Tuesday, July 22, 2014

End of Summer Break

Have you ever just needed a break? That was me this month. I just needed to step away from projects and blogging for a few weeks. I still read other blogs and occasionally commented. I watched some YouTube quilting videos. But, there was no sewing or blogging going on. I did begin reading the "Outlander"
series by Diana Gabaldon. Just needed a change of pace.

On Saturday, the Tennessee Valley Quilter's Association had our annual Assembly Day. One day a year, all the 24 or so guilds in the association come together for a day. There were over 500 quilters assembled. This year's main speaker was Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Company. Oh, my, she is an awesome speaker! There is no way to see her presentation and not be inspired! Now, I am raring to go.

 A few months ago Sharon and I decided we wanted to make lap quilt for our non-quilter friend, Cheryl. We knew we wanted to make something colorful and cheery. She owns 2 black cats. So, I found the perfect pattern. This is what we came up with. 
I had some trouble getting a good photo because the wind was blowing. So, the cats at the bottom look smaller than they actually are. We each had a batik jelly roll, so I cut and Sharon sewed. Then, we cut out and fused the cats. We had reduced them by 25% because our blocks were not as large as called for. Sharon machine appliqued around each cat with decorative stitches and different, colorful threads. That was mostly because the black Kona easily ravels.
Yesterday I went to Sharon's for what she calls "stitching and bitching." She had started on the piano key border, but couldn't decide on the corners. That's when I remembered a small piece of fabric sent to me by a fellow blogger (sorry, don't recall who). I brought the quilt top home with me. I finished and attached the piano key border. I had just enough of that gifted fabric to cut into the 4 cornerstones. Not a smidgen left. Here is one of the corner stones. Isn't that the perfect print?
In the next few days, I will get this quilted and labeled. Sharon will put on the binding. We plan to give it to Cheryl on Thursday of next week.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Where Did June Go?

Wow! June went by so quickly! As someone at my guilt said, " You just wake up and it's a new month." But, though the month of June seemed to whiz by, I actually finished 2 quilts. That's quite an accomplishment for me. I sometimes feel like the queen of unfinished quilts. UFO's galore!
My first finish of the month was this queen-sized quilt for my son. He loves the blues, browns, and tans in this quilt. That was what I did not like about the quilt. Different strokes for different folks as they say.
Excuse the fold wrinkles. I had taken it to show at my guild.
 Then, on the last day of June, I finished stitching the binding on the semi-quilt-as-you go scrappy herringbone quilt. Every fabric in this quilt came from my stash or my friend Sharon's stash. She provided the batting strips. Last year someone donated a lot of fabric to my guild and we had a special sale. I bought the backing for about $2-$3.
The binding looks crooked in this photo. Trust me, it a fault of my photo taking abilities rather than my quilting ability. LOL
The herringbone quilt is the perfect size for a sofa quilt. It's plenty long enough. I had planned to keep this one for myself. My other nap-sized quilt is a little short. But, my granddaughter #1 (age 20) claimed it before it was finished. I took it to her yesterday when she had surgery for a kidney problem. She is doing great and will go home today. She loves that quilt!

I am going to use the fabric my sister gifted me with last week to make a special quilt for myself.