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