Friday, January 29, 2010

a new project

I do not need another new project but I just couldn't help it. I bought a Dresden plate ruler and I was just itching to try it out. I blame Kim Walus and her project on the Moda Bakeshop blog and KarenDianne for tempting me into this. :0)
It was very fun to see this come together so far. I wonder how big of a quilt this will grow into?
Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

doll quilt

Ta Da! I finished the doll quilt top.
It was a great new project for a new year! Thanks so much Lori for your excellent instructions. I'd like to quilt it by hand but there are so many seams and the pieces are small... so I'll put it off for a bit. I'm sure that will make the decision easier lol.
Now I must get back to my basket quilt. But I did just get a Dresden plate ruler that I haven't tried out yet... maybe I can do both :0)
Happy Quilting!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

a bit of this and that

DS finished his pj top this morning. He was so proud of himself. :0) It was so fun to sew with him. We were working on the shirt hem and he stopped sewing, looks at me and says "I love you Mommy". Does it get any better than that? I wonder if he will want to sew again? Here he is with his Power Ranger mask.
I've finished sewing the doll quilt 16 patches. All that is left now is to sew the top together. This has been such a fun little project to start off 2010.
I sit down with this 9 patch quilt nearly every evening to quilt a fan. It's about 1/2 finished now. I'm starting to get excited about quilting the borders. I will try feathers if I can figure out how to mark them.
And to my absolute delight - in my mailbox this morning was a package from Carrie P. full of wonderful quilty things.
She said she was going to send me a button. :0) For someone I've never met in person she really knows what I like. There is a magazine, the bird button (which I just love) a generous handful of vintage buttons, cute pink rick rack wrapped around a wooden spool and a pretty fat quarter. What a lovely surprise!! I'm feeling very spoiled.
Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

doll quilt blocks

I've had lots of fun sewing these little doll quilt blocks. They are from the doll quilt quilt-a-long on Lori's blog. I sewed them on my Featherweight - I don't know why I don't use it more. I can't wait for the next installment of instructions!
I didn't use cheddar - I opted for red. I hadn't made a red, white and blue quilt for awhile and I love that color combination.
All the blocks from part 1.
Now maybe I should get back to the basket quilt I started last year for my youngest - she turns 2 in less than 2 weeks and I want it to be ready for when she moves into a real bed.
Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 4, 2010

boys can sew!

Yesterday I taught my 5 year old son how to sew and it was marvelous! I've taught lots of kids to sew - I was a Home Ec teacher for a few years - and I taught my 2 older daughters. I just never expected to share sewing with my son. It was his idea and he liked it so much that today he finished his own pajama pants. He sure likes using the machine - the shirt is next! I don't know how long it will last but I'm loving it! :0)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 already!

I can hardly believe it's 2010 already. I think it will take me a couple months to get the zeros in the right place.
This little project I finished last night and just in time too. I gave it away this morning - a birthday gift for a friend. It's a journal cover for a little binder. Over the holidays we were away a lot so I made good progress handquilting on my 9 patch quilt. I was very pleased to receive some interesting quilt books for Christmas. These will fill my head with endless new project ideas. :0)
I also couldn't resist Lori's doll quilt quilt-a-long. I started my version yesterday and I hope to get the 1st 12 blocks finished soon. I also picked up a Dresden plate ruler that I'm eager to try out. A new year means new quilting projects right?? :0)
Happy Quilting!