Binding Breezes

I’m in the process of hand stitching the binding on the Cool Breezes quilt, and I can’t wait to get it done, because I keep adding more projects to my must do ASAP list!  I think I’m adding way too many to my list, but it will be fun to see just how many I can get done.  I’m definitely in the “I want to get lots of projects done” mode.

Giddy Makes Me Happy

Oh it’s so good to be home.  I missed my sewing machine! 😉  I missed being creative.  This afternoon I was able to retreat to the playroom/sewing room and I continued to work on the blocks for my next quilt.  I started the blocks before we left for vacation, and it was nice to get back into the swing of things.

This is going to be a fun quilt.  How could it not with this very fun, happy fabric called Giddy by Sandy Gervais?!?!  It makes me happy just looking at it.  Best of all, this quilt is for me, and it’s been quite awhile since I made something for myself.  I have a (long) list of quilts to finish or make for other people, but I really want to make this one for me first.

The blocks are done, and now I just need to arrange them and sew the top together.

Cool Breezes

I started another quilt.  And I haven’t even finished A Breath of Avignon or China Blue.  This is so unlike me.  I usually finish a quilt before I start a new one.  Luckily though, I am at the hand stitching the binding stage for A Breath of Avignon and China Blue, so that makes for a good tv watching activity.

Cool Breezes has lovely blues, lavenders, grays, and sage greens.  It’s very calming and serene.  It is basted, quilted, and the binding is attached to the front of the quilt.

Now onto hand stitching the bindings…

China Blue: Basted

The China Blue quilt is now basted.  Woohoo!!  I’m hoping to get some serious quilting done in the next few days as the hubby will be on a business trip.  I think that’s why my quilting has been in a slump…hubby has been home!!!  As much as I love him being home with us, it will be nice to get some quiet quilting done too! 🙂

Breath of Avignon Quilt Top

One of my readers sent me an email asking me about the Breath of Avignon quilt.  I’ve got the quilt top done, and the backing all ready, and now I just need to find the time to pin baste then quilt this baby.

It took me longer than most quilts to actually finish the quilt top, but I’m sure that’s just because I seem to have very little “free” time these days.  Once I got going it was pretty fast…it was the getting go part that always seemed to give me trouble.

Anyway, I’m really liking how it turned out, and I am eager to get it completely finished.

This picture is for you Jane:

China Blue

I’ve been collecting blue and white fabric for a while with the intentions of making something with it…someday.  But I decided the other night, that I just needed to start something new and different.

This is what I’ve come up with so far:

I think I’ll call it China Blue because it reminds me of fine china…probably because my fine china pattern is blue and white.

I feel like the layout is a constant work in progress, but then again isn’t it always?  Every time I go upstairs I rearrange it just a bit.

Getting Back—Slowly

I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve sewed or quilted.  With the kiddos back in school I thought I’d have so much free time, but it turns out that I’m more busy than before…strange how that works out!

I love to play tennis, but at the end of June I got tennis elbow, and it’s painful.  The real bummer is that sewing and quilting aggravates my tennis elbow, so until my arm starts to feel better, there won’t be much sewing going on. 🙁

I did manage to get 2 blocks done on the Breath of Avignon quilt before my arm was screaming at me to stop.  Looking back at the pictures makes me want to get started again, so hopefully I’ll be able to do that soon.

A Breath of Avignon

I started a new project (I really shouldn’t have, but I couldn’t resist).  I’m using a layer cake of A Breath of Avignon by American Jane for Moda.  I so love the colors of this line, and this fabric line definitely brings me back to France…love it!

I’m using the Sweet Garden pattern by Carolina Patchworks.  This pattern requires a good bit of organization and planning, so I organized my layer cake and then cut all the pieces.  I then laid out the pieces to my liking.  Now I just need to find the time to piece the top, but something tells me that this project is going to have to wait until July when I get back from vacation.  Before vacation I have so much work to do (you know for my part time job that actually pays me to do work), and I have to finish the binding on the 30’s Squared quilt.  Oh, and I also have to finish the binding for the Black, White, & Red Allover quilt.  I think a baby quilt for a friend may also sneek in the to do list.  Sheesh I have a lot to do!

Baby Blues

I put the Black, White, & Red All Over quilt aside (for now), and started on a baby quilt.  My friend is due the beginning of June, and she’ll likely deliver sooner, so I wanted to be sure and get this done quickly.  She requested a blue and brown quilt, and never haven worked with those colors before I was excited….I love that color combination!!!!

I used the boy pattern of the Baby Mine pattern, and I got the whole thing pieced. It took me a few days to figure out how I wanted to quilt it.  Usually quilts “speak” to me and tell me what what I should do, but not this time.  Bah!

I’ve never marked a quilt top for quilting before, but I tried it this time.  I wanted to do some straight line kind of stuff.  I’m still kind of on the fence about marking, and while I really like how some straight line quilting turns out, by and large I’m an all over meander quilting kind of gal.

I’ll show pictures of the quilting soon.