Sunday, July 31, 2011

Another prayer quilt.

I made another little quilt of Mary.  I gave this one to a special friend. She leads the rosary at church every weekend.  She said she loved it.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Block of the Month Quilt

I bought a block of the month kit on Ebay several years ago.  I finally took the time to put it together.
It was fun to do.

Looking for fabric with flowers

I have been searching the internet looking for fabric with roses on it.  I would like to find a fabric that has roses and other flowers that are large enough to "fussy" cut out.  I have a few nice religious panels that I want to add roses to when I make them into small quilts.  Please leave a comment if you have any ideas.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This is why I no longer hand quilt

Someone recently asked me if I did any hand quilting.  I told her no.  I can not remember if I every posted this but this is why I can not do hand work.

Several years ago my husband and along with good friends took an adventure vacation.  We did a bare boat rental and rented a 36ft sail boat and spent about 2 weeks sailing in the British Virgin Islands.  It was a trip of a lifetime for me.  We sailed and snorkled everyday.  On day 11 I slipped and fell and hit my right elbow.  The hospital in Tortola was an adventure in itself.  When we returned home I had surgery to fix the elbow.
This is the result of the surgery....3 plates and 17 screws hold the arm together. 

Because of this hardware,  I can hardly do any hand work at all ..sewing makes the hand turn and move up and down and it starts to hurt after a while.  Now everything is done on the machine.  As a result of the surgery, my right hand stays swollen.  I push myself to hold a rotary cutter and manage to cut out my fabric.
It's a challenge but I love to sew so I push forward and ignore the pain.  Often I get so involved in a sewing project that I actually forget I am in pain.  Sewing is great therapy.
I used to hand quilt all my quilts.  I loved the quiet time it gave me to think and pray.  I miss it but I am thankful I can use the machine to do my quilting now.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another quilt top quilted!

A friend of mine has a daughter going away to college in the Fall. Her grandmother made several quilt tops so she was able to pick the one she wanted.  She brought it to me and I quilted it for her. It is so big.  It's 110" X 90".  It turned out so nice and she loved it.  She said it will look great in her dorm room at school.
I made her a pillow sham and a little lap quilt with some of the pieces.  It was fun to do but I don't think I will be doing anymore big quilts tops after this one.

I was so proud of her.  Seeing my sewing room and quilts inspired her to try sewing.  She made the cutest little pillow with  a variety of little blue scraps.  It came out so nice.  I should have taken a photo of it.
 I hope she continues to do sewing projects!!!!

Here is a photo of Hannah ( on the left ) with her new quilt.