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.


Rebecca in AK said...

How fun making a quilt together for your friend! I love the batiks and the cats are perfect! Cheryl will love it!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Glad your back!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

How blessed you are to have a quilty friend ... that's a perfect fabric for the 4 border corners! I'm sure Cheryl will love it!

Design Originals by KC said...

Donna I LOVE this flimsy.. and I love the gifted fabric for the cornerstones.. love it when you can see the plan of God like that! how cool.. your friend will be mega excited and use it a lot I bet.. maybe even getting you a shot of her with her black cats snuggling it :) Thanks for sharing! I saw jenny in the spring here... it was inspirational for me too! Kathi

Valerie Reynolds said...

I too love the black cats against the colorful background! Looks like they are playing on it! Glad you took the time you needed to rejuvenate....but also good to see ya back! SMILES

Carrie P. said...

I am sure Cheryl will love it.

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh you know how much I love that quilt!!! Yes, that is the perfect fabric for the cornerstones :) Assembly Day was fun, but really hot! Of course, Jenny Doan was well worth it!!! I'm taking a mini-break too since Sara has been here. Have not been reading my blogs except when I can find the time (which is not often!) and only blogging when I find time at night to put one together. I think we need to take a break from the norm every now and again to re-energize!

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