Thank you so much for your compliments on my quilts. I really appreciate it! Thank you also to those who made suggestions on what to do with my sewing machine. I have had it serviced several times. The main problem with it is the tension. After a small amount of sewing, the tension goes haywire…sometimes so tight it breaks the thread, sometimes so loose I get loops on the back. It is the bobbin tension, and while in most cases you can adjust your bobbin tension easily, it doesn’t “stick” with my machine. I am not about having to have a new fancy-schmancy machine just for the sake of a having a new model. I sew on my mom’s machine whenever I go to visit, her machine is older than I am and works great! So, I have done everything that I can think of to do to make my machine work, but even on plain old straight stitching, it is a nightmare. But, I will continue to do what I can on it while I have it.
As promised, here are the other two quilts I have finished. This first one I made for my best friend Julia. This was in honor of her first baby, my Goddaughter. I used the 1930s reproduction fabrics for this one also, in yellows. I also used the muslin with it. The backing and binding are muslin also. I just love this quilt. It is crib-sized and so bright and cheery.
The final quilt I have to show you was a gift for my sister. This was a collaboration between my sister, my mom and I. My sister wanted to make a keepsake quilt out of her daughter’s baby clothes. She chose pieces that had sentimental value from her first year. She cut out all the blocks. Then my mom pieced the quilt. She spent a long time putting it together and making sure everything was laid out the way we wanted it. Then I did the quilting and the binding on it. The last two stages my mom and I did in secret, so that my sister didn’t know we were continuing to work on the quilt. We gave it to her for her birthday last year.
Some of the outfits my sister chose to include in the quilt had ties on them, so I sewed the ties to the corners of that block, so that they added another dimension of interest. There was also one pair of overalls, so I’ve sewed them so the straps can still be unsnapped. It was a fun quilt to do. This one is a bigger quilt, like lap size. The blocks are 4 inch blocks.
So there you have it…my four quilts, made in six years. Hopefully I will have more to call finishes soon! I am still stitching on my RR piece, and hope to call it a finish soon too. The weather here is bad today. It has been raining really hard since yesterday, and dipped below freezing this afternoon. Not sure if tomorrow will be such a good day to be out and about, but if not…I can always curl up and stitch! Hope you’re having a great weekend!
Walk to Rivendell: Hobbiton is now hidden as the slopes of the Green Hill Country rise and fall (9.0 miles so far).
I am grateful for giving.