Monday, July 7, 2014

July ALYOF Goal

I have been stalling at choosing my July A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for a couple reasons. 
First, we're going on vacation next week, which definitely shortens the time I have to finish something this month. 
Second, I'm six weeks away from my due date, and my focus has been the baby, to a name for the baby (!), to finding bunk beds for the boys' room so the baby can have the crib, to vacation, to work I need to finish before my due date, to wondering when the baby will get the picture! 

This morning I decided on my goal: it's to machine quilt this top that I completed two summers ago. I still haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do (though simple straight lines sure are compelling!), but it seemed like fate that this post from the Free Motion Quilting Project popped up in my blog reader this morning. Hmmm...a post specifically about machine quilting a disappearing ninepatch, with a promise of an easier design option being posted tomorrow? Talk about ready-made inspiration!

Stay tuned to see how this quilt gets quilted (happily it's fairly small--about 48" wide), as well as how all my other wanderings/wonderings turn out over the next 6 weeks!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Easy Flag T-shirts

Last year I shared this tutorial for making easy flag t-shirts for the 4th of July.

With July 4th just around the corner, it seemed like a good time to re-post this tutorial, along with an updated photo--here are my boys in their shirts (a year older!) plus their cousin, wearing one that I made for him last week when he was visiting.

Happy 4th of July!