Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ballerina Quilt

I finished the quilt for my hairdresser who had a baby girl.  I showed the fabric that I used a couple of posts ago.  My mom gets her hair cut by her too and wanted to make a quilt for her but wasn’t able to because of her back so I made it for her.  She has been so wonderful going to my mom’s house to cut her hair when normally people come to her.  My mom (and I) really appreciate her generosity.   


I used a pattern called The Big EZ which makes a pretty big quilt.  It was the perfect pattern for the fabric I wanted to use but too big for a baby quilt.  So I did the math and made everything smaller.  It worked out great!


I quilted it with an all over stipple.


She also has twin girls who are so excited about their new baby sister so I made them each a pillowcase that match the baby’s quilt.  I used this method to make the pillowcases as well as French seams to finish everything off.


My mom and I invited them over to my mom’s house to give them the gifts.  They loved them!  My mom’s surgery for her back is on Monday.  I am nervous but hopeful that this surgery will allow her to be active again. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Back in the Groove

It’s been a month since the kids went back to school and I am getting back into the groove of having more time to sew.  It’s funny how a little time sewing  tends to make it look like a tornado went through my studio.  I guess I am a messy crafter.  It doesn’t help that I don’t have everything organized yet.  Since everything doesn’t have a place things tend to migrate around the room.   



My new thread catcher thanks to Ginny.  Great for throwing my HST trimmings. 


It is ridiculous how much time I spend looking for a tape measure.  Especially since I have bought so many that I should own enough of them to find them popping up all over.  There must be a tape measure gnome, kind of like the sock gnome.



I’ve been making these cute boats.  I can’t stop.  They are just too cute!



I joined Anita’s Random Sampler QAL and made these basket blocks.  I love the idea of making a sampler quilt with all different sized blocks and really no plan.  So we are just making blocks of all different sizes and at some point we will figure out how to fit them all together.  I am just picking fabric with each block.  No plan.  Love it!  We are just getting started so please come join us!



Another project I am working on is with my 14 year old daughter.  She is in a group at church called Young Women for girls 12-18 years old.  They have a program called Personal Progress that they do year round.  It is basically setting goals and bettering themselves.  They do a 10 hour project each year and this year my daughter’s project is to help me organize my scraps and get them cut into useable sizes like Bonnie’s Scrap Users System so we can make more charity quilts for Charity Quilts For My Birthday.  I thought it would be fun to complete the project with a quilt that she and I make for charity using the scraps she and I prepared.  So we are making a scrappy jewel box quilt.   The deadline to present her project is right around the corner so we are working feverishly to finish the quilt in time.


I’ll leave you with a picture of some fabric I pulled from my stash to make an Autumn quilt.  I’ve been cutting 4 1/2” squares of these fabrics to make a patchwork quilt because I want to try this quilting pattern.


What are you working on right now?  I would love to hear about it.

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