July 30, 2021: July Monthly Mini

Greetings dear readers! For this month’s mini I decided to finish a table runner that I started in the fall of 2019. Actually, the top was done and all it needed was layering and quilting. I have no excuse for why I delayed so long in finishing it! Good thing I had something easy because I needed to spend time working on my guild’s annual “challenge” due in August and which I can’t share just yet. The table runner is for my dining room table- the room has an autumn theme:

All fabrics were from my stash and at the time I was really into making half square triangles. And I wanted to highlight that lovely brown bird and flower print.

I machine quilted it lightly, cross hatching the center and using a few long straight lines in the HST areas. That’s all it needed. After quilting a half dozen lines, I felt like something wasn’t right and realized I’d forgotten to put the walking foot on the machine! Duh! What a difference it makes!

I used a lovely fabric with fall leaves for the back:

Two more shots, one with and one without the pottery:

Speaking of fall, I couldn’t believe I saw these on a walk earlier this week:

WHAT?!!! Already!! Wasn’t it just last week that the leaves were turning their beautiful spring green and just yesterday that the azaleas were in bloom?! Now these harbingers of autumn are signaling how quickly the year is flying by. But – summer is still here, so I plan to enjoy it as long as I can. I haven’t gone to the pond much this past month because it’s been very wet and buggy but I did go this week and enjoyed the blooming thistles. I couldn’t pick a favorite photo so am showing all 4 – I love the pink and green and how the light varies on those those thistles:

I’ll finish with another wildflower at the pond in similar colors- don’t know the name, but it’s lovely:

Thanks to Wendy at The Constant Quilter for hosting the Monthly Mini. Go to her blog to see links to all the July monthly minis. Meanwhile, let’s stay in the moment, enjoy the rest of the summer, and not start to think about autumn too much just yet!😊

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

17 thoughts on “July 30, 2021: July Monthly Mini

  1. Wendy C Reed July 30, 2021 / 1:16 pm

    What a fabulous mini! Isn’t it nice when it is both beautiful and functional. It is perfect in your dining room. Thanks for another great mini. And, thank you for the thistle photos, so beautiful!

    • gladiporsche July 30, 2021 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks Wendy. Joining the monthly mini group has helped motivate me to do some projects, like this one, that wouldn’t have been done otherwise.

  2. Jocelyn Thurston July 30, 2021 / 1:50 pm

    Beautiful autumnal runner! What a beautiful room too.
    I too have been photographing thistles; I think they’re pretty and I think your other pink is a milkweed, perhaps Joe Pye weed, also pretty. I have that here too.
    I thoroughly enjoyed those Japanese quilts, Gladi. So many ideas for fabric choices, quilting lines and embroidery too. Those folks are very skilled stitchers and it is always wonderful to see their work, esp. close up.

    • gladiporsche July 30, 2021 / 3:47 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn. And thanks for helping me with the name of the plant. I was happy to share the wonderful Japanese quilts and hope to share some more from my Japanese magazines in the future. They are so inspiring!!

      • gladiporsche July 30, 2021 / 7:19 pm

        I did some research – definitely Joe Pye weed! Thanks so much!

  3. Marsha July 30, 2021 / 3:49 pm

    Lovely table runner. I love fabric with birds in it. The pictures of the thistles and the milkweed are so pretty. My maple tree has dropped a few little leaves with color on it too this week. it is 100 degrees here, so definitely summer, not ready to think about fall yet.

    • gladiporsche July 30, 2021 / 7:20 pm

      Thanks Marsha. Agree – not ready for fall yet!!!!

  4. Sandi July 30, 2021 / 4:41 pm

    I love your table runner, the fabrics are wonderful colors! Your dining room is so pretty and I absolutely love the beautiful quilt on the wall. Hugs,

    • gladiporsche July 30, 2021 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks Sandy. We decorated that whole room around the quilt on the wall – “Keeping Autumn With Me” – and it remains perhaps my best.

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  6. Angie July 31, 2021 / 1:28 pm

    Lovely mini! The perfect accent for your table! Nice to see someone else likes pottery, too!

  7. Robin July 31, 2021 / 7:19 pm

    The floral fabric in your table runner is gorgeous. All your HST accent it very well. Just lovely. Between you talking about autumn and the Joy for Grace blog displaying her Maple Leaf quilt finish. . . I’m going to have to get a fall project out soon. It’s still plenty hot here but it’s inching closer to time of year I love the best.

  8. Kyle August 1, 2021 / 12:20 am

    Love the simple hst’s that highlight the beautiful center fabric. Glad you got it done and enjoying it now.

  9. barbvedder August 1, 2021 / 5:01 pm

    What a beautiful dining room. Your new runner (mini) looks beautiful with your quilt on the wall. The runner is pretty and useful.
    Great photos of the thistle. I see the other flower along the bank of the lake where I walk.

  10. marissthequilter August 2, 2021 / 3:06 pm

    Your table runner is a perfect companion to that stunning quilt on your dining room wall.
    Enjoy the last of the summer flowers

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