6 September 2014

5 Finishes!

I always seem to begin a blog post with "it's been a long time" or apologizing one way or another about the lack of keeping up to date with blogging but it has been en extremely busy year for me having decided to make each of our grandchildren a quilt for Christmas and also having started teaching.  When I decide to do something or set myself a target (mainly for quilting) haha, I do tend to stick with it no matter how long it takes.  I have achieved my goal for the year having now completed my last quilt for the grandies.  In fact I made 6 (no not another one on the way or at least I hope not) and decided that one of them was not really suitable.  So it will sit in the cupboard - waiting!!!

I will give you just a little peak as it really wouldn't be right to have the big display until the children have received them; so here they are...

A quilt for each grandchild

This has been a labour of love and I have enjoyed every minute of making them and I'm sure they will be enjoyed by each one - 3 boys and 2 girls.  Guesses which are boys and which are girls!!

My teaching schedule began in about April of this year kicking off with the very basics ie straightening of fabric and rotary cutting and making very basic Disappearing 9 patch table toppers.  Paper piecing was a fun class and the ladies who completed their projects were really thrilled with how they turned out.  In another class I had to give one of the ladies a lesson on how to use her sewing machine first, so there is always a surprise starting a new class!

Fee motion quilting is my absolute passion as I have mentioned in earlier posts back in 2012 and these are the classes I most enjoy teaching.  It is so exciting to see someone who has never attempted fmq before becoming quite comfortable with moving her quilt sandwich around under the needle by the completion of the lesson.  But of course the bottom line being practice, practice, practice and more practice!

Well it's the first week in September and the children's quilts are done which gives me a bit of breathing space before starting on my next project.  Hmm I wonder what it will be as I have so many ideas and so many things on my bucket list that I can't wait to make.  But first I need to make a postcard, in fact two, for our fabric postcard swap group and also a birthday block, another group to which I belong.  See here for my tutorial on how to make a fabric postcard.

Thank you for stopping by and I will really try to post more regularly now.

As usual, happy quilting,