Thankfully, I’ve had a good chunk of time to spend with my sewing machine over the past few days. So much so, I’ve actually finished my swap partner’s stocking! I took the quilted pieces that I talked about yesterday (they are dog themed fabrics) and cut the stocking shape from them, added batting, lining, and a cuff and, volia! A stocking. Of course, it sounds much easier than what it wound up being, the batting didn’t cooperate, the cuff puckered in spots (which required lots of ripping out stitches to finally get it even), and of course lots of pins to get all those quilted pieces lined up! However, I’m really pleased with how it turned out in the end – let’s just hope most things I make fit inside.
When I got the latest Joann’s flier, I was really inspired by Debbie Mumm’s quilted stocking on the cover. So much so, that when I decided on what kind of stocking to make for my partner (on in this case, her dog, Sara), I opted for a quilted one. Little did I know of the work that laid ahead of me!
Lately, I’ve been feeling the urge to start up a quilt. I’ve made one for almost everyone else in my family, except for myself. I haven’t settled on a design, but a local quilt shop is having a fat quarter sale ($1 each) and I intend on loading up and possibly finding a pattern then. In the mean time, I thought that I would share some of my larger patchworks. So read on for show and tell time!
Occasionally, I get books in the mail to read and post a review on my site. The other day, however, I received a package, but instead of an instructional book, it was a DVD – Sally Collins Teaches You Precision Piecing. For those of you who have been reading this site for awhile, you may remember that early last year, I took a quilt class to make this quilt. Since I’ve never had the opportunity to try an instructional sewing DVD before and I had an actual class to compare to, I was anxious to test this out!
The weather is turning noticeably cooler, the leaves are changing, and it’s time to snuggle underneath fluffy quilts. It’s this kind of weather that gets me in the mood to start a new quilt. So, it’s only fitting that today’s review is on a quilting book – M’Liss Rae Hawley’s latest title, Mariner’s Medallion Quilts.
I forgot to mention the other day, I got a new Hancock’s of Paducah catalog the other day. I probably didn’t mention it because I wasn’t too “inspired” by it this time around. Don’t get me wrong – the fabrics are beautiful and they are nice to flip through, but where are all the cool new patterns and books?
I really wanted to spend the evening looking atshopping for fabrics – I got a Joann’s gift card (from using my Joann’s CC so much) in the mail yesterday and I heard fabric calling my name. BUT, I still had my Shattered Glass Quilt to finish.
Well, tonight was my last class for my quilt – out of the seven women, only three of us showed up. One left shortly after the class started because she didn’t bring her machine. Why would you sign up for a class, pay money, and not attend the classes?
The other woman and I stayed for 2 1/2 hours and sewed. I had to give up, I started making too many mistakes and had to use the seam ripper one too many times. I’ve got about 3/4 of the quilt put together and I’ll need to do the outside border too.
The same teacher is going to do a Karen K. Stone Quilts next. OOOOH, looks fun!
I’ve been working hard at trying to get all my homework done for Monday night’s Shattered Glass class. I’ve got 2 blocks left to go – roughly an hour’s work, provided that I don’t make any mistakes!