02 April 2018

Grandmother's Orchard Finish

Happy Easter!
Kansas is welcoming April in with freezing temps--
NOT my idea of a well-played April Fool's joke.
The only positive thing I see about this unseasonable cold is that it's
good quilting weather so that is exactly what I plan on doing this week.

But first I have my latest finished quilt to share.

Because I had no one in mind for this quilt,
I left it on hold till I found a matching
backing fabric at a reasonable price.

That happy day recently occurred so onto  the frame it
went, fast and furious quilting commenced and,
finally,  Grandmother's Orchard (began last summer)
is complete and ready for gifting.

As I write this, I can't remember the exact size but it's something
like 58x68 which is really too big for a baby quilt but I am planning
on gifting it next month at the arrival of a baby girl.
 I always appreciated a bigger quilt for babies crawl around on
so I am hoping these parents will too.  I also like that it could be
used later on the toddler bed or even just to snuggle with.

On to other finishes!

I had my sister bring her latest quilt top when she visited recently
so she could try her hand at the quilting machine.
After watching me for a while, she also quilted a few rows
here and there so that by the end of the day, off rolled
yet another finish from the frame.

And that means I get to begin a new project.
Criteria:  scrappy, traditional, moderately fast
Purpose:  charity auction

For this next quilt I'm using a basic Ohio star and using up scraps.
Happily, I have now moved out the last remains of quite a few pieces
that have been hanging out in my stash for many years.
Too many.
The background fabric is a more recent purchase
and my only option from my large-amount stash.
But my rule is scrappy and that gold color--
that is not so apparent in the pic--should work
well enough for the look I'm after.

Before all that cutting, I took a little quilt-break to
sew up four little zipper pouches.

I attached elastic straps that would slide onto the cover of a book.
I needed a pouch to hold the pens I use for my personal planner
and journal; I also made two for my daughters and one for a sister.

Though I've had very little time for sewing at all these last few weeks
the one ahead is looking pretty open (knock on wood) so
just maybe I can get all 42 of those quick Ohio Star blocks done.
After that I need to get starting on some graduation gifts!


Debbie said...

The Orchard quilt looks so wonderful....with a strong vintage feel. Looks like you have made progress with the LA. So glad for the success:)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great quilt. My son and DIL are loving the larger quilt I made for my granddaughter, since they lay it on the floor, and let her on it. Better than the carpet. Your sister's quilt top it great too. I just got some bike fabric, for my DIL's mother. She loves anything to do with bikes. Since I know you pray, I have a prayer request for you. Please pray for my great nephew.

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