Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Debbie's Quilt - A Finish!

The last time I shared with you about Debbie's quilt the top was finished, the backing was ordered, and I was getting ready to mail it off to my quilter friend, Shirley Jackson.   The pantograph and thread choices are perfect for this quilt.  But, of course. Shirley always does a beautiful job.
























In 2017 Debbie asked me to make her a new quilt because the one I had made for her 36 years earlier was worn out, I was more than happy to. That's why this quilt will no longer be known as "Debbie's Quilt", but rather "Because You Asked".   (I'm not usually any good at naming quilts, but I like this name!)
























This is my first finish for 2019.
























I was excited to be able to make a trip to St. Louis recently to gift it in person.  Partly because it weighs a ton, and I didn't want to mail it. 



















Mostly because I wanted to see Debbie's face and bask in the glow of her love and admiration.  Not really.  I just wanted to love on her a little bit.  I don't get to see her often enough.














































So, it's finally in Debbie's arms.  Seriously.  It's probably actually in her arms this very minute.  She was so happy when I gave it to her the other evening I feel certain she's yet to let it go.





Sunday, March 3, 2019

"I am behind my time..."

Just like ole Bob Cratchit, I am a little bit late.  This is my first post in 2019.  Coming out of the holidays and into the new year, dreary winter weather, and not as much daylight as is good for you, are all things that never fail to put me into a real funk in January and February.  The low mood wasn't really bad this year, but adding being super busy to that, well, you get the picture.  Spring IS right around the corner which should be reason enough to perk up, but one day of sunshine in the last two weeks isn't helping.   Nevertheless, here I am!

I have been busy and getting into my sewing room some, but I thought I would summarize 2018 before sharing what I've been up to lately.  I HAD 17 FINISHES LAST YEAR!  (If you click on any highlighted quilt names you can read more about it.)  I noticed I had a slow start in 2018, too, with my first finish being in March.  Hmmm, I see a pattern here.

MARCH finishes --

"Zen Chic" 


















Two "Tom & Jerry" quilts 















APRIL FINISH --

Two doll quilts for "A Doll Like Me" 
















MAY FINISHES --

Josh's T-Shirt quilt  and  "Hypnotic"





















JUNE FINISH --

"Riding in Cars with Denise" 

















JULY FINISHES --

Doll quilt for "A Doll Like Me",  AJ's quilt, and "Disaster Averted"


















AUGUST FINISH --
  
"A Quilt for Joan" 




















SEPTEMBER FINISH --

"Love and Friendship"
















OCTOBER FINISH --

"Retro Frames"
















NOVEMBER FINISH --

"Gemini"




















DECEMBER FINISHES --

"StL Cards".....  




















.....and "Tickled Pink"

This is one I haven't shared before.  I sneaked it in at the last minute between Christmas and New Years.  I needed a little "Sewing Room Therapy" so I made one last charity quilt for the year.  I keep a box of bright 5" squares and some pieces large enough for backings just in case I feel like sewing but don't really have a plan.  This is the result. A quilt for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.




















I'm thinking 2018 was a very good year!