Sunday, July 01, 2007

A Weekend of Firsts

I had another weekend with the pleasure of spending lots of time quilting and stitching and lots of first-time projects for me.

I started and finished my first doll quilt. All of the fabric came from my stash. It is the first project I machine quilted and the first time I've made french fold binding with strips only 1 3/4 inch wide. Wow! Talk about skinny binding. I'm going to save photos until my swap partner receives it.

I've seen many bloggers who are working on one of Leanne Beasley's projects and couldn't wait any longer to make one for myself. I took out my scraps from my Wicked Girlie quilt I made a couple weeks ago and made a block from her Romancing the Road Trip block. My first for this project was I traced one of the postcard patterns onto paper and then traced the project onto the fabric using my light box. It was also a first because I used interfacing behind the muslin. I haven't decided what I'm going to stitch in the second muslin block.

Does anyone have a pattern for making a 15 inch pillow cover? I think that's what I want to make with this block.

Another first was I decided to make a series of small quilts with the Bobby Socks alphabet blocks instead of waiting 2 years to make a bed-sized quilt. I put the first four blocks together today with burgundy sashing strips. I think this little quilt needs something else, but I'm not sure what. Any suggestions?

Short work week this week. We have to work Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we're off for the holiday. Thursday we have to work. Friday we are taking off for our wedding anniversary. I'm taking DH golfing and, of course, we will stop at a new to me quilt shop. We are spending the weekend at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester, NH. The hotel is the right field part of the minor league baseball park. We will have a room with a view. On Saturday I get to pick up my Pink Finity quilt from my long arm quilter and I'll be dropping off my Wicked Girlie quilt for her to quilt.

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!


Finn said...

Hi Sweet Pea, what a lovely project you having going ala Leaane. I think it's going to be gorgeous, and will go with your girlie quilt.
I'm so happy you opted to put your Bobby Sox blocks together. Sometimes those big projects just last(and take) way tooooo long.
I was wondering how it might like with a fe small yo-yo's,clustered together at an intersection, kind of like a little bouquet of posies?
The Little Quilts people do that so well, and it looks neat on man of the Mary Engelbriet stuff also. Except she uses poppies! Maybe a tiny button center to hold the yo-yo in place?? Just a thought. Enjoy your 4th, and a happy anniversary slightly early *VBS* Hugs, Finn

May Britt said...

Is there a Leanne fever out in blogland LOL I am so looking forward to meet her in october. Your stitchery alfabeth blocks are so cute. I would have done them too, but our alfabeth does not match the drawings. Angel would be Engel in norwegian.

Doodlebug Gail said...

You're having a wonderful time with all your new things! Your Bobby Socks Alphabet blocks look very nice set together like that - you do such lovely work. I'm busy on a stitchery .... I shall show it on my Blog as soon as it is finished - perhaps today!

Angie said...

Your embroidery blocks are just adorable, Sweet P! And I drool over everyone's Leanne Beasley blocks that they post. Oooooh, I reallllly like Finn's idea for 'adding' to your 'little quilt'. :D

Morah said...

What would be wrong with just a simple border? I really like your stitcheries.

Libby said...

Your new projects all sound wonderful - isn't it fun to stretch and try new things? I have to say you have probably made a wise move in making smaller quilts from your redwork pieces - this is why BOM's don't work for me . . . I just lose my interest before we get to the end.
Have fun on your annivesary trip!

Carole said...

Happy wedding anniversary! Enjoy you mini get away! Your stitchery looks sweet! Keep well!