The days seem to fly by! It’s been a busy Month of quilting and piecing in between Liam’s school and day to day responsibilities.
This quilt back took a little more time to piece than most as it had a larger motif and called out to be matched. I enjoyed the challenge and feel it was well worth the effort. The quilt is on the frame is close to being completed. More on that soon.
The pineapple blocks have been so much fun! I have a plan for them and a pattern on its way that I am looking forward to jumping into. I will make my sisterhood blocks first and send them on their way!! The papers are printed and ready to start.
Maybe some sewing room tidying is in order as well! I often joke that I am a bit like Jillian Jiggs a story that I used to read to my girls…she would start cleaning her room only to find something else to play with!!….Oh also the fabric to finish my blockheads 3 is on its way, along with some other goodies. Life is so good!
How sweet is this customers quilt. She used a Dick and Jane panel along with fabric purchased and saved from a trip to Prince Edward Island.
It will be for a grandchild and I am sure will be cherished.
This quilt arrived with the backing pieced and the exact size of the top. Thankfully my customer also provided more fabric and I was able to expand the backing. In this case I added a strip of the gingham fabric by cutting the existing back 1/3 rd if the way top to bottom and also added borders to the top and bottom.
Liam joined me in my studio yesterday afternoon and we decided that it was time to use up the fabric left over from his baby quilt.
It was announced that the schools won’t open again until April 19 so we decided to start a new project.
Our project started out when he found the stuffed puppy below and wondered why I had it. It will be part of a donation for Christmas Cheer through the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild called Teddy Bear Quilts.
Thankfully I still had a good stash of the Max and Whiskers fabrics along with other coordinating fabric. Liam mastered ironing. We worked on using the rotary cutter but both agreed that this time Grandma would finish the cutting.
And made a practice piece…machine set to turtle mode as he tried out the hare and it was a little too fast!
By the time we were finished for the day he was already talking about his next quilt!
Today will be an at home all day kind of day. The last two days involved helping family with appointments along with my grandson and school. I read this morning that the schools will not open next week. That’s life these days…I am very thankful that I am able to be there for family when they need me.
I will soon have more customer quilts to show. The sunshine quilt is finished, as I bound that one by hand for my customer.
My friend Betty gifts a lot of her scraps to me which bring me back to my childhood sewing and the excitement of a bag of scrap fabric to create with. So with a recent large assortment given to me on top of what a I already have and a new to me creative grids pineapple ruler…it started with making a block for my blockheads quilt.
The ruler is fun at least for me to use. So over the weekend I let myself play…
It seems in my life anyways…every day is a quilt day! If I am not actually quilting …a customer quilt or working on one of my own I am thinking about quilting often.
36 years or so worth of quilting and a lifetime of sewing as I can’t remember not sewing even if it was just playing with Moms notions stash or her machine oh I loved readjusting those settings. I suppose that she had me to thank when her Kenmore just was never working right and she then upgraded to her much loved Pfaff!
My Longarm not only brings me joy but enables me to bring joy to those who for the most part just want to piece quilt tops.
I also finish vintage tops! Carefully sewing fabrics of days gone by into backings and finished off with the final stitches of bindings.
I have often found patterns and ideas online and just have to make it, sometimes just because I know how I would like to quilt them.
Quilts like this one that I just couldn’t get off of my mind so it found it’s way to my design wall and later the Longarm.
And of course my wonderful customers that just let me do my thing with their tops!
Oh and of course there are friends that share their scraps instead of tossing them that cause me to play with more ideas! If you have ever read the book Jillian Jigs you can imagine what that play does to my sewing room!!
My Grandson Liam is 9 years old and has been spending his weekdays with me due to schools being closed and the students doing virtual classes.
He emerged from the office and asked if we had a pencil sharpener so I took him down to our utility room where we have ours… I asked him if he had one like it in his classroom at school. He said no, so I asked if he knew how to use it…Yes Grandma, I saw one on a YouTube about the Olden Days!
I guess that says something. However, that sharpener is one of my often used quilting tools not only for pencils but I also sharpen school chalk (white) for when I need to mark quilts for longarming.
White chalk is another great tool as it is simple to remove by using my compressor when the marks are no longer used. It leaves no residue.