Idle Hands? I don't think so!
Hi, everyone! As usual, it's been a while since my last post. But that's because I've been quilting!
I've got three finishes (two were minis), a lap quilt sandwiched and ready for quilting, the fireplace quilt laid out, and a sewing project cut and ready to stitch.
This mini-quilt (just about 14" square) was so much fun to make! It was inspired by Carole at My Carolina Home (p.s., she also has some great recipes). The fabric all came from my stash: baby quilt, wedding quilt, Civil War block swap, you name it. It was so fast and easy, I made another one for my daughter (that counts as two finishes, right?) Now I'm hooked on these little quilts -- I plan to make one for every season.
My New Year's ResolutionIt's been many years since I embarked on the fireplace quilt. I'd enthusiastically cut hundreds of pieces, including the squares that would become half-square triangles (HSTs). As soon as I started sewing the HSTs, I realized that I hadn't made the squares larger to yield HSTs the same size as the full squares. ARRGH! I was so disappointed that I just threw everything in a bin and didn't look at it for a long time. I finally decided just to use the HSTs and trim down the square units as I went along. Guess I'll need to add an extra border!
A few weeks ago I cleared off the double bed in my sewing room (my design wall is too small) and laid out all the pieces. It wasn't an easy task, but after several days everything was in place. Then I picked them up, row by row, and set them aside. My New Year's resolution for 2017 is to get this quilt finished before next Christmas. We'll see.
Waiting in the WingsLast summer I found some wonderful fat quarters at Delphine's, my favorite quilt shop in Gaylord, Michigan. I bought some yardage from the same fabric line, but didn't get any farther than that. Now everything's cut and ready to become placemats. Sorry that the colors didn't come out to well. The "yellow" in the fabrics on either end is really a bright "safety green."
The other side
The fabric seems to be very nice quality. And look at these registration dots -- 17 different colors on this one!!
How fun is this selvedge?!