Monday, October 26, 2009

Quilt for my sister - #2

Another started 15 years ago...
She had about 1/2 of the center done. I decided on the borders and the backing. Again, as with my last quilt for my sister, I only bought the backing and the binding.
Overall, it's another project I'm pleased with.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Quilt for my sister - #1

Last week was a very busy quilt week! I managed to finish two twin quilts and a crib quilt.

Here's one of three:

Over a year ago my sister found two started quilts in my parents basement. She had started the blocks in college, put them in a bag, and left them in our parents basement for quite a few years. I offered to finish them for her.

Doesn't she do lovely work? She's much better with the fussy bits than I am.

I planned the placement, put it together and quilted it.

The only fabric I bought for this was the pink backing and green binding. Otherwise all the fabric was in the bag. I tried doing a two sided quilt - though the back side is pretty simple, I really like the effect of being able to turn it over.

Also, something else I discovered:

Rather than quilting with the top of the quilt up, I quilted with the bottom. I was using cream thread that nearly disappeared into the top - since I was just stippling it, I found myself running it together more than I wanted. By flipping it over, I could see what I was doing.

Monday, October 12, 2009

4th Grade Musical Costumes

Have been busy putting together costumes for my 4th grader's musical on Tuesday. I'm hoping to get a picture of all of them together. So far they include a Confederate soldier, Yankee soldier, two Indians, two shields for soldiers, and two prairie style skirts. That will learn me to offer my sewing services! Fortunately, the majority of the fabric came from my stash.

Also, I'm terribly excited to be going to the Sewing and Quilt Expo next weekend! I'm taking a class: Secrets of the Double Wedding Ring.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall Festival

Pulled this one out of the stash... I'd started it several months ago, but once I got to the quilting, I ran out of steam. It took about an hour more of quilting, and then putting the binding on. Really, I need to be better about finishing projects!

Donated it to the school's fall festival fundraiser. It went in one of the Kindergarten baskets. The squares are 9" finished.

Just so happens the school colors are blue and silver.

Really, I do miss Mondays

I miss Mondays. Sounds funny, doesn't it? But I do. Last year, throughout the school year, every Monday my friend Kathy and I would get together and sew. More specifically - we'd make quilts. And we'd talk.

After our move from MN to Kansas City, I wondered the best way to stay in contact. We talk and text fairly regularly on the phone. Usually Monday, the conversation starts with, "Do you know where your sewing machine is?" I thought this might be a fun way to supplement our phone and text conversations. After all, isn't part of the fun sharing the finished product?