Monthly Archives: February 2019

Grammy Time in Vermont

As I mentioned, I am going to be spending several weeks in Vermont.  My DIL is away for a 4 week seminar and I have the privilege of hanging out with H for a bit.  Of course, I had to plan for some sewing time. This girl is a good napper so I should have two hours in the afternoon to sew.  Luckily my DIL has a machine she loans me while I am here!

I brought supplies with me – most of which are duplicates so I plan to just leave them here. That way I know I will have the basics when I come to visit. (Thanks Wendy for the great idea!  Up to now, I have been carting them back and forth with each trip.) I think I may have been a bit over-zealous when planning projects but I wanted to have choices!

I plan to make this cute turtle for H.  I thought she would enjoy helping me stuff it when I get the body made.  The (free) pattern is by Purl Soho and can be found here.  I think the Denyse Schmidt print will be so cute for the shell and I have some Andover linen blend for the hands, feet, head and tail.  Wool felt will be used for the tummy.

I also brought a stack of blocks I made last year during the Squared Away BOM hosted by Mari (Academic Quilter). I started this but didn’t finish it.  I do have thirteen blocks though and Mari suggested I just alternate them with a neutral fabric to make a quilt.  I think this looks great!  I need to square the blocks and then will stitch the quilt top together.  It will need some borders but that can wait until I get home.

This pile of scraps is the leftovers from my Twisted quilt.  Some of them are already stitched together and need to be squared but many (MANY) of them need to be stitched and squared.  I am excited to get this done because I think it will be fun to use these somehow.  Maybe a baby quilt or a springy floral mini?  The majority of the fabrics are Kaffe Fassett and it will be fun to have these to play with.  First I need to get through the tedium of squaring them all up though.  Have to pay to play, right?

Other than Myrtle the Turtle, this is probably my top priority.  I posted this picture on Instagram two weeks ago.  My friend Susie lost her husband to lung cancer in September 2018.  She is ready to deal with his clothes now and asked if I would make a memory quilt.  Of course I am happy (honored actually) to do this for her.  I have cut the shirts into four inch squares.  Some of the shirts were kind of thin but she loved them and wanted to include them. I reinforced them with a very light weight interfacing and I think they will work fine.  We looked at patterns and she chose a simple patchwork. I am doing four patch blocks and sashing them with a neutral, low volume fabric in a creamy off-white. She also gave me two photos she had printed on fabric of the two of them. Those will be incorporated as well.  I am hoping to get the four patch blocks stitched up during the trip.

I know, this is sort of ridiculous but I have one more project.  A while ago, Sarah of Sarah Goer Quilts sent me these sweet fat quarters during a book share I hosted.  I love them and thought they might make a cute purse for H to have.   There is a tutorial here, created by Pat Bravo.  I think it will be perfect though I plan to reduce the size a bit.

What do you think?  How much of this will happen during nap time over the next three weeks?  It’s anybody’s guess!  But I look forward to sewing when not playing with H.  She is such a cutie pie and we have lots of plans.  There are tea parties to enjoy, the children’s museum to visit, and maybe a trip or two to the library. Such is life while visiting in Vermont!

VIntage Panel Finish

Happy Friday everyone!  It has been really busy here between the shop, the usual migraine nonsense and… wait for it…. getting ready to leave for Vermont!  I am going to be watching my grand daughter for three weeks.  Her mama has to go to Washington DC for a month long training session and asked if I would come and help out while my son is with H.  He commutes a fair bit to work and back which makes H’s daycare time much longer if he is on his own with her.  Between that and snow days and the usual illnesses she is always coming down with, it will be good to have another person there.  I am looking forward to it as much as my DIL is NOT looking forward to it.  You know?  I feel terrible for her to have to leave for so long.  She is a medical resident in Radiology at the University of Burlington and has known this was coming for the last several years but now that it is actually time to go, ugh! She is such a trooper and is trying to make the best of a lousy situation.

I have been cooking meals and freezing them so Ray and Julia don’t have to cook quite as much while I am gone.  They both have long days and it will be nice to have a few things they can just pull out of the freezer and heat up. Also, my friend Sophia has been coming over and learning to run my shop for me.  She is such a good friend and I am incredibly grateful she is able to do this for me.  She will cut orders and ship them for the next few weeks.  I have known her for a long while and we are both into quilting and sewing.  She will have everything under control while I am away!

I did play a bit in the sewing room this week, though not as much as I would have liked (is there ever enough hours in the day?). I had four custom orders, two are finished and the other two are prepped to be completed today.

Inspired by watching Marie Kondo on Netflix the other day, I thought I would clear out some old fabric that just wasn’t ‘sparking joy’ for me any longer and give it away.  But as soon as I sat down and started going through things, I found this panel I had picked up at a garage sale last fall.  That was the end of the Konmari cleaning effort!

I just love this panel.  I did several reverse image searches to try and find it on-line and see what line it was from.  One person on Facebook or Instagram (?) commented that she made pillow cases with it in the 1980’s for her children.  So it is an older fabric.  I wasn’t sure what to do with it but finally decided to make a doll quilt with it for A Doll Like Me.  It is so pretty and, at 22″ x 26″, just the right size for this.

 

I found a batting scrap and some backing fabric and quickly put it all together.

I love the pig and unicorn both!

The quilting is basic since it really doesn’t show up and the animals are the star of the show here.

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

I free motioned around most of the animals and some of the vines to hold everything together. Around the outer border I FMQ’d flowers.  That was good practice as I am really rusty these days.

The backing and binding were also a thrift store find – I believe it was an older RJR print.  Great colors thought, right??

Don’t you love making something start to finish with bits of fabric you already have. The stack of fabric in my closet holds so much potential. I will keep this little quilt and mail it to Amy when I have a few more things to add to it.

Time to go finish up those two orders.  Also need to make meatballs for the freezer. Yesterday I had a roast in the crockpot for shredded BBQ Beef sandwiches.  I am filling our freezer!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Ours will be gray and rainy out, as it has been all week.  The wet weather inspired me to cut a few gray and white fat quarter bundles for the shop.  Aren’t these pieces wonderful?  Included are flowers, stripes and text prints by Carrie Bloomston, Alison Glass and Sarah Fielke!  Click the link if you want to add them to your stash.  🙂

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