Monday, April 20, 2015

Time To Get Back in the Saddle

Wow, I've gone four weeks without blogging. There are a number of reasons....some of it involving traveling, some involving helping my parents with selling a house, some of it involving planning more travel, etc.

Another main reason for my blog being quiet is that I haven't really done too much quilting lately. I've been in a bit of a funk because my pile of completed quilts has gotten higher than I like. These are mostly quilts that I've made in the past year without any plan for where they will end up. And when the pile gets this high, I don't have much motivation to make more unless I have a particular goal like a graduation, baby, wedding, etc. This weekend I did decide on recipients for two of these, but I will probably hold on to the rest to enter in a local show or two in the next year.

But I also now have a reason to make another quilt. A family member has learned the sex of her grandchild-to-be, so I can now get started on that quilt. When it's done, it won't be added to my pile, but will find a loving home!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Two Hearts Are Better Than One

When I saw this mug in O'Susannah's Quilt Shop in Watkins Glen, NY a couple of weeks ago, I just had to have it! My quilt hasn't been sewn together yet; it's still on the design wall, but I hope to get to it soon.

Monday, March 16, 2015

There's Always Something

I finished quilting a quick charity quilt yesterday, did the machine stitching of the binding, and was getting ready to hand stitch it down, when I noticed something that wasn't quite right...

I have no clue how or when that happened, but I couldn't leave it that way, so I had to unstitch about a foot of the binding, cut out the offending section, and then add another piece of binding in its place. It wasn't hard, just not fun. But I'm glad I noticed it before I did the hand stitiching.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Something New

I finally have another new quilt top in the works. Right now, it's just on my design wall, but I hope to get started sewing the top this week.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Spring Is Coming

I have to tell myself that...spring is really is...but a bit too slowly for me right now. I love the cold and snow for a couple of months in the winter, but by mid-February, I'm ready for warmer temperatures. And since it doesn't look like that will be happening around here for a while, I decided that I needed to work on something to make it seem like spring. Besides, this top has been finished since June 2011, so it's about time I finished it, right?

I've finished the quilting on this, and am now working on the binding...sitting by the fireplace while looking out at my snow-covered yard.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Another Emotional Project

My quilt made with NYC fabrics is now complete and in the hands of the new owner.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

The pattern is called "Falling Charms" by Missouri Star Quilt Company and a video on it can be found by clicking here.

Here's a closeup of the quilting.....just an easy meander...

And a shot of the pieced back...

Love striped bias binding....

This quilt is now in the hands of someone that I care about who is in the middle of chemo/radiation treatment for colon cancer. When I started the top, I didn't have anyone in particular in mind for the quilt, but a few weeks ago, it became clear who the recipient should be. A NYC quilt for a (former) NYC girl.

Here's a closeup of some of the fabrics used...

Monday, February 9, 2015

Emotional Quilting

I've been working on a couple of projects recently that have been tough on the emotions. The photos below are for a group project in my guild. We're making a guild banner that incorporates a center panel that was made in the very early years of our guild (first meeting was in 1998) by one of our founders (MJ). MJ was a very inspiring woman and our guild felt a great loss when she passed away last August. It will be a wonderful tribute to her when the banner is finished. Eventually, I'll post photos when it's complete, so stay tuned.