17 November 2017

An Early Christmas Gift

I seem to be drawn to quilt-alongs lately.
I found this Merry and Bright wallhanging on Sunday...
and started it on Monday.

I didn't take the time to think about how many
little pieces are in it.  Or that a large portion was paper-piecing.
(Note to self:  take the time!)
But sometimes we all need some "hole up in the sewing room" time
and that's exactly what I did, emerging last night with a completed
early Christmas gift that is already on its way to it's new home.

One down.

12 November 2017

"Apple Orchard" Top Completed--by Grandma

My last block is complete!

I have to admit that in keeping this a scrap- and stash-busting
project, the beauty of this quilt rather surprised me.  

These are just phone pics--one at night, one on a cloudy day--
so, sadly, neither image really does it justice.

"Apple Orchard"

But it really does look more striking in real life.  I can't wait to see how
well the apple pantograph I bought just for quilting this works out.
And, even more, I can't wait to gift it away.

But first on the quilting machine is another gift, October Winds.
After several rows of happy leaf quilting, I ran into tension issues again,
though not near as bad this time.  I think I have them fixed already
but other, more important things came up so it has sat unfinished
for a bit but I am looking forward to finishing it tomorrow.
Not much longer and both will be able to go right under the
Christmas tree when we put it up in a couple weeks.

I did decide to go ahead with hand-sewing the binding on the baby quilt;
my husband was in New Zealand for work so it was looking very likely
I'd be driving myself up to Kansas City to see our new grandson arrive.
No "road trip sewing" for me.

As everything turned out, hubs was able to switch the last leg
of his flight home to KC and, just hours later, we were both able
to be present for the big moment.

Forty-six years old, 25 years of marriage, four kids
and so many memorable life events, and just like that,
suddenly there I was, at 1 o'clock in the morning, a grandma.

A sewing, quilting, knitting, baking, cooking, canning, gardening grandma.
I think I got this.

04 November 2017

Quilt Top Complete: October Winds

It's late (actually, it's now very early!) but I wanted to post
my latest quilt top completion. Even better?  It's already
 loaded on the frame, ready to go.
(I'm getting quicker at that loading process!)

Perfect fall fabrics for what I think resemble
tumbling leaves all around the pumpkin patch.
I used this HST layout and directions from the Moda Bake Shop
for the quilt but with a different applique center.

"Maple Island" by Holly Taylor

I try to make at least one fall quilt every year; this project
went together so quickly I can't decide if I should try to
squeeze in another or move on to Christmas gifts.
Even though this has a fall theme, I'm still giving it as a Christmas
gift (the recipient loves decorating for fall).  I just need the November
block for my BOM to move on to completing that gift.  And then one
more (ahem) for which I still need to choose a design.
I say "ahem" because there are too many days between now and
Christmas for me to not decide on making more quilts for gifts.
But, stranger things have happened so we'll see...

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