Sorry I missed you last week but I was trying my best to finish up this quilt but just didn’t make it. Poor Miss Demi has been sick so she’s required lots of attention. She’s cutting 2 more teeth plus a molar and a cold just to make it worse. Thankfully, after about 2 weeks, she’s starting to feel much better. Oy, I forgot how cranky sick babies can be.
So I had an order for a quilt made up from autumn colors. I thought of doing something I’ve been wanting to try for years: Sunshine and Shadow. However, when researching this Amish style quilt, I found that the squares are about 2″. Yikes!!! I can’t ever see myself making a quilt with such little tiny squares. Albeit beautiful, I decided that I don’t have enough life time left to complete such an endeavor. So thinking outside the box, I thought who says the blocks need to be 2″? For me, the bigger, the better so I decided to cut my blocks 5 1/2″. Not exactly the same effect but I like it and moreover, it didn’t take me a lifetime!!
This is a sample of what the traditional Sunshine & Shadow block looks like. Notice the little size.And here is my version, sized up to a 5 1/2″ block. I added 2 pillows to complete the set.Machine quilting close up. I used a variegated thread. BTW, this variegated thread cost me $11.99 for the spool. It was a huge spool of thread and I thought I’d never in a lifetime use it all. Well, after my 3rd quilt using this thread, the spool has dwindled down! I’m glad I spent the money since the thread is great and beautiful!I also finished up a second “Monet” quilt for my daughter, Jenn. It’s just like the first one I made up a few weeks ago.
Now onto new things. After making several seasonal table mats and table runners, I had a hankering to do more so I purchased 2 books. The books came Wednesday and by last evening I was already cutting into fabric.
Here are the two books I got. I love all the projects and may end up making most all of them. I also got a great book on how to machine quilt. I figured since I can’t hand quilt much anymore and really enjoy the quickness of machine quilting, I’d better learn more about how to do it properly. So there you have it. Never a dull moment here! My machines are all threaded up and raring to go! Hopefully I’ll have some more pics to share next week.