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

“The Help”

Do you have a pair of helpful hands around when you are working on projects? Here is mine

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