I have put in a busy, busy week at the sewing machine, and my back is kind of feeling it this morning. I have a few birthdays in July to make things for, plus my niece had asked me to make some things for her best friends baby, and I wanted to get mom's quilt pieces done before what would have been her birthday in August too, so all of this has kept me VERY busy. I have also started somewhat on the quilt I am making for a wedding gift. But meanwhile I honestly feel like I need to get busy on my Christmas sewing, which I know sounds ridiculous, but I do know how long it takes to get things made, and I have MANY on my list I sew for. I may have to do a little trimming back somewhere, or I will never get to the couple of quilts I want to make for myself, at least not without tweaking my neck again. Sooo after today I am taking 3 FULL days off, and then I only have one more week before my daughter comes for 10 days, and I am NOT touching it while she is here either. Honestly, it is why I don't open an Etsy store, or really ever take orders (though I HATE telling people no) and have gotten a bigger admiration for people who do. I am not sure how they do it?! Or maybe they are not almost 60 years old and have a body that rebels. Should have done this when I was younger maybe...but it is the old should have, could have, but didn't, lol.
Now that I am done with my whining, let me show you my completed projects. I got the topper for my DIL back last Thursday and got the binding put on Monday night. I LOVE it! It's funny how these quilting things take on different "looks" while you are in the process, but once that binding is on and it is complete is when they are truly beautiful. I ended up being VERY happy with this topper. And I went through periods of time while I was making it that I didn't even like it at all, lol, let alone love it. It is part of the reason I made the matching runner to go with it. Well that and because I had PLENTY of matching fabric and there are two table tops in that room that really SHOULD have matching pieces. The quilting done by the professionals is BEAUTIFUL, and I love it. Didn't cost me much either in my opinion, guess because it is small. I wish you could see it by someone who has a good camera (which I DID use!) AND knows how to work it, as my pictures just don't do it justice. But let me show you...
|WON'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I HAD TO MAKE THOSE PINWHEELS TO PLEASE MYSELF...ok it was 3!!|
|YOU CAN REALLY SEE THE GORGEOUS QUILTING ON THE BACK!|
|HERE IT IS WITH THE MATCHING PIECE|
|HOW DARLING IS THIS FABRIC? tell me you couldn't have resisted it either!|
|ANOTHER VIEW...IF YOU LOOK REALLY CLOSE YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THE DECORATIVE STITCH I CHOSE TO FINISH IT WITH. THIS IS SUCH NICE FLANNEL TOO...SOO COZY AND SOFT!|
|ALL OF THE BURP CLOTHES WITH THEIR MATCHING BIBS...8 IN ALL|
|CLOSER LOOK AT ONE SET. THEY ARE ONE COLOR ON ONE SIDE AND ANOTHER ON THE OTHER|
|LOVED THIS ONE...WISH YOU COULD SEE THE DECORATIVE STITCH BETTER. THE FLIP SIDE OF THIS ONE IS THE PINK GINGHAM|
|KIND OF DIFFERENT, BUT I LIKED IT...SURE HOPE SHE DOES TOO!|
|DID THE DECORATIVE STITCHES ON THIS ONE IN AQUA SO YOU CAN SEE. BUT THE BIBS ALL HAD A DIFFERENT STITCH. THEY ARE COMPLETELY REVERSIBLE TOO, SO SHE CAN HAVE SOME DIFFERENT LOOKS|
|ONE SIDE OF THE BURP CLOTHS|
|THE FLIP SIDE OF THEM ARE ALL PLAIN (in case the other side is too cutesy for her, lol!)|
|ONLY ONE TO GO!|
|THEY ARE NOT REALLY PLAIN AS THE FABRIC ISN'T OF COURSE, BUT JUST ONE FABRIC IS I GUESS MORE WHAT I MEANT...ESPECIALLY FOR SOMETHING QUILTED. CAN YOU SEE THE QUILTING?|
|CLOSE UP OF THE BINDING...NOT PERFECT, BUT AS GOOD AS IT IS GETTING, LOL.|
Today, I was going to whip up the final place-mat for Mel before my sister Diane gets her to sew, but I have decided against it. I will get back to it on Monday. It still gives me MOST of next week to make the pillow I have in mind for one of my younger sisters birthday's at the end of July. After that, I should be all clear to start on Christmas! Diane and I will work today on her ABC quilt for her classroom. It is going to be sooo darling. I am as anxious as she is to see it begin to come together.
We are all going to Joe's house for the 4th for swimming, bbqing, and fireworks. I am soo looking forward to it. The 4th of July has always been up there near the top of my favorite holidays. I just like everything about it. I do feel as though I need a patriotic quilt sometime soon though to complete the feel, lol. Someday for sure. We are taking my grand daughter Capri home with us for the week-end then and I am soo looking forward to that as well. I am trying to make time for ALL of my grandkids to get some one on one time with us this summer. Nothing like it of course. And when you have 11 grandchildren that is hard to do, but it's easy to get lost in the mix otherwise. The oldest one is working now, and the babies are still too little, but that still leaves several of them to get in. We also have a bonfire party coming up this week-end, so LOTS going on. Hope you all have a WONDERFUL 4th of July, and celebrate the good old USA!! Blessings to you all! Debbie