Thursday, January 4, 2018

Two December finishes and looking ahead

Happy New Year fellow quilters...

December brought this finish - scrappy improv log cabin.

Oh, I loved working on this quilt.  Scrappy and for a dear friend.  We've known each other 18 years, we raised our kids together, their family took Molly our Standard Poodle when we lived in Japan and loved her as their own.  The list goes on.  But when Tona's Mom (a fellow quilter) gifted me some scraps (lots, and mostly from family clothing), I knew a quilt for Tona was in order.

It was her birthday in December so that became my deadline and I snapped this picture with daylight left, but before I could tack down the binding.

I was super happy with the casual machine quilting.... all free motion and so fun to do.  If you are NOT a perfectionist (and I'm not), machine quilting on a home machine is so fun and gratifying... and it helps get our quilts DONE!

Next came Christmas and a house full of kids including soon to be new son in law Keenan (with the long curly hair matching Noelle's long curly hair:).

Kaela was racing to finish up a T-shirt quilt for her hubby Joe.  He was a swimmer in college - lots of great t's - and his college colors worked nicely with the aqua background.

Kaela did a beautiful job and I provided a little help and lots of moral support ;).  T-shirt quilts are tough!  We backed it with minky and used high loft polyester batting, "comfortable" (comforter) style.

We even enlisted Tommy to help tie (with variegated sashiko thread)

A little slice of heaven working together on a quilt related project, around the dining room table...

Self binding, and done in time to clear off the table for an evening of games.

Looking ahead to the new year... I plan to carve out two days a week for quilting.  I'll let you know how that goes;).  Lots of the usual finishing up projects (I have at least four to finish)... and probably Barbara Brackman's new block of the month, Antebellum Album.  Barbara's blog is so fun to read and if you like history, you will love it.  She has a great sense of humor too.

And, always sashiko!  I will be teaching a beginner sashiko sampler class at Cobblestone Quilts at the end of January - can't wait!!



  1. Clothing quilts are fun. I love what you made.
    Great shot of the "family". They appear to be a happy bunch.
    How cool that you got the guys involved in finishing the quilt.
    Looks like a good Christmas.

  2. Happy New Year! What a lovely log cabin quilt for your friend. Two days a week quilting how good that would be.

  3. Those are great finishes. I think a t-shirt quilt would be difficult but I'll bet I have enough scout shirts to make one per month.

  4. I love, love, love that improv Log Cabin! The setting is perfect. What a wonderful gift. Your family is lovely and it looks like you all enjoyed Christmas in your new home. Good luck with saving two days a week for quilting!

  5. I really like your take on the scrappy improv log cabin - modern and traditional at the same time - right up my alley! I'm going to tuck that idea away for "sometime". What fun to have a family quilt project wrap up!

  6. What a lovely Log Cabin quilt for your friend! Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family :)

  7. The scrappy improv log cabin is delightful and I'm sure your friend absolutely adored it. What a wonderful family time with everyone helping out with the tying of he quilt. T shirt quilts are not easy, but this one looks great!


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