Two Small Finishes
Over the past few months real life has snapped its fingers to get my attention — my husband has had two minor knee surgeries, we had a big party to celebrate owning this farm for 60 years, and my parents have moved into assisted living. All that makes me value the mental break of sewing time even more than usual.
The fabric for this baby quilt was all donated to me by my friend in Dallas — and she even took the finished top, chose a backing, and quilted it on her long arm! (Otherwise it probably would not be finished.)
I have never done anything with a panel before and I think this one is very cute. The little squares around the panel were precut when I got them, and I framed them with an ombre gray fabric to give a little variation in the sashing.
The second thing I have finished recently was for the online art quilt group The Endeavourers.
We had done about 17 quarterly challenges, and had finished the list of themes suggested when we first started. So this quarter’s theme was to go your own way, go further down a path you had started with a previous piece.
I had lots of ideas but not lots of time, so I combined some vintage linens with some images of my grandmother’s teapot, computer-printed on fabric.
As with a lot of my pieces, I like it, but I would like to add more to it. I think it needs more integration of the foreground images with the background, and I would like to give it a more definite border. But I think it makes a nice companion piece to “Stitches in Time,” the one I did for our Memories theme.
As we all posted our pieces this quarter, it was interesting that most of us said we work better with a given theme than with free choice! If you would like to see what everyone else did, and what we will be up to next, you can take a look here.
I absolutely love the baby quilt. Giraffes are my favorite animal of all time, and your quilt is fabulous! The teapots are lovely as well.
Sorry for the trying times lately. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Maddie! Fortunately I have been lucky to have more than a decade of stress-free life lately so I feel rested and ready to face the next events. 🙂
OH FUN!! Since in am an inveterate strong tea drinker I of course loved the tea pot one BUT the animal quilt really made me smile. What a lucky child to get this!!!
Thanks, Susan, I am glad you liked them!
Was so carried away with quilts I forgot to mention that you/your family have had some milestones and am sure they went as well as these things can be.
Yes, things are going well. I feel so fortunate that I am not truly in the sandwich generation — my own kids are grown and doing well and all I have to concentrate on is my parents at this point. 🙂
The baby quilt turned out to be just darling! Love the way you used the hankies in your Tea for Three. I hope life gets a good bit easier from this point forward for you.
Thank you! I was happy to use up part of my stash! 🙂
I love the giraffe quilt too! How did you make the giraffes? Did you buy the animals then stitch them on? THey are adorable.
Hi Claudia, I hope you are doing well!
All of the large animals in the center of the quilt were pre-printed on a panel. You can get panels that fit just about any theme. I have never used one before but I can’t pass up free materials! 🙂 And I did like the way it turned out.
Glad you got a mental health break by sewing from all you have going on and I send thoughts of healing to your hubby’s knees! The panel quilt is awesome – makes me smile! That teapot piece is lovely and it would look cool matted and framed in an antique frame in my opinion.
Thank you, Tierney, for your very kind comments!
I love both of your quilts, but the originality of the second one is extraordinary. I’m glad you have a relaxing and creative hobby.
I hope your husbands knee surgeries were a success. All surgeries are stressful. Best of luck to your parents.
Thank you, Alys! You are so thoughtful and I appreciate your support!
I’m always glad to see what you do with vintage linens, because I just feel “stuck” with mine!
Those are darling hankies in your teapot quilt. One hates to throw those out, but they can be hard to use. Glad you found a creative use for yours.
Yes, the pink butterfly is nylon! I cannot imagine using it as a hankie.
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