Monday, February 16, 2015

A great weekend for indoor activities, and quilting with my granddaughter.

Oh yeah, a three day weekend. Grocery shopping was done on Friday night, and my granddaughter Jana came over for a long weekend. We are ladies on a mission. She wants to complete a quilt for her granddad and I'm making a baby quilt for a co-worker.

We ordered the fabric for her quilt last week. It arrived just in time for our sewing marathon. Jana's paternal grandfather is a Navy Veteran, and she wanted to making a patriotic quilt for him. We started on Saturday by designing the layout and cutting fabric. The top was finished by Sunday morning. The back was pieced by the afternoon. Finally Monday we made the quilt sandwich and she quilted it using a stitch in the ditch.

Quilting on her Janome

She picked a snoopy backing from the Hugs for Heroes collection.

She is very proud of her work and  that she completed this quilt. She has been sewing and making quilt tops for several years now (since she was 7) so it is no surprise that at 12 she can work pretty independently.

While Jana was working on her masterpiece I completed a baby quilt top. I found a lovely heart patterns in the newest McCalls Quilting. It's strange, but I stopped getting all my quilting magazines. I thought I had just too many already. While grocery shopping I was browsing through the newest McCalls and saw several quilts I liked. Of course I purchased the magazine and will probably end of renewing my subscription.The quilt in the magazine was full size and in reds, greys and white. My co-worker wants a pink and purple quilt.

I used the heart pattern, but changed the sashings, and of course, made fewer blocks. I love the way it turned out.

co-workers baby quilt
I decided to make  a sweet and girlie quilt that her daughter could continue to use as she grows. I used a baby fabric for the back. I especially like the outer border which is pink hand prints. So cute!
backing fabric

The back is pieced and I am just waiting for a long arm lesson on March 11 to quilt the quilt.

Jana's close up photo  

So we are tired and happy. I can't believe I am saying this, but I am done with sewing for the week. Back to work tomorrow, time to straighten our sewing area, and maybe..just maybe...I'll resume work on the Scrappy Mountain Majesty for my son later in the week. For now I am taking a hint from the cat. I am going to find a quilt, curl up on it and rest.
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Things to do when your sewing machine is being serviced.

It had to happened. It's been over a year and many a quilt have been pieced on my old Janome. She is still running fine, but you know when it's time to take her in for service. The last two weeks have been a time for a change of pace. I've finished the binding on two quilts that have been sitting around since Thanksgiving.

First to get finished was my Delightful Stars  quilt. I say it's finished, but it still needs the label and maybe a hanging sleeve. My plan was to hang it, but it does not seem to fit where I wanted it. For now it's hanging over the rail around the open staircase. Obviously the picture is outside on the deck.

Delightful Stars pattern by Michele Foster
In between quilts my granddaughter visited and we did some baking. We made pizza from scratch and also some Italian Feather bread. We decided if we repeat this bread that we won't put any egg white on the top. It seemed to make the crust too hard, but it was still tasty.

Italian Feather Bread

Jana's first homemade pizza (dough from scratch)

The weather was perfect for an winter day in Ohio. The temperature reached 55 and it was sunny. Jana wanted to go barefoot in the grass..She says, "there is no law against it." She had not heard of grandma's law....."Keep those shoes on". I can understand her temptation. Here in Ohio folks put their convertible tops down and put on their flip flops when it gets above 50.

We took a walk through the garden. The ground is still too cold for anything other than a few snowdrops to peak through. Still, we are grateful for the warm day and sun.

Beautiful end to the day.
 Sunday was a day for me to piddle around.  I worked on some projects for work, made dinner, and finished the binding on this last quilt. It too needs the label and the hanging sleeve. I really wish the picture gave you a true sense of what this quilt looks like. It's simple, but I think the fabrics, layout and quilt panto all comes together to make a fun and quirky quilt. My granddaughter says it's her favorite.  I designed this quilt around the fabric by Masha D'yans. The song Jump by Van Halen inspired the hopscotch. So we have frog playing (jumping) in a rainy, puddle filled garden.

Quilt Challenge-based on song "Jump" by Van Halen, Panto "drip"
Thanks for checking in. Have a great week everyone.