Whew! The end-of-summer madness is in full swing, and I’ve been a busy girl! I realized today that it’s been three WEEKS since I last posted anything to the blog.
In those few weeks, I’ve done some non-quilting sewing that included helping a friend sew a cover for her baby carrier and getting together with a great group of ladies for some assembly-line pillowcase dress making. I was the shoulder strap sewist! The dresses will be going to a pastor in Uganda who visited my church back in April. He’ll be giving them to the girls in his congregation.
It was really nice getting together with other ladies and working towards making something to give. There was a lady in the group who brought and donated 67 adorable dresses that she’s made over the last year. And she also sews for Project Linus. Amazing.
I’ve only been a quilter for a couple of years, and I’m constantly learning more and more how absolutely generous my fellow quilters are. Not many other pastimes include spending countless hours working on something that you turn around and give to a stranger. And I know some of you out there are doing it all the time. You inspire me!
So on that note: Today I’m sharing my latest finish, which will be donated through my guild to a local hospital.
This one was started as an entry for Pat Sloan’s Hip to Be Square challenge. The challenge was to make a quilt with 2.5″ squares, with an emphasis on using up scraps. I also challenged myself to see if I could make a quilt that I loved out of fabric that I most definitely did not love.
The answer was a resounding no.
Honestly, I don’t like this quilt and wasn’t going to put it on the blog. And then I quilted and washed it and sort of fell in love with the crinkly goodness of it all.
I was able to grab this backing fabric out of the charity quilt fabric bin at the guild. I felt like the seafoam color cooled the quilt down a bit and the busy floral went along well with the crazy florals on the front.
One thing I do love about this one is the quilting pattern. It created these crazy, bunched up sections that gave it the perfect amount of old-fashioned texture. I know I’ll be using that one again really soon.
I’m proud to say that after a ton of work, I’ve finished the hand piecing of the Windows AND appliqued them to the background!
I’m very excited about this one! I will be framing out what I have so far in Kona Coal Grey and either doing a blue or lime green binding. I haven’t come up with a name for this one yet, but it has to be sports related. For one, it’s Seahawks colors (you see these colors EVERYWHERE where I live!). And second, I worked on this mostly during my kids’ Tae Kwon Do and Cross Country practices. Any name suggestions?
This week, I’m linking up to:
Happy Sewing! ~L