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Temperature Quilt: October 2020

Here we are.

I actually had this ready to post for a couple days now, but I thought I would use this beautiful array of color to brighten your internet eyes today. If you haven’t been off the grid for the past…well, 4 years, you know that here in the United States of America we had a Presidential Election yesterday.

I don’t speak about politics on social media.

There is a reason for that.

It’s not because I don’t care. It’s not because I don’t have an opinion.

It’s because what matters the most to me in this life is not the RED or the BLUE. Politics somehow makes so many people see only those 2 colors around election season.

Those people that don’t vote the same way you do….guess what?

They are your friends.

They are your family.

They are the moms and dads that commiserate over the day-to-day hardships of parenting with you….and also love your children as their own.

They are the healthcare workers caring for you and for your loved ones.

They are the teachers you so desperately respect for their patience and effort to educate your children.

They are the people that you sit next to in church.

They are the kind strangers you pass everyday.

They are the ones that surrounded you when your loved ones died with cards…..and food…….and hugs.

This world is full of all the colors.

This land that we are gifted to be on such a short amount of time…..it’s filled with REDs and BLUEs, yes….but also, Oranges, Yellows, Greens, and Purples. Some days we identify with one color, other days another.

That’s what I’m thinking about today, anyway. I just thought I shared that with you.

So, if you don’t mind….I’d like to show you the pretty Hexie Temperature Quilt I’ve now completed 10 months of.

2 hexies for each day….one for the high temp and one for the low. All Temperature readings are from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Here’s the Legend to refresh you memory, if you need it:

And this is what January 2020- October 2020 looks like in Temperature Hexie Form:

It’s beginning to noticeably cool off in Wisconsin….so you’ll see the greens are making a comeback.

October’s row has been super fun and interesting for me since it’s run the gamut of mid 20’s to above 70…so that means LOTS of color variation!

So, if my little speech up top didn’t help to put you in a kinder, safter, loving space…..I HIGHLY recommend turning on a Hallmark Christmas Movie 🙂 That’s what I’ve been quilting to this month!

(You can see my movie reviews here if you haven’t already)

And now here’s something that you’ll all enjoy!…..the WATCH ME GROW portion of this post.

On to November!

May it be filled with all the reminders of your blessings, and may you take the time to be truly grateful for them ❤️

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Million Baby Chicks Hoodie…with A POCKET!

It’s Fall….and where I live in Wisconsin, you know what that means: HOODIE WEATHER!

I love every season….and here in Wisconsin, sometimes we get to experience all 4 in one day! Aren’t we lucky!?!?!

After a beautiful summer, though, I love the transition to cozy, comfy long sleeve clothes….and now, by far, my most popular make for women is: THE MILLION BABY CHICKS Hoodie! You can read more about it’s origins here….

I get bored easily, so my favorite thing about this design is being to mix & match fabrics to make One of a Kind creations.

This week, I’m auctioning off a new batch at Red Rose Auction House. Today is the last day to get in on these deals, because once the auction is over, I will be listing them at retail price in my Etsy Shop.

NEW with this batch, on the suggestion of one of my dearest friends: POCKETS! Not just little pockets, though: ONE large Pocket with a singular opening!

Here’s what’s HOT of the MACHINE:

THIS OOAK MEDIUM:

and it’s MEDIUM Hoodie from anutha Motha! (same two main fabrics….just different placement!

This LARGE BEAUTY that gives me all the Fall Feels:

This X-LARGE seems to be pretty popular….Get it while you can!

and this WILD 2XL

Don’t Forget to check out the Other Vendors’ Items too…..

HAPPY BIDDING!!!!

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It Has Pockets!

Have you seen the skirt I posted in conjunction with 12 other Red Rose Auction House vendors and their giveaways????

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Kicking off THE BEST MONTH of the year…I always like to do a giveaway of some sort, so I was so excited when my auction friends were doing a big LOOP giveaway as well!

Of course, I can never sew something this adorable without one of my girls commandeering it….so guess who claimed the “sample”

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Miss Sassafras, herself: Georgia.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the poses she gives me by now…but she still makes me laugh every time.

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Sooooo…..if you haven’t already, head over to LadyBeez Designs Facebook Page and enter to win this skirt in your size of choice….

and then LOOP the other Vendors at RED ROSE AUCTION HOUSE for some AMAZING GOODIES like these

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Temperature Quilt: August 2020

August 2020 is in the History Books!

I can hardly believe that Summer 2020 has come and gone….but it was a beautiful one in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (as far as weather goes)

This temperature quilt has really been a BRIGHT spot in this roller-coaster year. Let’s talk details again real quick. Each day I’ve sewn 2 hexies: one for the high temp, one for the low temp. Below is the Temperature Legend I created to use back in January when it all started:

August Temperatures were more of the same: Lots of Oranges and Reds. So June, July, and August have all been very constant. I’m not complaining….(Orange is my favorite color, afterall) I am, however, very excited for a little change in the next month.

Here is the Quilt to Date: January 2020-August 2020

OOH! I can’t wait to see these colors cool down again!

Watch Me Grow: Month By Month Progression

…..and now….

Guess What Time it Is?!?!!?

SEPTEMBER!

THE BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!

(It’s my birthday month)

May the Odds by ever in our Favor this School Year….

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Temperature Quilt: July 2020

Ahhhh….the HUES of my Favorite Color, ORANGE, you are so beautiful!

It’s kind of amazing to me that the month of July temperatures officially recorded in Oshkosh, Wisconsin were so, very boring….and by boring, I mean consistent….and by consistent, I mean much of the same: Lows in the the 60s and Highs in the 80s. What a beautiful Summer Month!

If this is your first time here, a couple quick reminders: This is my first ever paper pieced quilt. This is my first ever hexie quilt…and also the first time doing a temperature quilt. I chose to do 2 hexies per day: one for the high temp and one for the low……a here’s my Temperature Legend:

Oshkosh Residents, if you felt a little melted during some of these “HOT” summer days…please remember, my temperature readings are the recorded temperatures ONLY. They do not take into account the HEAT INDEX or the Humidity. So, you might be surprised that not one day in July reached above 90 degrees. (We had some 90 degree days….but not ONE degree above) I find that fascinating! (also, our family wasn’t actually IN Wisconsin this whole time…and where we were reached over 100 with a heat index of 109!!!!!!)

And, now, my friends, as I am typing this post…I look down at this picture below and see for the first time: Those 3 polka dot Red-Orange Hexies that are perfectly aligned as the High Temps of the 23rd days of the past 3 months and I AM SHOOK. How did I let this happen?!?!?! Ugh. I will try not to let it bother me, but I promise you, I will fail. It will be the spot that grabs my eye…..only SLIGHTLY less annoying than those 2 turquoise houndstooth hexies from January and February that are ACTUALLY FLIPPING TOUCHING!!!!

THE FULL QUILT progress so far: January through July 2020

I posted this picture yesterday…yes, another coffee and fabric picture. What can I say? Jesus. Coffee. Pretty Fabric. It just soothes my soul….and can you blame me for needing a little extra soothing these days?

We made it through another month of 2020, and I, for one, made lots of wonderful memories with my family while I took some time away from my sewing business. I pray you’ve been able to make some beautiful memories this summer too.

I did add a little bit of a personal touch to July. On the 4th of July (our anniversary) I made sure to center a little heart on the HIGH temp Red Hexie.

Every angle makes me smile looking at the color gradient….

And now, I give you the Month-by-Month Progression….

And there you have it! 7 months down, 5 to go in 2020. This project sure has added some extra happiness to my year…

May the Sunshine continue on into August!