Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Summertime Sewjo Is A No-Go

With many distractions this summer, my "sewjo" has been severely tested. Lately, keeping the garden watered during the high heat and mini drought has been a major task. Rain is in the forecast today and a tropical wave predicted for the weekend, so we are hopeful for some relief.

When Jen at Patterns by Jen posts new patterns for the Color Challenge, I immediately print them off and place them on my cutting table. Both June and July patterns had been sitting on the table for a few weeks, and yesterday all the stars aligned for me to work on them!

June featured the Mountain Bunting, a beautiful blue bird common to western US. Although my points weren't perfect, this block was a breeze to put together.

The beloved American Robin is the bird of the month for July. This block was a bit more time consuming but fun to assemble.


This post is linked to the Color Challenge linkup. Now on to the RSC blocks for June (pink) and July (dark blue)!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

God Bless America!

Happy Fourth of July!

This is a little wall quilt I made back in 2017 from a pattern by Running Stitch Quilts. It hangs on our kitchen wall. If the orientation seems odd, it is because flag etiquette dictates that the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right or the observer's left . After washing a few times, it is smaller than the original! You can read the original post here.

We are celebrating quietly with yummy food and the promise of a stray thunderstorm this afternoon. I hope you enjoy whatever you do on this 244th anniversary of our great nation's independence!

If you like goosebumps, I highly recommend the new version of God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood, Home Free, and the Air Force Singing Sergeants. Click on the link below. You'll have to skip through the annoying ad.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Going Places Quilt For Grandson


Our littlest grandson, Everett, turned one in May. He is fascinated with any toy that has wheels and loves to play with his little toy trucks, tractors, and cars. So when I saw "Going Places" fabric in Bernie's Needle and Foot Etsy shop, I knew it would be perfect for a play quilt.



My idea was to showcase the fabric, which has little cars, trucks, machinery, boats, and train cars, so I kept the pattern simple. After I saw Preeti's quilt, I wish I had used her pattern! But . . . next time.


The back was also found at Bernie's shop. I only ordered a yard, so I added a gold print to make it fit. I was going to bind it in blue, but my husband liked red, and I think he was right!


The quilt is waiting for the little guy next time he comes to visit Papaw and Grandma - hopefully next week!

Going Places Quilt Details:
Finished Size: 40" x 45"
Pattern: Simple blocks
Fabrics: Going Places by Nutshell Designs for Blank Quilting, Ditzy in Cheddar Yellow by Mary Fons, and fabrics from stash
Threads: Superior Threads So Fine #50 in 503 Genoa Gray for piecing and 421 Marigold for quilting


I am linking to Frederique's linky party at Quilting Patchwork Applique!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

New Blog, New Name, Same Stuff

Welcome to Texas Quilt Gal! This blog is simply a continuation of My Sew-Called Quilts. My aim is to associate my Instagram presence, txquiltgal, with my blog and to leave behind the mixed content http and https errors on My Sew-Called Quilts. Hopefully the transition is smooth and you are able to read and comment without complications. If you encounter any obstacle, please let me know via the contact form in the sidebar. And if you would like to subscribe to new posts, please see "Follow Texas Quilt Gal by Email" in the sidebar.

So, on to quilty things. . . due to family concerns during the month of May, my RSC blocks were delayed, but here they are in all their dark green glory - Scrappy Irish chains, Geese Migration, Scraptastic Star, and a string block. I had been making at least two string blocks each month, but honestly I think I have enough green blocks!

Irish Chain


Geese Migration

Scraptastic Star

String block

I also missed posting the May Color Challenge, which was a "Budgerigar", more commonly known as a parakeet.

With only a couple weeks left in June, I will play catch-up with the June RSC color of pink and the Mountain Bluebird for the June Color Challenge.

What are you up to this month?

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This post is linked to Frederique's Patchwork and Quilts link party