Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Surprise and Two Trips Around the World



 What a great feeling to pull off a surprise that delights the recipient.  One of the quilties is turning 40 on the last day of 2018.  To honor her end of her old age of youth and her entry into the youth of old age, we did low-volume stars and snowflakes.  These blocks were pretty enough, but the quilt came to life with Sarah E's impeccable quilting.  This is one of those quilts, like all others, that needs to be touched and stroked.   Jennifer was beyond pleased, in her own quiet understated way.  What a privilege to be a part of this group of women.

My doctor had her first baby 7 months ago, and of course I made her a quilt - here it is. Her husband loves this quilt, has washed it a lot, and has asked her to ask me for a second quilt to keep in rotation, maybe a bit bigger.  While she has told him I'm too busy, she has told me to use navy, greys, and whites.  And I'm happily quilting this one.  I will get this commission to her in plenty of time for the holiday and do a proper picture when it's finished.  Do I need to say how much I love this pattern and these fabrics?

Doing the binding on the surprise quilt took several evenings, and now I'm finishing a Christmas present for grandson Sam. He goes to school at Northern Michigan State in Marquette, Michigan - average snowfall is 300 inches. I thought I was finished with it last February, but I keep adding more stitches. It's a great combination of machine and hand quilting, an effect I really like.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gift Bags for Quilties

Every holiday my quilty friends do such clever things for one another.  I tell myself that I'm not a fitsy-fartsy sewer - with the exception being the Sew Powerful period purse project I'm so engaged with.  But this summer I came across this Suzy's Sack pattern and bought it.  Armed with my rolls of zipper tape, some small lobster claws, and the perfect fabric that says "cut sew repeat" I made these bags in November.  The two pink ones are for the daughters of Quilty Beth.  One of the girls has worn her bag to dinner already.  Quilty Melissa filled each bag with a small jar of New Mexican honey.  The perfect quilty gift.