Friday, November 30, 2018

The Only Post for November!

 November was a month of constant sewing, most of which I haven't been able to blog about without ruining surprises.  I travelled to New Mexico with a quilty and made three of these bags, The Hampton Weekend Bag from V and Co., for the household I visited.   It's a great pattern - think shopping bag that can be worn over the shoulder or cross-body style.  I carried 5 butternut squash from from the final Farmer's Market of the season easily!

We drove to Orlando for Thanksgiving, and these bags were hostess present for my SIL Chris and my friend Dorothy, who moved to The Villages.  We also spent a lot of time visiting with niece Molly.  So everyone got a shopping bag AND microwave cozies, which have been quite the hit!

(A big insult on the day we arrived home - the driveway had been plowed, but the back door was frozen shut...)

In keeping with my year-long goal of working on all my UFO's, I came across this Christmas Advent calendar.  It's a very clever panel of fabric that had all the daily pockets included.  It is just a matter of cutting them out, doing a big of ironing and top stitching - and of course the quilting and the binding.  One of my new quilty friends has three small children, and I wondered whether this might be appropriate for her.  My inner voice told me it was.  And shortly after she received it, she sent me a picture of it with all the pockets filled.  That inner voice is sometimes right on target!

This project was a constant nightly companion for almost a month.  But it's not really mine to blog about.  My Chicago Modern Quilt Guild is, as it does yearly, contributing a charity quilt that will be displayed at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville.  This quilt is the brainstorm of Heidi Parkes and Heather Kinion.  Each square of tiny piecing represent something about a hospital bed.  I'm amazed at the depth of emotion in many of these blocks.  And it is being hand quilted in a sashiko big stitch.  I was very happy working on this, although it is a beast to sew through.  I became very creative with my finger gear!

I've done so much more but can't blog about just yet.  Stay tuned!