My son is due to get his wisdom teeth out soon, so he’ll be at home for at least a day to recover. What better time to give him the “I Spy” quilt I started for him when he was four years old! It’s made with alternating squares of novelty fabrics and hand-dyed fabrics (some I did myself, others I traded with friends, and still others were purchased).
My friend is helping with the finishing. She’s putting on a wider black border and she’s piecing the backing, then machine quilting it. I can’t wait to see what it looks like! Here’s a peek at it so far.
I know it’s a child’s quilt, and I know that my child is eighteen, but everyone who has looked at this top has been charmed by it (get it, charmed? I used charm squares. Oh, never mind). It’s just fun to look at, and hopefully it’ll provide him with some comfort as he recovers from his surgery.
September 13, 2015
The current project is centered around decluttering and “tidying” up the house. So far I’ve begun with shirts, but some other items have found their way into the garbage, recycling, and donation bins. I don’t really need four sets of outdoor drinking cups, and those cheap glass vases from the florist never get reused since I have some really beautiful old ones from my grandmother. The throw pillows that I bought to add color to the family room when I was selling the old place? Gone. My son’s outgrown sneakers? Trash. Ah… it feels good!
April 20, 2014
Yet another trip to the Home Depot today to pick up more flowers for the yard. It’s starting to look pretty nice. In fact we spent part of the afternoon outside, which doesn’t happen much. For some reason my sweetheart, who used to work outdoors, has become more of an inside guy. It was nice to spend some time in our upgraded yard. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
April 20, 2014
I feel like such a slacker on this page. My only real work in progress has been trying to sell my house, so I don’t have any fun craftsy things to show. That’s kind of a cop out though, since the last time I put ANYTHING on here was September. Gulp.
I thought about taking this page down, but it’s so colorful and pretty, I just couldn’t! I’m thinking maybe when we move the new house will be my project.
I think that sounds fair!
September 8, 2013
Then I headed over to Craftsy where I had a machine quilting class waiting for me. I bought it back in May, when the summer stretched out in front of me, full of possibilities. The nice thing about those classes is that they don’t go away, they just patiently sit and wait for you, even if it does take four months to begin them.
I was feeling quite brave after watching a section on free motion, and I decided to just get on with it. After all, I’m not a new quilter, and even if it doesn’t turn out stellar, this quilt is going to a sick child, who won’t care if my stitch length varies a bit. Here is what I’ve done so far.
September 7, 2013
Hooray! My little charity quilt top is finally finished. Now to baste, quilt, and bind. Oooh… that sounds like a lot when I take time to think about it. Off to look for an appropriate batting, crossing fingers that I have one in the house.
September 2, 2013
I ambled over to Sew BitterSweet Designs and found their wonderful Lovely Year of Finishes contest. Now I’m not planning on winning any contests (although it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if I did) but I think just entering will help keep me on track. I know I’m not the only quilter to have a stack of UFO’s taunting her. For September my goal is to finish the quilt pictured below. Totally finish. As in quilted, bound, labeled, and mailed! Wish me luck.
September 1, 2013
I’ve been pretty lazy about my sewing projects with the beginning of the school year. I’m working on a lovely charity quit for Quilts for Kids, a wonderful organization (I’m unable to link to them at the moment, but their website is quiltsforkids.org). They sent this gorgeous flannel kit for just $6 to cover the shipping. I need to get it done and shipped back so it can comfort a sick child. As you can see my workspace has been overtaken by STUFF. Today I organize! My cupboard looks pretty good though, and so do my threads. Still, I have to buckle down and get this quilt finished.
I love the bold colors.
At least parts of my space are organized.
Check back soon for progress. Hopefully there will be some to show you!
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