It's been a year since I published my first post - so I think it's time to host my first giveaway :) Keep reading to find out how to enter...
It's been a long summer filled with family adventures - we just finished a six week, 10 000km road trip to the Rockies - so my current sewing project is less about sewing and more about unsewing!
This quilt was given to my by a cousin who wants me to fix it, so I packed my embroidery scissors and a seam ripper to get a start on the deconstruction. It took a while to get into the groove of unsewing...usually that's the part I rather hate about quilting because it's proof I made a mistake - but this was quite different.
I didn't make a mistake, I was fixing something. A small tweak to the point of view and suddenly unsewing became relaxing!
I was surprised at how quickly this project came apart. I've spent about an hour per block pulling out the applique and quilting stitches on each of the 16 inch squares.
I haven't pulled out the quilting on the sashing yet - I'll tackle that next :)
As I removed the dresden blades, I sorted the tattered scraps from the less worn yellow pointed fabric. I intend to reuse the yellow on the new dresden design. The other scraps of fabric and thread will be added to my next stuffed cushion project!
While on vacation, I received two important emails. The first was from a customer who wants a memory quilt made from old clothes. This has a short deadline, so this is a quick shot of where I was yesterday.
The second email asked if I would be interested in a design challenge - of course I would! There are about 60 people participating in a block design hop the first week of September, so check us out!
With all this great news, I have to share the joy I have two patterns to pass along to One Lucky Winner. House Rules by Raggedy Stitches is a happy blend of patchwork, applique and embroidery to make this folksy wall hanging. Sunset Silhousette by Sunset Silhouette Designs has a majestic elk appliqued over a strip-pieced background. :) There are two entries for you to win, so good luck :D
Memory quilts aren't always cute and cuddly, this t-shirt quilt is all about hard rock and good times!
A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!
A very sentimental Mom asked me to make a bed-sized quilt from her children's baby clothes, and this is going to be one beautiful memory quilt!
The second school that I worked with this spring did a wonderful job on this quilt they have donated to the local parish church.
For the third year, I helped the students at a local elementary school to make a quilt. This year we had a donation of fabric which makes this fundraiser even more fantastic!