Friday, 11 November 2011

Catching up!

I've been trying to catch up on some quilting projects this past week.  Didn't get any quilting done the first week of November as I was working all week and preparing the big Pirate birthday party for my now 6 year old daughter.

It was really nice to get to sit at my sewing machine and get back at it.

With all the UFOs or WIPs I have, you would think the last thing on my mind is starting something new, but, my quilting group is planning an exchange in January so I am starting to work on that.  We will be exchanging strips... anything from 11/4" to 2 1/2" in width.  The plan is to make a "Garbage Quilt".  My grandmother will be giving us a demo on this quilt next week.  She has made a few of them.  It is basically a scrap quilt where you sew strips diagonally to a foundation piece.  I will post more about it as time goes on but for now, here is the small pile of strips I have cut out so far.

There are 6 members in our group so I have to fill 6 large ziploc bags with strips... still have a long way to go!

I also worked on the Christmas gifts for the teachers.  Just a sneak peek of these.

They only need embellishments and labels.  Almost done!!

I also attended a Guild meeting last Tuesday.  I hadn't been yet this year.  I had planned to sign up for this year's challenge but thought for sure there wouldn't be any kits left.  Surprise!!  There was one left!  

This is what was inside!

The theme is "All Creatures Big or Small".  I have to use various techniques to make a wallhanging or wheelchair quilt, and include these 4 fabrics in the top of my project.  After a LOT of surfing on the net and discussing with my husband and mother, I think I have an idea of what I would like to do.  I am actually pretty excited about it.  I need to start drawing it out soon as I would like to do most of it by hand.

So that's what I have been up to!  Think I will head up to my sewing room and cut more strips!


  1. you are a busy girl!!! love that your grandmother will be showing you how to make these blocks....

  2. Ooh, Common Threads always has such great challenge themes. Looking forward to seeing what you make with your bundle and hearing more about this Garbage quilt!

  3. I love the look of the 'Teacher Quilts' and I see little pink mice and a yellow striped tabby cat in the kit. Have fun.


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