Sewing in Dribs and Drabs

We had a very nice dinner with our friends last night. They arrived early and left fairly early as well, and so there was some time in the evening to relax before heading off to bed. Earlier in the day I started some pulled chicken in the crockpot and then made a coleslaw to finish off the dinner. Most of the work was finished on Saturday. There was still some housework to do, even after the cooking was done. Gotta clean up the place, right? And then I had a little time for sewing.

Mildred is started now. I tried to fix her mouth a little bit. It would make sense to redraw it, but the lines already there are permanent, and so there isn't really any way to do that without having lines showing somewhere. I ended up attempting to give her upper lip a little shape (and not very successfully), and then I stitched an extra line between the upper and lower so that she has two lips. It's still not a very good fix, but I tried. Sorry, Mildred.

Before I got too busy yesterday, I finished up the quilting on the Little Bunnies quilt. There was just a little bit left to do.

Here's how it looks from the back.

When I was finished cooking and cleaning for the day, I sewed the binding on.

While I was at it, I sewed the binding on the Spring Quilt-Along quilt as well. Lori Kennedy has been referring to this quilt as a garden because of all the flower motifs. With my cat fabric, I've decided to call this quilt "Cats in the Garden."

So, now I have my hand-stitching cut out for me.

Also yesterday, I made a label for little Aylasaid's baby quilt. I've blocked out her last name there. I don't know if that was necessary or not, but thought I'd make a stab at protecting her online footprint for a little while longer. My friend couldn't decide what she wanted on the label; thus, the late entry to the finished and already-gifted quilt.

This morning we're meeting up with Matthew for a walk in Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Since I'm fresh out of hearts to leave behind, I took a few minutes to make one this morning. Here's the front and back of it.

You'll have to decide for yourself which is the front and which is the back. I made up a little kit for these with the cookie cutter template, pinking shears, marker, hole punch, and glue. I'm tossing in scraps of batting and fabric that are large enough to get the job done. It makes it pretty quick to make them. This will be the fifth one I've left behind. None have been reported as found yet. Somebody better report one soon, or I'll get discouraged. On the other hand, it makes quick work of little bits of fabric, and so there's still time for someone to step up and confess to finding one.

With tomorrow being such a busy day, I'm taking the day off from blogging. With that in mind...

Happy 4th of July, Everybody!!!

7 comments from clever and witty friends:

ckrut said...

I would love to find one of your lovely hearts. Alas, I live in Illinois. I love this idea, but I think I might wait to see if anyone claims yours before I start making them. I too have a cat ranch. I think I'm up to 10-all outside though. I love your blog and your sense of humor!

claudia said...

I'm late to the blog reading, so you may not read this before the 4th...but I hope you have (had) a safe, fun and happy 4th of July!

I will be battening down the hatches and turning up the TV to hopefully drown out the worst of the noise for my inside animals. The pre 4th boomers have not been bad this year really. Maybe all those pre-partier's ran out of money and so are having to go quietly into the celebration!

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful pieces and I love how you do the labels, I need to learn how to use my embroidery machine so I can do the lettering with that.


crazy quilter said...

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Independance Day!

Brown Family said...

I have been looking at Mildred's mouth and just can not make up my mind as to what to do! Have a good 4th!

piecefulwendy said...

Happy 4th, Barbara! That bunny runner is really cute!

quiltzyx said...

Love the elephants label, such a beautiful drawing.

Fun hearts too. Don't be discouraged!