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Monday, April 20, 2015
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
Monday, March 16, 2015
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
Monday, February 23, 2015
I have to tell myself that...spring is coming...it 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
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
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.