I finally sandwiched a cuddle quilt the other day. I am having so much fun these days making smaller projects that I was leaving the larger quilts behind. But this was the week to get a sandwich made! I had a Chip and Dale quilt day with my friend, complete with laughter, snacks and, by the end of the day, two quilts sandwiched and ready for hand quilting! Chip, a brand new quilter, left with her Garden Steps quilt in hand and I now have a flannel quilt waiting for me on the quilt frame.
We sandwiched the quilts on the dining room table and while I was down in my sewing corner looking for more safety pins, the Easter bunny arrived with some chocolate treats. Yummy!
The quilt I sandwiched is a Terry Atkinson pattern called "Lucky Stars" which I pieced with flannel fat quarters. I used Warm and Natural batting and used the background cream flannel for the backing.
I set up the quilt frame in the livingroom in front of the TV. This is my version of multi-tasking as a new retiree...quilting and watching TV at the same time. When company comes, I can easily move the whole package down the hall to the spare room. I'm going to use DMC perle cotton in ecru to do utility stitches, or as I call them, big stitches. I find that regular quilting thread gets lost in a flannel quilt and the perle gives the cosy quilt a little more interest. It also tends to speed up the quilting!
I finished the embroidery for Block 2 of the Clover and Violet Garden Steps Stitch and Quiltalong.
I am so glad I decided to do the stitchery. At first I was going to leave the centres as solid white, but then decided to try a block and now I am hooked. You can see some of the other finished blocks here.
I have to share one other project with you...a table runner with a coffee theme that I just finished in time for my daughter's birthday.(Happy Birthday to you!) She sent me a picture of the drapes and gave me a few ideas. I wanted to try to make a "modern" table runner. It took me awhile to get the fabrics gathered together but I was very pleased with the results. I purchased a coffee-themed panel and decided to frame a few of the prints, using squares and circles to make it somewhat contemporary. Here is a picture diary of the table runner from start to finish.
The back of the runner:
And here is the table runner in its new home!
I love it when a quilt finds a new home so I better get busy! It's a great day for quilting!