Monday, January 3, 2011

Bouncing Around

It's been a mixed bag of projects that have gotten some attention this New Years weekend. I've bounced  from machine quilting, hand quilting, piecing and hand applique.This one is for a special someone.
No kidding that quilting makes the quilt. Here is the before....
And after. I'm almost done, I have about another hour to finish, then add the binding. I turn the binding and finish  by hand, that's my favorite part of making a quilt.  This one already has a label, I remembered to add it to the back before I loaded it on the machine.
Speaking of hand work,

This prompted me to start the machine quilting yesterday afternoon. I am now on round two of the Baptist Fans, so I'm going to bind this today. I did a scrappy shirting binding, it will just make it more portable with the binding on.

And when I felt like sitting at my DSM, I have worked on a few of the sashing pieces for this block.  2 done, 70 more to go.  This project requires a LOT of cutting. 288 sashing pieces, 288 corner squares, and 576 dark corner squares! The upside is that I'll end up with 576 bonus 1/2 sq triangles that will finish at 1 1/4" for a later project.
This is Sisters Choice by Bonnie Hunter. The center 9 patches were from my Nov swap through this Yahoo group. It's called a Nickel swap group, but it's so much more than that. It's worth checking out if you are into swapping 30's and Civil War prints and blocks.
And my shadow all weekend. Because I her, I have to get dressed and move my feet. We did a 3+ mile walk yesterday, it was beautiful, cold and sunny. We'll be doing it again today!
Yes, she has her own quilt!
I love 3 day weekends!


Brandie said...

The quilting is gorgeous! Your poor finger, I'd be at the machine too just to give it a break. Have you ever used those little sticky pads on your fingers? I found some stickers that I like when I hand quilt, because I can still feel the needle and don't get stabbed as much. Sorry I can't think of the brand name and all I have sitting around is the stickers.

Karmen said...

Good work! I don't know how you cut and sew all those pieces. I love that your pup has her own quilt. Cats just take all of them depending on what will interrupt your work the most. Karmen

Lori said...

The quilting is gorgeous and I'm always amazed at how the quilt takes on a new life.
I love the Sisters choice blocks.

Ann Champion said...

Ouch...your poor finger!
Your machine quilting is really brought the quilt to life.

Your Sister's Choice blocks are so pretty. They'll make a gorgeous quilt!
I don't like the cutting out part either. If only we could wave a magic wand? ;)

What a sweet face your shadow has! :)

Mimi said...

I love your "block" quilt. What size are the hst? I need to make a baby quilt real quick and that looks like an easy one to do. Ouch...about the finger. I know that feeling.

Window On The Prairie said...

Love the 1st quilt. Now take care of that finger, girl.