Weekend Sewing

It’s only fitting that I’m posting this now.  With three more days to go until Thanksgiving, this weekend I was reminded of why I love quilting.  This year has been … crazy.  I took on a new role at work, which I love, but every day is different and I haven’t figured out how to manage everything and take time to create.  Well, this weekend I just did it.  And it felt great.

I am so thankful for quilting.  It is good for the soul.

Before I head home I have a few projects that I want to finish.  First up was a pillow for my mom.  She made the pillow top this summer.  This improv project was the first things she’s sewn on her new machine and first project she’s worked on in 30+ years.  Hey, I had to get it from somewhere, right?

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I decided to quilt it with gridwork.   In my opinion it needed something super structured juxtaposed with the craziness of the quilt work.  I.love.it.

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I know it won’t be seen, but she’ll know this fabric is there.  She loves lady bugs, so lady bugs she’ll get 🙂

And here we have a finished pillow:

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I hope she remembers our summer together every time she sees it.  Spending time quilting with my mom is a priceless memory that I’ll love forever.  And, luckily, it’s one I’ll get to repeat again!  (Thank you, teacher schedule!)

Then… drumroll please… I finished up my Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts quilt top.  Holy goodness.  This thing started as a wee baby center star.  Then, Renee turned it up a notch with her amazing borders (they stop at the pluses).  Laura, got crazy creative with the Social Climber border (so needed) and the beautiful diamond border.  Then, Jess finished it off with a beautiful border that I love!  It’s my favorite border from the Avatrix Quilt so I was so happy to see it.  Plus, those Xs!  We were going to collaborate on a orange peel border, but no matter what I tried I just couldn’t make it work.  So… another project is coming with those. This weekend I had to finish this up.  I.LOVE.IT.  This quilt means so much because these ladies were my original cheerleaders.  The first people I connected with in the blogosphere.  Ah, I can’t believe I get to keep it!

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Now it’s time to send it off for quilting!  Yes, my first time sending a quilt off to a long armer 🙂  It had to be done.  I love this quilt too much to quilt it, plus it’s huge – 86 x 86.  No way my back can handle that.  LOVE.  I can’t get over how much I love this quilt.

Then, I pulled out a quilt and started quilting this weekend.  WHAT?  I know, it was crazy this weekend.  More to come, more to come!  Hopefully I can knock it out by Wednesday…

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So very thankful for this crazy hobby that has brought each of you into my life.  Here’s to making more time for it…


12 thoughts on “Weekend Sewing

  1. Hurray for a quilting weekend!!! I LOVE your travelling quilt – particularly Laura’s border (I have a whole quilt designed around that happening in my head :D). Have a great holiday!

  2. The pillow is so pretty! I’m sure your mom will love it! So exciting seeing another quilt finished! Where are you sending it to be quilted? I seriously laid awake last night trying to figure out how/when I could do it, ha. I actually thought it was bigger than 86″…that seems doable on my machine…

  3. Glad you’re back. I am going to a mini retreat on Saturday – from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. I don’t “have” to do anything, which means selfish sewing all day (and lunch is provided). Whoohoo! Glad you can share quilting with your mom. Mom and I share the love of baking in the same way.

  4. Just found your blog, loving it, you have quite inspired me to get going on one of my own..I have been looking at historical quilts for my blog and I love the community spirit that is created while creating the quilt. I plan to make one with a couple of friends this year, Will visit again to see what you are up to and keep motivated.

  5. Can’t wait to see your quilt when it’s back from the longarmer. Beautiful work. I understand how school can get in the way of our quilting/sewing hobby.

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