Friday, August 30, 2013

No Sewing Going On Here!

I have been so busy these past few weeks! There just hasn't been time to sit at the sewing machine! We started our 3rd year of homeschooling on August 19th and I'm teaching 4th & 2nd grades this year, along with a bit of preschool for my 4 year old.  We had a garage sale with my parents & my sister on August 23rd & 24th. I forgot how much work prepping for a yard sale can be! It ended up being the hottest weekend of the summer, so we weren't as busy as we would've hoped. We did sell some stuff, though, so I still came home with a lot less stuff than I had taken!

It has all been a whirlwind and I can't believe that it's almost September! I'm sad to see summer go in some ways, but I am anxiously waiting for cooler temps and the leaves to start changing colors. It has been in the mid-90*s and even as hot as 100* for the past week or so. The public schools have let out at 1 pm each day this week because almost half of the schools do not have air conditioning. It has left us all ready for our normal temps to return. Hopefully that will be soon!

I picked up my fair entries on August 25th (also shown in my previous post) and I wanted to share the ribbons I won! It was a good experience again this year. I always look forward to reading the judges comments. They give me little things to work on as I prepare to start quilts for next year's fair.

This Halloween table topper won a 2nd place red ribbon in the table topper category.

This "Tradewinds & Stars" quilt (pattern by Moda Bake Shop) in "Joy" by Kate Spain won 2nd place in the 
medium quilts category.

The retro cars cloth pocket diaper won 1st place in the diaper category and Best in Class for the Infants category! I'm really excited about that one!

My Sesame Street bib won a 1st place ribbon in the Bibs category.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Finish It Up Friday - Finishes for the Fair

Sorry about the long delay in my blogging. This summer has gone so incredibly fast! My kids had a blast playing outside and my 4 year old needed way more supervision than I thought he would! He's a houdini who can disappear in moments. I finally got back to sewing about 3 weeks ago and here is what I've been working on! It's fair time here and I have been sewing away trying to get as many entries done as I possibly could. I ended up with 10 entries total, 5 in sewing and 5 in quilts. Today was drop off day and I'm excited to head over there tomorrow afternoon to see if I won any ribbons! Please excuse my pictures! I had everything packed up to head for the fair & I realized that I forgot to take pictures of everything. Hence, the gorgeous garbage bag backdrop! Here are my 5 sewing entries: Boston bag pattern here:
Pleated doll dress for the American Girl doll pattern here:
Retro Cars pocket diaper pattern here:
Sesame Street Bib from a pattern that is no longer available
And a tote bag for my niece I didn't use a pattern - I just made it up as I went along
Here are my 5 quilting entries: Mod Circles baby quilt pattern here:
Color Burst wall hanging improv by me
Joy of Christmas pattern here:
Halloween table topper online tutorial here:
Christmas table runner improv by me
Thanks for coming by! I'm linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and her Finish It Up Friday!