Perhaps this is why I can't get more quilting done. I can't bear to move him when he's sleeping like this. I think he does it on purpose because he knows I won't move him. He does make a good stand in, though, when I don't have a real baby to model my projects...
Sunday, January 23, 2011
My friend Caroline came over this afternoon for a visit and brought me this! If you can't tell, it's pasta in the shape of cats heads! I think it's hysterical! I'll be whipping up a batch of sauce later this week so check back and I'll post a picture of the "cooked kitties!" Thanks again, Caroline. Oh yeah, check out her fabulous Etsy shop here!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I'm not sure I can let this one go...I love it so!!! This is the first time I've ever done FMQ with anything but white (or off white) thread! I was feeling pretty brave...so I went with GRAY! I think it looks pretty good (even though it doesn't show up too well in this photo)! This quilt is a little larger than most quilts I make and I have to thank my wonderful SIL Jeanette for helping me with such a great job with the basting. I truly think it is the key to successful FMQ. Thanks again, Jeanette! Anyway, I think I'm ready to part with it so I will list it in my shop! I had enough fabric left for some more blocks so I got started on these...
I've fallen in love...with making improv blocks. At least these are what I call improv. I love just grabbing fabrics from a pile of strips and squares and not needing to worry about matching seams or pre-cutting to exact size needed, etc. This type of block construction necessitates lots of trips to the ironing board. Not having to use pins (I hate pins) is worth it. Anyway, I had enough fabric left over to squeak out enough blocks for a smaller quilt (with lots of white sashing thrown in). I'm hoping to get this one finished up this WE (are you available for basting, Jeanette)!!!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I LOVE how this turned out. It's been a long time since I made myself a quilt. I really enjoyed the process of making this quilt. I liked working with the circles (which I wasn't so sure about)! And I especially love how these fabrics all work so well together. I really wasn't in love with all of them when I started and almost changed my mind a few times. Glad I didn't. The FMQ was a little challening - no issues with tension or puckering (thanks for helping me pin, Jeanette), but the presser foot would catch on the edge of the appliqued circle necessitating tons of stops and starts. It was worth it in the end. Here's a picture of the back, which I love, too...
Monday, January 3, 2011
These blocks are so much fun to make (but perhaps a smidge tedious)! I'm getting a bit of a workout with these - many, many trips to the ironing board. I'm almost done - only four more to go. I like to work on the layout before I make all the blocks to make sure I have a nice balance of colour. I've had this quilt in my head for ages so I can't wait to see how it turns out!