Before leaving for Africa on the 8th, I had sewn one of this month’s Squared Away blocks. Then this past week, I managed to sew a second one.
That completed all my regularly-scheduled red sewing, so I used my smaller scraps to sew up these ten crumb blocks, each measuring 6.5” (unfinished).
And that brings me to my Red Recap for July.
This month’s production included:
12 Selvage squares, 6.5”
2 Selvage squares, 4.5”
16 Quarter Log Cabins, 6.5”
6 Bow ties, 4.5”
1 Linked Squares, 16.5”
10 Crumb blocks, 6.5”
2 Squared Away blocks, 10.5”
For a total of 49 blocks.
Before leaving on my trip, I also whipped out a cute little over-the-shoulder water bottle holder which came in handy for several days. I didn’t use a pattern, but just measured the water bottles - both my permanent aluminum container and a standard water bottle. Then I quilted a piece, sewed it in a cylinder, added a cross-body shoulder strap and boxed the bottom.
It came in very handy for carrying water, with my passport and money in my zip pouch around my waist. Totally hands-free. Until the dang money pouch zipper broke and our work days got longer and busier. So I switched to carrying a backpack instead, which carried everything (including my Maasai shuka blanket) for the day. But I foresee lots more use of this holder in my future!
If you’re a casual Saturday reader of my blog, I’d just like to let you know that I’ve begun posting pictures and stories of my two-week trip to Kenya this month. The links are below.
PART 1: Nairobi Elephant Orphanage, The Escarpment, Travel to Narok
PART 2: Tenkes School in the Mau Forest and an Honorary Feast
PART 3: Days for Girls and Lunch at a Mud Hut Farm