Saturday, March 29, 2014

two quilts

Two quilt tops are going off to be long-armed tomorrow!  I can't remember if I've shown this one all put together -- most of the blocks were Block Lotto winnings from way too long ago, and I added a few more blocks and some giant borders to make this big enough for a very tall young man who's (we hope) going to graduate from high school this spring. He is the son of friends and I've known him since before he was born...

Next up is something newer -- this was the Planet Patchwork Christmas Mystery from 2013. I posted about it earlier, but just got the borders on and a backing pieced together today.

For some reason I've been on a jigsaw puzzle kick lately -- this is probably the 5th one I've done since the holidays. There are a few more stacked up in the basement but I'm trying to space them out so that I get some sewing done, too.  If anyone local want to swap puzzles, you know where to find me!

Could someone tell me why Blogger has decided to rotate all my photos recently?  When they come off the camera, I rotate (if needed) and crop them before saving, and then blogger rotates them  another 90 degrees when I upload them, so I have to go back and edit again...

Friday, March 14, 2014

another little quilt swap

I've enjoyed participating in this swap for the last few years.  The 2014 edition is just finishing up, and since my part of the swap is complete, I thought I'd show off what I sent and what I received.

This was the quilt I made. I started it quite a while ago, forgot about it, and then rediscovered the center part (hummingbird and yellow border) in one of my "orphan" bins a couple of months ago. Hmm... why not finish it up for the swap? 

And this is the quilt I received -- it was made by Wil Opio Oguta of The Netherlands.  I was especially interested in this one because my husband works in wind energy -- his eyes lit up when he saw it.  The four large patches have faint photos of old-fashioned windmills; it's very effective and I'm so happy to have received it!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's March

And way too long since my last post!  
In February, I celebrated the 2nd birthday of my twin niece&nephew (along with my own) and made each of them another sweater.  Bane is wearing "Biker Boy" and Mia has a lace-front cardigan.  Both a little bit big, this time -- so I'm hoping they'll fit for a while!

Then my sister and I went off to Empty Spools at Asilomar for a workshop with Sue Benner.  I didn't know anything about her beforehand, but ended up loving the week and her work.  

 The class was all about different ways to use fusing, and this was the first project. It still needs to be quilted, of course.  Everything gets fused directly onto a "quilt canvas" that is backing and batting already fused together, so it's very stable.

We shared a table with two fabulous new friends from Boise -- here's what things looked like by the last afternoon of class!

I'll have more pictures of Asilomar projects, and a couple of new knitted things, as soon as I get myself organized...