I took the last stitch in the binding of this little gift quilt last night. I still need to get it in the mail but I think it can still be called an early Dec gift.
What a fun little project this was. The pattern is called A Delightful Pairing by Kim Diehl in the Dec issue of AP&Q. I haven't got the next issue yet so I think I got it made in under a month -must be a record for me :0)
It warmed up to -16 degrees Celsius today ( in Fahrenheit that's 3 degrees) and the sun came out so I thought I would pop outside for a couple quick pictures. They were quick!
I love the texture of hand applique once its been quilted around by hand. I'm so glad the sun came out today. We've had blizzard conditions the last couple days. Somehow the cold is more tolerable when the sun is shining.
Now I just need to get the rest of my Christmas sewing done... :0)
I always find it difficult to resist the Temecula Quilt Co sew alongs. I did not plan to sew along with their Countdown to Christmas but after resisting for weeks these cute little stars got me.
I knew they finished at 2 inches but I didn't really grasp how small they would be.
It was when Sheryl posted the center block that I caved. Her block looked so pretty posed on her wooden tray. She takes such great pictures and uses props so creatively.
So I made the center block. I don't think I will commit to making the whole quilt but I am looking forward to sewing a few more of these cute little stars. I was wanting another little quilt to use for Christmas decorating anyway... :0)
I am always very excited to add another completed panel to my growing Susan McCord vine quilt. I finished panel #8 of 13 yesterday and today I added it to the others.
My son walked by and said "Oh, you finished it!" I had to correct him but I'm encouraged that it is far enough along to look finished to someone :0)
I couldn't think of any creative new ways to photograph it. I will have to work on that because it will soon be too big for any of my available floor spaces.
I will be prepping and starting panel #9 right away so I have lots of portable sewing for Christmas time. I do think about embroidering on my Bird of Paradise blocks but so far no floss has made contact with fabric...
I thought I would share with you the progress on my handquilting project. I have 5 blocks quilted and 5 sashing sections as well. There are 25 blocks in the quilt as well as a wide border so I'll be at this for awhile yet :0)
Then there's this new project I started yesterday. This one I can blame entirely on a friend! We were browsing the LQS a few weeks ago and she picked up this pattern and suggested we should make it together.
I've been wanting to make a quilt with round blocks for a long time but felt unsure of whether my sewing skills were up to it. My friend is unafraid of the challenge these blocks present so together we will work on them.
As much as I liked the quilt on the pattern - I would need an entirely new stash to make anything like it so I dug out all my Minick and Simpson fabrics and will use those instead.
You can see how different her quilt will be. We made these together last night. I picked the easiest block to start :0)
DH and I had a weekend trip to LA planned for this past weekend. As it turned out Friday was not a good day to fly into LAX. With a detour to San Diego and a bus ride up to LA we made it just in time for the basketball game that evening for which the trip was planned. I could not believe the weather. It was like a beautiful summer day. We saw these beautiful roses as we cycled by the beach. At home it snowed- nearly a foot.
It was good to enjoy the warmth before heading home to boots and winter coats.
The new issue of American Patchwork and Quilting arrived in the mail the other day. I flipped it open to this project by Kim Diehl and without even looking at the rest of the magazine I went down to pull fabrics from my stash to make it.
This is one quarter of the applique done. It should be a quick project. A gift for Christmas. (if I get it done)
The directions are for machine applique but I chose what I find more relaxing - to applique by hand. I did try one new thing :0) I basted the straight stems on by machine. It worked well - I would do it again. I should try new things more often...
I even fussy cut a little birdie for one of the stars :0)
I did very simple machine quilting. The more hand quilting I do the less I like my machine quilting!! Oh well, I can't hand quilt everything and this quilt will get used hard in its spot on the coffee table.
I love the intense fall colors of this little quilt. As you can see we don't have a lot left outside anymore...
It almost completely covers the top of the table, the worn spots are well hidden and the drawers on the front are easily accessible. Done!
I am a busy mom with 4 kids. My youngest is 5 and the oldest is 14. I love to quilt so when I am not parenting, cleaning, cooking... I am quilting. I like both sewing by hand and with my machine. I make mostly traditional style quilts.