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My mother in law passed away last week, and this week was busy with the viewing, the funeral, and the burial. My husband is still getting over bronchitis. So with all that, I was lucky to get a little crocheting done!
Worked on handquilting a Halloween lap quilt since I am couch-ridden for at last another day- tweaked my hamstring lifting/laying garden pavers. Started it on Tuesday and have quite a bit done on it- amazing what you can do when all you can do is sit around.
Posts: 1977 | Location: Idaho | Registered: Aug 12, 2005
All I did this week was alter a man's suit jacket so it looked like the one Jack Skellington wore in Nightmare before Christmas. Also made the huge bat tie. Just have to measure the guy's neck to put a band on it.
Posts: 3494 | Location: Staten Island, NY , USA | Registered: Sep 24, 2002
Holly, so sorry about your MIL. I haven't gotten any sewing done this week. DH retired a week ago and he has had new go with him to run numerous errands, getting his driver's license renewed, car emissions and trip to the tag office amount other things. I had cleaned up the sewing stuff, but now I need to pull it all out again and get started on getting projects finished before Thanksgiving gets here.
And here is a closer view of the top row with applique, which I did using the back basting method.
This is the only quilt that both of my kids want so I guess I'll make another one! I'll follow the same general design but probably use a few different blocks - but the applique row will need to be the same since that is the part that both kids like so well.
Beautiful quilt Mary Lou! Is that a snail on the appliqué right side? I'd love to tackle an appliqué project like that.
I've been working on my 12 Days of C'mas swap, and have almost 1/2 of them completed, 4 about half way completed, and a couple more to cut out. I really like that I'm using up several FQ's and pieces that haven't seen the light of day in quite awhile...and they still look good! (If I do say so myself...)
Posts: 1439 | Location: Texas | Registered: Mar 05, 2006
Mary Lou, the quilt is stunning! Are you going to use the same colors for the next one?
I got the nicest surprise in the mail. stm1804 made this mugrug for me. You are so right, Susan, laughing is so healthy! Those googly eyes were the first thing I saw, then I realized it's a mosquito! I've been really terrified of every flying insect since my bout of West Nile Virus. I kept wrapped up in the hospital and wear multiple layers when I get in the car. Thankfully we had a freeze this morning so they should have all died! Isn't this the cutest mugrug? Going right by my chair. Thank you ever so much. It's such a unique get well card that I'm going to enjoy showing off.
Pretty quilt! LOVE the bug mug rug. I lived on the Texas Gulf Coast for seven years. Clute TX has an annual mosquito festival with a mascot mosquito called Henry Manchew - or something like that. I hated living down there!
Little kids' generic clothes patterns are pretty much gender neutral as long as you watch the front button/snap overlap. Isabel's pink jacket from a couple of weeks ago was a size 4. Colt's brown jacket is a size 3. Cain wears a 24 month, so he got the size 2. All are corduroy out of my stash.
When they get bigger, I'll have to get into my denim fabric.
Beautiful quilt, Mary Lou. If I stand in line, can I have one? Sherry, love the coats. I used to make all my kids clothes including boys' suits. I did some for the grandkids, but I draw the line at the great grands. I'm tired! And I understand your feelings about the TX Coast. We were stationed in Kingsville and Corpus Christi. They were good years since my boys were born there, but I was glad to leave! Between the heat and the bugs, I was a wreck! I have 2 quilts at the longarmers, so maybe I'll have something to talk about in a few weeks.
Mary Lou- love the quilt you just made and know your kids will love it too. Great job. I did not sew anything this week because I was in Las Vegas. I had a great time, went on a quilt hop to 4 shops and brought home new kits and fabric for Pattyj and myself. Should have fun working with the new fabric. Sue
Posts: 1607 | Location: Wisconsin | Registered: Oct 01, 2010
I love all the projects this week. I quit doing garment sewing a long time ago so I really appreciate seeing the jackets.
Thanks for all the nice comments about my quilt. Brandy, I am honored that you want to use my quilt for inspiration. Yes, elsie, that is a snail. I think the snail and the turtle were a lot of the reason that Lynn and David both liked this quilt. When I do the next one, I will use the same colors but not necessarily the same fabrics. I'll probably also change some of the block designs just for some variety.
KYIS, I wouldn't even attempt those jackets. great job. Pvillelou, Really pretty quilts Lots of work TFS Evelyn, wish the skeeters could read. That is so cute. TFS Here is what I sewed this week, the PJ Party bowl. DH used it for holding his cold icecream bowl and said it worked great.
I did not make this top. I'm quilting it for a very dear friend of my SIL. She is in her mid 80's and the top was made by her DGM about 75 years ago and she has always wanted to see it quilted. The top is all hand done and if I could do hand quilting I would have done it by hand but I don't hand quilt. It really should be done by hand.
Posts: 3602 | Location: Des Moines, Wa. USA | Registered: Jan 05, 2004
H. Ann, Love that old quilt. The orange background is wonderful! Since it'll be a finished quilt the family will treasure it more. Unquilted tops are too often thrown out. That one will be treasured now and later. Good for you! Evelyn
I agree with EvelynB. I've had people to ask me whether I thought they should take granny's hand pieced quilt top to a machine quilter. I always ask them would they rather have a completed quilt or a quilt top left in a trunk to never see a bed.
Since I am a hand quilter, if I had one of my GGMs hand pieced quilt top I would hand quilt it...MOF, I have. But if not, I'd rather have it machine quilted and usable than folded away.
I love checking this thread. So many cute things and lovely quilts get shown. Gives one inspiration. Great job ladies. I'll be back to quilting myself soon. No illness, just bogged down with garden stuff from late winter to late fall.
Have a Good Day!
Posts: 13307 | Location: Southwestern Maine Zone 5 U.S.A. | Registered: Dec 20, 2002
I hope I can get back to sewing too! I did make this pillow case to try and get back in the sewing mood. I only had enough fabric for one of them. It looks like flannel, but it's 100% cotton. I've had otitis media since 10/1. The doctor is finally going to do surgery on Monday to get the fluid out...can't wait to hear better again. I'm sure I will be more motivated then!
Devonne, T and P's for your upcoming surgery and speedy recovery. I just received some fabric from Fabric.com to make 2 AU pillowcases for 2 GKs for Christmas. One is a senior this year and her brother will be a freshman next year. Love looking at everyone's projects. I laughed out loud when I saw the mosquito! I do want to make the bowl holder. I always have to have a napkin or something between my hand and a bowl.