I have a couple of quilts pin basted and ready for quilting but I've been struggling with just HOW I want to quilt them. I don't want to do an all over design on them, I want to do something that really complements the piecing.
In my lack of decision and procrastination on the quilting I got into a cleaning frenzy in the sewing room and found a pile of old Christmas fabrics. Do you see that selvedge? 1993!
A few hours later and I have a stack of gift bags. I made them in all different sizes depending on how big the fabric pieces were. I went through the suitcase of trims and found bits of ribbon that I used for ties. I just folded a bit of trim and stitched it into the side seam. Then you can just tie it around the top of the bag to close it.
I still haven't decided how to quilt those quilts but at least I have a stack of gift bags to show for my time. And, the sewing room is a wee bit tidier.
I'm so happy about my trip to the post office today. I have most of my Christmas packages ready to send and also a few commission works to mail away. I finished this Happy Land quilt yesterday while the pumpkin pie was in the oven. This was made with Thomas Knauer's 70's vibe quilt pattern. I quilted it with groups of wavy lines. The fabrics are all fom the Happy Land line by Sis Boom. I hope you have a great weekend!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and happy Thursday for the international folks! After putting our turkey in the oven, we walked the fields and scouted out a tree for Christmas. Mr. B won't let us put up a tree until December first but at least we know which one it will be.
This one wasn't quite big enough. This one was too tall but the top section will work great. I have a week to tidy and get ready for the tree and all the holiday decorations.
I am thankful to have my family together for the holiday and that we can walk out the door to our field to choose our Christmas tree.
I've been working hard to finish WIPs and get caught up on sewing commitments. This week I made these fun little birds for Tia. I can't wait to see what she does with them. I think she'll be adding some applique.
I seem to have quite a pile of quilt tops to quilt and bind. I hope I can quickly make a dent in that stack. Focus, focus.
I've been in Happy Land this week. Thank you all for the birthday wishes. It is really nice that you take the time to leave me a note.
Birthday celebrations and sewing - some of my favorite things. Yesterday I finished up a commission quilt top out of Jennifer Paganelli's Happy Land fabric. I used Thomas Knauers pattern that is great for mixing up a riot of fabrics like this. I love the mix of squares and rectangles.
I'm still thinking about how to quilt it. Hmmm. I think it needs something curvy.
Miss P, of course, perused all of the books that I brought home from market. In fact, she filled this one with sticky bookmarks and notes for me about which embroidery designs she likes. I flipped through and read her notes. She likes this one but she wants the mamma bird to keep a watchful eye on the baby. I thought these birds were particularly cute and simple enough to be stitched on thick terry/velour fabric, I added this little design to her Halloween elf shirt one day while she was at school. I love the transformations that fabric has taken - Bathrobe to costume to cute shirt with embroidery.
Aneela's book is full of sweet designs to dress up existing clothes or home dec items or add to just about any sewing project. There's even a pull out section with iron on tranfers of the designs included in the book. So many cute little animals, delightful girls, and fun every day objects to stitch.
I know Miss P wants more of these designs embriodered on some of her other clothes. Just look at all those book marks! I think I'll let her do some of the embroidery though.