Summer is here and things are as busy as ever. I did find a little bit of time to work on my quilt top with my "Yellowstone inspired" fabrics. All the blocks are in rows and I have 4 rows together. It is kind of a slow process as there are a lot of points to match, but I am happy with the results so far.
Two bloggers that I follow - Michelle at mmm quilts and Vicki at Field Trips in Fibre both mentioned a tool a couple of weeks ago that I hadn't tried. They both use a seam stick (a 1/2 round piece of hardwood) to help press seams open. Since I need to press the long seams open between the rows of this quilt I wanted to give it a try. I asked my hubby if he had something that would work - enter the broken handle from one of our homemade paddles. (Good thing he hates to throw anything away!)
I have to say I was impressed. The seams fall open much more easily when placed over the seam stick. You can buy them commercially, but you can beat the deal I got on mine!
We really enjoyed being at home for Canada Day yesterday. Here is a picture of Nolan chauffeuring Safety Bear in our local Agricultural Fair Parade that took place on the weekend.
And here is part of yesterday evening. I needed some quilted fabric for a boot bag I am making for Nolan, so I loaded the machine and a panto and had my two helpers give it a go. They were not impressed with their results, but I think they did okay. It was fun to have some company in the studio.