the back of a second wildlife quilt I completed for my 90 year old customer, shes sooooo good!
an attempt to capture the whole quilt over the railing
freehand swirls detail
I nearly ran out of batting!
and a charity quilt that I have a top nearly finished, and all the fabrics were on clearance! I need to get it finished by the end of the month, this was so easy to piece, I based it all on 3 1/2 inch strips and BAM it’s nearly done! I am going to add at least one border, maybe two of the main dominate fabrics.
Ok, so I have been stressing out over my day job. Future for many including me is being questioned, you know that word …. downsizing…. but I am trying not to worry, this may drag out for weeks before we have answers.
So in the meantime, I am on a strict diet and exercise program. I have to get my labs, weight and such under better control. Sigh, so hard.
I quilt for so many reasons and one is for my health. The other reason is for therapy.
Can you relate?
This quilt is one of a pair for grandsons. My customer Helen is still making quilts in her 90′s, awesome! I quilted different stitches in each row, enlarge to see .
And here are a couple of detail pics. I have 4 quilts to do. I love it!!!
I borrowed this book from my friend Holly. She makes very liberated quits and they incorporate several curved pieces. I have been interested in this method since I saw her last quilt and she loaned me this book to learn the technique. I am going to read the chapters (shocking, I am bad about that!) and then do the lessons in order as directed by the author.
Here is the first lesson, and it turned out just like it was supposed to. I was surprised because it was so easy.
OK, I have not been blogging much over the past few weeks. What’s up with that? I am not sure. It has been very, very cold. Subzero many mornings and that leads to me feeling a bit tired. I have had tons of secret sewing. I have also had stress at work with concerns about who may get hours reduced and the lay off word has been used. So I guess I have been a bit stressed about it. But, I have been optimistic with the increase in customer quilts and that life is good otherwise, here are a few positives.
The twin grand babies are healthy, growing and adorable, I hope to see them soon.
A trip to Scotland is happening and we are going to the Masters World Highland Games in the fall.
My son is home from college and we are having a nice visit.
My husband and I have had several very nice weekend trips in February.
I am very grateful for it all. Family, love, health and the rest will fall into place as it always does.
Geri is in college and made this cute little Hungry Caterpillar quilt for a new baby. I love this children’s story and the fabric is great. I quilted it in a stipple with a triangle leaf to represent what the caterpillar ate. Then on the larger panels added in some extra stuff. Here is the photo gallery:
It is free hand quilted and I use Superior Sew Fine thread. Well done Geri!!!
I spent the weekend in one of my favorite cities. It was a special anniversary weekend. I went to several fabric stores and dinner and hockey, and just plain relaxing. See instagram feed for all the romantic pics.
I found 20 fq for 22 dollars, when I wasn’t really looking. I was not in a so called quilt shop. I had a rare moment to buy and planned on paying full price. It got me to thinking why opposites work so well in my life….
Rest brings productivity
Busy often leads to nothingness
Travel makes home special
Getting out leads to creativity
Routine is good for daily activities but not EVERY day
Vacation days are sweet but too many leads to stress/boredom
Snow can bring me into a zen like state of thinking
Sun is so needed but can be as overpowering as snow
Love is beyond words but saying it is a sweet moment even at my age
A few simple things like a warmer day is happiness. Here are a few more happy moments from today:
First thing today was finishing a binding on this quilt.
Then I received some labels in the mail that I won from modern yardage, love! Put one on the quilt and mailed it to quiltmaker magazine, hope it gets in the magazines gallery!!
Then I quilted this customer quilt…ahhhhhh happy clouds and pinecones and leaves
Then i found this pic from 28 years ago….Saturday is our anniversary.
Its gonna be a great weekend!!!!
I love making 6 inch blocks. I recently finished a Civil War Dairy quilt. I have half of the Farmers Wife blocks made. I just printed these off from EQ because I like them. I am just gonna keep making more until I have more to put into a quilt.
I have been quilting on my long arm and my favorite stitch is what I call a double stipple.
I was sewing up baby wash cloths for the twin grand babies this weekend. I am such a quilter, as I was making the wash cloths, I realized I had decorative stitches that I could use on my old sewing machine. Ha, and they worked!! Never used them before, lol.