Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Joy has returned!!!

Most recently she is doing some FMQ on this free quilt.  The fabrics are from sheets and receiving blankets belonging to a Lovely Little too big for his crib.  The batting is an old cotton thermal blanket past its prime.  Okay, so the binding I bought making the quilt cost a whole $9.50 or there abouts!  I am about 3/4 of the way through quilting.  Then I will add it to the needing bound stack!

This is the scrappy little table quilty that Joy started to cough on.  Quilting is finished.

Binding is ready to be sewn on.

Here is a little bit of fun.  These are a pattern I am working on.  (Paganelli and Purple bliss...sigh)  Really just deciding if the world needs another grocery sack pattern.  What do you think?

A parting shot just to give some size perspective.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

The Story Behind the Quilt

This quilt started out because the blue and the green Katie Jump Rope liked each other so much.  But then I started an orange quilt, and had these wonderful orange scraps.  (By the way, the orange quilt still isn't finished.  Can I get an "Amen"!)  I had ordered some Sandi Henderson Meadowsweet because...  And then on day, it all came together in my mind.

When I looked at this fabric together while quilting my mind kept wandering back to Grandmas and Grandpas.  I grew up with all of them with me until I was in sixth grade.  I have great memories.  When may maternal grandparents went to Florida, they brought me back Orange Blossom Perfume.  I can still smell it!  When my paternal grandparents moved to Florida, I got a small bottle every time I visited them.

So this quilt is "Orange Blossom Perfume"  in loving memory of the sweet times I had with all my grandparents.

Quilted with a feather stitch, I love how the soft orange thread looks on the blue KJR!

Since the original pictures were a bit washed out from the bright light and the snow, I took a couple to day.

It has been one of the very few non-rainy days since the snow melted!

I just can't tell you how soft KJR is.

Here is its summer resting place.  It is ready for a chilly moment, or maybe just there if I need to remember Grandma's hugs.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Just keeping busy.

I have been cutting.  This fabric is going to be a quilt for my Mother-in-Law for Christmas.

Look closely at my sewing desk.  Something is missing.  Joy.  Apparently I wore her out and she will be moving on to week three of her vacation as of tomorrow.  I miss the feel of fabric in my hands.  So I have been finding ways to accoplish SOMETHING in my little sewing area.

So, I also organized the unfinished projects.  Most of these will go on to other homes, so finishing them will get rid of some visual noise.

Secret Table quilt.  Just needs the binding.

Quilt for my end table to protect it from glass rings.  My family, apparently, is morally opposed to coasters.
This is what I was practicing FMQ on when Joy started skipping up to four stitches at a time.

Grocery/Tote bags using my own way of putting them together.  (Been toying with the idea of my own pattern.)  Joy continued to be able to piece, only coughing on batting, so these are half done.

Then Joy's pedal died.  So this wall quilt still needs hanging loops and binding.

This is what I was practicing FMQ to warm up to.  Dee drew the greatest design for me, so my skills need to live up to the importance of the piece.  (The embroidery was my grandma,s.)

Need to make two purses.  One for my Sister-In-Law (for Mother's Day...sigh) and one for a friend's birthday (March 15th...double sigh).

Oh, and since there have been several days in the eighties already, I should be getting these made into summer jammies.


Oh, and this is still in pins.  If I could just get these things done, my sewing area would be much neater.  Assuming, of course, that I don't think up more projects....oooopps!!!!  Too late!!!  ;0)