I finally finished my spool quilt! I used lots of homespuns and hand quilting to give it that primitive look. The spools were quilted along the "thread" lines, the alternating blocks were quilted with a posy design, and the pieced borders were quilted along each block. I did play with adding some buttons, but decided to remove them...my quilting mentors were right on the mark when they said the buttons detracted from the spools. Thanks, mentors!
The little quilts, 30" x 36", were adapted from a pattern by Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket Quilts, from her book Friendship Strips and Scraps. Love Edyta's creations!
I haven't tried rug hooking, but I have some friends who do it, love it, and create some wonderful masterpieces! Some of these friends were over last night for a quilting and rug hooking session. I just have to share a picture of the rug that friend Paula has finished. It is absolutely amazing...
Paula has been hooking for several years now and her enthusiasm and skill for this art is awe-inspiring! Thanks, Paula, for letting me share this with my readers. On a side note, Paula was one of the two ladies that introduced me to quilting when I arrived in this town many years ago, and thank goodness she did...what would I do with myself as a retired lady if I didn't have my sewing corner to keep me out of trouble?
And speaking of sewing corners, I have a new addition! I treated myself to a new sewing machine a few weeks ago...the Pfaff Ambition Essential!
While I was on vacation, I received an email from the Pfaff folks spreading the word about a new sewing machine that was coming out in the Fall flyer. A Pfaff sewing machine has been on my wish list for some time now, but I was being very smart, saving my money, and waiting for a sale. I had placed some quilted items for sale in The Quilt Shop at the Causeway this summer with the idea of saving for a new machine. After all, I'm now retired and have to be smart and frugal, right?
Long story short, when the email came, I was so excited...I just had to find out more about it. I checked right into it, inquired at a few stores and online, and soon found an Ambition Essential with my name on it at an unbelievable price. I had enough money already saved to purchase the machine, an extension table, and several feet.
My Pfaff was purchased from Angie at Quilting on the Mira, a fabric shop in Sydney about an hour and a half from here. It's a machine that is very reasonably priced and still has many of the bells and whistles that the more expensive machines have. It works like a charm and I already adore it. How materialistic I am...I love my new baby!
The 1/4 inch foot is a dream, as is the Stitch in the Ditch foot. I machine quilted my first project and am very pleased. Sometimes I watch the needle instead of the little guide, but I'm getting better! And the good news is that a sewing project went from start to complete finish in a couple of days.
I'll show you more when you come back to visit on Monday, October 1, my day in the Leafs Me Happy blog hop. The hop takes place from October 1-10, created by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and hosted by Cherry at Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. See the complete schedule on Cherry's blog right here.
What's up in Blogland?
Today is the last day for the Dots on Dots blog hop. There are just so many phenomenal projects to look at and be inspired by! Check out Madame Samm's adorable dotty red shoes and much, much more at Sew We Quilt. View today's schedule by visiting Corrie at Quilt Taffy and check out all the other creative "last day ladies". The pictures from all the blog hops are posted on Madame Samm's Pinterest page at Sew We Quilt.
There's a new Block of the Week that started three weeks ago that has me very interested. Barbara Brackman's Material Culture is posting a free pattern a week for the Grandmother's Choice Sampler made using 8" blocks. Barbara set up a web page, http://grandmotherschoice.blogspot.com specifically for the BOW. She is a well-known historian, so while sewing, we also get to learn about those strong, courageous women who came before us. And it isn't too late to follow...you (and I) could catch up in no time!
It's a great day for quilting!