Thursday, February 23, 2012

Portable Stitching Projects

What is your favorite takeaway stitching project? I just returned from a weekend in New York which involved two four-hour-long bus rides, followed up two days later by a summons to jury duty. And I had NOTHING TO WORK ON! I need a hand project, preferably something small that I can prepare ahead of time and that doesn't involve too many stops and starts. I welcome any suggestions!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sunset in NYC

A quick trip up to New York to see son and daughter. Took this picture looking south over the reservoir in Central Park.
Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Doll Quilt

This is the Quilt A Month Challenge for February from Kathleen Tracy. The pattern is Broken Dishes from one of her books, Prairie Children & Their Quilts but the blocks have been rearranged to form a star, with a redwork block in the middle. I don't know if I like redwork. I've never been much of an embroiderer although I do like handwork. I modified her center heart block a bit. The blue fabric is not part of the border, rather the backing fabric. I was checking to see if I had enough -- just barely!
Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Civil War 150 Top is Finished!

If you've been following along, you know that during 2011, I participated in Barbara Brackman's Civil War BOW sampler quilt. I had so much fun making these blocks each week and now that the year is over, I have sewn them together. Since this picture was taken about a week ago, I have added a border (same fabric as the sashing), bought a backing fabric, basted top, batting, and backing, and hand-quilted two blocks. Woo Hoo! My deadline is October since my quilt guild is having our biennial show that month and I would like to exhibit this quilt. No problem!

Of course, I will be working on other projects this year, mostly little quilts since they provide such instant gratification and I like to give them away as gifts. I am also machine piecing a large Log Cabin from my civil war reproduction fabrics. Stay tuned...
Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pink Lemonade, finished

Yesterday, I finished the quilting and binding on my Pink Lemonade little quilt, part of Lori's quilt-a-long. I admit that I was skeptical of the pink and yellow but I do like the result.

Do you like my backing fabric? This fabric was in my stash, leftover from a large quilt I made a few years ago. This was the sashing fabric. I love it so. I am finding all kinds of wonderful fabrics in my stash!

In my next posting, I will show my Civil War 150 quilt, which I am basting today and hope to finish before the big game.
Posted by Picasa