Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Grandpa's Quilt

Well, I finally have it completed. After over a year of buying fabric, cutting, and sewing blocks and such, I finally have it finished! Sunday I picked it up from the quilt shop and slapped the binding on it! The finished size is 66" x 80". My Grandpa is a tall man! :)

I have to say I'm a fan of the tilted nine patches. I wasn't sure how I felt about them when I first made them, but I really would like to make something with them again! Maybe this next time I'll put them together without sashing. For those of you who don't know me all that well, don't hold your breath. When I say I'm going to do a project, it means in my lifetime, not in the next month or so! :)

I had fish quilted on it to match one of the creme prints. And my Grandpa used to love to fly fish, and still loves to go fishing every chance he gets, even up to Lake of the Woods in Canada!

The flannel on the back makes it super comfy!!! I hope he likes it!

Who else is swamped making crafty/quilty things for Christmas? Are you going to do it again next year? Last year I said "never again".....well.....sure enough, I'm back at it. :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's just around the corner!

Well, hunting season is just around the corner. Yesterday my dad, Scott and I put up our stands for next weekend. The woods is REALLY wet! I had my tall hunting boots on, my wool pants and my coat and we were soaked by the time we were finished! Although it didn't help that it rained the entire time. When we were walking out we saw a bunch of wolf tracks. There were at least 5 different sets. Great.....

This morning the snow was falling lightly and it covered the trees and was beautiful!!! Although I'm sure when the wind picks up it'll blow off. I sure miss living up North!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I've been on a roll!!!

Well, since I've turned our second bedroom into my quilting studio, I've punched out a few baby burp cloths (as seen in my previous post), a laptop bag, a fall table runner, a wall hanging from a block exchange from my last years quilt guild, and a lap quilt for my grandpa...which is twin size because he's super tall! :) And I'm in the middle of another quilt that's for a person who will have to remain nameless for the time being, just in case she's reading this! :)

A couple months ago I took a co-worker to the quilt shop I work at and we took an hour to pick out two green fabrics! :) I had a great time though! It was actually really fun to get another person's ideas when she doesn't quilt! Here's the fabrics she came up with for her laptop bag....

And I should note that I came up with the general pattern from the Crafty Gemini and then made my own adjustments from there! Thanks Gemini! :) I used a couple of recycled plastic buttons for the closure and then sewed hair ties in the binding and looped them over the buttons! The last photo is the truest color.

The wall hanging was a set of 8 blocks (9 including my own) that I just threw together and am going to hang on my wall to replace some plain white wall in my new studio!

My grandpa's quilt is something that I started over a year ago but just finished up the other day. It's at the shop being quilted at the moment, as well as the wall hanging. I'll add photos once they're finished!

Just as a teaser I'll throw this photo in.... It's my scraps from a batik quilt that I've started for a friend. I'm pretty excited about it, and it's coming together quickly! Hopefully I'll have it done before hunting season so that it can be quilted by December....but we'll see.