Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I can't believe that it's Wednesday again.  The older I get, the faster time seems to go.

  My sewing time this week has been devoted to quilting my FMN quilt.  These pics aren't very good, but I wanted to show the quilting designs that I am using.  The blocks are free motion stipple, around the applique, using a metallic multicolor thread.  It is very pretty thread, but my quilting machine did not like it at all!  My original intent was to use that thread throughout, but there was so much breakage that I had to change that plan.  The sashings are done with rayon 40 wt thread, matching color with the fabric.  The free motion feathers are one of my favorite things to do and it is going so much smoother with this thread.  My plan is to do a teardrop overall design in the next area of sashing, which is the multicolor batik, still using the rayon thread.  Maybe I can get up the courage to try the metallic again in the outside borders.

In other quilting, I lead a class this week at my guild, using the disappearing 9 patch block.  It was a lot of fun and we played with several different settings for this versatile block.  I forgot to bring my camera, and I am not sure how to take pics with my phone, so I can't share the results here, but maybe some will bring their blocks to the next meeting and I can get some then.

I have to make time this week to create a label for the hollow cubes quilt that I made for my grandsons high school graduation gift.  I finished the quilt several months ago, but just remembered today that it doesn't have a label yet.  We leave here on June 2nd to travel to New York for the graduation, and then from there it is on to Tacoma Washington for the summer.  Lots of packing to do in the next couple of weeks.  I take at least 2 sewing/embroidery machines and a ton of things to go with them.  I have a Jinny Beyer quilt kit that I purchased a while ago and that will be my first project for the summer.  And of course, I am anxiously waiting for Esther to release the new BOM. 

And finally, I found out this week that I am to be a Grandma once again!  I am really excited and can't wait to get started on some knitting and of course, designing a baby quilt.  I need to pull out some books and magazines and get some ideas.  My knitting books are all about 40 years old, so I think I will treat myself to some new ones! 

Have a great week!


  1. Congratulations on the new addition to the granny list Pat. They bring so much joy don't they. You sure have been busy and I can not believe it is time for you to pack up again, it just seems like the other day you were doing that to here. What was the Jinny Beyer kit you brought????? Love her hand sewing ideas and use them all the time now. Cheers Glenda

  2. Pat your quilting is looking beautiful,can't believe how much you have done already.
    Congrats on the upcoming new addition.
    Cheers Jenny

  3. the quilt looks wonderful! I like the quilting you have done on it.