I had Friday off last week and didn’t have big plans for the weekend so I got in some sewing time. I also got some time in over the week. I think I told you in another post that I had the neighbor kids here and was doing back up care.
I was back to my old schedule of pinning things together at naptime and then sewing what I had pinned in the evening after they left.
Then the next day I would pin again and the next evening sew together what I had pinned. It’s a slow process to work that way but, if there is a will to get a quilt top finished, there is a way…and this is the way I’m practicing.
By the end of the week, I had gotten this far. Oh my, I am loving this.
Saturday I didn’t get in much sewing time. I did errands and have been working on some LONG overdue house projects. Sewing and stitching haven’t been on the top of my list. I’ll tell you all about that in upcoming blog posts.
Sunday morning rolled around and I had Carver and Gannon here. Craig had to do chores at the farm and Kalissa had worked the overnight shift and needed to sleep. Grandma to the rescue.
While the boys were here I putzed on the two outer edge pieces. When I design a quilt, I often don’t plan super far ahead. At the last minute, I decided to do a cut-out on the edge of the quilt. I needed to make more pieces so I worked on that while the boys were here.
I decided to make corner pieces like this…
After that, I did some more cutting. Carver took my camera and took this picture of me.
Then I looked over and saw Gannon doing this…
He has a playdough dough cutter (think play pizza cutter), he was “cutting” fabric. Oh my…be still my heart.
I know many of you drop everything and give kids your undivided attention. I do that some…but often, I let them hang with me and get to know what I love and am doing. A relationship is a two-way street and I think it’s sad when we only work to know the kids but don’t help to get the kids to know us. Gannon and Carver live close and see me quilting all of the time. They talk to me about quilting. I love that. When they are old a gray themselves, they will always know I was a quilter. Seeing Gannon do this was so special to me!!
Craig came and took Carver to Sunday School then went and got omelets for us from the Fire Department to the south of us as they were having a benefit. I went and picked up Carver…then back to the house to enjoy omelets.
After that, I went upstairs and pieced the edge sashing then put it on the quilt. Here is my quilt all together as a top.
Kalissa says it’s one of her favorites. You might remember last week when I was trying to decide what to do when I realized I didn’t have enough of the pink blocks…then I decided to throw in some of all of the blocks I had left. In the end, I love that there are sorts of different blocks in it.
Here is my interesting outer border. I think it’s fun. I’m so glad I did that too.
Pardon the rocks on the edge holding it down. It was so windy.
Now the top is sitting and waiting to see what is happening next to it. I submitted this one for publication. I have no idea if they will take it or not. I kind of hope they do just for the simple fact that I know some of you will want a pattern for it…and I don’t want to write it. I hate pattern writing.
Besides getting that quilt into a top, I managed to get two quilts bound. The last time Sandra from the Cresco Ladies came, she sent four quilt tops that were finished except for the binding. I sent two off to a person who volunteered to do some binding and I bound the other two. I don’t mind binding a bit.
Here is the first quilt. It’s kind of fall-ish. The colors are so pretty.
I took a close-up picture as I know many of you might love seeing this block. It’s perfect for a charity quilt…or a quilt that you need to use up strips.
Here is the backing. Donna the longarmer from the Cresco Ladies group did some awesome leaves for the quilting motif.
It turned out to be such a great quilt.
The next one is another great quilt…This one is a disappearing nine patch.
The prints all coordinate nicely from reds to golds to greens with a great background print to compliment it all.
Here is the backing…
I tried to be a picture of the pretty swirl motif Donna used but the camera didn’t pick it up the best.
That was my quilting from this week. I have another busy week ahead along with a busy weekend so I don’t look for much sewing to be happening. We’ll see. Sometimes I’m surprised.