Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day! Weekend Catch Up

Well, how has your weekend been? Happy Father's Day to all the great Dad's out there!
My Dad passed back in 2006, but there are very few days that I don't think of him. My son is a Dad and he spent today with his son, out playing in the yard, having fun! Just as it should be...
Here is a shot from a couple of weeks ago, a little fun while getting the yard watered from the dry conditions.

Remember---the laughs and giggles, the sun so hot, the water so cold! Welcome the lazy, crazy days of summer!

In keeping with the summer theme, here are those sweet little hotpads that I gave you a glimpse at last week. Both the same, just a shot of front and back. They are made from my scrap packs from Hawthorne Threads (all except the binding which is a Moda dot). I just love them! Love the colors! They go with my Fiesta dishes perfectly! The funky little lobster bell is just for kicks - it was a gift from a good freind!

What I don't love is the binding! I tried to apply it by machine (meaning not handstitching the back) and I would say it turned out rather mediocre. I have close ups, but who wants to ruin a Sunday by picking it apart. I think my binding was a bit too wide to begin with. I like it smaller, more tight like it appears on the pad on the left..... But practice makes perfect, LOL! And I seem to get plenty of that, that's why I have two seam rippers ;)

Moving on to other projects:

Looky, looky! Retro Flowers are a'blooming! Yes I worked long and hard on these today. The bottom row is all pieced, the others I laid out to get a feel for the colors and possible positions and to match up any directional patterns. As you can see there are 6 that only have one petal on the wall because my design wall is not big enough to hold all of them!  What do you use for a design wall? This is a piece of styrofoam insulation covered with white flannel. And it works well, but it is just not big enough sometimes and can be a bit bulky to move around.

That's it for today, I hope you have had a great weekend! I did ;0
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  1. Your placemats are perfect for summer days, I haven't tried machine binding yet but will definitely get around to it soon.

  2. I had a design wall just like yours, but I had to get rid of it. My cats found it too much fun to play on. I could tolerate rearranging my quilt pieces over and over again, but the youngest kitty decided that she loved the feel of it as a scratching post. I got tired of cleaning shredded insulation board off of everything! Now I just use the floor. BTW, I love your Retro Flowers.

    1. Hi Debbie, I can just imagine all those little white pieces of styrofoam! And the floor always works! Thanks for your encouragement on the Retro Flowers!

  3. Oh look at those hot pads, they are just awesome! I've bought scrap packs from Hawthorne before and have been really happy with them :-)

  4. Pretty hot pads! I get my fabrics from Hawthorne too and am very happy with their service!
    Your Retro Flower blocks are looking great, Ginny =)


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