I am feeling more productive than I thought I would this summer. It's kind of a pleasant surprise. And it may not last all summer, but I'm taking it in snatches when I can. My goal is to make a dent in my never ending pile of WIP's (Works In Progress). I'm even quilting a new project myself. It's the one I started way back in March. I'm going to write a pattern for this one, so stay tuned.Family Tree quilt borders. I did the name stitching on a road trip last winter, and I'm going to try and do some hand quilting during a road trip this summer. I love pulling out my fabric favorites that remind me of my children for this scrappy border.
For me, the key to productive summer-time sewing is setting up at the kitchen table. It makes for more of a mess, but it's the only way I can take those short snatches of time to get something done and still keep a pulse on what's going on, re-supply the popsicles, turn on the hose for the slip'n'slide, etc. The best addition for keeping my mess under control is my new portable ironing board that my super-awesome friend Diane, helped me to make. (Hi Diane!)It's a TV tray that's been specially covered to create a surface suitable for ironing! I've wanted to make one of these for years, but never got my act, or my supplies, together to actually make one. Here you can see super-Diane holding my hand through the process (or actually doing most of the work for me, ahem.) I love it! Even folded up it looks so much more attractive than my big ironing board. You can learn how to make one yourself from Oh Fransson. The American Quilting girls also posted some tips and pictures from creating their own. It's so much easier and cheaper than I thought. I highly recommend one.