Thursday, January 27, 2011

On a Snowy Day

What's better to do than spend a snowed in day working on quilt projects! After digging out from the latest snowfall, I'm starting new projects and catching up on some ongoing ones. I usually post only completed projects, but in this case, I'll make an exception. If I posted all my unfinished projects, there would be a LOT of reading to do!

I'm working through my Civil War projects which until lately have taken a back seat to other, more pressing gift projects. I recently completed the small wall hanging using 5 inch charm squares. The big single block is the first in the Civil War Chronicles series, which in the end will be HUGE. The 6 smaller blocks are from the cover issue of the June American Patchwork & Quilting magazine (the same one that the plaid churn dash came from). I am just loving this day!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Christmas 2010 Quilt

My son Kevin, the paramedic firefighter, was the only one to get a quilt this Christmas, and it wasn't even planned. My pal Joann suggested that a churn dash pattern in a recent magazine would look great in plaids and wouldn't that be a great way to sew down that particular stash?! So I challenged her to show up at my house the next morning at 10:00 to start this project - and she did!!!

We finished our tops in record time and I sent mine off to be quilted ASAP, as I was leaving for California mid-December to spend the holiday with my West coast grandchildren. I like to put the binding on myself and knew I would not have it finished in time for Kevin to get it on Christmas morning in Connecticut. So I brought it with me and managed to actually do some sewing on the plane! I wound up sending the finished quilt by overnight mail to his firehouse in Massachusetts, so that he would have a gift on Christmas morning. (A 24-hour Christmas Eve shift and all day Christmas schedule prevented him from spending time with the CT family contingent.) While he loved the quilt, he made me promise not to send any more boxes to the firehouse unless there was food he could share with the guys in the house.