Thursday, February 24, 2011

An Ending and a Beginning.

I'm done with the quilted bag and in the small hands of my granddaughter who astutely said "made it out of hot pads, eh". She is a funny little thing. Fact is, I did use the same fabric to make some hot pads, a week or so back. Children notice everything. So far she hasn't put her Barbie clothes in it but she has carried it around like a purse.

So now on to my next project, a sampler type crazy quilt, complete with the catty wompus piecing and embroidery and velvet. It will take me a while, but then, that's what retirement is for.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Learning to freemotion quilt

My newest interest is freemotion quilting. I've done some small quilt projects before but never got to the point of learning the actually quilting part. I've haunted Youtube and websites and have been practicing. I really think I am getting the hang of it but last night I sewed my finger. I can't help but laugh, 50 years of sewing and my first sewing injury. The websites advise practicing on squares or rectangles of fabric/batting sandwiches. Since I am a waste not, want not kind of person, now my goal is to find uses of these small quilted squares and rectangles. Today I am working on a bag for my granddaughter, Mya to use for her Barbie clothes. My original thought was just a drawstring bag but I seem to be making something a little more complicated now. I should be done tomorrow and then back to practice squares.