Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Batik Twister Around the World

Sometime close to the beginning of 2012 I decided I was going to put together quilts for Christmas gifts.  I was sidetracked for about five weeks sewing baby layette items and of course a quilt for our new grandbaby.  So far, so good. I have two flimsy's to share today and one on the design wall and of course am still working on that T-shirt quilt :).  
This Batik Twister is for my sister and her hubby.  I don't have to worry about any of them seeing these because they do not read my blog.  Several years ago I won a drawing at my quilt guild and won lots of fat quarter batiks.  I really just didn't know what I wanted to do with them until I started seeing these twister quilts.  I think I will name this September in the Rain.  It is a nice sized lap quilt for their living room which she has decorated in very warm fall colors.
I should have taken a few close-up shots, the colors in this flimsy are so vibrant, it looks so pretty, maybe after it is quilted I will get some better shots. 
Next is my first trip around the world ala Eleanor Burns.  I just love her books because everything is step by step instructions and so easy to follow.  This fabric also came from my stash.  I had a little trouble with one of the greens, I don't know if I measured wrong or if the fabric stretched, but during construction had to readjust at that one square.  This flimsy will be a gift for my brother and sister-in-law.  Their living room is done in soft green and blues, so I think this will be a good couch cuddle quilt for them.

I don't know if I will quilt these myself or not, I might have to send at least one of them to the longarmers if I run short of time.  Sneak peak of design wall

If I show more you will guess the pattern - ? This will be the wedding quilt for my daughter and dear SIL, I hope to have this done by Christmas too.  Their colors were red and brown and they don't know I am making this, they have been married for two going on three  years now so it will be a surprise for them. 
This year feels more productive - I think making the lists and trying to keep written documentation of what I am working on each week has kept me focused.  It is a good feeling.   Gotta go - work tomorrow.  Adios  Bernie

Monday, June 11, 2012

Grandma's Dresses

This quilt hangs on the wall above the daybed in the small spare bedroom; I purchased it at a quilt show many years ago in a small town not far from home.  Each dress has little buttons, lace around the collar or a bow or a little belt.  It appears to be a pieced block, I wish I could get a better close up picture of some of the dresses, but my camera just blurs it.  Isn't it cute?

Life has been busy for me the past few months, watching grandbabies and trying to keep up with everything else.  I am hoping to get a bit of sewing in this Sunday and some pictures of my flimsy's (2 down, one on design wall and still plugging away on the t-shirt quilt).  So I have been busy - more pics next week.    Bernie