Another workshop and another quilt top!

Albeit a table top runner:

I had a workshop for this runner on Wednesday night.  All I have to do is add the backing, batting and binding.  So? To whom will it go?

This is my instructor’s runner:

Here is a Christmas one started:

I think that I will be making one or two more of these.  Nice table centrepieces.

And here is my partner in crime:

I get to see her tomorrow for a day of stippling.  I am yet again going to try to stipple on my machine.  I am making my quilt sandwiches right now.

And here is where we went last week-end:

Until next time! Happy quilting!

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Gifts in the mail!

Thank you Janet from Malaysia.  I participated in a tea coaster swap and my partner sent me these four.  The embroidery is s beautful and the added touch of beads is so innovative.  Thanks too for the material.  It will be washed and folded and  I  hope to pick just the right project for it.

And here is a tea coaster put to use:

As you can see, no dainty tea cup for me! I drink tea from a mug and I am enjoying a nice cup of tea after finishing off a batch of essay corrections! Tea is good for the soul. Thanks again Janet.  I made four and sent them overseas, to Italy.  It was a nice swap. As usual, I hemmed and hawed and procrastinated and worried! But once again, honed my skills.

Off to finish that tea.

Aching back but basting is…

DONE! 🙂

While the kitchen window was being replaced, I holed up in my sewing room to finish the basting! Now I can sit comfortably in my sewing chair, watch tv, put my feet up, take a break during the week and do the actual appliquing. What a long process.  I have some applique work to finish up to .  Tonight I have to correct student essays but it was well worth the effort to spend  the day stitching!

Now I have to clean the mess! The kitchen is definitely brighter.

Oh.  Don’t miss the latest quilting event! Fall into Fall Quilt Bloggers Giveaway! It will be going on for the next two weeks so when I have a few minutes, I’ll be doing the tour! 🙂

IN LOVE!

….with CELTIC  quilting er….applique?

This is my sample piece.  I think that I will make it into a small wall hanging.  I’m sure that I can think of someone on my llist who would appreciate it.  I think that this type of quilting will give me lots of practice in honing my hand applique stitching because I’m not about to use my lowly Kenmore for machine stitching.

This was my first quilting workshop of the year.  I spent the day yesterday in great company, hi Jennifer! This is very intricate, kind of like a puzzle, must concentrate when basting the bias strips.  For a person who likes to see the finish right away I must be patient and BASTE! So, this is basting, when all the strips are basted, I will sit in front of the tv and applique.  I’m surprised at:

– how fast the basting goes

– the bias strips “moveability” (they snakes)  – I used bias strip bars .

– how addicting it is.

I have a quilt guild meeting this week,  so I will bring this to do and get some more tips.

I admit, I have been lax; LIFE! Swimming, running, WORKING which involves mountains of corrections and preparation (both at work and at home ), stitching, reading….I am tired at noting them!  This is all integrated with family time!  Not enough hours in the day!

A special shout out to Sheila, Diane, Maritt!  I am reading your blogs! And to J….what are you crafting?