At last I've finished the Sunbonnet Sue quilt. Today I sewed on the binding, washed and dried it and it looks great. I'm donating it and the one from last week to our church auction to raise money to send some kids to church camp.
I was able to move on to piecing a couple of the blocks I cut out a few days ago.
I'm almost finished quilting the white blocks on the Sunbonnet Sue quilt then I can get moving on the red ones. I'm anxious to finish so I can start piecing the nine Double X #4 blocks I cut out last night. I hate to put aside a quilt in progress because they're so difficult to get back to.
Bailey had his haircut last week after spending the winter shaggy. He's so much more handsome and easier to maintain with the shorter cut.
Having taken such a long break from blogging, I'm finding just how much I've forgotten. Starting with my camera and how to upload photos using WiFi to my iPad. I had to pull out the manual....gasp! I'm not sure that the photos will be any better than from my phone. It's still a work in progress.
I've started quilting the Sunbonnet Sue quilt. Here are the first two blocks:
I'm also testing out some different blogging and photo editing programs. I don't know that the editing program is to blame but the photos are darker and less clear after they're posted. Stay tuned. I'm blogging from my iPad. If anyone has any tips, I'd love to hear them.
I can't believe I haven't blogged since September but then again I haven't done much quilting either. I guess I was just plain burned out. But I've just finished an adorable quilt. I'm planning to use it as inspiration for a queen size quilt for my bed.
As some of you know, I moved into a two-bedroom apartment a year ago so that I'd have a dedicated sewing space. Recently, I've made a little change. I added a twin bed for when the grandchildren come to visit. They tell me it's much better than the cots I've set up in the past. They'd rather sleep on the floor than those things.
Don't let the bed fool you. It's usually cluttered with sewing stuff. I'm still able to leave my sewing machine set up but I've been using the kitchen table to do my cutting. It works fine. I'll be putting it all away next week because my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter is coming for her first overnight. It'll be much safer all the way around.
Well I hope I haven't shocked you too much with a blog post after so long. I find I'm much more inspired to sew when I'm blogging about it. So let's see if I can do a little of both.
I leave for Kansas tomorrow morning but I got caught up in two last minute projects to take with me. On Saturday, I started Halloween themed wall hangings for my mother and sister. I finished them on Sunday. However, here's the kicker. One is poorly done. There are so many things I'm not happy with. First, I rotary cut a number of pieced pieces at one time and they came out a little 'off'. Then I forgot to trim the dark threads before quilting. I didn't notice that they show through until the wall hanging was completed. I also realized that if I'd paid a little more attention to lining up the binding, it would have looked more polished. Needless to say, I don't feel good about giving it to my sister. I've decided to wait until after the visit to make something to match the decor of her new house.
It looks a little off kilter because it's hung up with a bent wire coat hanger using corner triangles. I need to buy some dowels to have on hand for this sort of thing.
I'm totally happy with the wallhanging for my mother. I used paper pieced and strip pieced blocks and added corner triangles for hanging. I didn't have enough fabric left to do a solid binding so I randomly pieced one. I like how it came out.
I sewed 5 out of 7 days last week and in keeping with this month's theme 'to learn something new each day', I learned more about quilting feathers. I practiced different feathers than I've done before and I also quilted cross-hatching for the first time. You can look back at my most recent posts to see the results. There were two days I didn't sew, mostly because I couldn't decide what to work on next.
I went down yesterday to visit Lily. Whenever I go, I always bring some kinda snack. It's so cute to have her check my 'Grandma Bag' to see what I've got. The last time I brought oranges so she was looking for oranges. This time I brought apples and cherry tomatoes. Here's what she chose:
Lately she does this 'cheese' smile. It doesn't do her justice so I told her not to smile and this is what I got:
Today, her mom posted this photo of her on Facebook. This is how I see her: