Wednesday, May 27, 2009

45 minutes of sewing tonight

I made a bit of progress on the University quilt tonight. This quilt is made up of 7 1/2 inch blocks, alternating between pieced blocks and a square of fabric. Some of the pieced blocks are framed in blue and some will be framed in white. I finished doing all the frames on the blue blocks tonight and ironed them. Next, I will be working on the blocks framed in white... My daughter will be arranging the blocks to her liking and then I will sew everything together.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Little Gifts

Yesterday, I made a few of these Loyalty Card Wallets for some friends. One of my quilting friends, Christine, made one for me so I thought I would pass along the favour to some of my friends. Here are a few pictures of the wallets I made from scraps leftover from quilts that I have made. They were very easy to make--I may even make a few more...

University Quilt in Progress

I have finally finished all the gifts I was making so now I can work on my daughter's quilt for her university dorm room. I did not have too long to sew tonight but got a few of the pieced blocks started, as you can see by the picture. I will try to do a bit more tomorrow night.

I did not go to the shower on Sunday--I was sick and ended up spending much of the day sleeping. I'm feeling much better now after a couple of doses of antibiotics!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wedding Shower Gift

My cousin and her husband have 3 daughters. Two recently had baby girls--in previous posts you will see the "I spy" quilts I made for each of the babies. Their 3rd daughter is getting married this summer and there is a family wedding shower this weekend. I decided to make a table runner for the bride-to-be's kitchen table. I checked with her mother for the appropriate colours and this is the runner that I put together for her gift. I still have to quilt it and put the binding on but I think I am in a good position to finish it in lots of time for the shower.

I also recently made a patriotic table runner for the Quilted Table Yahoo Group Swap and it also needs to be quilted and bound. I will finish it this weekend too and get it off in the mail to its recipient in the USA. I will post a picture of it when I have heard that she has received it--I don't want to spoil the surprise!!!

Postcard Exchange

The London Friendship Quilters Guild does a postcard swap each month. I usually try to make a postcard to put into the mailbox. About a week after the meeting, I get one in the mail from another guild member. Since we have our banquet in June, May is the last month for the postcards for this year. Here is the postcard I mailed out...
And here is the postcard I received in the mail this week...
It was made by the Quilt Rat, who tells me that she has pet rats!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cobblestones...finally done!

I took a class from Heather Stewart in the Fall and learned how to make the blocks for this quilt. I had the quilt top done within two weeks of the class. Two weeks ago, I took it in to be machine quilted by Al, the husband of a member of one of the quilt guilds to which I belong. This morning, I sewed the binding onto the quilt by machine. We had a 2 1/2 hour car trip to pick up our daughter today at a training weekend for her summer job so I took the quilt in the car to hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt. And now, it's done!!

I made a list of projects that I must complete in the next couple of weeks including a baby gift, a wedding shower gift, some quilted postcards and a table runner for a swap...I'm going to be busy.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Surprise in the Mail and Another I Spy Quilt

Last Friday, I came home to find a package in the mail! Christine made this for me! Inside, there are spots for all my quilting store cards.Thanks Christine! Now I will be able to find all my cards much more easily!

Here is the second I Spy quilt for Taia. It is not quilted yet, but I showed it to her Mom at the baby shower on the weekend. I will finish it to give it to her when I go to a Wedding shower for another member of the family.