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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Car Seat Quilts

My daughter and son-in-law have just had twins!  A boy and a girl.  I'm not posting pictures, as I haven't got permission from them to do so, but I do have pictures of quilts (surprise!)

I made them each a quilt to cover their carseat.  This is a Moda Bakeshop pattern, the Sophie Car Seat Cover, by Jennie Pickett.  I saved it years ago, as it was so cute - and I knew it would come in handy in the Canadian climate.

Here are my versions:

The colour is off, as I took the picture indoors, after dark.  They are actually more of a teal colour than the pictures show.

The quilts are identical, but I quilted them differently.  This one is quilted with swirls - a la Kathleen Riggins.  My daughter gave me Kathleen's "Diary of a Young Swirl" last Christmas, and I was able to put the instructions to good use!

The second one is my version of the Pop design, from Christina Cameli's "Step by Step Free Motion Quilting" book.  I say "my version" because, if you happen to have the book, you'll see it really doesn't look much like Christina's version.  But I'm happy with it!

Both quilts have made their way to my daughter's place, ready to use when the twins come home from NICU.  (They are both doing well, just having a few issues as a result of being preemies.)

And, no doubt the quilts will be needed.  Here is what it looks like today at my place!  We've got about 10 inches of snow so far, and it isn't supposed to stop until later on tonight.


Sunday, July 08, 2018

One Finish to Report

I really intended to get more done this quarter!  I could offer all kinds of excuses, but you've heard them all before.  (Probably from me!)

In any event, I do have one finish for the Finish-A-Long.  This is an Easter table runner - finished in lots of time for next Easter!

This was a kit that was on sale.  I probably wouldn't have bought it is it wasn't, as the bunny is kind of funny looking.  It looks a little better after I quilted it.  I used metallic thread and outlined all of his "parts" which made them stand out a bit more.  

It's the first time I have used metallic thread.  I discovered, fairly quickly, that the stitch regulator was not the way to go.  Once I turned that off, and slowed down a lot, the stitching went quite well, with very little breakage.

My other complaint with this kit was the fabric.  There were two different purple batiks.  They were so similar, though, you can't even see the flying geese beside the flower.

Enough whining though.  It's done!  And ready for next Easter.

I leave you with a photo of, what I think is a Mock Orange  Last summer, I saw a few white flowers hidden behind an overgrown lilac next to my house.  I cut out most of  the lilac, and was rewarded this year with this pretty bush!  I'm quite pleased with this gardening success!

I will be linking up with the Finish-A-Long gals.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Let's Dust This Old Thing Off and See if it Still Works

It's been a loooong time since I've written anything here.  Lots has happened, which I'll get into in some other posts.  (All good, but not so much quilty.)

I will use this post to post some entries in the Finish Along.  I do have quite a few to finish, but I'll concentrate on these three for now.

This is my fish quilt.  The fabric is all fish themed.  When I spread the top out on the floor like this, Mr CQT and my mom both thought it was Christmas trees!  No sense of imagination, those two.  Anyway, I'm halfway through quilting it, so should be able to finish it up as soon as I stop procrastinating.

Next, is an Easter table runner.  You would think I would finish this up for Easter, right?  Nope, didn't happen.  I did have the top finished for Easter and spread that on the table.  Again, Mr CQT could not figure out what it was supposed to be.  But with this one, I don't blame him.  That bunny is in a really weird position.  (If you can't see it either, he has his back to us, with his head up in the air and crooked to the side.  It was a kit on sale - what can I say?)  I'm almost done quilting this now, and have the binding ready to put on.

Third is another table runner.  This one was another kit I picked up somewhere, several years ago.  I really like the floral print, and I've never done that ribbon piecing, so that was fun.  It needs to be quilted and bound.

And finally, one more kit.  I've done the cutting but that's it.  This one makes a wall hanging and a table runner.  Both about coffee, which, I confess, is something I can't live without.  This one should be fairly quick and easy.

I'm linking up with the Finish-A-Long gang.