Progress and Past

Here is one of the blankets I managed to complete this week…Peter Rabbit and a couple of others.  The blankets are about 40 inches square and are double sided.  The flannel is all prewashed and preshrunk.  I have been making these and selling them as gifts for years now.  It is my own design with special embroidered edges.  And each one comes with a cozy stuffed animal. 

I also finished a baby quilt for the grandson of a friend of mine, but I can’t put it on the blog until I get it into the mail. Don’t want to spoil the surprise.

Everyone is always worrying about all the fabric they have in their stash.  I did too.  So I decided to do something about it.  I made an old-fashioned multi-color cat quilt.  It was a Robert Callaham pattern shown in a magazine some years old.  Thinking I would put a big dent in my stash, I even used scraps to create a patchwork backing for the quilt.   And you know what happened…I think my stash is just as big as it was before.  This lovely quilt didn’t even put a dent into my collection of fabric.   I had the opportunity to display my quilt in the public library for nearly six months.  It was fun.



 A closeup of the cats and “fence.”




Here is the back of the quilt…..all the left over scraps from the front of the quilt.





Here is a photo of the library where the quilts were hung.





And here is a photo of some quilting friends giving a demonstration of their quilting skills at the public library.



Quilting makes such good friends and we have such a good time together!  I wouldn’t trade this time with my friends for anything.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Miss 376
    Oct 08, 2008 @ 01:48:40

    The blankets make for a lovely gift idea. Love the cat quilt, must have been lovely to have it displayed for everyone to enjoy


  2. Karen
    Oct 08, 2008 @ 18:43:28

    Love the cat quilt and like how you did the back. Wonderful being able to display your quilt at the library.


  3. L
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 13:47:55

    Love your cat quilt!! It is fantastic. And your blanket w/stuffed toy is charming : )


  4. anne prunet
    Oct 11, 2008 @ 11:20:53

    Karen, congratulations for that old-fashion-cat-scrap quilt. Il est très lumineux. I love the scrap quilts, and it is now the only hand sewing I currently manage to do. I am too much involved in Mixed media stuff which of course includes fabric as far as I am concerned. Giving birth to new cloth with old things…I think also that this way of quilting recalls the roots of the patchwork.


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