The last year was a little rough for me. I wasn't able to post here much. I was able to sew some. I helped my mom during her last few months of life. I helped my sisters clean out her home. I trained a few people with their new Handi Quilter Longarm quilting machines. I continued to work, serve in my church, and care for my family.
Mom's work to be done is dwindling down a bit. She is still on my mind, and I miss her, but I don't have as much to do for her.
Life is getting back to a "normal roar". So I have become a Finisher again.
Last week, I finished quilting 3 customer quilts in 3 days. I put binding on 2 of them during the next 2 days. I am working on a store sample, and I finished a small store sample last month. So, I consider myself a Finisher again.
This summer, I quilted and finished this fun Jelly Roll Quilt. I pieced it back in February. It is supposed to have something fun on it (like ric rac or applique), but I don't speak embellishment. I thought it was fine without the extra. It's a nice lap quilt.
Then, this last month, I made this grocery bag dispenser, using charms. I found the instructions on Moda Bakeshop. I actually made two, with charms left over. I will probably hang one at the store for a sample.
In May, we had a class in guild to make an art quilt - Poppies. It uses raw-edge applique. I've used the technique before, but sometimes I have to be reminded I know something. The poppies stand out well for me, but I don't think I particularly like my background choice. I've even thought of doing this in a miniature. As I don't speak embellishment, my friend Pam sewed lots and lots of beads on this. Hard to pick up in the picture, but it adds sparkle in real life.
I am also participating in a guild Mystery Quilt. I started a month late with my cutting, and after I square these blocks up, I will have the first sewing step done. There are supposed to be 88 of these blocks. I'll count them as I square them up.
I'm using Civil War reproductions, which I haven't used too much before. Mysteries can be a little scary, because you don't know what you'll end up with. However, the Mystery Leader does good stuff, so I'm giving it a try. 2/3 of my fabric came from my friend and co-worker, Judy. She was very generous to give me so many fat quarters!
I'll keep working and I think I'll be able to keep up on posting, too! It's nice to be back at it again.
Keep on Sewing!