August OMG Complete!

This past week has been full of hurry up and wait moments.  We've had many appointments.  Driving to and from the appointments has taken longer than the appointments themselves, but collectively I've  spent quite a few hours in transit.  I am thankful that the majority of the long waiting room waits have been eliminated during this pandemic.  I hope that change continues when we are finally past this.

We are still getting into our new school routine.  Both kids are online right now.  There have been a few technology hiccups.  My daughter's first college class ever was unable to meet due to Zoom being down Monday morning.  It looks like the local school district is changing things again after Labor Day.  We want our son safe at home for the first semester, so I hope that will still be an option. Masks are so necessary, but I also feel like asking kids to wear them all day is asking a lot.  Mask breaks defeat the purpose of wearing the masks. As a trained teacher, I know that the best place for them is in the classroom, but I also feel that we are experimenting with our teachers and kids.  I don't want my children to be experiments. This has just been such an exhausting year.  

I have managed to get the central portion of my For the love of geese quilt finished.  I ran a few inches short of fabric and luckily found some more--the line I am using is an older one and most of the fabrics are no longer available.  In hindsight, I wish I would have used one of the teal shades for this round instead, but I did not have enough fabric left and haven't seen more in my hunt for more of this line.  The color I did use is various shades of deep purple and pink, kind of into the maroon shades.  It is reading more brown to me after piecing.  Maybe I can quilt over it with bright pink to lighten it up.
I have just the outer ring left to piece.  I am looking forward to seeing the quilt in its entirety, but most definitely not looking forward to removing all the papers!!!!  Any tips for that?

Progress is being made in my Water Drop quilt (pattern by Maeberry Square).  I have all of the half-square triangles pieced and trimmed.  I wish I could get a nice picture of my colors.  They are so much more rich and vivid in person.
My daughter is sewing along in the Water Drop QAL as well.  She tried to work ahead a little since she knew she'd have classes and homework.  Here is her progress so far.
I'm still waiting for my IntelliQuilter to show up.  I'm trying to be patient, but it is so hard.  I have quilts piling up again.  Don't get me wrong, I'm totally thankful for the work and the ability to purchase the system. Just the waiting on top of everything else is really starting to wear.  I'm in week eight of waiting.  My last estimated delivery date was changed to the second week of September, about a month after the best case scenario wait.  I know it will be worth the wait, but still.

Now that all my fabric is organized, it is time to use it!  I'm seriously considering sewing with Fat Quarter Shop's Sewcialites program that starts in a few weeks.  I will probably make the blocks but make my own setting.  I think I want to mix the block sizes.  Here is what I've pulled so far.  I feel like it needs a little something, but I don't know what.  And I need a background fabric to pull it all together.  Suggestions are completely welcome and encouraged.
My garden is still producing like crazy.  I made hamburger dills at my husband's request.  We are running out of small jars (because I have canned so much this year), lids, and mustard seed.  I found reasonably priced mustard seed on Amazon, but the lid prices are ridiculous online and I refuse to pay that much.  Not sure what I'm going to do with the remaining produce.  I might start forcing the extra produce on my neighbors!
I'm having a hard time being positive this week (I have a serious case of the grumpies), so I'm trying to look for things to be positive about.  One big one is that all our defective windows have now been replaced.  We finished the last two over the weekend.  I'm looking forward to the day when all the inside trim is replaced on them.  Another thing to be thankful for is that the new washing machine is functioning well so far.  No more endless loop in the rebalance/refill cycle.  Maybe my water bill will be lower next month.

I am looking forward to the next clue in the Morewood Mystery.  It will release next Thursday I believe.  I think it's time to sew some of this!
I also finished a huge, not very pleasant, behind the scenes task last night.  Woo hoo!

What things are bringing you joy this week?

Linking with For the love of geese and My Quilt Infatuation.


  1. Perhaps a dash of yellow or gold for your fabric pull?

  2. That geese quilt it incredible!! For the next foray into paper piecing, you may want to try the new product coming out from Quilter's Select called Print & Piece. I've heard good reviews on it. It's 50% fiber and is water soluble. You can dab seam lines to remove the "paper" or just throw the completed quilt in the wash and the product dissolves.

  3. I agree, the geese quilt is incredible! And I'm with you--I refuse to pay amazon's price for lids! I found them a lot cheaper at and but I know it's hit and miss to find them about anywhere right now! I have some family keeping an eye out for me as well--one just found two boxes at her grocery store for me, too. Expensive but still not Amazon-expensive! Good luck!

  4. So awesome! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  5. I really like that dark medallion, its perfect for the bright's. Sorry you are feeling grumpy. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.