I loaded and quilted Mom’s schoolhouse quilt and have it trimmed and the binding ready for her to hand stitch down.
Call me lazy but I just don’t do custom quilting anymore … not that I ever did a lot of it! I’ve always got tops waiting for quilting and if I can’t do a Pantograph or overall freehand quilting, it’s not going to be quilted by me! Luckily, Mom is always perfectly happy with whatever I’m willing to quilt on her tops. This one just got some all over freehand flowers. I would have quilted a pantograph but because of the width and the way I need to load the minkee backing, (selvages perpendicular to the rollers) I had to load this one sideways and I didn’t have a good panto choice that I thought would work sideways.
The Minkee can be a bit of a pain sometimes but I didn’t have any problems with this one.
While I’ve been quilting, Mom has been working on her table runners … I wish I could share photos because they’re turning out very cute but they’re gifts and she doesn’t want me to spoil the surprise! She’s working on the 4th one now and when she gets the appliqué fused, she‘ll get all 4 layered and pin basted here so all she will have to do is quilt or appliquilt them when she gets home.
Mom almost looks likes she’s napping in this photo but she was busy binding quilt #3. She‘ll have a little break from binding because I loaded her schoolhouse top today but haven’t started quilting it yet.
While she was binding I was working up some quilt instructions for her. We often see photos of quilts she likes online but there are no patterns and they need adjusting to suit her needs so I end up doing the calculations and drafting for her
I told Mom that I don’t really work on the weekends but I do putter a bit in the sewing room between other weekend activities so today we cut and kitted 4 Strippies for her to take home with her and even cut one for me after I made a mistake in cutting the wrong size strips for one of them…. I was supposed to be cutting 3 inch strips and cut 2.5 by mistake … no problem, those will be a binding now.
We had a lunch date with Keith and then took a drive along the bay and over to Davis Island. I love the view of downtown from Ballast Point Park.
We were back in the sewing room for a little bit before heading to Mass and then enjoyed some time on the porch with Keith before he fixed us dinner … all in all a wonderful Saturday!
Just like in January, Mom’s beginners luck held out … she won two games but Keith did squeak out one win last night! Unfortunately, I lost all three games but I did come close to winning twice….for what that’s worth!
Norece sent me a photo of her windmill quilt – instructions are on my website. This is one that I designed in RWB but made in brights … I really need to make a RWB version too!
I love seeing the quilts inspired by those on my blog and website!
Mom finished binding the Turtles the other night … it turned out so cute! As I said, it’s from the 2nd Animal Parade book.
I can’t show you the two runners we got put together today because they’re Christmas presents.. all the appliqué is fused and ready for her to stitch down when she gets home. I also got the HST diamond quilt trimmed and the binding on and ready for Mom to stitch down – she won’t get it done tonight because Keith has decided it’s game night!