Busy Days

What have I been doing for the last four months?   Well, a lot actually!   Thanks for being patient with me and thank you for always coming back to see what’s new!

I finally had my star quilt quilted by Jamie Wallen in Michigan City, IN.    Didn’t realize I wouldn’t get it back for four months, but I do love how it is quilted!   He did a beautiful job.   And it is now one of my favorites!

Star Quilt 1

You can see the lovely feather quilting done around each star!

Star Quilt 2 closeup

While that was out being quilted, I made 20 more baby blankets with teddy bears for our Quilters’ Plus Holiday Boutique the first weekend in November.   I have them all lined up and waiting to put double ribbons around each teddy bear.   I have made these for many years.   The proceeds of these blankets help support my quilt guild (and I get some money back as well).   It’s a lot of work to make so many, but voila!  C’est fini!

2013 baby blankets

I also made some wool Christmas ornaments to sell at the same Holiday Boutique, but 100% of the proceeds from these ornaments will go to my NeedleArtisans of NW Indiana group and the quilt guild.    The same goes for the cotton kitchen washcloths I made.   I would like to make more items, but my own projects seem to be suffering with all the things I made for the Boutique.   So I will have to call it quits for the boutique items I think.

Wool Ornaments 1

Wool Felt Ornaments 2

Wool Felt Ornaments 3

Cotton Washcloths

And last but not least of my projects, I have my “Over the River and Through the Woods” quilt prepared for quilting.  The three picturesque center panels are all hand embroidered.   I plan to machine quilt this one myself.   I don’t consider myself a good home machine quilter, but it’s too pricey to have one’s quilts quilted professionally.   I like to say “I DID IT MYSELF” anyway.   And some quilts just don’t warrant the weeks and weeks of hand quilting.   Besides, I still have my yellow whole cloth one on my quilt frame.   It’s almost done!

Over the River 1

In between all the sewing, life things happened….a couple of wakes and funerals….a shower and a wedding….a week’s getaway for DH and myself…. several lunches with friends….a trip to the International Quilt Show in Chicago….quite a bit of gardening upkeep….an unexpected reunion with my three siblings (some who live quite far away)…and the usual everyday things.   I very much enjoy my retirement….and love to sit and “veg” occasionally with a good book or my trusty computer seeing what’s new in the needlework and quilting world.

Thanks for visiting my blog again!     Amities, Averyclaire


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy Mathews
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 12:42:43

    Great quilting for sure!


  2. Nanouanne
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 14:05:56

    Oh, dear Karen, what a post here! A nice resumé of your needlework activities. Everything you made is lovely, and to me it looks really ‘american’. Don’t ask what I mean, it is just sort of a feeling, and I like your quilts, whether you quilt them yourself or not. It seems you had and have a good time. Enjoy!


  3. Anne Leonas
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 17:13:59

    As you know, I love your quilts and am glad you got the last one back. You have made so many pretty items for the Quilters Boutique already, and I’m sure both guilds will be very thankful for your work.


  4. Margaret
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 18:19:46

    Beautiful quilts! That quilting is lovely! Love all the different projects you’ve been making too!


  5. Annie
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 19:21:51

    Well you have been one busy needlewoman! The Star quilt is just gorgeous. I can’t believe how many items you have made for your various charities. That’s a ton of time an effort.
    The new quilt top is another beauty. It is a nice feeling to complete it on your own and I’m sure you will do a great job on it.


  6. Kay Nelson
    Jul 09, 2013 @ 05:35:26

    You have been busy……lovely work, as always.

    Sent from my iPad


  7. Carol
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 15:17:27

    Oh, I adore that star quilt–what a fantastic job you did on it!! And I know your baby blankets and little ornaments will be big sellers at the November boutique…

    So glad you’re enjoying your retirement–I look forward to that time in my life, too (7 years and counting!!).


  8. An Older Woman
    Jul 12, 2013 @ 17:36:19

    Do you sleep? These are all amazing. The Christmas ornaments especially because they remind me of my childhood holiday tree. Lovely.


  9. dasha
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 18:45:17

    Those ornaments are so pretty!


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