20 Projects. A collection of 20 unfinished sewing projects that I discovered stashed away in my sewing room while packing up to move from Texas to Colorado.
I promise there is more going on around here than sewing, though you wouldn't know that from my last few posts. The hiking and biking and home repairing/remodeling posts will come, but I have to admit, I am SO happy to be finishing and enjoying these 20 Projects!
Two years ago I rounded up all these sewing projects that needed completion. I unpacked the cardboard boxes in my sewing room one day because I was looking for a particular little bear...
A Pillow: Uncle Sam
He was stitched over twenty years ago (!) when all I did was cross-stitch in my spare time. (Single and no babies!) I didn't know what to do with him, so I put him away for safe-keeping. Then, many years later, I saw this post of Kristyne's at Pretty By Hand. Adorable! When I saw what she did with her old cross-stitching, I was so glad I had hung onto my little bear.
I had always known I would make a pillow cover. While working on the Pinwheel Sampler quilt (posted below), I decided to incorporate the bear into one of the pinwheel quilt blocks I was making. Patriotic fabrics and colors for points of the star. Navy blue polka dots for the back. Clean, simple straight lines for the quilting.
I really love that bear! I named him Uncle Sam.
A Quilt: 4th of July Picnic
When I first saw Rachel Griffith's (of p.s.i quilt) beautiful Pinwheel Sampler quilt, I imagined taking a picnic on the Fourth of July! I wanted this quilt in fabrics of reds, whites, and blues. Rather than use one fabric line for all of the quilt blocks as Rachel did, I decided to have a little fun with unrelated fabrics. If you look closely, you'll find little girls having a picnic with their dolls, cherries and blueberries, ladybugs, stars and stripes, bottles of Coca-Cola, Texas bluebonnets, red bicycles, sailboats and anchors, daisies, roses, and even Mickey Mouse...scenes of summer.
I had completed the pinwheel blocks in Texas, but between that time and the time that I pulled them back out in Colorado, I had collected some new red and blue fabrics that I really loved and wanted to include in the quilt. I culled out four of my finished quilt blocks and replaced them with new ones. I stuck with the red sunflower fabric that I had purchased in Texas for the binding, used the big navy and white polka dots that I love so much for the backing. I had planned on quilting with a simple cross hatch pattern to allow the fabrics and the pinwheel patterns to stand out (rather than the quilting), but after I stitched the first two cross-hatched lines, I didn't like it. I didn't want to rip out those lines, so I decided to double up the cross-hatched lines. I think it looks a little bit like the lattice on the top of a homemade peach pie...summer! Perfect!
I made a miniature of one of my favorite blocks on the quilt top for the label, which includes the name I gave the quilt. It reads: Pinwheel Sampler for a..."4th of July Picnic" - 2015.
A Recipe: Alton Brown's Blueberry Soda
Our favorite drink this summer! Lightly sweet, crisp, refreshing. Lighter than sugary colas, less expensive than bottled natural sodas. Use gloves if you don't want blueberry-stained fingernails. :)
20 oz. fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
2 cups water
7 ounces of sugar
1 lime, juiced
1. Bring the blueberries and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into a colander lined with cheesecloth that is set in a large bowl. Cool for 20 minutes. Gather up the edges of the cheesecloth and squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible. Discard the skin and pulp.
3. Return the blueberry juice to the saucepan along with the sugar and lime juice. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, transfer to a large canning jar or other heatproof glass container, and place in the refrigerator, uncovered, until completely cooled.
Combine 1/4 cup of the cooled blueberry syrup with 8 ounces of carbonated water and pour over ice.
Yield: 3 cups of blueberry syrup, enough for 12 glasses
Happy, Happy 4th of July!!! I pray you are blessed with a beautiful day with family and friends, filled with hope, filled with peace, filled with love.