Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hot off the press

Just in the nick of time, to end the year on a quilty note, I sewed up this table topper:

It's a pattern by Julie Herman of Jaybird quilts and it is called "Rock Candy".

Being a small table topper, it worked up fairly quickly and was ready for quilting in no time;

I loved working with this tropical color palette on some of the dark, gray days we have had lately, and it was nice to work on something that didn't have a Christmas deadline.   I'll definitely be making another one of these.  Look, I even got it quilted and bound!

Today I am linking up to Freemotion by the River's linky Tuesday:

Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Dual purpose

Quilters are pretty clever at seeing the quilting possibilites in all kinds of items from non-quilty sources, like the hardware store, the stationary store or the grocer, but sometimes the reverse is true, and our quilt items become used for other purposes.  (But never, ever, ever our scissors!)

Anyhow, here is how my cutting table is supposed to look:

And here is how it looked on Christmas Eve:

Yes, many a gift was wrapped by many a family member at my cutting table.  :-)

Speaking of gifts, my husband gave me a very thoughtful one this year.  He went to three different quilt shops in the area, and bought me a gift card at each one.  Then he wrapped them up together and gifted me with my own little shop hop.  I'm so proud of him for even knowing what a shop hop is!  He's a keeper!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Basting. It's not just for turkeys.

I spent yesterday afternoon getting my memory quilt ready for quilting.  I want to have this ready to give to my mother-in-law at Christmas so I need to get cracking.

I set a goal in November to try and blog daily, and I was doing fairly well until the middle of the month when my mother was unexpectedly admitted to the hospital.  Naturally, crafting and blogging were put on the back burner for a while.  Thankfully, she is doing better now and is back at home, recuperating.  We managed to have a nice, if very low key, Thanksgiving, and this weekend I had a little time to get back to quilting.
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