Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer is Here!

Despite the cool weather outside, summer is finally here! Today is the first day of summer vacation and I am so glad to have my kids home. With end of school year activities, not much has been accomplished around here.

 I did sneak in some sewing time early in the week. My cute "helper" made it a bit challenging. I almost sewed her paw. We have only had her a week and she like people a LOT.

I decided to try my hand at free motion quilting. So far it isn't nearly as beautiful as when I send a quilt to the long arm quilter. But it is getting better as I go. I hear that the only way to learn it is to just do it and practice. The goal is for a finish next friday!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A finish!!

I have stalked "Friday finish" linky parties for some time now and have never joined in. It is time to join in the fun! Thanks for all your inspiration.

This week I finally finished up and shipped off my niece's graduation quilt. This is the first neice or nephew to graduate. I am so proud of her and excited for the new adventures she has ahead of her.

Three months ago I had an unfortunate fall that left me sitting around for many weeks. I quickly learned to drive my sewing machine with my left foot. 😉 What else was I supposed to do with my down time? So my sewing machine relocated to the living room (because down the hall to the sewing room was just way to far to hobble).

In my 8 weeks of down time I quickly put together four quilt tops and two backs. I also took lot of naps and pain killers. This one is the only one finished. I volunteered to make this neice her graduation quilt because I was just sitting around. I might as well be productive, right? I can only handle Netflix for a short time.

The top has MANY flying geese blocks. It felt like I would never make enough. Once those geese were done, the rest came together and I felt like I was finally making progress.

I sent it off to the quilter who quickly returned it so I had plenty of time to bind it. We chose a fabulous star quilting design that was so beautifully done! I couldn't believe how beautiful it turned out. I am a little sad I didn't get a close up photo of it.

I added the binding and we were ready to deliver it (she lives 4 hours away) when I got the phone call that she was super sick and we probably shouldn't come. Turns out she had pneumonia. I hurriedly shipped it off instead of waiting till we could make the trip. I am certainly glad I did!

The pattern for this quilt is from Modern One-Block Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Katheen Whiting

Linking to: Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts