Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quilt for Dee

My minigroup, the Stitching Sisters, have been meeting for breakfast every Weds. morning for a very long time.  We have been meeting at the same coffee shop since forever it seems like and our server is a doll, very attentive and knows us all so well.

Last week she announced she would be leaving to go work at Costco (good for her!  better pay, though no tips, and benefits!).  We will miss her greatly and decided to give her a quilt.  Rather than try to make one and quilt it in one week, we gave her one I had made some time ago.  We just added a new label, personalized for her.

Today was our last day with her, so we gave her the quilt at breakfast.  Here she is, posing with her quilt:

Fortuitously, it turns out she LOVES green!  Not only that, her 'honey' was at the restaurant this morning and he came over and admitted that when traveling, he tends to buy quilts, esp. antiques.  So we know this one went to a good home where it will be loved (and hopefully used).

Warm fuzzy feelings for her and us!  What a great morning!

To add to the goodness of the day, I saw my surgeon today for another follow up appointment, and he says I've healed nicely and don't need to see him again for four months!  Yay!  I'm allowed to lift more than 10 lbs. now, so I am free to take my sewing machine to sew-ins and classes when I want to. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Refreshing My Quilting Mojo

It's been a while since I posted on the blog, and a while since I've done much in the way of quilting.  Oh, a bit here and there, but nothing major.  Life's been busy lately it seems like though looking back, I can't put my finger on a lot of events.

I did have surgery in August, with orders from my doctor not to lift anything over 10 lbs.  I couldn't even lift and carry my kitties, so moving a sewing machine around was just clearly out of the picture.  I did a bit of sewing here and there on the machine set up in my studio, but I couldn't do any sewing in classes or at open sew-ins with my mini-group.  I did some handwork, making a hexagon pincushion and doing a bit of embroidery, but for the most part, my work kind of stalled out. 

I had signed up for my guild's retreat back in May, and the retreat was last weekend.  I was determined to go and take my machine and my huge case of threads so I could work on my machine applique blocks.  I spent the last two weeks fusing like a madwoman so I'd have blocks ready for edge-stitching.  I had my husband load up the car and I unloaded it myself when I got to the retreat.  It doesn't feel like I damaged anything inside by lifting the machine and thread out of the car, so I hope I'm alright.  I still haven't got clearance from my surgeon to lift things after all. 

I sewed all weekend like a madwoman, starting Thursday afternoon and not finishing up until Saturday night.  I did accomplish a lot, and am proud of my accomplishment.  I managed to load up the car again when it was time to go home, and then feigned weakness when I got home and got my husband to unload the car for me *snicker*. 

Here are some pictures of the pillow I made and the blocks I finished:

Autumn Joy - two blocks finished and sewn together (a BOM)
Woodland Creatures BOM - Fox and Shrew

Woodland Creatures BOM - mother possum with her 3 babies
Raven and Pumpkin pillow (A Thimblecreek design)
Blue Dragon for my fantasy quilt

Castle and Unicorn for my fantasy quilt

Gold Dragon for fantasy quilt

Green dragon for the fantasy quilt

Gryphon for the fantasy quilt

Purple dragon for the fantasy quilt (color doesn't show properly, but he IS purple)

Red dragon for the fantasy quilt

Wizard for the fantasy quilt

All these blocks are stitched with a tiny blanket stitch with matching thread on each motif.  It was a challenge to get it all done before the end of retreat, but I finished up on Saturday evening. 

The rest of  that night, I worked on the binding of another quilt (picture not yet taken).  This quilt was a 5 or 6 year old mystery quilt that I never finished up.  It hasn't got a label yet, but the binding is done and on!  Not sure what I'm even going to do with this one, as it is octagonal and needs to go on a round table, but my dining table is rectangular.  Perhaps I will save it as a gift for the right person sometime in the future.  In the meantime, it is at least done. 

I feel like I could do more sewing now.  I've got about 25 quilts that need backs so they can get quilted.  Perhaps I can start working on making backs soon.  I am obviously up to the challenge of manipulating the quilts to measure them, so that is what I should do.

I was also planning on making a Shakespeare in the Park quilt (google it and click on 'images' to see what I'm talking about) - an incredibly beautiful but challenging quilt.  Perhaps I will start that soon, too. 

I'm kind of torn as to what to do next.  But that's a good thing!  Better to be in a quandary over WHAT to do, than WHETHER to do anything at all. 

Happy quilting to you all... may you never lose your quilting mojo and if you do, may you find it again quickly!