I've heard from several online friends who were concerned that since I wasn't blogging I had also burned out on quilting. Not at all! I've been busy, though probably not as busy as I used to stay. Don't know if I've become lazier or if old age is just setting in, but things do seem to take longer than they used to. When I first started quilting 10 years ago I completed 10-20 quilts a year with ease. I just don't think that is going to happen anymore.
But I have been piecing and quilting.
First off I finished the little hexie table mat using the vintage hexies cut out by my grandmother.
Some of these fabrics are really old and also thin and I wouldn't have used some of them if this was going to be a quilt that will be washed and used. But I so wanted to use all these pieces Grandma had cut out. This is the last of this size of hexies and it will be a treasured piece.
Then I made three more T-shirt quilts for our daughter-in-law, using T-shirts that belonged to the brother she lost to cancer in April 2011.
Nothing fancy about any of them..just t-shirts all cut the same size and put together without sashing. I used fleece for backing and they are nice and cuddly. Perfect recliner/couch quilts. DIL Deb kept the first one I made in December; she gave the next two to her other brother and her mother. The fourth one was for my son, Jeff. He's a Steeler's fan so I used licensed Steeler's fleece on the back of his. I'm glad to have these done as making t-shirt quilts is not my favorite kind of project.
Right after Christmas I started piecing a scrap quilt using the keyhole pattern I kept seeing all over the internet. I particularly liked this quilt so I drafted my own pattern and added cornerstones in the sashing. I quilted it a couple weeks ago and it is now added to my finished pile.
It was a fun way to use up lots of different 2 1/2" squares that were already cut and stored in one of my bins. That makes for a super fast quilt.
Because I always like to have a hand project going to work on in the evenings I started a big (as in ultimate size of the quilt) project using small (3/4") hexies. I designed the quilt in EQ5. Here is what I hope to make (pretend it is all scrappy diamonds.
Monday I started piecing a sofa quilt for my mother-in-law who will be turning 90 in June. It's ready to be quilted.
It's been a beautiful spring despite a storm that brought 110mph winds through our neighborhood last month. This morning Tom found this tiny daffodil blooming in our yard. I'd forgotten that I used to have a big group of them.
Next week Tom and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.
We'll be spending time in AZ at our son and DIL's. We'll also get to finally meet our great-grandson, Bryce, who turned 1 last January.
He'll be flying to AZ from MA with his parents. So looking forward to spoiling him a bit! We'll also celebrate Tom's 65th birthday as well as Easter.
Until next time..............