This weekend I had very few obligations, and I chose to spend most of my time sewing. It felt great and was a productive weekend!
It's fun to sit at the machine and create. I love the magic of fabric and scraps being turned into something beautiful and useful. So I quite enjoyed my time at the machine.
I did a bit of machine quilting, and that was a big, fat frustration. I really struggle with free motion quilting and have almost decided to give it up for good. I'll stick with walking-foot straight lines and stitch-in-the-ditch. It's a little boring, but at least I can get it done, and it serves the purpose of getting a top quilted. I've about decided... anything bigger than a medium size wall hanging gets good old walking foot quilting from me.
I'd had my machine repaired since I quilted last, and I was hoping the repair would help make machine quilting a breeze. No such luck.
Piecing and creating are still a big joy, so I'll stick with what I love and what works without the hassles. Thank goodness for alternatives! (I'll be keeping my professional quilter busy.)
This was an almost-done project; I just had to add the binding.
This shows the backing fabric... one of those state flower fabrics from way back when.
another almost-done quilt that needed binding
This is the backing fabric which I totally LOVE.
I noticed that Clare at Quilts 4 Leukemia had made a few more tops, and that jogged my memory -- I had intended to send her some Love blocks. They're late, but here they are. I had fun making these!
While I was at it, I made a couple funky red/white blocks to send to Clare with the above Love blocks.
Here is a funky house.. I love making these. I'm going to start a collection for my own funky house quilt.