Saturday, October 31, 2009

Back in the groove

I'm starting to get back into my quilting groove. That makes me feel happy. Maybe it is the terrible weather that is helping, I'm not sure. But finally things are happening again in my sewing room. Hooray!

I spent last evening and all day today sewing. I finished a small quilt top that is intended to be a baby quilt one day. It isn't very babyish, in the traditional sense, but it works for me.

Plus I made nice progress on a Christmas quilt. (Sorry, no pic of that one yet.) And I have decided that I will use my favorite Borders on a Roll to help me finally finish Matt's quilt. No more excuses there, once I actually purchase the border papers. Here's a peek at Matt's quilt in it's present state.

Oh, and here is the purse I made last week. I really love it! I wish I had managed a better shot, but I think you get the idea. The pattern is Mini Bow Tucks. I'm excited about teaching this one. I think I have around 10 people signed up to take the class so far. Cool!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

In my last post, I mentioned the sweatshirt jacket class I taught at The Wooden Spool quilt shop. I made myself a jacket along with the class, and I finished mine last night.

This is the front view of my jacket.

And this is the back.

I like how it turned out, and as a bonus, this one fits. :) The last one I made finished too big. I may try reworking that one to make it fit.

I also managed to finish a pillow this month. It is made of orphan blocks left from the quilt I made for my bed.

And this sadly, is just about the full extent of my sewing/quilting for this month. The only other thing I made was the purse for my class next month. But I forgot to snap a picture of it before I dropped it off at the shop. I will try to get a pic this weekend and post it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm ok, I've just been busy lately

I didn't realize it has been so long since my last post. Life has thrown some interesting changes my way. The last of my kids has left the nest, as he has gone away to college. I would have thought that meant I'd have lots of free time to quilt. Somehow, that hasn't been the case. In fact, I have done very little quilting for the past two months. :(
Matt's quilt is still unfinished. I haven't even made any new progress on it. And he has been hinting that it is cold out and he needs it now. I will confess that it got pushed aside to work on a different project.
This month I taught my very first class at a local quilt shop, and I dropped all of my other projects to work on my class project, a quilted sweatshirt jacket. Today was our last class. It was a real learning experience for all of us. Most of my class are nearly finished with their jackets, and I am really impressed with how well they are turning out. We faced a few unexpected problems, but worked our way through them together. And in the end, we all had fun. I'm going to be teaching a purse class next month. :D
I do have a couple things nearly complete that I hope to have pictures of in the next couple days. No pictures for today, though.