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basting Valentine quilt top

basting Valentine quilt top

I have been on a real sewing frenzy this summer – I think having a rainy summer does not hurt. I don’t feel so guilty spending time in my sewing room working on projects. And……….we have had a lot of rain this summer but you won’t find me complaining – my grass is green, my flowers are growing and blooming and all in all – my yard looks pretty good.

So, while it rained, I finished up 2 quilt tops and one runner in July – all a red, white and blue theme. I will have to post pictures of those. It is now August and I have begun hand quilting a quilt top that is 20 years in the making. It is a Valentine quilt top that I made from a pattern in a BH & Gardens magazine from WAY back.    I KNOW I started this top before my son was born and since he is now 20 – it has been some time since I started the top.  I was ambitious – thinking I could make a king sized quilt.  After awhile, I made my goal more manageable, and completed a full-sized quilt.

Although I created quilts before this endeavor, I consider this one of my first major quilt projects.  I have learned much since I have pieces this top – I started hand piecing it, only to change and tear out and machine piece the quilt.  i now look at the quilt top and see my evolution of quilting.  So, here you can see my hand basting of the quilt top so I can hand quilt it.  It is now in a hoop and I have been doing some hand quilting at night while watching tv.  I know this is a project better done during the winter months, (the middle of summer is not the best time to hand quilt – too warm) but I hope to have this done by Valentine 2014.

Another project I have completed is a fun footstool made out of one of my favorite fabric lines – from Sarah Jane Studios.  I love maps and thought her map yardage would make a great footstool.  What do you think?

I have more fabrics from this line from Sarah Jane and am in the process of making two baby quilts to give as gifts to some co-workers for the new babies that are due to arrive this fall.  I will show you those soon.

footstool

footstool

fall quilt

My first fall quilt – just a cute panel and I came up with the boarder ideas.

fall quilt

This is my favorite of all of my fall quilts. The picture does not do this one justice

fall quilt

This quilt was a kit from one of my local quilt shops.

fall quilt

Saw this on on a McCalls quilt magazine quite some time ago and had to make it.

fall quilt

This quilt was my first attempt at paper piecing. I also hand quilted the quilt with pearl cotton – I thought it gave it a nice touch

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