the text portion of the book on the crab block pictured below. I also made three large blocks and have 10 remaining to get to my target of 16.

I also want to make one tall, narrow block similar to one I saw on Instagram. That will require some thinking.

As you can see, I haven't added any of the surrounding fabric/sashing yet since I need to figure out the correct size for that. Still, I feel like I'm making pretty good progress and it is fun to play with all the novelty prints I've collected.

I've also sewn together the string block I made a few weeks ago. The newly completed block is on the left and the original is on the right. I thought I had matched the background fabric to the previous one I made, but I guess not. In person they are noticeably different. 😕 Oh well. 

I've been busy with quilting, trying to work a little ahead in preparation for next week's carpet, round three.

Jeri's Sunflower quilt, quilted with Simply Sunflowers.

Deb's quilt, quilted with Stipple.

Terry's quilt, quilted with Ruby Twist. I took the picture from the other side of the frame. Gotta keep everyone on their toes. 🤪

Elle's t-shirt quilt, quilted with Diagonal Plaid.

Carol's SCQG BOM (my block instructions! 🥰), quilted with Mallow.

Judy's wallhanging, quilted with Denali.

And Carol's quilt, quilted with Turbo.

I'm so fortunate to have so many quilts with such variety come through my door. 

I spent a little time outdoors over the weekend since the weather was much more pleasant and I found another batch of peas in the garden. The green beans are just starting to produce and the zucchini plants are covered in blossoms. The cucumber plants are hanging in there. 

The flower gardens are blooming again. The day lilies in the side garden are full of flowers...well, one of the two plants is. Something ate most of the buds off the second plant. 😒 The daisy is now chest-high with lots of buds, but they still haven't opened. The smaller daisy has flowers. The coneflowers in the lower garden are looking good. All the milkweed is blooming, but there are very few butterflies and I've seen no caterpillars. The bee balm in the upper garden is blossoming, which makes the hummingbirds very happy. We have lots of happy bees too.

Well, that's about all I have to offer this week. Stop by next week to see how many blocks I've completed for the month.