I am grateful for getting those quilts out to work on.
Thanks for all the comments on my last post! My blogging schedule is off a little bit, but here I am nonetheless. On Saturday I had my sewing class on how to use my new machine. I feel a little more comfortable with it now and can’t wait to do some more sewing. I’ll go back next month for a class on how to use the embroidery part of my machine. That should be interesting! So, the first order of business with regard to sewing, is that I need to piece the backs for two quilts so that I can take them to be quilted. I’ve only ever done my own quilting, but I figure these have been sitting around long enough as just quilt tops, that I’d really like to get them finished! The first one is actually the second quilt top I ever made (the first one is halfway quilted, and I need to get back to it).
I took my very first quilting class back in 2002, I think. I had never really sewn before, and felt like I was way behind everyone else. So, in class we made a sampler quilt, and with each block learned a different technique. In order to really grasp what I was learning, I made two quilts – one in class, and one at home. My first quilt is the one from class (I’ll be showing you that one soon, hopefully), and my second quilt (above), is the one I made at home. I used the same blocks, sometimes with different layouts, and with completely different fabrics. So, this quilt top has been finished for about five years, and as soon as I piece the back, I can drop it off to be quilted.
The next quilt I started was a block of the month project as my quilt store where I was taking the classes. You paid $5 for the first block (the fabrics and the instructions), and if you brought in the finished block the next month, your next block was free. So this is my $5 quilt. You can’t beat that, can you?? This one needs a pieced back as well, and then it is off to be quilted too! I will be so glad to have these two quilts finished. Maybe it’s like second sock syndrome that knitters have, except that I get stalled after the top is finished, and never seem to get around to the quilting. So this is my third quilt top. And as you can see, my helper came in to inspect.
And next on my list after getting those two off to the quilter will be to work on fixing this one. This is a table topper, and it is partially quilted. I’m not happy with the quilting though, so I need to rip it out and start over. It shouldn’t take very long to quilt, I just need to do it. It would be nice to have it finally done for Valentine’s Day.
So those are the quilting/sewing plans for now. I would really really like to get some things out of my unfinished pile before the end of the year. I’m sure many of you can relate!
But, since I can never have too much stash, I bought a few little charts over the weekend when I went to my LNS for beads (you can’t just buy beads, right?!).
I bought two Stacy Nash charts (Hallow’s Eve and 3 Little Pumpkins), because I am loving them right now. I also bought a Notforgotten Farm chart called “Thomas”.
Also, my next block for Leanne’s House came yesterday. I think I have two more months to go on this one. Once I get some of these quilts in my pile finished, I can start on this one (oh and my wedding quilt too!!).
I should have some stitching things to show you by the end of the week…so stay tuned!! And thank you all for visiting, I appreciate it!
Thought I would leave you with some more Philadelphia photos…
This is the Edgar Allan Poe House. The Raven sculpture at the top of the post is outside the house. When our tour guide took us outside to see the sculpture, he wouldn’t let us back in until someone could give him the first line of the poem “The Raven” (see post title). I knew that would come in handy one day!
This is from the Rodin museum. These are The Gates of Hell. Really amazing, and HUGE! I had wanted to go to the museum just to see this piece in person. Well worth the parking ticket we got, I think! Whoops! But, really, the doors are so detailed and are just covered with figures in high relief.