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!!