New Orleans House Project

Friday, July 30, 2021

The July Report

 We are well and truly into the dog days of summer!  

That means not only is the weather hot and steamy, but it's also Doggie Daycare time!
This year it's just our son David's dog, Jozy (rear).  He's from the same litter as our dog, McKenzie, so it's a family reunion of sorts.  David has a month-long job assignment in California every summer, so he brings Jozy to stay with us.

I missed David's visit/Jozy's arrival, as I was in Florida with my mom.  She wound up in the hospital over July 4th weekend with a nasty case of bronchitis (thank goodness, not Covid!).  I stayed with her after the hospitalization to make sure she was following doctor's orders and to get her to all her follow-up appointments.  

Of course I packed some stitching projects to work on, but I got distracted by Mom's library.  
She has saved copies of lots of the good ol' books we both enjoyed back in the day.  I got caught up in re-reading some favorites.  Indeed, I've embarked on a bit of a Georgette Heyer binge.  Yay for summertime reading!

Before I left for Florida, I had started playing with an idea for a July mini quilt.  I guess this will become an August mini quilt!

This Rainbow Scrap Challenge project got finished up during July.  Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads did the quilting and I hand-stitched the binding, label, and hanging sleeve.  It's been shipped off to it's intended recipient with the less-than-original name "Scraphappy Stars". 

Another July finish: I love how the fan quilting (again, Butterfly Threads Quilting) looks in this quilt!  I made this quilt top several years ago and never proceeded to the quilting stage.  In February, a visiting friend fell in love with the un-quilted top, so I finished the quilt and gave it to her.  I'm glad the quilt found a happy home!

I was also able to finish a Sugar Loaf block for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge color:  dark blue.  I already have two blue blocks in light blues and bright blues, so I figured one more blue block was plenty.  

And since the Sugar Loaf blocks make scraps in just the right sizes, I made two Easy Breezy blocks.  

And now I'm off to watch the dogs frolic in their wading pool!  Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay safe, and have a fun August!


  1. Bummer on missing your son but glad you were able to help your Mom out and that she is on the road to recovery. I'll have to look for that author.... and see if there are audio books as I just reached the end of 2 mystery series. Love sugar loaf... might have to mark that as a possible one for next year for me. Your scrappy stars came out beautifully. Happy stitching and keep cool. It's hot out there.

  2. Glad your mother is better. Nice blocks and quilts.

  3. You’ve had a busy month, Angie! It’s nice that your mother is recovered from the bronchitis; a scary thing in these days of Covid. You sure got a lot of beautiful sewing done, and I love Scraphappy stars! That is such a fun block and makes a delightful quilt. xo

  4. Wow! You've gotten so many projects completed! Glad your mom is doing better and now you get two happy dogs to enjoy! Have a great week!

  5. Sweet dogs, I hope you get to spend time with your son on his return. Beautiful finishes for the month, two very lucky recipients. No mini here this month either, July is just too busy I guess. But you have a fine start on your August mini.

  6. So glad to hear your Mom did not get Covid and that she is on the mend. It has been a strange weather summer for us too and July flew by. An August mini will be just fine!! Love those baskets. And love, love, love that Rainbow challenge quilt. Gorgeous!!

  7. Hoping this finds your Mom doing much better. Yup - dog days. But we have had some great summer weather - 10 days rain - 10 days hotter than hell - and now Monday a cool front and more rain. Go figure! But I will take it. Love all of your work - so beautiful! Hugs

  8. Sorry you missed your son's visit, but glad you were able to be in Florida to support your mom. You two quilt finishes are wonderful for the bright and green days of summer. The quilting is perfect. Diane does a lovely job. Enjoy your doggy days if August.

  9. What sweet pups! love their smiles.
    I'm glad to hear your mom is doing well. Florida is really having a big covid outbreak.
    Great finishes. Diane did a great job quilting them to show off your piecing.
    what cute baskets, they will make a special mini quilt.
    enjoy these long lazy summer days.

  10. Well, "ScrapHappy Stars" may be a "less-than-original name", but it's a really beauty!