Summer Highlights and a Fabric Giveaway!

19 Aug 2010

Isn’t it amazing how the summer whizzes by? I know, I know, it’s not over yet! But it’s starting to feel like the end is approaching. Cooler evenings and later sunrises signal the onset of fall, and I’m looking forward to the crisp weather and back-to-school feeling (which I still get, even though I’m no longer in school).

As much as I love fall, it’s fun to look back at some of the very random highlights of this summer. Of course, there are too many to share in a single blog post, but as I finally attempted to organize my photos last night, I found a few summer moments worth sharing.

This summer, I fell in love with Haymarket, our local farmers’ market. Browsing through bountiful produce at marvelously low prices is the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.


On the less healthier side of the spectrum, I perfected my recipes for homemade marshmallows and individually-sized pineapple upside down cakes. Perhaps not the best idea during bikini season, but I can’t deny my sweet tooth.


I attended a wine tasting with my dad, and when we both showed up wearing bright orange and blue ensembles, the source of my often wacky sense of fashion became clear.


I cut up some old white bed sheets, dyed them, and made myself an enormous tote bag—the perfect carry on for all my summer travels.


I sang Lady Gaga karaoke in front of my fiancé’s entire extended family. Fortunately, they seemed to have found this endearing.


I spent a weekend in St. Louis with my siblings and grandmother, which consisted almost entirely of lounging by the pool (and enjoying poolside beer)…

And even amidst lots of traveling, I made time to quilt. These hand-stitched and appliquéd blocks are finally ready to be joined.  

Clearly, I’m in a sharing mood—I wouldn’t have posted that Lady Gaga picture otherwise! So I’ve decided to give away this lovely bundle of Moda fabrics.



Simply share some of your summer highlights in the Comments section for a chance to win!



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mizsara wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:26 AM

Our summer has been soooo hot. Spent most of my time indoors.  We have had a couple great birthday parties in the family this year.  Been boating a little and made a couple batches of wine to share with friends and family.

Quilnan wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:26 AM

Summer highlights included a trip to Maine for wonderful weather and luscious lobster; a big clean out of my sewing room (it looks so much better, lighter, livelier); and lots of sewing. It's been a lovely summer, and it's not over yet!


on 19 Aug 2010 7:27 AM

One of my highlights was on our trip to Virginia Beach to visit my sister-in-law.  We were at the beach on the Outer Banks and Karma watched my girls as my husband and I swam in the ocean - it was such a freeing experience that I hadn't done in so long.

DeBeeBell wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:34 AM

Mom took my younger daughter and I to Italy, Austria and a bit of Germany. I took about 6,000 photos and savored much local cuisine. One of my highlights was finding fabric stores and buying a bit from each country. Now to figure out how to use them in the most meaningful way...

MindyW wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:39 AM

Wow - you have been a busy gal....while I probably won't do a Lady Gaga impression.  For the past month we have been painting the house.  We live adjacent to a  350 acre woods.  I decided that our shutters needed to represent a color I could see in nature.  So, sitting in the driveway, I decided the colors in the deep woods would be fabulous.  I decided on a color called "Forest of Darkness".  This color has shades of green, gray and brown and looks fabulous on the house.  This project has also inspired me to look to nature for colors and to look deeper than the surface colors for the hidden shades.  Sewing has been on the agenda as well and I feel refreshed working in my studio.

canary523 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:40 AM

My summer has been taken up with the birth of my nephew in June and visiting his sweet little face!  Also, my daughter moved down to Florida for a semester of college to work at Disney and we made it a trip and went to the beach in Pensacola and visited Universal Studios in Orlando.  On the trip was just my two kids and I and we had a wonderful time together before we dropped my daughter off for her wonderful opportunity at Disney.  Before we left we sewed together a lunch bag and a big carryall bag for her to use while she was down in Orlando.

on 19 Aug 2010 7:40 AM

I love this post, so funny--real Summer memories.  Our Summer was spent at the pool, literally at swim practice daily with my oldest.  BUT I consider this not to be waisted time on my part because my youngest daughter, who was terrified of water, suddenly taught herself to swim-even in the deep for me this is the best memories of this Summer I will keep along with cookouts, gardening, watching movies and complaining about the heat, sewing...

on 19 Aug 2010 7:41 AM

I love this post, so funny--real Summer memories.  Our Summer was spent at the pool, literally at swim practice daily with my oldest.  BUT I consider this not to be waisted time on my part because my youngest daughter, who was terrified of water, suddenly taught herself to swim-even in the deep for me this is the best memories of this Summer I will keep along with cookouts, gardening, watching movies and complaining about the heat, sewing...

aglarond wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:44 AM

Summer started out great with a trip to Kauai, Hawaii but then it kind of went downhill due to the excessive heat and humidity that we have been having.  Mind you that has meant spending more time indoors which has led to more quilting and sewing time.

icosewing wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:44 AM

Sigh - my basement - slash sewing area was flooded in June.  Had to throw away a huge portion of my stash, patterns etc.  No place to sew all summer.  On the brighter side - my renovated area (way nicer than the old) is almost ready to be used.  Give me another week and I will be on fire with all the projects that have been churning in my head.  And yes one does get withdrawal symptoms when one is not able to sew.

jennygallo wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:45 AM

In the midst of keeping the studio running I took a day off with the family to head to the zoo...had a blast and it brought back a gallon of happy memories of when the children were younger and we did this on a much more regular basis.

mlm5 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:47 AM

The best part of this horribly hot summer has been central air conditioning. I am definitely NOT a summer person and I am so looking forward to the cooler days of fall that put me in the quilting mood!

Kwiltsfl wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:51 AM

I've had a working summer - tutoring kids out of school.  I have been adding more raw fruits and veggies to my diet and met with my quilting friends for creative fun!  


lois johnsen wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 7:55 AM

Summer Highlights... awaiting the arrival of my third grandbaby, and making her a special quilt, backed with minkee, while i wait.  Spending time at the beach with the girls and trying to stay cool during the humid days.  I'm looking forward to fall and cool weather and lots and lots of sewing !!!

DebHensel wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 8:09 AM

I've been a busy little quilter! I made a gorgeous beach tote for my sister-in-law out of sea-inspired batiks (greens and aquamarine), which I gave to her when we went down to the Texas Coast in July. She had the brilliant idea that we should sample the key lime pie from every restaurant at which we dined and then do a comparison. Great idea! And now that vacation is over, I started working on a quilted table-topper for a fundraiser supporting my daughter's school dance team. It's mainly in Christmas colors, and it features a pieced and appliqued cardinal in the middle--their school mascot. And I don't know what's next, except maybe putting the binding on a Halloween quilt. Summer is great for sewing because it's too darn hot outside.

Minou2 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 8:17 AM

My family attended my husbands family reunion in South Carolina...first time in 22 years 5 out 6 kids got together...also a first for us to visit the area...saw a great show at the Borrough Museum (Myrtle Beach) of Gee Bend Quilts too.


on 19 Aug 2010 8:28 AM

This summer my son (7 yrs old) and I both participated in a triathlon. We had a great time and can't wait to try it again. We have also enjoyed many days on the beach of Lake Superior.

Lindy101 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 8:35 AM

A highlight occurred the very beginning of summer-my husband built an extension onto our deck and included a pergola!!! And the best part of summer comes next week, at the annual 'Artist's Retreat' at Lost Lake! Scrapbookers, Quilters and oil/chalk/watercolor Artists all gather for a week at a woodsy camp and art our hearts out! Eat, sleep and sew. Doesn't get any better than that!

Lindy101 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 8:38 AM

Oh! And Pippa, loved the farmer's market shot! THAT is a quilt to be, for sure!

Lundan wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 8:48 AM

Summer in Finland has been gorgeous this year: heat records have been broken everywhere and sun galore for everyone. One of the highlights was my trip to Sweden, where I for the first time in my life got the chance to see genuine runestones and ancient rock carvings. I'm sure they will end up in my quilts at some point!

joleung wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 8:49 AM

35th anniversary celebrated by a trip to Turkey & Greece.

wbmjam wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 9:02 AM

We took our daughters to Disney World.  (It had been 10 years since we were there.)  Our "little" disabled daughter (who's actually 19) LOVES Aladdin and thinks he's her boyfriend.  We had the best time watching her hug on Aladdin.  (He was really good with her.)  In addition to that, two family reunions, entertained out-of-town family twice, celebrated 4 family birthdays, baseball games, horseback riding . . .

pjmockit wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 9:03 AM

Family left to visit relatives out of state; 4 days to myself!

contrylady wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 9:14 AM

Enjoyed growing and canning my own fresh vegetables. Also, of course had to do some needlework, sewing and quilting!

on 19 Aug 2010 9:19 AM

Summer Highlights - The beach, organizing my craft room, visit by my grandchildren & cruisin!

Joie H. wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 9:30 AM

I'm so excited to be here! This is the perfect place to find both inspiration and instructions for textile arts that I want to learn more about!

My summer has been great. We took our grandsons on their first camping trip ever - and even though it was exhausting keeping up with 3 little boys, we had so much fun! During our travels this summer I discovered 4 new quilt shops, met some awesome people and came home with more fabric than I probably should have, but it's all SO hard to resist!

lowryl wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 9:54 AM

A special summer for me....cleaned out my studio!!!  Wow, what memories while I sorted all my fabric, yarns, fibers and books.  Joined our communities  historic homestead mansion for their yard sale.  Enjoyed talking to all the visitors about ideas for the items I sold, all at really great prices.  The items not sold went to my local quilt guild for charity quilts.

Of course, kept up my vegetable garden, where I am teaching my three year old granddaughter all about the earth, composting, seeding, harvesting, and of course eating as we pick.  

To round it out, have been reading, reading, reading!!!

LHarrigan wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:00 AM

It's been very hot here.  We have been working on painting indoors, so my sewing room has become the storage site as we move furniture to paint..  Ready for things to get back to "normal".  We have enjoyed lots of watermelon and tomatoes!

Artvisionz wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:02 AM

I wish my summer highlight was a vacation but, it was not. BUT, I got to move from an apartment into a house with my boys and three cats!  It was terribly hot here in Phoenix to be moving but I survived and love being in a house I can really make "home".  I also got to teach two classes at an art retreat, Art Unraveled!  It's always a highlight of my year!

I'd love to win that fabric so I'm crossing my fingers!


SarahS@37 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:03 AM

One highlight of the summer was the quilt made by our knit/sew/craft group at we're ready to raffle it for charity donation.   a great group activity for a worthy cause.    Our other highlight was helping son, daughter-in-law & grandsons move into their newly purchased home, their first.    Now spending the waning days of summer with our court being dug up to replace the sewer...what a mess!  but, since getting out is difficult, it's the perfect excuse to stay home & sew.  

DawnK71 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:07 AM

After having surgery on my ankle in February, I dusted off my sewing machine and learned to quilt!!! I'm just completing my second quilt (baby quilt) that has free motion quilting, trapunto and hand embrodiery ... all from my own design. Not only am I having fun but my 6 yr old twins have been helping me dye material and are startign their own quilts! 2010 - A Great Summer!

artsiehorse wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:18 AM

Oh! I need the recipes for the marshmallows and Pineapple upside down cake! Those  look fabulous.

artsiehorse wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:18 AM

Oh! I need the recipes for the marshmallows and Pineapple upside down cake! Those  look fabulous.

artsiehorse wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:20 AM

I need those recipes! Smores would be even better with homemake marshmallows!

speck wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:45 AM

Our summer has been sooooo cold.  (SF Bay Area)  great for finishing all those hand applique projects.

oregonjudy wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:58 AM

We had a huge 3 day family reunion. So much fun!

on 19 Aug 2010 11:26 AM

Our summer has flown by and I'm not certain what we did!  I had children flying off in all different directions and so that may be part of what made it fly by.  We did take a family vacation to see my sister in San Francisco and had a wonderful time!  I love the farmer's markets there in the city!  My own garden has suddenly started producing a ton of tomatoes so now it's canning time!

upstatelisa wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 11:30 AM

Just spending time with my family!!! It doesn't matter where we are!

hehjude wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 11:52 AM

My summer has been great! I've been looking after my grandkids alot while their parents go to work. We are having a drought here so the weather has been very hot and dry. No sewing happens when the thermometer goes up! I love the Quilting Arts network - it's great for reading and viewing on these hot summer days - Thanks!

rebeccamerry wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 12:02 PM

This summer has been one of swimming, birthdays, quilting, and family!  Thanks for the chance to win that awesome fabric!

DarleneLee wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 12:15 PM

This summer we were able to go to MT Hood for our aniversary, take the kids camping, go to the top of Mt Sait Helens Look outs and finally we took the kids fishing and crabing to end the summer before school starts. I think the best thing I got out of our whole summer was spending time with our children before they head off to college and senior year at high school. I also got some great pictures to add to some of the quilts I am working on as rememberance quilts for my kids.

goonybird wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 12:40 PM

My summer highlights were not spectacular,

but still, I thought them fine.

Sleeping late, a fruitful garden,

Fresh veggies on which to dine!

Brought out the canner, and dozens of jars,

and processed our bounty many nights!

Slept late the next morning, picked more and more veggies,

And pickled to our hearts delights!

It's time for school, no more sleeping late,

but our garden is still producing.

We'll keep on canning, and canning and canning.

this winter our jars we'll be using!

on 19 Aug 2010 1:37 PM

My summer has been quite unique this year.  The weather hasn't cooperated, it has been quite rainy.  I also switched jobs, so can't take too much time off yet ... but ... have set up my backyard in my new house, bought furniture, colorful pillows, candles, flowers ...  So all is not lost.

I wish everyone out there a wonderful end of the summer season.


Marian Hayes wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 2:03 PM

I played the tourist in my own Chicago neighborhoods!-- Journeyed to the Chicago River Walk and created several art images that will be transfered to fabric. Visited the colorful Pilsen neighborhood and fall in love with several vintage resale stores. I took the El train from end to end (95th and the Dan Ryan to the Purple line-Evanton) and took a class with the famous Art Encounter organization. Rounding things out, every Wednesday I have been attending Jazz in the Grazz at Chicago State University and sketches the bands and people.


Marian Hayes-quilt artist

Marian Hayes wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 2:03 PM

I played the tourist in my own Chicago neighborhoods!-- Journeyed to the Chicago River Walk and created several art images that will be transfered to fabric. Visited the colorful Pilsen neighborhood and fall in love with several vintage resale stores. I took the El train from end to end (95th and the Dan Ryan to the Purple line-Evanton) and took a class with the famous Art Encounter organization. Rounding things out, every Wednesday I have been attending Jazz in the Grazz at Chicago State University and sketches the bands and people.


Marian Hayes-quilt artist

kehrhahn wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 2:31 PM

Attended American Sewing Guild Conference and attended several enjoyable classes. Sewed up a bag and developed a bag to teach at a chapter guild meeting. Working on a organizing a community service event for 9-11 for our community.  

Had our grandson down from Cape Cod to our Sultry south for three weeks and otherwise avoided thos hot, hot days.  

Loved your picture of market.  Wished we had access to a market here.  

Laura54 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 2:38 PM

This summer we made a phantastic and very expensive holiday in Iceland. It was the second time for us and the first for my son, now 17 and very scary of family holiday. But we enjoied every day, and we had an unusual good weather this time. So I'm thinking to put the memory of this journey in a quilt....willIi succeed in doing this?

jabotquilt wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 2:47 PM

I swam with my kids, dyed a ton of fabric, learned needle felting, shibori and loved all aspects of the summer

on 19 Aug 2010 4:11 PM

Summer went by so fast it seems like a blur.  My highlights included harvesting indigo as part of the IndiGrowingBlue project, finding out my niece and her husband are having a baby girl due at Christmas, and cleaning out my closets.  I am looking forward to sewing some things for little Ava's arrival and trying to plan some indigo dyed pieces for her.

Jay19 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 4:17 PM

One of my summer high lights was getting together with old high school girl friends in Chicago for a celebration of the year of a significant birthday.  We do this every five years...ever since we all turned   50!  We are from all over the country and this is our fifth time to get together...can you guess what birthday year this is???  Love your blog...especially the pics of the Market place!

coollabtech1 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 4:41 PM

Hmmm- summer highlights. They ranged from battling a flooded basement(we won!) to doing alot of cyanotype printing when the sun was out to making assorted tote bags and sunglass cases for friends. And a nice weekend coming up, so more cyanotyping...

sunrai01 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 5:41 PM

For the second summer in a row - it's now a tradition - I took my 6-year-old granddaughter camping.  Just the two of us in a tent.  We spent the days swimming and hiking, and in the evenings we did "crafts".  We painted with acrylic on little canvases, did some watercolor painting, and painted a little wooden birdhouse.  Her bedtime stories consisted of "tell me about" apples, when mommy was little, when you had braces, etc.  One evening we had thunderstorms so her bedtime story was about how lightning makes thunder!  I can hardly wait for our next campout!

Griffer wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 5:48 PM

SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS - 2 weeks on aunt's homestead ranch near Yellowstone Park; great times with 12 year old grandson; celebrating an aunt's 100th birthday with her 3 sisters who are all over 93 years old (including my mother!); 2 weeks on the Oregon coast and 2 whole days in Sister's Oregon where the wonderful quilting shop, The Stitching Post, is located.  What a great summer!

mktennor wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 5:51 PM

We had our first vacation together as a blended family - a patchwork you might say - it was wonderful. Visited an Amish  quilting store along the way too.

on 19 Aug 2010 8:22 PM

This summer has been fantastic, two weeks in southern England and when we got home, we got to go to the best music festival on this side of the planet - Edmonton Folk Fest!! This year the folk fest highlight... .. Van Morrison! Awesome!

lemur00 wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 9:34 PM

I'm jealous of all the great trips. I've pretty much just worked to make money for school. Still the summer has been rainy with many storms and washouts, so I'm not missing much.


SueBQuilts wrote
on 19 Aug 2010 10:29 PM

Currently sitting in a large basement workshop overlooking a small lake outside of Rochester NY with six other quilting friends for a five-day getaway. We have been very busy working on projects that are actually making it to the DONE list! Good food, belly laughs, and great friends make for a terrific time!

on 20 Aug 2010 7:17 AM

Love the father/daughter outfits!  I've been looking for Iris quilt patterns - for my new granddaughter, Iris.  And, harvesting lots from our garden.  We are surely blessed!

meta1 wrote
on 20 Aug 2010 7:56 AM

Being without all my craft and sewing stuff I spent my summer making sketchbooks. I worked the same way as I usually do but this time with paper and paint and other drawing materials. It was fun.

maeve4 wrote
on 20 Aug 2010 12:21 PM

Your summer looks fun.  Love the tote you made - inspirational!  And the quilt is so colorful and happy!  Wow!  The heat here in the south has been prohibitive, really.  I've stayed inside more than usual and have been sewing - two quilts for charity donations, a tablerunner, some fun wall hangings.  I've been to the beach once and it too was too hot!  But I love the atmosphere of the beach so much.  And I've spent lots of time with my family (I'm a widowed grandmother), most of whom live nearby.  I am blessed!

on 20 Aug 2010 3:03 PM

My summer highlight was my son coming home from Colorado (I live in Ohio) and bringing my grandsons with him.  Took them all, along with a granddaughter to the zoo for a day.  

cazms5 wrote
on 20 Aug 2010 5:46 PM

I spent a week at Quilting by the Lake in Syracuse, NY.  

stephs2125 wrote
on 20 Aug 2010 8:39 PM

Fun summer for me. My daughter turned 4 and she is such fun right now - we've just played and played all summer long. I also started quilting for the first time. I've been sewing for some time now and earlier a coworker was diagnosed with *** cancer - requiring surgery. I wanted to make her something as a commemorative reminder of her fight and ultimate victory over such an aggressive disease. I was browsing my local craft store for inspiration when I saw a quilting catalog with an amazing pink, tan, & cream quilt pattern and I KNEW that was it...I've been addicted since!!!

Penelope14 wrote
on 20 Aug 2010 11:12 PM

My summer so far has been spent as a stay-cation enjoying our beautiful weather, swimming at the lake and in the river, entertaining family visiting from Europe and lots of BBQ'ing. I haven't done as much quilting as I'd hoped but my Guild had a summer challenge so I've been working on my Mug Bag.

jhayward wrote
on 21 Aug 2010 12:56 PM

Ending the summer by going to the Iowa State Fair, buying up fabric for fall and winter sewing and enjoying medium rare New York Strips from the grill and ice cold beer.  Nothing finer.

joycetm wrote
on 22 Aug 2010 8:21 PM

A lot of sewing - just too hot to be outside in the afternoons!  We also took up kayaking - lots of fun.  Great to do in the mornings before the intense heat.  

Jody Johnson wrote
on 22 Aug 2010 10:33 PM

Summer highlight was a trip to Vancouver Island and the gulf islands this summer. The best was the excitement on the kid's faces. This was their first trip to the coast. We went whale watching (saw Orcas and Gray Whale) and dug up the most enormous Goey Duck Clam on the beach!

elaine47 wrote
on 23 Aug 2010 7:27 AM

I've spent the past two weeks moving my studio from the too small and way too hot loft to the almost refinished basement. I still have a dozen boxes and bags to unpack. I question why I bought some of this stuff but I'm sure I'll use it sooner or later. Of course I'd have to still be sewing and painting until I'm 103, but that seems like a good way to spend the next 40 years!

SpookyG wrote
on 24 Aug 2010 10:36 PM

As brand new, first-time homeowners, we kept so busy this summer working on our fixer-upper. We spent our days painting, building, destroying, tiling, sewing, plumbing, wiring, you name it. It's a lot of hard work, and we're nowhere near done, but it's made for a really memorable summer, and we're so proud of our DIY home.

corimaria wrote
on 28 Aug 2010 12:13 PM

I finally finished 2 quilts. I spending time with my family. I went to the zoo with my grandaughter, I do not know who had more fun. Went camping to the mountains and went to my niece engagement party. Visited my daughter and her husband. It was a summer of family.

on 29 Aug 2010 11:03 PM

Summer highlights for me included a once in a lifetime trip (i hope  MORE than once in a lifetime!) to Maui courtesy of one of our sons who accompanied my husband and me; lots of quilting, painting, stitching, dreaming up ideas and chasing after grandbabies in between.  Life is good, happy and colorful.

srwall wrote
on 31 Aug 2010 11:18 AM

Summer fun......  work......  Although did enjoy a bit of summer.

Made blackberry jam.  Created a wonderful quilted tree wallhanging.

Spent 3 days in Seattle, WA with my daughter.  Fun shopping, found Undercover Quilts in downtown Seattle.  That was a blast.

Thanks for the wonderful blog.