Sunday, December 20, 2009

Done for Christmas!

Whew! What a relief! The last quilt is finally done! I am totally exhausted. I worked on 5 quilts in the past 7 days, including attaching one binding and constructing and finishing a small quilt with pre-made blocks. I have been busy for the past few weeks, but this last week was a marathon! I am even too tired to post any photos. We will catch up in 2010.

Now it is time for me to do some Christmas baking and shop for those last-minute gifts, and then enjoy my children for the few days they will be home. And maybe do something for me between Christmas and New Year's!

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Christmas, filled with the joys and blessings of season! God Bless you all in the New Year we are soon to enter!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lorraine again

I recently completed this quilt top for Lorraine. She made it for a special young lady. I love it's simplicity, what a good way to use up scraps! Set against black, it absolutely glows! It always makes me wonder, why didn't I think of that?

It was a fun one to quilt, mostly freehand vines and leaves.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hawaiin Style

Brenda made this quilt for a very special friend. She spent alot of time fusing the flower cut-outs! Her friend will be thrilled!

I chose to do some echo-quilting, as well as some freehand fill. You might even notice a few flower shapes in the white areas, something to break up the large expanse, to give me something to quilt around. The green solid was the back, you can see the stitching show up alittle better.

This quilt was fun to work on!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mystery Quilt Unveiled

Last January, I had posted about a quilt I stitched for a guild member, but she didn't want me to post it until this year, after she showed it off at our guild Christmas get-together this year.

You see, the members each make a quilt block (or more if they wish), that has been assigned for this year, and they are all put into a bag, and whosever block is drawn gets to keep all the blocks. The more blocks you submit, the more chances to win! Lorraine was the lucky winner of the blocks about 4-5 years ago, and she finally got them sewn together and wanted to show it off.

She did a great job! I especially loved the way she framed each block with solid colours.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cheater Tablerunner

My brother from Kamloops, and his family, visited us this past weekend. They made a quick trip to see all our family and especially our nephew's baby boy. I sure enjoyed their visit!

Since this was as close to spending Christmas with them as it is going to get this year, I decided this was a good reason to haul out my Christmas decorations. I am into "snowflakes" this year, so I picked up a few extra snowflake-themed ornaments. What I really needed was a nice little tablerunner for my kitchen island, but I didn't have time to "whip one up". So, I created one with pretty snowflake wrapping paper! That was fun! Today, after they left, I picked up some clear Mac-Tac to laminate it so that it will last me at least this season and be wipe-able. I am pretty pleased with it, at least until I can quilt up a "real" one.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tess Returns!

Tess and her daughter dropped in today to pick up a quilt she'd left with me this summer. I am very proud of the way it turned out.

First of all I love the fabrics and colours! I love the pinks, blues and purples and the darling fairies! Makes me wish I had a little girl!

Secondly, the blocks are big, so it quilted up easily and I figured out a way to do it continuously, which was so much fun to do.

Thirdly, I used Rainbows thread, which I don't normally use, and practiced more swirlies (thanks Debra!) The shine of the thread really compliments the colours of the quilt as well as the sparkle on some of the fabrics. A truly magical quilt!

The ladies brought the twin girls for me to see and I've posted their updated photo a couple of posts back where I showed them as practically newborns. Man, they grow fast! They are so cute and huggable, and in spite of being preemies, they are right up there at the "top" of their class!

Thanks for the nice visit, girls!