Zoom… zoom… zoom <<< Come and see!!!

After such a very hot last couple of months here in the southeast US… we are beaconing in September with cool morning breezes and enjoyable evening chats outside 🙂
Do you like surprises??  
Is September apt to surprise you in any way???

I have had a productive and positive week …  how about you?  What stands out in your week as memorable??

Surprise #1…
My Kaleidoscope center of the quilt in progress for the guest bedroom is in 1 piece and it measures the same across the center vertically as it does horizontally!!!  YAY 🙂

Below is a 1 1/2″ ish of fabric for a  floating border I will add to make the orange peel applique blocks surrounding this panel here… 
be based on a standard 5″ unfinished block… Here is a “map” of the plan for this quilt…

 The center circle swirl area is the designation of the kaleidoscope blocks 5 across by 5 down … current measurement is 43 1/2″ square 😀

The orange peels will be these kind of colors now…

This is an orange peel pattern… the “football” shape is appliqued in your fave method to a 5″ square centered diagonally… then all those 5″ blocks are made into 4 patches where the points meet in the center….
…And then those 4 patch blocks make rows that surround the center Kaleidoscope 🙂  Isn’t the above photo quilting fun!!!!
I will then add a outer border to 3 sides from a new (to me) book I got in the mail a couple weeks ago… I read about this book on Karen who blogs HERE post a few months back.  I bought a used version on Amazon and am not disappointed at all!

Linking this fun quilty progress to the Peacock Party with Wendy HERE <<<
Intermittently I have been working on a secret project…
Gathering Supplies…

 Piece by piece making confetti then placing that fabric on the sticky surface I cut out….

 Finally to the binding in my front yard on a glorious evening as I big August adieu!!!

This is a project I can share more on later… my friend Jannessa is getting the finished project when it is released by Lisa Capen Quilts of YouTube fame HERE & who’s pattern and instructions this brainstorm was for!!!
Last to share is the ongoing hand work I do that keeps me sane >> hand quilting on Connie’s Swoon Quilt… last week I shared THIS photo as I turned the quilt in the frame…

 And I was focused on this area right here on the left far borders…

 And then it was finally all stitched there….

 And I scootched over to the first swoon and the big stitching after completing the in the ditch stitching for support was my next focus…

Hoping this week bring me MUCH MORE time to hand quilt … I sew enjoy it !!! LOL
Linking this slow stitching and all that binding I have done in the last week too to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday HERE <<<<
I did finish the binding and washed and dried this quilt and finally took good photos of BOTH quilts for these brotheres…

Seems I have been hopping all over the place this week and now I see why.. I have… but I have also taken time for myself and my friendships… with my honey and all my Patchwork Friends and those I know through my blog even!!!  Do you have good friend(s) in your life???  Each one fills a different need within me … I am soooo blessed!

I sure hope you feel blessed too!  Please take time to leave me a comment and choose a question I asked along the way to answer or sound off with a comment 🙂  I appreciate your time in leaving one!!

11 thoughts on “Zoom… zoom… zoom <<< Come and see!!!

  1. Jill

    August flew by and it is bittersweet to bid the month 'adieu!' Finishing the needlepoint Santa was a pleasant experience. 🙂 Kaleidoscopes and orange peels are a favorite. Actually, orange peels are on the bucket list. Best wishes on your Swoon progress this week.

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  2. Gretchen Weaver

    Swoon looks so nice, love the quilting designs you've used. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress on the kaleidoscope project. All the different borders are going to be fun to see! I don't know that September will hold any big surprises, hopefully there won't be an early frost which would be a very nasty surprise indeed. I enjoy reading your blog weekly, happy stitching!

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  3. Karen - Quilts...etc.

    love your kaleidoscope quilt it is progressing nicely – September is my birthday month and our travel month so surprises might be in what we see and where will I celebrate my birthday this month 🙂 the Swoon is looking great – nice to do stitching outside, Melanie and I spent the morning on the porch after a Sunday breakfast for a change and I was working hexies and she was cross stitching and Mike stopping in every now and then to visit while he was doing other stuff

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  4. K Reeves

    My goodness you had a busy and very productive week! Surprises in September….that sounds interesting. I do have a fun activity or two planned, so I'm excited about those!

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  5. Kim

    Love the progress of your Kaleidoscope quilt. How fabulous the measurements are perfect both horizontally and vertically. I love the look of your Borders book.

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  6. Teresa

    Enjoyed seeing all your projects. Its funny I have always admired the orange peel blocks but did not realize that you applique one \”peel\” to a square and then join the squares together to make the block. I am anxious to give this a try now. I have that border book and am ashamed to say have not tried it yet. Seems like when I get the quilt center done, I am ready to just had straight borders to it…..but seeing the book on your blog reminded me I need to get more creative!

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