I finished up the sampler quilt that I made this summer with Amy's quilt-a-long. I worked on honing those ever useful quilting techniques of measuring, accurate 1/4" seams and trimming half square triangles with this quilt. I always wanted a red and white quilt and now that I have one .... I want more!
This is the first quilt I took to a long arm quilter to have professionally quilted. It felt a little like cheating at first and I balked at spending money on it but I have to say that it came out beautifully and the cost really wasn't that much. I found a great little shop right near my workplace and she was able to use the back I'd pieced and my batting and, most importantly, she didn't cringe or laugh at my points (or lack thereof). I'd been pondering just how to quilt this and since I like to get old projects finished up before I start new ones it was really blocking me. The back is kind of a mish-mash of my leftover pieces because I was desperately trying to just get enough together so I wouldn't have to buy any more fabric. Sometimes I CAN be frugal ....
|On to Christmas .....|
Now I have to move the sewing machine and mat out of my "studio" and turn it back into the dining room for the holidays but that's OK. I can still work on smaller projects and here are some felt mittens I'm working on for ornaments and gift tags. These are fun to make up ahead of time and then embroider and finish while watching TV on the couch at night.