Friday, July 20, 2012


While I have been building my body muscles at the pool I've been neglecting my quilting muscles for far too long.  No mojo.  At all.  I figured they were well and truly atrophied.  On Wednesday I decided to flex those quilting muscles a bit and warmed up with a charity quilt which Mom pieced.   Pretty cute!

I have a whole stack of flimsies that need quilting.  I think I wore out my quilting muscles making the big quilt last year, so I just kept throwing stuff on the pile.  After the charity quilt came out ok I moved on to the little Twelve Days of Christmas mystery quilt I put together months ago, from the Temecula Quilt Company's weblog.

 I used up a pile of 7" squares from a class I ended up not attending several years ago.  It means the border and binding have lots of extra seams but if you don't look too close it's just fine.

I'm quite taken with the end result!  I was inspired to try working on a smaller scale, by some exquisite tiny scale quilting I saw at the Raleigh Sewing and Quilt Expo last month.  It's mostly just line dancing and loops but I'm pretty darned pleased with how it came out.  No one is more surprised than me!  Especially after such a long hiatus.

Somewhat wonky, but hey.  It's way better than I imagined.  :-)  I'm starting Temecula's latest little mystery, the Summer Star Sew-Along.  I even (gasp!) went out and bought some Civil War repro prints for it.  Not my style, but I'm looking forward to seeing if I can put them together nicely.  It's a challenge!

Speaking of cute, isn't she sweet wrapped up in all her hand-knitted woolies?  I could just gobble her up.


Raewyn said...

Gorgeous!! Both the quilting and the baby :-) Love what you did on your mystery - those were little blocks so that detail is fabulous.... and inspriring.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Your quilting looks great...but that baby picture is the cutest thing ever! Congrats!