The majority of the month of July, from the 7th through until August 5th, was spent working diligently, if slowly, on the hand-applique for Jodie Ann's Sunflower quilt top. I started out to do needle-turn, but when that was not going as well as I'd have liked, I switched to good ol' turning under and thread-basting all of the edges and points, and then thread-basting pieces in place on the background squares.
Most of the pieces had already been cut out, and the backgrounds marked for placement, but sadly the pieces and the marking didn't always align. The marks were made in pencil, sometimes very darkly, and that was over 25 years ago. They would NOT erase away. Some of the marking was even on top of the pieces, as seen on the yellow petals. I did the best job that I knew how, and I was satisfied with my part in it.
When finished, I had kept track of atleast 84 hours work.
So, July passed, with me getting my Jazz 2 on the 12th, and only getting to try out a few stitches on a scrap of fabric. I wouldn't let myself get into anything serious until that commission was done.
BUT.......the week of July 4th, I had pieced (on my Singer 15-91) this near-twin-sized top.......and as soon as the Sunflowers were sent off, I started in figuring out a backing for the red,white, and blue (inspired by a design called "Standing Strong").
I thought I'd just kinda throw together a bunch of big leftover pieces, willy-nilly, and get it onto the basting frame. But, you know.......I love a good reversible quilt.
So......THIS HAPPENED.....Which means that I immediately got to basting it in my big floor frame, and getting it under Jazzy 2's big, generous throat ! Several items in the free bundle (that was promised with the purchase of the machine) were on back-order, so the commission work was a blessing in disguise (besides helping pay for Jazzy), as it kept me from being antsy waiting on the walking foot and the extension table. Both of those arrived while I was piecing the backing ! Isn't God good ??????????